Head Coach Perry Clark and the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team have announced the signing of Jake Kocher (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's Academy) to a National Letter of Intent. The potent perimeter shooter will join the Islanders for the 2011-12 season.
"One of the things that has been a weakness for us has been our three-point shooting," Clark said. "I think signing Jake really helps with that and will provide some opportunities both for him and for us to be a better team."
Kocher, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard for St. Michael's, averaged 29.8 points per game in his junior campaign and is averaging around 25 points every time out this season. He recently put up 48 points against Laredo Nixon with a career-best 10 threes. In his junior season, he posted 30 points or more 15 times and scored 40 three times. He poured in what was then a school-record 46 against Pflugerville Hendrickson in January.
The 190-pounder played his AAU ball with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors, the same team that current Islanders guard Garland Judkins starred on. He spent most of his offseason in the weight room, putting on close to 20 pounds to bulk up his frame.
The Islanders are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they take on Georgia State in the opening round of the Dr. Pepper Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will then take on either host Chattanooga or Montreat in the second day of the Classic, on Thursday, Dec. 30.