Chaffey College sophomore guard Victor Joseph has committed to NCAA Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Joseph also had offers from Montana State, Quinnipiac and University of San Diego, all Division I schools, but opted to stay relatively close to home.
“I liked the coaches and it seemed like the best fit for me,” Joseph said.
The 6-foot standout had an outstanding resume as a student-athlete at Rancho Cucamonga High but the two Division I offers he had his senior year dried up through no fault of his own. So he decided to take the community college route.
It paid off. Joseph was a two-time All-Foothill Conference selection, earning Most Valuable Player honors this season in helping the Panthers to a share of the conference title as well as a berth in the state semifinal game.
Joseph averaged a conference best 21.3 points per game, improving over 16 points his freshman year. He worked hard over the past season in strength and conditioning which resulted in better numbers.
“It was a stressful process at times but I am happy with how things worked out,” he said.
Joseph plans to major in communications.
Chaffey College freshman guard Brian Beard was named to the All-Tournament team at the California Community College state event over the weekend.
The Panthers los the semifinal to eventual champion City College of San Francisco 86-71 but the Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate had 24 points, highlighted by a 9-of-14 showing from the field. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and a steal.
San Francisco’s Jalen Canty was named MVP. Other All-Tournament selections were Breaon Brady and Lyle Hexon, Saddleback and Zach Copeland and Trevor Dunbar of San Francisco.
The Foothill Conference announced honors in men’s basketball. San Bernardino Valley and Chaffey shared the last regular season title so it’s no surprise they were heavily represented here.
Here is the list of those honored:
COACH OF THE YEAR: Quincy Brewer, San Bernardino Valley
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Klein, Chaffey
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Victor Joseph, Soph., Chaffey
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Perris Hicks, Soph., San Bernardino Valley
Brian Beard, Chaffey
Alfred Brown, Chaffey
John Brown, Victor Valley
Chris Drayton, Barstow
Christopher Edward, Chaffey
Justin Elliott, Rio Hondo
Brandon Jolley, San Bernardino Valley
Jacardo Hawkins, San Bernardino Valley
Robert Lewis, San Bernardino Valley
Jordan Rogers, Barstow
Zach Rollins, San Bernardino Valley
Xavier Roy, Victor Valley
Donavan Taylor, Chaffey