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Two All-State, two All-League players commit to Whitworth

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Two state players of the year and two league players of the year highlight the five-member incoming class for Whitworth men's basketball in the fall of 2009. The Pirates will welcome three transfers and two freshmen to a squad that returns three starters from 2008-09 when the team went 23-6, won the Northwest Conference tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III national championship.

"This is a very strong recruiting class that will join an experienced and talented roster of quality returning players," said Whitworth head coach Jim Hayford (163-52, eight years). "The Northwest Conference will be very competitive next year and we believe that we can be in the hunt for a championship."

Eric Beal, Lucas Ashe and Jack Loofburrow are transferring to Whitworth. Chase Ramey and Wade Gebbers are incoming freshmen.

Beal (Sr., G, Spokane, Wash.) comes to Whitworth for his final season of basketball. The 2006 Greater Spokane League Player of the Year at North Central, Beal played two seasons for the Community Colleges of Spokane where he was named First Team All-NWAACC East Region as a sophomore. Last year he played in 34 games for Concordia University (Calif.), averaging 6.0 points and 2.0 assists for an Eagles team that reached the third round of the NAIA Division I tournament.

Ashe (Jr., W, Spokane, Wash.) returns to Spokane after playing two seasons for Northwest University in Kirkland. He played in 27 games, with two starts, for the Eagles and averaged 8.5 points per game last winter. He was a First Team All-Greater Spokane League honoree as a senior at Mead High School in 2006.

Jack Loofburrow (So., P, Yakima, Wash.) comes to Whitworth after taking a year away from basketball. After a redshirt year in 2006-07 at Eastern Washington University, he played the 2007-08 season where he appeared in 14 games for the Eagles. He was the 2006 Big Nine Player of the Year at Eisenhower High School and selected as a First Team All-State 4A player by Northwest Hoops as a senior.

Chase Ramey (Fr., G, Spokane, Wash.) led Northwest Christian to four straight Washington State B championships. He is the two-time State B Player of the Year (Seattle Times) and was a three-time First Team All-League honoree.

Wade Gebbers (Fr., G, Brewster, Wash.) was the 2009 WIBCA Washington State 1A Player of the Year after leading the Bears to fourth place at the state tournament last winter. He joins his older brother Clay as a member of the Pirates.

As an NCAA Division III member, Whitworth does not sign players to letters-of-intent or offer athletic-related financial aid. The five players have all confirmed their admission to the school and will enroll in the fall of 2009.

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