Feb 13, 2014; Stockton, CA, USA; Pacific Tigers fans hold up signs during the second half of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Alex G. Spanos Center. The Pacific Tigers defeated the Brigham Young Cougars 89-82. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
With the graduation of forwards Tony Gill, Ross Rivera, Khalil Kelley, and Tim Thomas, all solid big men who had NCAA Tournament experience, Pacific’s frontcourt is in need of immediate contribution from newcomers. One player who looks to make an immediate impact as an incoming freshman is forward Jacob Lampkin.
At O’Dea High School
As a sophomore in 2011-12, Lampkin averaged 9.1 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. As a junior, he improved those numbers to 15.2 points per game and 10.o rebounds per game, earning the Most Outstanding Player award for his team. He was also an AAU teammate of his future Pacific Tigers teammate Kaleb Warner. Lampkin finished the 2013-14 season ranked as the 19th best prospect from the state of Washington by ESPN.
Impact at Pacific
Lampkin has long arms that allowed him to be a consistent double figure rebounder in high school, but if he wants to be an impactful player at Pacific, he will need to bulk up. Nonetheless, his mid range jump shooting and ability to run the floor in transition make him a unique prospect in the West Coast Conference. Expect him to see at least 10-15 minutes per contest this season, or more if he finds immediate success.