Utah Valley University men's basketball head coach Mark Pope announced Friday that California product Andrew Bastien signed a national letter of intent to play for the Wolverines next season.

"We're excited to add Andrew to the Wolverine roster," Pope said. "He's a smart player, who has good footwork and a nose for the ball—key attributes you need in a developing post player. A tough and dedicated player, he should have a big impact on our team immediately."

Bastien, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound center, played at Irvine Valley College in California the past two seasons. He earned first team All-Orange Empire Conference honors after averaging 8.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and a league-best 1.7 blocks per game last season.

The Tustin, California, native prepped at Orange Lutheran High School where he helped the team to back-to-back CIF championships in 2011 and 2012. He set a school record at OLHS with eight blocks in a single game during his junior season.

Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.