SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the program has inked Beyer High School guard George Dancer during the early signing period. Dancer will enroll at the University as a freshman next fall.
Of the Hornets' last eight signees spanning the last two years, all eight have been incoming freshmen.
Dancer, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Modesto, will enter his fourth season (third on the varsity squad) at Modesto's Beyer High School. Believed to be the first men's basketball player in school history to receive a scholarship from a Div. I program, Dancer helped last season's Patriot squad to a 24-5 overall record, an 11-3 mark in the Modesto Metro Conference, two tournament championships and Beyer's first CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff win in a decade. The Patriots eventually fell in the quarterfinals of the section playoffs in double overtime to Cosumnes Oaks High School.
Dancer will serve as this year's team captain, according to Beyer head coach Kyle McKim.
During his junior season, he was named first team all-conference, second team all-district, three-time all-tournament and team MVP after averaging team highs in points (15.2 ppg), rebounds (5.1 rpg) and assists (5.3 apg). He shot .480 from the field and .710 from the free throw line while starting every game at point guard. Dancer scored a career-high 36 points in the 2014 Modesto City Classic Tournament championship game victory over Central Catholic High School.
As a sophomore, he averaged 10.1 points and 4.2 assists per game while helping lead the Patriots to a 16-12 overall record and 9-3 league mark. He played on the junior varsity squad as a freshman.
"We really like his skill set and he's what we look for in a guard - he can dribble, pass and shoot well," Katz said. "Georgie has big shoulders and long arms and will eventually become a physical guard. In addition, he is a very good competitor who understands the game.
"He is a leader and the kind of guy you want to coach, the kind of guy you want to be on his team, and virtually everyone around him gets better because of his nature."
Dancer becomes the third Stanislaus District player to commit to Sacramento State in the last year, joining current Hornet freshmen Jeff Wu (Modesto Christian HS) and Joshua Patton (Sierra HS). In addition, Dancer becomes the fifth player from the Sac-Joaquin Section that has signed a scholarship with the Hornets over the last three years, a list that includes Eric Stuteville and Mason Stuteville (Case Roble HS).
Sacramento State begins the 2015-16 season Friday night at Arizona State. The Hornets are coming off a record-breaking season in which the team went 21-12 overall and 13-5 in the Big Sky. Prior to last year, the Hornets had never finished with an overall record above the .500 mark since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991. In addition, the 21 wins tied for second most in program history and the team won its first postseason game in 53 years (a CIT first-round win at Portland).
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