FORT MYERS, Fla., FGCU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dave Balza has announced the signing of Reggie Chambers, a 5-10 point guard from Miami Pace
“Reggie is everything that you look for in recruiting. He is a good, smart, respectful young man with lots of skill and athletic ability. He’s a terrific defender and perhaps the quickest guard I saw all year. On top of all of that, he is a winner,” stated Balza.
Chambers helped lead Monsignor Pace the 4A state championships and a 22-9 record as a senior. Chambers was named third team All-Dade County by the Miami Herald after averaging 8.1 points per game and 7.2 assists per game where he played for coach Mark Leiberman.
Chambers is one of four Monsignor Pace players to commit to D1 schools. Senior teammate Ray Shipman was Mr. Basketball and is headed to Florida. Fellow senior Terrance Santil signed with VCU, while junior Rakeem Buckles has committed to Louisville. All three fouled out in the fourth quarter of the state championship game, however, and it was Chambers that had to put the Spartans on his back in order to take home the trophy. Chambers had a game-high 19 points in the championship game, including several clutch free throws in the waning seconds to clinch it.
Chambers transferred to Pace prior to his senior season. As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chambers was selected as a 2007 Salt Lake Tribune 4A Second Team All-State selection and named third team All-State by the Deseret Morning News as well. Chambers was also named best playmaker at the Five-Star Basketball Camp in the Florida State Session NBA division.
“Reggie will be successful in college because he is very skilled himself, but is also capable of playing with other good players. He was counted on as a scorer as a junior, then took on the role of leader and distributor this year at Pace and led them to a championship. This is the type of adjustment most players have to make when they get to college, and Reggie has already proven that he is up to the challenge. We are very excited to have him on board at FGCU,” commented Balza.
He joins junior college transfers Ben Vega, George Erkvania and Derrick O’Neil who signed last week and three November signees Eddie Murray, Anthony Banks and Addison Smith who will all be freshmen with Chambers. The Eagles lost seven seniors from their first season in Division I including four starters.
Reggie Chambers and Coach Mark Leiberman