May 15, 2007
Guards Adris DeLeon from College of Southern Idaho and James Doran from Sierra College in California are among the four new players who recently signed letters of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play basketball for the Eagles next fall, EWU head coach Mike Burns announced Tuesday (April 15).
Brothers Drew and Jamie Eisinger from Mill Creek, Wash., are the other two signees as they become the first brothers in school history at the NCAA Division I level to join the EWU basketball program. Drew Eisinger is a 6-foot-4 guard who graduated from Henry M. Jackson High School in 2006 and attended prep school in Ohio for a year. Jamie Eisinger, a 5-11 guard, is a 2007 graduate of the same school as both earned All-State honors as seniors.
"We are extremely excited to have two players of the caliber of Adris and James join our basketball family," said Burns. "Both come from outstanding junior college programs and will make an immediate and significant impact in our program. Both young men not only possess great basketball ability, but they also possess great character."
"We're equally excited to add the Eisinger brothers to our basketball family," added Burns. "Both had outstanding senior seasons and will have great careers as Eastern Eagles. It's a special and unique opportunity for our program to have brothers here at the same time."
DeLeon, a 6-foot guard, is formerly from the Bronx in New York and was born in the Dominican Republic. He averaged 8.4 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game for a College of Southern Idaho team coached by Barret Peery. The Golden Eagles finished 30-7 and advanced to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
For the season, DeLeon made 45 percent of his shots from the field, including 22-of-56 three-point attempts for 39 percent. He also made 68 percent of his free throws.
He had a season-high 27 points and seven assists against Arizona Western in a Region 18 playoff game, then had 25 four games later in a consolation game of the NJCAA Tournament. He led his team in scoring in five games, assists 15 times and steals on four occasions. Twice he had a season-high 11 assists.
Before attending CSI, DeLeon averaged 8.3 points and 4.2 assists in the 2005-06 season at College of the Siskiyous in California. He graduated from Louis Brandeis High School in New York City in 2004.
Doran helped lead Sierra, coached by John Fusano, to a 19-10 record in 2006-07 to advance to the playoffs. The 6-3 guard was a two-time All-Big 7 Conference first team selection in leading Sierra to a 40-22 record in two seasons.
As a freshman, he averaged 20 points per game and made 44 percent of three-point attempts. He averaged 15 points as a sophomore when he made 45 percent from the three-point stripe.
He is a graduate of Ponderosa High School where he helped lead his team to 20 victories as a senior and 24 as a junior.
The Eisinger brothers last played together in the 2005-06 season when they led Jackson to a fifth-place finish at the State 4A Tournament. The elder Eisinger averaged 19.7 points per game, including a 24.5 average and 13 three-point baskets in four tournament games as he earned first team all-tournament accolades.
The Seattle Times selected Drew Eisinger as a second team selection on its All-State team (all classifications). He and his brother were both All-WesCo Conference first team selections that season.
Following his senior season, Drew Eisinger played in the 2006 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) All-State boys basketball game. He was also selected as the Everett Herald All-Area Player of the Year, an honor his brother won the following season.
Drew Eisinger averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.9 steals in the 2006-07 season at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio. He made 56 percent of his shots overall from the field and 52 percent of his three-point shots. He was selected as his team's Most Valuable Player and was selected to the all-tournament team at the Hill School Tournament in Pottstown, Pa., in December 2006. The Pioneers finished 13-8.
As a senior in high school, Jamie Eisinger earned honorable mention All-State honors from Associated Press. He averaged 21.1 points per game to lead the Timberwolves to a 17-7 record. He was also a first team All-WesCo selection for the second-straight season.
The Eisingers are the first Jackson players to receive a scholarship to a NCAA Division I school. They are separated in age by 1 1/2 years -- Drew was born Aug. 1, 1987, and Jamie was born on Feb. 22, 1989.
Because he attended prep school, Drew Eisinger will be considered a true freshman in the 2007-08 season like his brother. Both will have five years to complete four years of eligibility at the NCAA Division I level.
Eastern has had several brothers play together while in Cheney, but none since the school moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. Interestingly, Eastern had five different players with the last name Lewis play for the Eagles in seven seasons from 1995-2001, but none were related.