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Central Washington University Signs Coby and Holmes to National Letters of Intent

Central Washington University Signs Coby and Holmes to National Letters of Intent imagePosted: 11/12/2010 7:50:00 AM

ELLENSBURG (Nov. 10) From the CWU Website: -- Two sophomores from Tacoma Community College have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their men's basketball careers at Central Washington University, CWU head coach Greg Sparling announced Wednesday.

Signing with the Wildcats for the 2011-12 season are forward Chris Holmes and guard Jordan Coby. Holmes and Coby currently play at TCC for former CWU assistant coach Carl Howell.

"Both of these guys play extremely hard and have played in excellent programs," Sparling said. "Coach Howell does an excellent job of putting together a successful program and preparing his players to compete at the next level. What is nice about these guys is that they will have played together for two seasons at TCC by the time they come to Central."

Holmes is a 6-foot-3 forward who was a first-team all-NWAACC West Region player and runner-up for the region Most Valuable Player award last season with the Titans. The former Franklin High School standout averaged 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game at TCC last season while shooting 51 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 33 points against Clark College. During his prep carearned first-team all-state honors as a senior.

"Holmes turned down multiple Division I offers to attend Central," Howell said. "The CWU coaching staff worked very hard to sign these two guys, and they should both be good players for the Wildcats and in the GNAC."

Coby is a 6-foot-1 guard who attended Wilson High School in Tacoma. As a prepeer for head coach Jason Kerr at Franklin, Holmes helped the Quakers to two WIAA state championships and , he was a first-team all-Narrows League selection for the Rams, averaging 17 points per game as a senior. Last season as a freshman at TCC, he was the Titans' fifth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game, adding 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He also shot 39 percent from three-point range during his rookie season of 2009-10, and his top performance was a 19-point, five-assist outing against Highline Community College.

Coby is not the first member of his family to join the Wildcat basketball program. His uncle, Steve Pudists, averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for CWU from 1980-82.

Holmes and Coby are the only two players that the Wildcats are expected to sign during the early signing period here in November. The late signing period will take place in April 2011.

Central Washington, which has appeared in the NCAA Division II tournament each of the past three seasons and in four of the past five years, will open its 2010-11 regular season this Saturday (Nov. 13) when it hosts Quest University (B.C.) in Nicholson Pavilion.

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