Meet the Newbies: Chris Sarbaugh


Dec 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros head coach Bill Grier watches the action during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After attending two schools in two years, it appears that 6-3 guard Chris Sarbaugh has found a home at the University of San Diego. Sarbaugh began his college basketball career at Gonzaga and after not getting a great deal of playing time, he decided to transfer North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alane. Bill Grier convinced Sarbaugh to travel down south to play in the WCC once again, but this time for San Diego. Although he is not entirely a newbie, he is the next one to be featured in our “Meet the Newbies” series.

At Gonzaga Prep

Sarbaugh was able to accomplish something that every high school basketball player dreams of; win the state championship. The Gonzaga Prep Bulldogs defeated Curtis High School in the state championship game in dominant fashion. G-Prep beat Curtis by a score of 61-41, and Sarbaugh racked up 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. His performance throughout the tournament earned him the honor of 4A State Championship MVP. He finished in the top ten in four statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, and steals) when the tournament was all said and done. He was also named the Seattle Times player of the year.

At Gonzaga

Sarbaugh walked-on at Gonzaga, but redshirted in his first season. Sarbaugh never saw the court, and redshirted to North Idaho College after the 2011-2012 season.

At North Idaho College

Sarbaugh was a jack-of-all-trades at NIC. The then freshman guard averaged 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists last season. North Idaho College held a top 10 ranking in the NJCAA First Division.

Impact at San Diego

It is highly unlikely that Sarbaugh will earn a starting spot, considering that Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson have virtually locked up the point and shooting guard spots. However, Sarbaugh’s size and versatility could get him some early playing time. Sarbaugh will be a viable option when Anderson or Dee need a breather.