After averaging 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks a game for Coach Blake Spiering and Monterey Peninsula College in his sophomore season, 6-foot-6 DeShawnte Collins is moving on to Sonoma State University (SSU).
“I chose Sonoma State over a couple of other schools because of the relationship I developed with Coach (Pat Fuscaldo). Coach Spiering told me he was a good coach and a good guy.” Collins added, “it was also easy to bond with the players. I want to play on a winning team and with the guys coming in and the ones they already have, I think we can be special.”
Originally out of Freedom High in Oakley, Collins explained “the Sonoma coaches liked my ability to shoot the ball and my athleticism. I’ll be an inside-out player.” Asked to detail what he’ll bring to the Seawolves next winter, he modestly offered, “being a team player and a hard worker who will do anything to win.” Collins’ motor has but a single gear as he never stops moving on the court.
Fuscaldo and Company first reached out to Collins on January. “They came and saw us play around the beginning of the year and called me not too long after that.”
“I’m really excited for my parents,” he said. “I’m glad I was able to make them happy. I wanted to be successful coming out of high school and get a scholarship.” That box has been checked off.
Right now, Collins looks to be a business major at SSU but “I might change that to engineering.”
The Seawolves are members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association so family and friends will also have opportunities to watch Collins in road games when SSU is at Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Chico State, Humboldt State, San Francisco State and Stanislaus State.
Fuscaldo’s recruiting class currently consists of Collins, 6-foot-4 guard Kenny Olsem of Sierra College (his brother Will played at SSU) and 6-foot-6 wing Nick Klarman.