High School recruits Mason Peatling from Australia and Jacob Davison from Southern California sign letters of intent with EWU’s Men’s Basketball program
A pair of high school players – including one from Australia – have signed letters of intent and will join the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program in the 2016-17 season, Eastern head coach Jim Hayford announced Wednesday (Nov. 11).
Joining Eastern’s current contingent of five Australians will be Mason Peatling, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Melbourne. He was a member of the Dandenong Rangers in Australia, the same club team current Eagle senior Venky Jois played for.
Eastern also signed Jacob Davison, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard from Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School in Montebello, Calif.
“We’re excited to announce these two fantastic new additions to our basketball family,” said Hayford. “This is a great day for Eastern basketball because we are adding two great, quality young men to our program.”
Mason Peatling – F – 6-8 – 215 – Melbourne, Australia (Beaconhills College)
Jim Hayford on Peatling: “As Venky graduates, we’re bringing in Mason to the same position and with similar size and stature. He’s an outstanding student and a great young man. He’s going to be a really good addition to our program, and will be able to help us immediately in the front court.”
High School: Attended high school at Beaconhills College in Berwick (near Melbourne), and played from 2013-15 for the Dandenong Rangers in the South East Australian Basketball League. That was the same club that current Eagle Venky Jois played for prior to coming to Eastern in the fall of 2012. At the U23 Victorian Youth Championship in 2015, Peatling was chosen as the Youth League Rookie of the Year after helping his team to a silver medal. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 blocked shots and 1.0 steals, including 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Grand Final. During the 2015 league season, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds while making 47 percent of his field goal attempts, and had a high game of 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Dandenong also finished as the runner-up for the U20 Australia Day Tournament in 2015. Also in 2015, Peatling was a late addition to the roster for Vic Metro, which went on to win the U20 Australian National Junior Championships. He played in six of eight games with a high outing of eight points and five rebounds. While playing in 2015 for his high school team, Beaconhills College, he was team captain and helped lead his team to a South Eastern Independent Schools regional championship. In 2014, he was a team captain in helping Dandenong finish third in the U18 Australian National Junior Classic Tournament. He also helped his team win the regular season title in the Victorian Basketball League and a runner-up finish at the Victorian Championship. In 2013, he was the MVP in helping Dandenong win the gold medal at the Victorian Championship Reserve tournament.
Personal: Born March 31, 1997. Parents are Marcus and Susie Peatling. Besides Venky Jois, his fellow Australians Felix Von Hofe, Geremy McKay, Jesse Hunt and Michael Wearne are also in the Eastern program.
Jacob Davison – G – 6-4 – 175 – Montebello, Calif. (Cantwell-Sacred Heart HS ’16)
Jim Hayford on Davison: “Jacob plays for one of the best basketball programs in Southern California. He’s a very athletic guard who can shoot the three and play all three backcourt positions. Time will tell if we are going to redshirt him that first year as we develop him into somebody who will play multiple positions in our offense. He’s an outstanding young man and a great teammate.”
High School: Will graduate from Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School in 2016. In his junior season he was a first team All-Del Rey League selection and his team’s offensive player of the year. He averaged nearly 14 points per game and was selected to the Whittier Daily News All-Area team. The Cardinals finished 17-14 and advanced to the regional semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division III Championships, losing to the eventual champions. He was also MVP at a Michael Jordan Flight School showcase camp in the Los Angeles area. He is an Eagle Scout and was on the honor roll all four years in high school. He also participated from 2005-11 in the St. Baldrick's Cancer Research Foundation Shavee event.
Personal: His parents are Brad and Leslie Davison, and his has two brothers (Robbie Latimer and Tayler Latimer), and a sister (Brady Davison).