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P.C. men's basketball adds three key recruits

Head coach Mitch Freeman, in his second year with the Peninsula College men’s basketball program, has signed three outstanding recruits from Western Washington.

Jeremiah Hobbs, a 6-5 forward from Seattle Academy, Ryley Callaghan, a 6-1 point guard from South Kitsap and Kareem Babbs, a 6-3 guard/forward from Spanaway Lake in Tacoma, signed NWAACC Letters of Intent to play for the Pirates in 2014-15.

Hobbs was a two-time Emerald City First Team All-Conference player who helped Seattle Academy to back-to-back state tournament appearances. He averaged nine points and nine rebounds per game.

“Jeremiah brings length, size, and athleticsm that we need,” Freeman said. “He has the ability to step away from the basket and score off the dribble along with the ability to rebound outside his area. He comes from a winning program and knows what it takes to win.”

Callaghan is a two-time First Team All-Narrows League player who averaged 18 points per game, along with six assists. He helped his Wolves win 18 games this season, one shy of making the state tournament. His father, John Callaghan, has been the head coach at South Kitsap for 15 years.

“Ryley is a smart, tough, and competetive point guard who knows the game,” Freeman said. “He is a coaches kid, so he will have no trouble adjusting from high school to the college level. He knows what it takes. He will be an impact player immediately.”

Babbs, the cousin of current Pirate guard Geno Horsley, was a South Puget Sound All-Conference honorable mention. He led his team with 15 points per game.

“Kareem is a great kid who’s best basketball is in front of him,” Freeman said. “He is a long, athletic scorer who will continue to get better has he develops. We are very excited to have Kareem join our Pirate Basketball family.”

 

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