Pepperdine signs Stockbridge’s Willis

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.”

4 comments Add your comment

Chris Medeiros

May 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Why is this on the UGA site? This is the most recent article on recruiting? Seriously AJC, You are getting taken off my favorites.

Lane

May 4th, 2009
7:56 pm

Pepperdine is a great institution, congratulations. Losing the weight was a tremendous accomplishment – congratulations.

Lane

T

May 4th, 2009
11:38 pm

Great coastal College; you’ll enjoy the atmospere….hit the books it no joke…

Paddy

May 6th, 2009
7:05 pm

Son, you are going to the most beautiful college campus in America. Enjoy it, but scholastics are tough. Hit those books.