One former Mission Prep player is leaving the Cal Poly basketball program while another will be joining the team, the Mustangs announced Monday.
Zach Allmon, a 6-foot-7 scholarship forward who redshirted his freshman season this year, will leave with plans to attend NAIA Vanguard University in Southern California.
Joining the team as a preferred walk-on will be Andy Rowley, a 6-foot All-CIF Division 5AA pick as a senior this year. He averaged 13 points, three assists and 2.5 steals per game.
“Andy demonstrated tremendous competitiveness and leadership while at Mission Prep,” Cal Poly coach Joe Callero said in a statement. “We look forward to him adding quality and depth to our program next season.”
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Allmon said Monday night that he had already committed to Vanguard.
“I’m super excited,” he said. “They recruited me out of high school. I was interested in them. Poly was the right choice for me at that moment in time. But now, I’m pretty excited to be going there.”
Allmon said nothing negative happened with Cal Poly, but that he looks forward to returning to a faith-based school.
“I felt being at Vanguard, a religious school, will really help me grow as a person, and help me become a better person for who I want to be in the future,” Allmon said.
Callero didn’t have a specific comment about Allmon’s decision in a phone conversation Monday, other than to say no controversy surrounded the decision.
“It’s just what’s best for him,” Callero said. “We wish him the best of luck.”
Allmon averaged 15.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a Mission Prep senior in 2011-12, helping the Royals cap a 26-7 season with a second-round berth in the CIF Division 5 state tournament.
In addition, 6-4 small forward David Nwaba, a standout freshman from Santa Monica College, will join the Mustangs on full scholarship while Cal Poly freshman forward Joshua Hall will transfer to a junior college near his home in Washington state.
Nwaba was named Western State Conference South Division Player of the Year as a freshman at Santa Monica, averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. Nwaba will have three years of eligibility at Cal Poly.
“David is a phenomenal, high-flying athlete and a player who will remind Cal Poly fans of All-Big West guard Shawn Lewis,” Callero said in a statement.
Nwaba averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior at University High in Los Angeles.
Terrance Harris, Rowley’s coach at Mission Prep, said that Rowley’s spot on the team is a testament to “how hard he has worked.”
“We’re very proud and happy for his opportunity,” Harris said. “It’s positive for the program. It’s positive for Andy and his future. Cal Poly is where he wanted to be.”