Hinkle signs with Vanderbilt basketball

NASHVILLE-– Charles Hinkle, a 6-5, 210-pound swingman from Los Alamitos, Calif., will attend Vanderbilt and play basketball for the Commodores as a scholarship student-athlete beginning with the 2007-08 season head coach Kevin Stallings announced on Friday.

Hinkle averaged 16.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists during the 2006-07 season at Hebron Academy, a preparatory school in Maine. A year earlier, Hinkle helped lead Los Alamitos High School to the school's first sectional championship, averaging 10 points and five rebounds. The Griffins advanced to the California state semifinals and finished with a 29-5 overall record. Hinkle was named a two-time All-Sunset League performer in Southern California.

"It's very rare to get a player the caliber of Charles at this time of year," Stallings said. "He's a good wing prospect, a good shooter with a strong feel for the game. We're excited to add him to roster. Hopefully, he has a chance to be a good player."

Hinkle becomes the fifth member of Vanderbilt's 2007 recruiting class. The Commodores signed forward Darshawn McClellan of Fresno, Calif., during the spring signing period after inking commitments from center A.J. Ogilvy of Australia, guard Keegan Bell of Hazel Green, Ala., and forward Andre Walker of Flossmoor, Ill., during the fall period.

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