DAVIS, Calif. - Jonah Underwood, a 6-foot-8 forward signed with UC Davis basketball, and will join his new teammates for preseason workouts, as announced by head coach Jim Les on Thursday. The San Jose City College transfer is eligible to compete for the Aggies this fall, and joins the program after a stellar junior college career.
Last season, Underwood was the only Jaguar that started all 24 games played thanks to team-high per game marks in scoring (20.2 points), rebounding (10.7) and blocked shots (2.8). In addition to averaging a double-double, he also posted a .483 field goal percentage — the highest among all SJCC starters.
Not only did Underwood record the highest points, rebounds and blocked shot averages among all Coast Conference players during his sophomore season, he also finished the season ranked No. 2 and No. 5, among all California junior college players in blocks and rebounds per game.
With such attention-grabbing statistics and on-court play, conference officials wasted no time in bestowing first team all-league accolades to Underwood. Shortly after receiving his first All-Coast Conference award, he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and finished runner-up for class valedictorian.
The 2016-17 season also marked the first time that the San Jose native recorded the inaugural triple-double of his career when SJCC squared off against Monterey Peninsula College. That evening, Underwood finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Thanks to Underwood’s skill set, the Jaguars won a Coast Conference championship and advanced to the second round of the California State Playoffs during his time with the program.
Before he competed at SJCC, Underwood averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds during his senior season at Willow Glen High School, which led to All-Blossom Valley Athletic League recognition and a berth in the Central Coast Section quarterfinals that year. Underwood also attended Bellermine College Prep for three years prior to ending his high school career at WGHS.