The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Tournament is down to four teams. The CCCAA final four will battle it out to be crowned state champions this weekend. For those who are not aware, the CCCAA is not a part of the NJCAA, so this weekend is the end of road. Here are capsules on the top prospects for each of the final four teams:
All games will be held at Ventura College
City College of San Fransisco (30-1) vs. Saddleback College (26-7) March 11 @ 5pm
City College of San Fransisco – Head Coach: Justin Labagh
De’End Parker (6’5, 215, SO – San Francisco, CA) – Parker is one of the top five point guards in the country and the best player in California at the JUCO level. He sees the floor exceptionally well and has a great handle. His size makes him an extremely difficult match up for opposing point guards. Parker is explosive when attacking the basket and has excellent body control. Parker committed to Cal a few weeks ago, but recently changed his mind and is going to play for Ben Howland at UCLA. He is averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Fred Sturdivant (6’7, 200, SO -San Francisco, CA) – Sturdivant is a long, athletic forward who finishes above the rim. He is extremely active around the basket and plays well above the rim. He has given a verbal to Texas Southern.
Colin Chiverton (6’5, 200, SO – San Jose, CA) – Chiverton is a smooth guard who can fill it up from the perimeter and attack the basket. He is scoring 17 points per game on the season, and had 41 points in CCSF’s last game against Santa Rosa. Chiverton played last season at Salt Lake City College and scored 14 ppg. He committed to St. Mary’s out of high school. He is one of the best available sophomore guards in California.
Jonathon Williams (6’6, 220, SO – Richmond, CA) – Williams is another sophomore who is getting D1 looks this year at CCSF. He is a strong wing/forward who has good control getting to the basket and rebounds the ball well. He is averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds per contest. He uses his strength to initiate contact and get to the free throw line.
Saddleback College – Head Coach: Andy Ground
Wendell Faines (6’9, 230, SO – Lincoln, NE) – Faines is a good sized forward who averages 13 points and 7 rebounds per game. He has a good frame that will transition well to the next level. He has committed to the University of Idaho. Faines was voted MVP of the Orange Empire Conference this season.
Marquis Green (6’5, 175, SO – San Bernardino, CA) – Marquis Green played for Saddleback in 2008-09 and has returned this season. He is a thin guard who has good length. He was a First Team Orange Empire Conference selection.
Myron Green (6’4, 210, SO – Carson, CA) – Green is transfer from Ball State (IN). As a freshman at Ball State he played in 27 games and started one. He is scoring 9 points per game for Saddleback. He has great strength and is a good defender. Green was a First Team Orange Empire Conference selection.
Citrus College (25-6) vs. Fresno City College (31-2) March 11 @ 7pm
Citrus College – Head Coach: Chris Victor
Lateef McMullan (5’11, 170lbs, SO – Tulsa, OK) – McMullan is a transfer from UC Riverside, where he averaged 6 ppg and 2 apg. At Citrus he is averaging 16 ppg, 4 apg and 3 rpg. McMullan runs the point for the Fighting Owls. He likes to let it fly from the perimeter (211 three point attempts on the year), but can also get to the basket and draw contact (140 free throws attempted).
Jacob Ranger (6’4, 215, SO – Carpinteria, CA) – Ranger has a nice frame and has good range on his jumper. He shoots it at a 41% clip from behind the arc and 48% from the field. Ranger is averaging 10.6 ppg and 4.5 rebounds on the year. He is a transfer from UC Davis, and has signed to play his remaining two years at CSU San Marcos.
Davon Shelton (6’9, 220, FR – Rialto, CA) – Shelton is a long and athletic power forward. He has a nice touch around the basket and shoots the ball at an extremely high percentage (66.4%) from the field. He is a solid rebounder and can alter shots on the defensive end. Shelton is a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where he red-shirted last season. He is averaging 12ppg and 6rpg for the Fighting Owls.
Fresno City College – Head Coach: Ed Madec
Quinton Watkins (6’4, SO – Compton, CA) – Watkins’ eligibility is very confusing. He is listed as a freshman academically and on the Fresno City College website, but if he plans to play D1 basketball this will have to be his last season at FCC. He originally signed with Illinois out of Dominguez High in 2006-07, but never enrolled. Watkins then appeared on San Diego State’s roster in 2008 and was a full-time student (clock started). He then left San Diego State and enrolled at the College of Southern Idaho in 2008-09, but left there as well. This is his first full season of basketball since 2006-07. There were also rumors (reported by the Fresno Bee) that he was listed on the New Orleans Hornets Summer League roster, but Watkins says all of those are false. There are also rumors that he will get one of his years back, which would give him two full seasons at the D1 level. That being said, Watkins is a pure scorer from the perimeter and one of the best players at the California JC level. He is a quick guard with excellent length and a high basketball IQ. He is averaging 17 points per game for Fresno City.
Earl Jefferson (6’5, SO – Barstow, CA) – Jefferson was a First Team All Central Valley Conference selection. He is a good sized guard who can play multiple positions on the floor. He can post up and step out on the perimeter. Jefferson is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds per contest.