Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meet the 2011-12 Chabot College Gladiators

Chabot College Assistant Coach Devin Aye sent this along -- much appreciated --about the Gladiators 2011-12 squad. It looks like Chabot will be playing small ball this season after featuring a handful of bigs last go-around.

"We look to be a much different team this year, with more speed, skill, and depth than past seasons. We are nowhere close to as big as the usual Chabot College team.  We only have one returner -- point guard Kurtis Ong. Everyone else has moved on or aren't playing basketball anymore."

Head Coach Denny Aye has 35 years collegiate coaching experience with 742 career wins.

Here is Aye's rundown on the team:

Kurtis Ong, 5-foot-11, point guard: Kurtis is much improved and his leadership will be just as valuable as his skills on the court.  According to other coaches, he is a low D-1 prospect and I would agree.

Terrell Gates, 5-foot-9 combo guard: Terrell was a redshirt for us last year. He is freshman and has improved drastically since last year. His athleticism is off the charts and his decision making is much improved. He has received some D-1 interest thus far. He went to James Logan High in Fremont.

Jameal York, 6-foot-0, combo guard: Jameal transfers in from an NJCAA, and will be a sophomore. He was the Fresno Bee Player of the Year after leading Edison High (Fresno) to a section title. Good athlete who can shoot it. He is receiving lots of mid-major attention.

J'Quon Wroten, 6-foot-1, point guard: J'Quon is an explosive athlete with an extremely high skill set. Has a chance to be a special player if he keeps improving. Was ranked the #95 best PG in the nation out of high school (Cheyenne) in Las Vegas. Getting Mid-Major D-1 looks already.

Markese Fields, 6-foot-5, forward: Markese is a very skilled and an athletic wing who can do it all. He no longer has D-1 eligibility and will go D-2. Markese was ranked the #95 best small forward in the nation out of high school (Mid-Peninsula) in Palo Alto, CA.

Damarius "Shug" Jones, 6-foot-3, guard: Shug is a scorer. He has a good feel for the game, and should have a great freshman season. Originally from Dallas, TX (Pinkston HS), Shug was First Team All District three straight years. He signed D-1 with South Alabama out of high school but left before season started. Is a Mid/High Major talent.

Damien Stewart, 6-foot-1, guard: Damien is a surprise! He is a freshman who is extremely coachable, a very good on-ball defender and a player who makes teammates better and does whatever it takes to win.  Damien played prep basketball at San Lorenzo High.

LaDon Singleton, 6-foot-4, Forward: Transferring in from a NJCAA program, LaDon has good strength and athleticism and can play all positions. He was ranked as a Top 70 player in state of Illinois out of high school.

Ron Taylor, 6-foot-2, Forward: Ron is another surprise and is similar to Damien in that he does whatever it takes to win. He is a very good athlete who can play multiple positions. Ron played prep basketball at Hayward High.

Jamichael Harris, 6-foot-5, Forward: Jamichael is our third surprise! He is a winner and our energizer bunny! A freshman from Atlanta, he has very quick feet and is aggressive on both sides of floor.

Anyoto Frentz, 6-foot-5, Forward: Anyoto has done a great job changing his body as he lost 20 pounds since summer. He has a good skill set, plays physical liking contact and is only a freshman. Anyoto played prep basketball at Mt. Zion, but is from Oakland and has already received some interest from Low D-1's.

Conrad Fox, 6-foot-4, Forward: Conrad transfers in from Sonoma State where he redshirted last year. He is a freshman who has a good feel for the game and can play multiple positions. Conrad is a good athlete with a good basketball IQ. He played prep basketball at Sacred Heart.

Chabot finished 20-9 last year, with 6 losses being by one possession. The Gladiators took second place in Coast Conference North last year and in the last five years has consistently ranked in the Top 10 in state of California.

All seven sophomores on last year's team moved on with six going to universities and one going pro.

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