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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

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)

NCAA Division 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

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

Pac-12
ACC
Big 12
Big East
Big 10
SEC
C-USA
Mountain West Conference
Horizon League
West Coast Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Southland
Big Sky
Great West
Atlantic Sun
Big South
SWAC
Ohio Valley
Colonial Athletic Conference
Summit League
American East
Northeast Conference
Nearly All NCAA II and NAIA Conferences

Monsters Playing Professionally

Mike James

  • Panathinaikos (Greece)
  • 2015 NBA Summer League (Phoenix Suns)
  • 2015 Laboral Kutxa, Spain (Euroleague)
  • 2013-14 League MVP in Italy

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
Over 30 Players Moved on to NCAA Division I
    & II Schools Since 2008
16 Players Moved on to NCAA Division I
    Schools Since 2008
35 All-Region Players
10 NJCAA All-Americans
3 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.

 

 

 

Contact:

Head Coach - Maurice Leitzke
928-428-8400
Fax: 928-428-2378
maurice.leitzke@eac.edu