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EWU men’s recruiting class has foreign flare

Eastern Washington University’s first-year men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford signed one of the top high school prospects in Arizona and four foreign players to national letters of intent.

Hayford’s latest recruiting class includes Danny Powell, a 6-foot-6 forward from Desert Vista High in Phoenix, who averaged 19.2 points and 10.5 rebounds last winter and was one of only two juniors named to the Arizona Republic’s first-team 5A all-Fiesta League team.

In addition, the Eagles signed two players from Germany, including Frederik Jorg, a 7-1, 285-pounder, who will become the tallest person to play at Eastern.

The other German recruit is Thomas Reuter, a 6-6 forward, who, like Jorg, attended tryouts for the U20 Germany squad last December.

The other foreign signees are Australian Daniel Hill, a 5-9 point guard, who played on his country’s U17 national team that placed sixth in last year’s World Championships in Germany, and Venky Jois, a 6-7 forward, from Box Hill High in Melbourne, who was the player of the year in his league last season.

“We knew we needed to sign a class that would improve our front court, based on us having seniors we will be losing,” Hayford said. “When you look at the players we are redshirting (including 6-10 Oregon transfer Martin Seiferth), we’ve improved our front court and added to our overall skill base.”

The plum of the recruiting class would seem to be Powell, who played two years at Mesa High before transferring to Desert Vista, where he led the Thunder to a 21-10 record last winter.

“Danny is a hard-nosed player who can play a physical game, and is an outstanding shooter for somebody his size,” Hayford said. “He has an inside-outside game and will be college-ready upon on arrival.”

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