Gary Nunez, a 6-8, 240 pound sophomore power forward from Ventura College, has committed to Cal State Fullerton, according to head coach Greg Winslow.
In 23 games, Nunez averaged close to 9 points per game, shooting 63% from the field and 68.1% from the line for the Pirates.
"He is physical, good around the basket and what I like to call efficient with his touches, whether it is shooting or passing," said Winslow. "He is a smart, low-post player. He started some games and rotated with Danny Gray who is now at Utah State."
Coach Winslow runs a very team-oriented offense and had a rotation of 12 players last year. He said he had about six players average between 9 and 15 points.
Nunez was also hearing from a number of schools, including Gonzaga, Arkansas-Little Rock and Utah State, before choosing the Titans.
Coach Winslow said Nunez chose Fullerton because "Bob Burton did a really good job in recruiting Gary and he just felt comfortable with the school. He will be able to compete right away. He feels Burton's program is heading in the right direction and he wants to be a part of it."
Coincidentally, former Cal State Fullerton signee, Ephraim Willliams, the 6-11 center from San Bernadino, is also on the 2004-05 Pirates roster. Williams was unable to qualify at CSF and elected to go the JC route.
Nunez played high school ball at Christopher Robin Academy in Springfield Gd, NY. He will have two years of eligibility for the Titans.
Selected Stats (Provided by JCHoops.com):
- 1/3 fg, 0/1 ft, 3 reb, 1 ast, 2 pts (Ventura 73, Oxnard 69, November 30, 2003)
- 5/9 fg, 4/4 ft, 9 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl, 14 pts (Ventura 101, Cuesta 63, January 7, 2004)
- 7/10 fg, 1/2 ft, 6 reb, 2 ast, 3 blk, 1 stl, 15 pts (Ventura 108, Moorpark 85, January 28, 2004)
- 0/3 fg, 4 reb, 4 blk, 0 pts (Antelope Valley 72, Ventura 55, March 3, 2004)