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Kevin Schaffartzik signs
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Release: 05/18/2011
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Kevin Schaffartzik, a 6-2, 190-pound guard from Odessa College, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Sam Houston State and play men's basketball for Bearkat head coach Jason Hooten.

Schaffartzik earned second team all-Western Junior College Athletic Association after leading his team to records of 23-8 and 24-8. Odessa earned berths in the conference tournament both years.

Averaging 9.7 points per game as a sophomore, Schaffartzik shot 40.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc, totaling 72 three point baskets during the 2011 season.

"The WJCAA is one of the toughest junior college leagues in the country and to add an experienced shooting guard like Kevin to our program is exciting," Hooten said. "He is a tough hard-nosed competitor that really knows the game,"

Born in San Diego, Calif, Schaffartzik moved to Berlin when he was two years old and grew up in Germany. Schaffartzik played for the German Junior National Team in 2006 and 2008. His father was a professional player in Germany and his brother currently is the point guard on the German National Team.

"Kevin brings a lot of the same attributes that Lance Pevehouse did to our teams the last three years," Hooten said. "He is a great student in the class room and a great student of the game."

Schaffartzik is the fourth junior college signing for Sam Houston State men's basketball this year. Demarcus Gatlin, a 6-4 wing from Navarro and Darius Gatson, a 5-11 point guard from Trinity Valley, signed this spring. Steve Werner, a 6-8 power forward from McLennan, was an early signing in November.

The  Bearkats also signed one high school senior during the November early signing period - Michael Holyfield, a 6-10, 240-pound post player from Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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