Erik Kinnebrew joined the growing list of former Allan Hancock College men's basketball players to earn an opportunity to play for a four-year university. The 6-foot-6 Kinnebrew signed with Concordia University Irvine, a storied men's basketball program nearing the end of a transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Kinnebrew appeared in all 30 of Hancock's games during the 2016-17 season. He averaged 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game overall. During conference action, the freshman averaged 9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He recorded five double-doubles, including a triple-double against El Camino when he had 21 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists. Kinnebrew earned All-Conference honorable mention.
The Concordia Eagles finished last season 17-11 overall and 13-7 in the Pacific West Conference under long-time head coach Ken Ammann, a two-time NAIA National Coach of the Year. Ammann has averaged nearly 26 wins a season during his 17-year career with the Eagles. Concordia won two national championships in the NAIA and tied for first place in its first year of PacWest Conference play.
Since the 2014-15 school year, the Eagles have competed as a provisional member of the NCAA Division II's PacWest Conference. Concordia should hear from the NCAA in mid-July if it has completed the three-year membership process. Concordia would be eligible for postseason action if it becomes a full-member of the NCAA.
Kinnebrew is the fifth former Hancock men's basketball player in the last three months to sign with a four-year university. Marcellus Garrick (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), Nolan Willett (Thompson Rivers University), Dominic Jackson (Texas A&M International) and Malik Rhodes (University of Memphis) signed their papers earlier this year. After four seasons as head coach of the Hancock men's basketball season, Tyson Aye has seen 18 of his former players sign with four-year institutions.