Former San Luis Obispo High standout Julian Demalleville is headed to Sacramento State to play Division I men’s basketball next season.
The 2009 Tribune County Boys Basketball Player of the Year said Saturday he chose to commit to a recruited walk-on spot with the Hornets rather than continuing to explore scholarship options at lower-level schools.
“It’s the best opportunity for me,” said Demalleville, who will transfer after playing two seasons for Monterey Peninsula College. “I’ve always dreamed of playing Division I basketball. It was a great fit for me, and after they said they wanted me up there, I said you have me.”
A 6-2 point guard, Demalleville averaged roughly 10 points, six assists, six rebounds and just 1.2 turnovers while shooting 55 percent from 3-point range this past season, according to MPC head coach Blake Spiering.
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting publicly on recruits before they sign a letter of intent or, in a walk-on’s case, enroll in classes, but it appears Demalleville will be competing for time with incoming freshman Dylan Garrity and returning sophomore Kendell Groom.
ESPN ranked Garrity, a 6-1 guard from Huntington Beach Edison, as a two-star recruit, 82nd in his class. Groom averaged 6.8 minutes in a backup role as a freshman last season.
Demalleville said fourth-year Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz told him he will be competing for a wide-open job.
“He won’t guarantee me anything,” Demalleville said, “but he said you have a chance of coming in and playing right away. I’m a more experienced player, a more mature kid coming in.
“If I work hard, I can definitely get playing time.”