Butler Community College standout Grehlon Easter will join the CSU Bakersfield squad in 2020-21.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Another standout guard has been added to the CSU Bakersfield men’s basketball roster for 2020-21 as Head Coach Rod Barnes has announced Grehlon Easter will become a Roadrunner.

A native of Little Rock, Ark., Easter is coming off a successful 2019-20 season with Butler Community College (Kan.). The 6-foot-3 guard helped the Grizzlies to a 25-8 record while Butler received votes in the NCJAA Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2005. For his efforts, Easter earned All-Region VI and All-KJCCC honors while leading Butler to the Region VI Championship game.

“We are excited about the signing of Grehlon Easter,” said Barnes, who is heading into his 10th season at the helm of the `Runners. “He is a versatile guard who is extremely competitive. He plays with energy and a winner spirit that is contagious. He is a really good defender and he can also score on all three levels.”

As a sophomore, Easter averaged a team-high 14.9 points per game for the Grizzlies on 41-percent shooting from the field. A diverse player, Easter ranked third on the team with 1.9 assists per contest while also adding 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals a game.

In the Region VI semifinal against Colby, Easter netted a season-high 28 points to help the Grizzlies win by a one-point margin. Easter tallied double-digit scoring in 27 of 34 games while recording 20+ points on five occasions.

Barnes commented on why he believes Easter is a good fit in the CSUB program: “Grehlon has been well coached and he really understands what it takes to win. He fits the profile we needed to shore up our backcourt. We feel his talent and attitude will impact our program immediately.”

Prior to his time at Butler, Easter spent his freshman season at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The guard appeared in 30 games with the NCAA Division I program, averaging 2.8 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per contest. Easter’s biggest game of the season came against Georgia Tech as he tallied 10 points against the Yellow Jackets.

A 2018 graduate of Mills High School in Little Rock, Easter was ranked among the top ten guards in the state of Arkansas. Averaging over 15 points and 2.5 assists a game as a junior, he led MHS to the 2017 Arkansas state title with a 31-2 record. For his efforts, Easter earned All-Conference and All-State honors. He also gained valuable experience playing with the Arkansas Wings, one of the top AAU teams in the country.

Coach Barnes, Easter, and the rest of the `Runners will continue anxiously awaiting the day when they can get together on the court. Bakersfield’s mission remains the same as the team heads into the Big West Conference this summer as it was in the Western Athletic Conference: win a league title and play on the national stage next March.