Monday, July 30, 2012

The 2012-13 San Francisco City College Rams

Community college basketball is Turnover City.

No, not the double-dribble or errant pass type but because player stays are short term. Rosters in the the two-year ranks are never static state and that's just the expected coming-and-goings and not the where-did-that-come-from talent movement.

It's no different at City College of San Francisco as Coach Justin Labagh is coming off a 12-0 conference record and a 27-3 overall finish. The Rams have a very solid mix of returnees plus some surprising newcomers as you'll read.

"We're real excited," Labagh said. "Our guys have a high basketball IQ."

The Ram roster mainstays:

* Gabriel Aguirre, 6-foot-10, center, sophomore

A Brazilian, he's the starter in the middle.

* Kanu Aja, 6-foot-10, center, freshman

Out of the Baltimore area and originally Lagos, Nigeria, he redshirted last season after a heralded prep career.

* Roderick Bobbitt, 6-foot-2, guard, sophomore

A returnee to the Bay Area, the former Castro Valley High backcourter averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 assists and three steals a game at Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) last season.

* L.J. Hegwood, 6-foot-5, wing, freshman

A Canadian, his father played at CCSF and also USF.

* Chuks Iroegbu, 6-foot-4, guard, freshman

The Franklin High was a walk-on at Washington State University last season. Labagh calls him "a very tough kid."

* Joe Slocum, 6-foot-3, guard, sophomore

He's a Vallejo High alum.

* Shawn Smith,6-foot-6, forward, sophomore

Out of McClatchy High in Sacramento, Labagh said that "he had a tremendous summer."

* Quincy Smith, 6-foot-1, guard, freshman

At Deer Valley High as a high schooler, he did a post grad year at La Jolla Prep in San Diego in 2012.

* Delon Wright, 6-foot-5, guard, sophomore

The brother of former Golden State Warrior Dorell Wright, he averaged  10.9 points on 56% overall shooting last year, earning All-State First Team honors and being named Most Valuable Player in the North Coast Conference.

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