May 12, 2011
Northridge, Calif. - Davon Potts, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard who led Gahr High School (Cerritos, Ca) to the CIF Southern Section Division 2A championship in 2011, has signed a national letter of intent with the Cal State Northridge men's basketball program, according to Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.
Potts, who can play both the point and shooting guard positions, will enroll at CSUN in the fall of 2011.
"We are excited to have Davon Potts become part of the Matador basketball program," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "He plays extremely hard at both ends of the floor. He can really score. After losing Rashaun (McLemore) to graduation, we felt we needed to pick up our ability to score on the perimeter. He's a tough guy to guard and has the ability to shoot the three-pointer. He is a young man who will contribute greatly to the basketball program at Northridge in the years to come."
Last year (2010-11) at Gahr High School, Potts averaged 22.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in helping the Gladiators to a 26-8 overall record.
Potts' statistics during his senior campaign helped him gain MVP of the San Gabriel Valley League, the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team, MVP of the CIF Division 2A, and First Team All-State.
"I decided on CSUN because it's a great situation and I see the team progressing for many years to come," said Potts. "The coaching staff is solid and the team has a lot of upside. The chemistry between the players and the coaching staff is like a family and that sits well with me. The schedule for next season is very competitive and the only way to be the best is to beat the best. After evaluating everything, it was a great chance to help the team be the best they can be."
Potts scored in double-figures in every game in 2010-11. His scoring prowess included four games in which he scored 30 or more points. His season-best was 34 points against Sonora (La Habra). In 21 games, Potts scored 20 or more points.
"It was a pleasure to coach Davon," said Gahr head coach Richard Roper. "Davon loves to work on his game, and as a result of his dedication and love for the game, he led us to our first ever CIF Southern Section title. For his efforts, Davon was named Division 2A Player of the Year. Davon plays with great passion, and his effort is contagious. He is a special player and a special person. He will make a great impact at Cal State Northridge."
Potts shot 47 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the free throw line.
"My type of game is relentless, " said Potts. "I am a competitor, a leader, and I love to work on my game every chance I get. Nothing is expected coming into Cal State Northridge. I plan to work hard, compete, and the rewards will come when the hard work pays off. This basketball team is family now and I want them get to the highest peak possible."
During his junior campaign, Potts earned first team All-San Gabriel League honors, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team status, second team All-CIF Division 2A honors, and second team All-State accolades. Potts averaged 21.4 points, 1.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
The signing of Potts brings to three the number of national letter of intent signings for Cal State Northridge this year. The list also includes Allan Guei, a 5-foot-9, 160-point point guard from Compton High School in Los Angeles, and Stuart Wesonga, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from San Marin High School in Novato, Ca.
"This is another good, solid class of incoming freshmen," said Braswell, who will be entering his 16th season as head coach of the Matadors in 2011-12. "We obtained a point-guard, a shooting guard and a post player. We are very pleased with every one of those guys. When you put them together with our returning players, this will put us in position to have solid success in the years ahead."