Meet the Newbies: TJ Wallace


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

With six newcomers on the Pacific roster, it is likely that a freshman will be a big contributor this season for Pacific. One of those could be Stockton native TJ Wallace, who did not travel far for his collegiate experience. The 6-2 freshman guard will look to be a benefactor of the departures of leading scorer Lorenzo Mcloud, Colin Beatty, and Rodrigo De Souza. Here is a closer look at TJ Wallace, freshman guard at the University of the Pacific.

High School

Wallace attended two different high schools; Modesto Christian High School and McNair High School. His freshman-junior years were played at McnNair, which is the public school in the area. Wallace averaged 19.7 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.7 steal, and 2.4 blocks his junior year, earning him the title of MVP of the Tri-City athletic league. In addition to that, Wallace was named Tri-City athletic league first team and the Record’s all-area player of the year in 2011 and 2012.

Modesto Christian High School is where Wallace transferred for his senior season, where he saw his number diminish slightly. Wallace averaged 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds at MCHS, and earned first team Modesto Bee all-district honors.

Impact at Pacific

Pacific will need a lot of help from newcomers at the guard position this season, considering so many guards from last year’s team are no longer there. Wallace could be someone that could play 15-20 minutes per game this season, based on his ultra-productive high school career. Keep an eye on the hometown kid to make an impact next season.