Posted On: 04/5/20 12:38 AM

The original plan was to take some time, take some official visits, and then come up with a decision. But like it has for everyone else, things changed for Samaad Hector, the athletic 6-foot-6 forward at Lower Columbia College. The Skyview High School alumnus had to accelerate his college recruitment, and when Sacramento State came calling with his first Division I scholarship offer Hector decided it was too much for him to pass up.

On Saturday, Hector gave Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz a call to make a verbal commitment to the program. “After the NCAA pushed the dead period back I figured that taking visits were completely eliminated and so I had to make a choice without taking a visit,” Hector said. “I’ve got some family in that area and I always had good talks with the coaches and they showed me love from the jump so it stuck with me. I love how the team plays their games and how the coaches can develop and love on players.”

Hector chose the Hornets over a slew of Division II and NAIA offers, along with legitimate interest from other Division I schools such as Portland State and Idaho. While the other D-I programs could have eventually offered, without the ability to make visits until early June Hector didn’t want to wait and as of this point, will have the ability to sign a letter-of-intent on April 15th.

Hector was a dominant frontcourt player during his two-year career at Lower Columbia, especially this past year as he averaged 18.0 points and a league-high 14.8 rebounds, breaking the school’s all-time single season rebounding record. The Western Region MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, the Skyview grad has given the Hornets the expectation to come in and make an immediate impact.

“Obviously I have some god given talents with rebounding an defense,” Hector said. “But they plan to utilize me to the best of my offensive abilities to better myself and the team.”