Pirates taking their talents beyond Porterville
Four Porterville College basketball players who graduated from PC in May are taking their talents to the next level.
Carlos Angel signed his Letter of Intent on Aug. 9 to play at Walla Walla University in Washington. Angel was a do-it-all guard who scored 352 points, sank 56 three-pointers, shot 75 percent from the free-throw line and snagged 97 rebounds for the Pirates last season. He was also named to the All-Central Valley Conference Second Team and nominated for the All-Defensive Team. The Wolves, members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, could use a do-everything player like Angel as they went 6-24 a season ago.
Malik McCowan will sign his LOI in November to play at California State University, East Bay. McCowan, also a guard, averaged 15 points, five assists and five rebounds a game last year for PC before going down with an injury. The Pioneers are the newest members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association and posted a 10-18
record last season.
Tevin Howell will sign his LOI in the coming months to play at the University of Los Angeles, College of Divinity. This coming season will be ULACD’s second year competing in basketball. Last year at PC, Howell, a forward, shot 42 percent from the floor, 29 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the charity stripe. He also grabbed 75 defensive rebounds and 21 offensive boards.
Jackson Cascio will walk on at CSU, Dominguez Hills. A team captain in both of his seasons at PC, Cascio shot 43 percent from the floor and connected on 83 percent of his free throws last fall. The guard’s 33 three-pointers were third-most on the team. The Toros, who finished the 2017 campaign at 13-17, are also members of the CCAA. On Nov. 29 and Feb. 9, Cascio’s Toros and McCowan’s Pioneers will square off against each other. Last season, the Pioneers won both of their games against the Toros, 70-57 and 59-45.
“I’m beyond proud of these young men for continuing their college careers and working toward the ultimate goal of receiving their bachelor’s degrees,” PC men’s basketball coach Rob Haynes said. “These four were consistent leaders on the court, in the classroom and in the community. My staff and I wish them nothing but the best going forward.”