Sa and Er sign National Letters of Intent
05.23.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Men’s basketball student-athletes to continue education at four-year universities
PASADENA, Texas – San Jac men’s basketball players Candido Sa (Lisbon, Portugal / Colegio Bartolomeou Dias) and Ilker Er (Istanbul, Turkey / Arlington Country Day) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and basketball careers at major four-year universities.
Sa has signed to play at Rutgers University in the Big Ten Conference, and Er has signed to the University of Maine in the America East Conference. Both players earned All-Conference honors for the 2015-2016 season. Sophomore forward Sa was the second leading shot blocker in the nation with 68 against conference opponents, and 123 overall. He averaged 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds against Region XIV opponents.
Er, a sophomore guard, averaged 10.1 points per game, 11.6 against conference opponents, placing him 32nd in the league. His 8.6 rebounds per game against Region XIV opponents was sixth in the league, and at 7.5 rebounds per game against all opponents, he ranked 10th in the nation.
“We’re very proud to see Candido and Ilker advance in their collegiate basketball careers as they sign on to play for universities,” said Head Coach Scott R. Gernander. “They were two of our leaders on the team this season, and their hard work helped us to advance to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament.”
San Jac finished the 2015-2016 season with a 22-10 overall record, 12-7 in Region XIV play, advancing to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament in Lufkin. Tryouts for the 2016-2017 season are scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Anders Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. For information about the San Jacinto College men’s basketball program visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.