Monday, May 1, 2017

Shackelford moving south

There may not have been any ashes surrounding him but Phoenix Shackelford has risen and is moving on from Vanden High to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) for his college education and next hoops opportunity.

The 6-foot-3 guard who was named the Most Valuable Player of the Solano County Athletic Conference for his play this season chose the Broncos "because of the environment and setting there." That and "the priority to win." Longtime Head Coach Greg Kamansky has posted 16 winning seasons in 18 years and Cal Poly Pomona won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2010.

Shackelford's recruitment began with a pre-season phone call from Associate Head Coach Damion Hill. "He said they wanted to see me play again and he talked about the school and the history of the program."

Then came an official visit on April 13.

Bronco fans will witness someone who noted his best skill being "putting the ball in the basket but I don't have a lot of specialities, just a lot of good characteristics and attributes. I'll bring energy and effort and work hard defensively." As a team, Vanden was exceptionally strong defensively this season and Shackelford played a major role in that stinginess.

He is being viewed as a combo guard and is looking to major in business marketing at the moment.

About that MVP honor decided on by the league's coaches, Shackelford simply said, "I think I did a good job of putting myself in position." He certainly played a dominant role in Vanden High finishing 30-4 this season and finishing just five points away from capturing the Nor Cal D-III championship.

Cal Poly Pomona is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association meaning family and friends will have numerous opportinities to see Shackelford play with San Francisco State, Chico State, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus also in the conference.

Also, three other northern California talnts dot the Pomona roster: Jeremy (St. Mary's High) Dennis, Nikhil (De La Salle) Peters and Henry (Berkeley High) Cornelious.

In talking about his first name, Shackelford related, "I worked my butt off and rose."

Yes he did.

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