Tigers Sign Fulton And McCloud To Letters Of Intent
April 13, 2011
Stockton, Calif. - University of the Pacific Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Thomason has announced the signing of two student-athletes to letters of intent. Travis Fulton and Lorenzo McCloud will enter Pacific for the 2011-12 season.
Fulton is a 6-6 forward from Corona, Calif. He comes to Pacific as a junior, after spending two years at Irvine Valley College. He earned First Team All-State honors as a sophomore in 2010-11, leading the Lasers to a 23-8 overall record and 8-4 mark in Orange Empire Conference action. Travis led the team with averages of 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while handing off 71 assists. He hit 45.0 percent of his shots from the field, including 37 three-pointers. He had seven double-doubles as a sophomore, scoring a career-high 27 points with 12 boards against Chaffey College on Dec. 10. As a freshman in 2009-10, he averaged 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. He prepped at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif.
"Travis is an outstanding player and person," said Thomason. "He can score inside and out and brings toughness, intelligence and comes from successful basketball programs. I am very excited that Travis is a part of the Tiger Basketball family."
"I chose Pacific because it felt like a great place to get an education and be successful," said Fulton. "It's a place I can fit in and win basketball games. I'm very excited to be playing basketball at Pacific."
McCloud is a 6-0 guard from Compton, Calif. He spent last season at Santa Rosa Junior College, earning First Team All-State and First Team All-Big 8 Conference honors as a sophomore. In 2010-11, he led the Bear Cubs to a record of 22-9 and a second place finish in the Big 8 Conference with a mark of 10-4. Lorenzo led the team with 18.2 points and 3.8 assists per game. He made a team-best 173 free throws, hitting 80.8 percent from the line. Scoring 565 points on the season, he had nine games with at least 25 points. Lorenzo scored a career-high 30 points twice last year, against Feather River College on Dec. 17 and Delta College on Jan. 18. As a freshman, McCloud played at Panola JC in Carthridge, Texas. He scored 9.5 points a game and grabbed 3.8 rebounds per contest for the Ponies. Lorenzo prepped at Compton High School, in his hometown.
"Lorenzo is an explosive point guard that can score, pass and lead," said Thomason. "He is very fast and has the ability to make his teammates better. I couldn't be more happy to have Lorenzo become a Tiger."
"I chose to attend University of the Pacific because it has great academics, which will serve me well in my life after basketball," said McCloud. "After talking to coach Thomason and coach Verlin, I believe it's the place where I will be able to grow as a person, not just as a basketball player. The visit my family and I had with coach Thomason was great. My mother and sister really trust and believe that it will be a great fit for me. Coach Thomason has seen many different types of players and knows what it takes to become a great player, which is what I'm striving to become. Getting the opportunity to play for Coach Thomason and his coaching staff at Pacific is just a blessing and I thank God for that. I really believe that it's going to be an exciting two years playing at Pacific. With the confidence that coach Thomason has in his players, it allows us to go out there and give it our all every time we step out on the floor. I believe we have a great chance to win, and be a part of greatness."