Another Irvine Valley men's basketball player has signed with a four-year college.
Kalob Hatcher, an all-Orange Empire Conference first team point guard last season, is headed to Montana State University Billings, according to Laser coach Jerry Hernandez.
"Kalob was one of the best point community college point guards in the state the last two seasons," Hernandez said. "He did just about everything for us and we are definitely going to miss him.
"Kalob is really good with the ball, knows how to run an offense and can really shoot. Montana State Billings is getting one heck of a player."
During his two seasons with Irvine Valley, Hatcher was one of the most prolific players for IVC averaging 9.8 points per game (558 total) over 57 total contests. He averaged 10.7 points this past season.
He also shot .350 (99 of 283) from three-point range over the two seasons.
A true point guard, Hatcher dished out 237 total assists during his time at Irvine Valley and recorded 79 total steals. He was an all-conference selection this past season as a sophomore and earned Most Valuable Player honors for his team.
Before coming to Irvine Valley, Hatcher was a standout at Foothills Christian High in the San Diego area.
He ended his high school career with 2,129 points, 1,209 assists and 249 three-pointers. His assists mark set a new California state record, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,165 held by 10-time NBA All-Star point guard Jason Kidd. Hatcher also ended his time third in section history in three-pointers made and 12thin career points.
As a senior in high school, Hatcher averaged 16.6 points, 9.4 assists and 5.7 steals per game. He won four California Interscholastic Federation championships in San Diego County and was a four-year captain for his varsity squad while also earning all-league honors all four years. He was also 2010 All-San Diego second team honoree and finished in the top-10 in section history in multiple categories.
“We are thrilled to get Kalob this late in the recruiting process," Montanta State Billings coach Jamie Stevens said. "Although we have some players on the roster that can play the point guard position, Kalob gives us a true point guard. He comes from winning programs in both high school and college. He is the type of player that can influence a game without necessarily scoring the basketball. He will make his teammates better and should help us fill a major need in our backcourt.”
Division II Montana State Billings finished with a record of 18-12 overall last season.