Oredigger men sign JC transfer Cruz Ginns Jr.

The Montana Tech men’s basketball team added a proven scoring threat Tuesday with the signing of Cruz Ginns Jr.

Ginns will join the Orediggers for the 2015-16 season with two years eligibility remaining.

Ginns, a 6-foot-5 wing originally from Houston, Texas, played the last two seasons at College of Alameda located in Alameda, CA.  Last season, he averaged 16 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 61 percent from three-point range and was one of the top 50 players in California junior college basketball.  Off the court, Cruz also maintained a 3.3 grade point average.

“Cruz is just a great person to be around,” Tech coach Patrick O’Herron said in a statement. “He has all the tools to succeed in the classroom and on the court here at Montana Tech.”

O’Herron signed a junior college transfer for the second time in eight days. Last Tuesday he announced the signing of Jalen Coates, a transfer from Yuba Community College in Marysville, California.

“Cruz has the ability to take over a game on both ends of the floor while also making his teammates better,” O’Herron said. “The fans will enjoy watching him over the next two season.”

Ginns, the son of Edith Hatton, plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

“I chose Montana Tech because I thought it was the best fit for me to pursue my dreams athletically and educationally,” Ginns said. “I love the campus, the town and I have a great relationship with the coaches.”

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