Mar 16, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; The Pacific Tigers bench runs onto the court after the game against the UC Irvine Anteaters during the championship game of the Big West tournament at the Honda Center. The Pacific Tigers defeated the UC Irvine Anteaters 64-55. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Today the University of the Pacific’s Men’s Basketball Program landed its second commitment in as many days. Yesterday, it was O’Dea high school’s (Seattle, Wash.) Jacob Lampkin that jumped on board. Today, it was Mercer Island’s (Mercer Island, Wash.) Kaleb Warner that joined him. For those that are not aware, Warner is a 6-6 shooting guard that chose the Tigers over Portland State and Portland.
Warner’s commitment is surprising, in that it was promptly after Lampkin’s. In my days of covering recruiting (which haven’t been that long), I have never seen anything like this. Another interesting aspect about this whole thing is that Warner and Lampkin are from the same immediate area. Mercer Island is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Seattle, and the two were former AAU teammates. In fact, O’Dea and Mercer Island could possibly play in the 3A Washington State Basketball Tournament if their fates cross.
Warner is one of the underrated shooting guards on the west coast. He has a developing offensive skill set that is progressing rapidly. By the time Warner is a senior at Pacific, he could be a stud offensively.
The Seattle area is slowly emerging as a future pipeline for the Pacific Basketball team. With the way things are shaking out, Warner and Lampkin could be just the start of a special connection between the Emerald City and Pacific head coach Ron Verlin.