Sacramento State men’s basketball coach Brian Katz has always liked Case Rada.
Katz recruited Rada when he was a senior at Kamiakin High School.
And when things didn’t work out for Rada after his freshman year at Boise State University, Katz tried to convince Rada to transfer to his school.
Instead, Rada spent this past season at Walla Walla Community College, where he led the entire Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in scoring at 23.9 points a game.
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But after this season, Rada decided it was time to go to Sacramento State and play for Katz.
“The coaching staff is real nice, and I think they’ve got the coaches who will help improve my game,” said Rada, who will send his letter of intent to Katz this morning. “Playing in California wasn’t a priority of mine, but it was a good selling point.”
Playing Division I basketball was also a selling point for Rada, who had offers from Division II schools too.
“Ever since I’ve known Case, he wanted to play Division I basketball,” said WWCC head coach Jeff Reinland. “Part of him playing for me this past season was helping him to get to Division I basketball.”
Even to the point of just getting Rada to play only one season for the Warriors.
“It’s a little bittersweet for me,” Reinland said. “But I’m happy for him and his family. He’s still got three years to play Division I basketball. We’re happy for him.”
Rada improved his outside shooting this past season for a Walla Walla team that went 13-15. He didn’t need much space to get off a good 3-point field goal attempt.
“I’ve always had the ability get that shot off,” Rada said. “But it definitely helped me playing for Coach Reinland. He’s a good coach and he helped me out a lot.”
Sacramento State plays in the Big Sky Conference, and will be losing five seniors and returning 10 others.
“They’re returning I think four or five starters,” Rada said. “Nothing is guranteed for me. I’ve got to earn my spot. But I already knew that.”
Rada, who has to be on the Sacramento campus by July 9, will working on completing his Associate of Arts degree at WWCC and continue to work out with Reinland and his staff this spring.