By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Stockbridge basketball player Caleb Willis has signed a letter of intent to play at Pepperdine.
“It feels really great and it’s such an honor to become part of the Pepperdine family,” Willis said in a statement released by the Malibu, Calif., school. “It was a long process out of high school to get to where I’m at now. It took a lot of work, but I feel really great about the opportunity.”
Willis, 6 feet 2 and now 215 pounds, graduated from Stockbridge in 2008. In his senior season, he averaged 21 points. He carries the nickname “Tank,” but has lost some 50 pounds since playing for the Tigers. He spent the past year at Ware Prep Academy in Atlanta, saying, “After high school I decided I wouldn’t go to college just yet. I knew I needed to work on my body and my game. I got a membership to a gym and worked out every day and got my body to where it needed to be.”
Said Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury, “Our staff is excited about adding Caleb to our basketball family. We believe he will add physical toughness, unselfishness and leadership to our program. He has a great feel for the game and enjoys making his teammates better by making the simple play.”