Rancho Cucamonga’s Victor Joseph chooses Chaffey

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Rancho Cucamonga basketball standout Victor Joseph will play at Chaffey College next season, He plans to play one season because he is already an NCAA qualifier.

Joseph, a 6-foot-guard, helped the Cougars to a 25-5 record and runner-up showing in the Baseline League behind perennial power Etiwanda.

He averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists with a season high of 32 points against Los Osos. He earned All-CIF, All-Baseline League and Inland Valley honors.

Several Division I schools were interested including Colorado State and Florida A & M, both of which he visited. But Colorado State ended up not losing a couple of guards it thought were leaving and FAMU had a coaching change.

Washington State and Portland State were interested too but endned up getting guards that were slightly higher on their list.

Joseph has taken that in stride.

“At first I was disappointed because I think I’m a Division I guard,” he said. “But maybe God just has another plan for me right now. If I go out and have a great year I hope to have more options then.”

Joseph will get to play in a high profile program in a state where community college basketball is top-notch. The Panthers wee i the state title game two years ago and made the semifinal last season under coach Jeff Klein.