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Shadle Park’s Jacob Groves headlines Eastern Washington’s signing class

Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans talks with an official during the first half  against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., on  Nov. 6, 2018. (Nick Lisi / AP)
Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans talks with an official during the first half against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2018. (Nick Lisi / AP)
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Eastern Washington men’s basketball has signed a pair of players – including the brother of a current member of the team – to letters of intent to play for the Eagles next year.

The players signed include 6-7 guard/forward Jacob Groves, whose brother Tanner Groves is a redshirt freshman for the Eagles. Jacob is currently a senior at Shadle Park High. The other player signed is 6-6 guard/forward Tyler Robertson from Melbourne, Australia.

Groves averaged over 16 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior with the Highlanders, making 60 percent from the field overall and 47 percent from 3-point range.

“Jacob has continued to improve his long-range shooting stroke, and he is growing into his 6-7 frame,” said EWU coach Shantay Legans in a school release. “He’s a home-grown student-athlete, and it will be very exciting to see Tanner and Jacob play side-by-side for the Eagles over the next few years.”

Tanner, a 6-foot-9 forward for the Eagles, has scored 10 points with five rebounds in 28 minutes through two games this season.

“Having Jake join his brother Tanner here at EWU next year is going to be a great fit, both on the floor and in the locker room,” Legans said. “We’ve had some amazing shooters from Spokane lately with Parker Kelly and Cody Benzel, and Jake fits that mold perfectly. He is one of the best shooters in the state and with his size, that should translate very well to the college level.”

Robertson played on his country’s FIBA U18 team last summer, and has been part of the State and National high performance programs since 2014.

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