Atascadero High’s Troy Norris has chosen to play basketball at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, coaches said Friday.
Norris, a 5-foot-10 point guard, was one of 20 players chosen to the all-state Division III team of ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports in May. He was also an all-CIF Southern Section Division 4AA first-team honoree.
The recently graduated senior was named The Tribune’s San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons and averaged 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 4.0 assists while leading the Greyhounds (25-4) to an undefeated league title this past season.
There are no scholarships at the community college level in California, but plenty of players use the system as a means to transfer into four-year programs. Atascadero’s Mecklen Davis, for instance, a two-time county player of the year in 2003 and 2004, starred at Cuesta College before signing with Montana State.
Eleventh-year College of the Sequoias head coach Rusty Smith has had nearly 40 players receive scholarships from four-year institutions. Fifteen of them went to the Division I level, including three to the Big West and Big Sky conferences in the past two years.
“Coach Smith does a really good job,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said.
COS went 19-11 overall in 2010-11, finishing third in the Central Valley Conference.
Smith called Norris “an immediate-impact player” and “a difference maker.”
In the Greyhounds’ 60-47 playoff win over St. John Bosco of Bellflower this past winter, Norris performed well against a team featuring Oklahoma State-bound point guard Cezar Guerrero.
Norris nearly had a triple-double with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
“He has unbelievable quickness and power,” Smith said. “He’s a great decision maker and looks for the open man.”
Norris was also a star cornerback for the Greyhounds in football, setting school records for interceptions in a season (eight) and two-year career (13).
Norris has played at the AAU level for a club also located in the San Joaquin Valley, Organized Chaos.
Another Central Coast player will join Norris at the school about 45 minutes southeast of Fresno, according to the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper.
Righetti sharpshooter Van Holloway, the PAC 7’s leading scorer as a senior, will also reportedly play for the Giants.
Norris couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
Sean Slavin, a center at Atascadero, will play at Monterey Peninsula College, Tamelier said.
The 6-7 Slavin’s shooting range extends to the 3-point line. He averaged 11.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as a senior, despite having to play on an injured knee that needed to be drained weekly, Tamelier said.
Former San Luis Obispo star Julian Demalleville played at MPC the past two years and recently accepted a recruited walk-on spot at Sacramento State.