Nov. 27, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Derek Oestreicher and Jacob Ranger have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the UC Davis men's basketball program next year, announced head coach Gary Stewart. Oestreicher is a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from Redding, Calif. While Ranger is a 6-5, 215-pound guard from Carpinteria, Calif.
Oestreicher graduated from Liberty Christian High School in Redding in 2006 after a stellar four-year career with the Patriots. He helped lead his team to a combined 107-22 record and four consecutive Mid Valley League titles. Oestreicher, who was an All-State selection, averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds as a senior and was named the MVL and team most valuable player. As a junior, he averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds while receiving co-MVP honors in the league and on the team. He was an All-MVL selection in his final three prep seasons.
"Derek possesses a unique skill set for a player his size," said Stewart. "He's comfortable playing out on the perimeter or posting up and has an excellent feel for the game. Derek fits nicely into our offense, has range out to the three-point line and is an excellent passer."
Oestreicher will have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Aggies next season. He attended New Mexico where he medically redshirted.
"Derek's size affords us the opportunity to defend better on the interior and rebound the ball better at both ends," added Stewart. "He brings a team-first approach with leadership and toughness and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our program."
Ranger is currently a senior at Carpinteria High School where he has put together a prolific scoring career. Last year as a junior, he averaged 25.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game and was ranked among the top-50 in scoring in the state and top-150 in the nation.
"Jacob is a talented student-athlete who plays with great tenacity and passion," said Stewart. "He's an old-school tough guy who does all the little things to aid his team's success. Whether it's defending, rebounding, getting a loose ball or scoring, Jacob is fearless in his pursuit of victory."
Ranger has won two consecutive Tri-Valley League most valuable player awards and was selected to the first team All-CIF Southern Section. He is a three-time All-TVL first team selection. As a sophomore, he averaged 22.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Since his freshman season, he has shot 60 percent or better each year.
"Jacob is on schedule to graduate as one of the all-time leading scorers in Ventura County, added Stewart. "He's a young man with a real sense of purpose both on an off the floor. We are absolutely delighted with his decision to attend UC Davis."
Ranger's high school coach, John Ward, says he's the best player he's coached in his 27 years of coaching.
"Coaching Jacob has been great," said Ward. "Not only is he an outstanding player, but he has a tremendous desire to win. He'll bring that same competitive spirit to UC Davis."
UC Davis (4-2) is off to its best start in four years and will take a three-game winning streak on the road later this week when it plays at Brown on Saturday and at Dartmouth on Monday.