Calvin Chitwood - Off To Fast Start In Senior Season
Northridge, Calif. - The college basketball season is only one week old, and senior forward Calvin Chitwood has placed his name among the nation's top rebounders.
Chitwood, a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder from Phoenix, Arizona, pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds in the season opening 96-85 victory over Chicago State (11/10/07). Chitwood's total was the fourth-best total among Division I players last weekend. Only Michael Beasley (Kansas State) with 24 boards, Richard Hendrix (Alabama) with 23, and Junior Hairston (Towson) with 21 generated more rebounds than Chitwood.
For Chitwood, he easily beat his previous single game total of 13 set last year in a game against UC Riverside.
Only ten players in the 50-year history of Cal State Northridge basketball have ever grabbed more rebounds in a game than Chitwood. Chitwood's 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) were only six short of the longtime school record held by George Robnett who tallied 24 against UC Irvine (1/16/71).
Chitwood has tallied six double-doubles (points-rebounds) in his four-year Matador career.
Matador Minute ...
Calvin Chitwood hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and was a standout student-athlete at Paradise Valley High School ... At Cal State Northridge, Chitwood is majoring in Marketing ... The All-Conference candidate is shooting a career .536 (#11 all-time at CSUN) ... Chitwood's shooting percentage of .585 during the 2005-06 season is fifth-best in school history ... Chitwood only needs 96 points to become the tenth all-time leading scorer in school history ... His 344 career field goals is only 50 short of the tenth position in the Matador record book held by Mark Cooley (1964-67) ... Chitwood needs 133 rebounds to reach 510 career rebounds which would put him tenth on the all-time list at Cal State Northridge ... Chitwood's single season free throw percentage of .851 last year is sixth-best in school history, and was #1 in the Big West last season.
Calvin Chitwood Double-Doubles (Points-Rebounds)
22 points, 18 rebounds vs Chicago State (11/10/07)
16 points, 13 rebounds vs UC Riverside (2/8/07)
19 points, 12 rebounds vs Cal Poly (3/2/06)
17 points, 11 rebounds at UC Davis (2/14/06)
10 points, 10 rebounds vs Cal State Fullerton (1/7/06)
15 points, 10 rebounds vs UC Santa Barbara (1/2/05)
*** Calvin Chitwood says his greatest moment in sports was "playing in my first collegiate game at Oklahoma."
*** Calvin Chitwood lists Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady as his favorite professional athlete.
*** Calvin Chitwood says his favorite movie is "Scarface" and his favorite rapper "The Game"
*** Calvin Chitwood says Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) is the best player he has ever played against.
*** Calvin Chitwood lists Dr. Martin Luther King as the person in history he would most like to meet.