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Gila Monster
Basketball Program

EAC's Gila Monster Basketball team is a Division I member of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC). The ACCAC is a 12-team league which plays 30 regular season games, including 22 ACCAC conference match-ups. Eastern plays a nationally competitive schedule against the NJCAA's top programs. The ACCAC also has a pre-season jamboree in Phoenix which allows the EAC players a chance to play in front of 100+ 4-year coaches. The program's success and competitive schedule allow maximum exposure for the players.


Player Success

Since 2008, EAC Gila Monster Basketball players have advanced to:

NCAA Division I

Northern Arizona University (NCAA I)
Nicholls State University (NCAA I)
Samford University (NCAA I)
Jacksonville University (NCAA I)
Oral Roberts University (NCAA I)
Evansville University (NCAA I)
University of Illinois – Chicago (NCAA I)
Cal State University - Bakersfield (NCAA I)
Ohio State University (NCAA I)
University of Idaho (NCAA I)
Lamar University (NCAA I)
University of Montana (NCAA I)
Montana State University (NCAA I)
University of San Francisco (NCAA I)
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA I)
University of Albany (NCAA I)
Quinnipiac University (NCAA I)
Northwest Louisiana State University (NCAA I)
Miami of Ohio University (NCAA I)
Portland State University (NCAA I)

NCAA Division II

Western State Colorado University (NCAA II)
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (NCAA II)
Lindenwood University (NCAA II)
West Alabama University (NCAA II)
University of Alaska - Anchorage (NCAA II)
Kentucky Wesleyan University (NCAA II)
Mesa State College of Colorado (NCAA II)
Montana State University – Billings (NCAA II)
Pittsburgh State (NCAA II
Regis University (NCAA II)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (NCAA II)
Western Washington University (NCAA II)
Chadron State College
Tarleton State Univerisity


Since 2008, EAC players have been recruited by many conferences, including:

Big 12
Big East
Big 10
Mountain West Conference
Horizon League
West Coast Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Big Sky
Great West
Atlantic Sun
Big South
Ohio Valley
Colonial Athletic Conference
Summit League
American East
Northeast Conference
Nearly All NCAA II and NAIA Conferences


Monsters Playing Professionally

Mike James

  • Mike James
  • A Guard for EAC during the 2008-2010 seasons, Mike James has signed a contract to play for the Phoenix Suns for the 2017-2018 season. While at EAC, James was named to all-conference and all-region teams and posted the fourth-highest scoring average in NJCAA Division I during the 2009-10 season by averaging 26.0 points. Prior to signing with the Phoenix Suns, James signed with Panathinaikos (Greece) for the 2016-2017 season, he joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2015 NBA Summer League, signed with Laboral Kutxa, Spain (Euroleague) in 2015, and was the 2013-2014 League MVP in Italy.

Spencer Coleman

  • EAC Forward during the 2010-2012 season, Spencer Coleman is currently playing professionally in Australia. While at EAC, Coleman was a JUCO All-American for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.

Taylor Stafford

  • EAC Guard during the 2012-2014 seasons, Taylor Stafford is playing professionally in the Iceland top league for 2017-2018. While at EAC, Stafford was a JUCO All-American for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons and was an ACCAC Player of the Year for 2013-2014.

Dazmond Starke

  • 2015 Chile
  • 2014 Chile

Donald Johnson

  • Sweden


Program Success

2015-2016 Region I Runner-up
2015-2016 NJCAA Academic Team with 4th highest GPA
2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year
2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year
2010-2011 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year
2008-2009 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year
2008 Region I Division I Champions
50 Players Moved on to NCAA Division I
    & II Schools Since 2008
20 Players Moved on to NCAA Division I
    Schools Since 2008
37 All-Region Players
11 NJCAA All-Americans
6 Academic All-Americans
3 Region Players of the Year
Top 5 Attendance in the Country


EAC Basketball Milestones

Over 1100 Victories
10 Regional Championships
10 National Tournament Appearances


About the College

Eastern is Arizona’s oldest community college with approximately 3,100 students on the main campus in Thatcher. Over 200 are athletes, the majority of whom live in on-campus residence halls. EAC fields teams in football, basketball (men’s & women’s), volleyball, softball, golf (men’s), tennis (women’s), and baseball.

Eastern is located in Graham County with a population of 35,000. The scenic views and perfect weather make for one of the best Junior College locations in the country. The main campus is in the Gila Valley at the base of the beautiful Mt. Graham, a 10,720 foot peak. Principal economic activities in the area include farming, ranching, mining, governmental services, and higher education.

Both the College and the community offer a wide variety of activities and cultural events.



Head Coach - Maurice Leitzke
Fax: 928-428-2378