Frederik Jörg to Transfer to Saint Martin’s

Frederik Jörg to Transfer to Saint Martin’s

Tallest player in school history will play for former Eagle assistant Alex Pribble

Eastern Washington University 7-foot-1 men's basketball player Frederik Jörg will transfer to Saint Martin's University and play the 2014-15 season for Alex Pribble, Eastern head coach Jim Hayford announced Tuesday (May 5).

The tallest player in school history, Jörg will have two years of eligibility remaining and is on track to graduate with his bachelor's degree in spring of 2016. He is concluding his third year of college this spring, having redshirted the 2013-14 season at EWU.

"What he needs more than anything else is playing time," said Hayford. "He's developed and improved so much, but his position is where he have our most depth. Alex needs a great frontcourt player and Fred needs playing time."

Jörg has been in Eastern's program for three seasons, but has averaged just 3.5 minutes per game in a total of 31 games played. He played in 16 games as a true freshman in 2012-13, redshirted the following season, and averaged 4.5 minutes, 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 games as a sophomore this past season.

"I really appreciate all the support from the Eastern community, my teammates and the coaching staff," said Jörg, who is from Korschenbroich, Germany. "This is a big opportunity for me to get some playing time. I want to play and get some minutes on the court again."

Jörg has been selected once to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team, and has a 3.46 grade point average as a business management major. Following the spring quarter at EWU, he will be just 32 credit hours from receiving his bachelor's degree, and is interested in obtaining his master's degree in business administration. If NCAA transfer rules remain the same and circumstances provide the opportunity, Jörg may have options following the 2015-16 season.

"If Fred continues to excel in the classroom, he may have potential options should current rules remain in place," said Hayford.

Pribble, a former guard at Cal, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Hayford.

"I'm tremendously excited about bringing Fred on board at Saint Martin's," said Pribble. "Fred will make an immediate impact on the court, along with an immediate impact on the culture we are trying to bring to Saint Martin's."

"Coach Pribble was one of the biggest reasons to transfer," said Jörg. "I know the coach and the type of program I'm going to, and I know what to expect. He knows me really well – he's gotten to see me in practice for the last two years and knows how I play on the court. That's a big, big plus."

Besides towering above his teammates and opposition, Jörg has been a supportive teammate from the bench. In fact, he was chosen as the team's most inspirational player after EWU won Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and played in the NCAA Tournament.

"The only downside is that Fred is probably the best teammate we have in our locker room," added Hayford. "He loves his teammates and loves his coaches. He's a huge part of our family and we'll miss that. At the same time, we also need to let Fred play, and I'm very confident he will be a standout player at the NCAA Division II level."

"I've always had a great time with all the guys," Jörg said. "Of course it's hard leaving them, but I think sometimes you just have to also think what's right for you. It's not like I'm going to another part of the world – I'm just on the other side of the state. I will come back for Christmas and other holidays, and those players have a special place in my heart. We went through a lot, and last season we crowned it with a really great season. I know they will do great next year and I just wish them the best."

"I know Coach Pribble is going to put together a great team," he added. "My personality is not going to change – I'm going to be the same guy."

 
 

#21 - Frederik Jörg - C - 7-1 - 295 - Jr. - 2L* - Korschenbroich, Germany / Gymnasium Eversten HS '12

2014: Jörg played in 15 games with four starts. He made the first start of his career against Walla Walla (11/19/14) and had 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. He also started versus Indiana (11/24/14) in EWU's 88-86 upset of the Hoosiers.

2013-14: Redshirted.

2012-13:
Was one of a school-record nine Eagles to be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Jörg played in 16 Eastern games, averaging 2.6 minutes, 0.3 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He also blocked a pair of shots. He had two points, a rebound and an assist against Montana (1/3/13).

High School:
Graduated from Gymnasium Eversten in 2012. Along with Eastern teammate Thomas Reuter, Jörg attended tryouts for the U-20 Germany squad in December 2010. Jörg played in one game for EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the Basketball Bundesliga League (BBL), the highest level league of professional club basketball in Germany. Previously, he played for Akademie Weser-Ems in the U-19 Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga League (NBBL), averaging 14.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. He ranked second in the league in blocked shots, seventh in rebounding and fourth in double-doubles with seven (in 12 games). He made 59.0 percent of his shots from the field and also averaged 2.0 assists per game. His single game high for rebounds was 25.

Personal: He was born on Aug. 11, 1992, in Saarbrücken, Germany. Business management major with a 3.46 grade point average. His parents are Hermann and Martina Jörg. At 7-1, he is the tallest player in Eastern history. Eastern has had several 6-11 players in its history as a NCAA Division I member (since 1983-84), with the most recent being Jeremy McCulloch (2002-05). The only former Eagle taller than that is 7-foot Uli Sledtz from Gelsenkirchen, West Germany. Sledtz transferred from the University of Washington and played for Eastern in the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. Frederik's shoe size was 10 when he was nine years old, and he now wears an 18. Name is pronounced "Yourg."

 

Year

GP

GS

Min

Avg

FG

FGA

Pct

FG

FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Avg

PF

FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2012-13

16

0

42

2.6

2

5

.400

0

0

.000

1

3

.333

4

5

9

0.6

11

0

1

0

2

0

5

0.3

2014-15

15

4

68

4.5

13

19

.684

0

0

.000

7

12

.583

8

9

17

1.1

19

0

3

5

5

0

33

2.2

TOTAL

31

4

110

3.5

15

24

.625

0

0

.000

8

15

.533

12

14

26

0.8

30

0

4

5

7

0

38

1.2

 

SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Points: 18, Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
Rebounds: 8, Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
Assists: 2, Montana State -- 2/26/15
Blocks: 5, Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
FG made: 8, Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
FG attempts: 9, Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
FT made: 2, Texas Southern -- 11/14/14; Walla Walla -- 11/19/14
FT attempts: 4, Northern Kentucky -- 11/26/14

 


 

 
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