SBVC’s Frazier picks a college

San Bernardino Valley College sophomore guard Ashleigh Frazier has signed a letter of intent with Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Fraizer, a product of Redlands East Valley high School, helped the Wolverines to back-to-back Foothill Conference title teams, inlcuding the 2007-2008 team that tied the school record for most consecutive wins and most wins a season.

She was a first-team All-Foothill Conference selection, averaging 8.l7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Her best games were a 22-point showing against Victor Valley and a 21-point effort against Chaffey.

She plans to major in photography.

The Urban Knights compete in the Pacific West Conference and are coming off a 6-20 season in their first year at the Division II level.

She is the second SBVC player to make a decision. Point guard Eisha Shepperd picked Oregon State. Angela Green and Duywanna Pullum are still looking at their options.

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Local player gets NBA tryout

Most young boys that pick up a basketball dream of playing in the NBA some day. One local just might get that chance.

Former Fontana High School standout Ira Graham has earned a tryout with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

Graham, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, wrapped up his college career at Division II Western Washington in the spring. He averaged 19.1 points his senior season and became the first player in school history to finish with two 500-point seasons. He was player of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and selected to participate in the NABC all-star game held in conjunction with the Division II Elite Eight.

But Graham hasn’t stopped playing since that season ended in March. He continued to hone his skills with the Bellingham entry in the International Basketball League where he averaged 18.5 points and earned all-star honors.

Graham, 23, is back in Southern California and continues to work on his game in preparation for the tryout. There aren’t many locals playing professional basketball. Here’s to hoping he gets that chance!

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Chaffey player to head East

Chaffey College men’s basketball standout Anthony Soares is headed to Touro College, located in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Soares is interested in the medical field and Touro is noted for its health sciences program. He will be starting the Physician Assistant program in the fall.

Soares was a part-time starter and major contributor on a Panthers squad that went 27-7 and advanced to the Southern California Regional Finals. He averaged six points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. He had a high game of 16 points in a winning effort against Ventura.

Soares also competed in track, placing third at the state meet in the high jump.

Soares is the fourth player from the Panthers to decide on a four-year university. The others are Lamar Williams (Columbus State), Nickalas Turner (Minot State) and Winston Robinson (Mountain State).

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