This archived article was written by: Jordan Weihing and Talon Bryan
Priscila Santos, a former USU Eastern Eagle, was the NJCAA women’s basketball player of the year for the 2011-12 season.
Santos was recruited by Head Coach Dave Paur from her home in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2010-11 Season. He never realized that Santos would become one of the best players to ever play for him.
Santos led the NJCAA in scoring with 29 points per game as well as breaking the school record for points scored in a game with 50. She made the first team all conference and the first team all-tournament teams.
Besides her impressive athletic résumé she also graduated with a 4.0.
Santos now plays for William Woods University in Felton, Missouri. Since leaving Price her athletic résumé has only gotten more impressive.
Santos averaged 18.5 points and 6.7 rebounds last season. She led the school to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history after dropping 37 points on the third- seed MidAmerica Nazarene. At the end of her first season at WWU she was named to the Second- Team All American squad and American Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Nick Thompson played two years at USU Eastern where he helped lead the Golden Eagles to a third place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. Then moved on to UVU where he became team captain. Thomspon averaged 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for the wolverines leading them 14-18 overall record. While earning these averages Thompson also accomplished a major basketball feat. He set a new record for the Wolverines with the first ever triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and another school record of 12 assists.
In his first year at CEU, Jonathan Mills was named to the All-NJCAA Tournament team. He led the SWAC in rebounding with an 8.8 average. He was fourth in field goal percentage with 56.7%,. Mills also pushed the Eagles to their third place finish that year in the 2009-10 season. After two seasons at Eastern earning all region honors, Mills continued to Southern Miss University. In his junior season he was named Third team All-Conference USA, and Conference USA All-Defensive Team.Mills played two seasons at SMU where he averaged 9.4 points and 7 rebounds. Mills will look to enter the draft this year.
Another former USU Eastern leader is Bruna Deichmann. Deichmann played for Eastern’s Womens Basketball team 2009-11. While playing for Eastern she averaged 16.9 points per game and made the All-Scenic West Athletic Conference Second Team.
After finishing her sophomore year at Eastern, Deichmann went on to play for the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was the first Brazilian ever to play for the UAA Women’s Basketball team.
Her junior year she averaged 5.1 points per game and 2.2 rebounds. UAA went 30-5 that season winning Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.
Deichmann finished off her senior year playing for Colorado Mesa University. She averaged 9.8 points a contest and 4.7 rebounds.
Darrington Hobson is the most known of the former Eagles. Hobson Averaged 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds for CEU, then moved on to the University of New Mexico where he averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Lobos. Entering the draft in 2010, Hobson was selected 37th pick in the second round to the Milwaukee Bucks. Hobson has spent most of his career in the NBA D-league for the Santa Cruz Warriors playing with other college stars like Taylor Griffin.
Micheal Glover was also a part of the third place 2010 team. After being selected as a NJCAA All-American, Glover took his talents to Iona College in New York, where he averaged 18.1 points and 9.6 rebounds. Iona made it to the national tournament, but was cut short by Brigham Young University in the first round. Glover was not selected in the NBA draft but took his talents to the Turkish leagues where he averages 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. Glover hopes to return the USA for a chance to play in the NBA.
Chase Flint has used his skill to further his education. Flint had to red-shirt his freshman year at CEU because of a broken elbow. After serving an LDS mission he returned to play for the Golden Eagles. Flint chose to head to Loyola Marymount College after receiving All-American honors at Eastern and ranking in the top 15 of every statistic in the SWAC. Averaging 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23 games. Suffering from a knee injury early in the season, Flint never really got into his groove this season. Returning as a junior, Flint is expected to do good things for LMU next season.