April 12, 2011

Carvin gets to the point

Kevin McCarthy

It may be a white smock and the world of medicine sometime and somewhere down the line for Laguna Creek talent Chris Carvin but he's in no rush to shed his basketball uniform. The senior has the initial decision of a college basketball and education destination to make, followed by the fulfillment of those goals and then the hopes of playing for pay all to enjoy before so-called real life begins.

photo of Chris Carvin

The 5-foot-10 backcourter averaged 16.6 points per game this past season, one in which the Paul Casey-coached Cardinals went 14-10, 5-5 and enjoyed wins over Center High and Woodcreek High.

This after a club team season for PHPS Coach Brian Hamilton. Here's Hamilton on his team leader: "Chris is a great kid and an excellent teammate -- he works hard and is a good competitor. He's a pass-first point who can also score."

Basketball trainer and coach of Team 94 Phil Handy offered this: "Christian Carvin is hands down the most underrated point guard in Northern California. He is a true throw back point guard who puts his team first and makes players around him better. He has tremendous court vision and really understands how to run a team. Although I have never coached him, I have had the pleasure of training him off and on for the past couple of years and he is hard working young man who loves the game. He is a great kid who has D-1 talent. It's been frustrating for him and his parents as his recruiting has not gone as well as planned but I truly believe he will land on his feet in a D-1 program somewhere. He is too good a player not to!"

In fact, Carvin self-describes his basketball IQ as his best talent. His explanation for this aptitude? "My Dad. We worked to be a Jason Kidd, not an Allan Iverson," Carvin explained.

Another factor: it was always basketball for Carvin. "I grew up in San Francisco, where it's all black top and all my cousins played ball." The relocation to the Sacramento area came when he was seven.

Who the young man sees as his greatest influence and what he wishes to major in during college are interestingly twined. "I play for my Mom and want to provide for her," he said. "I'll probably become a pharmacist because I'm Filipino and a lot of us go into the medical field, plus it's a steady job. Playing in the pros has always been a goal but I want to provide for my family." He sports a 3.2 core grade point average at Laguna Creek.

In high school, Carvin has to look to score more. In club team ball, it's more of being a floor general but both entail being a coach on the floor.

Winning the Reebok summer league championship two summers ago and making the varsity as a freshman are the leading highlights in Carvin's memory. Being named an all-star at the Adidas Phenom Camp during the time between the eighth grade and his freshman year gave him the first indications that a college basketball scholarship was attainable.

As for what's next, Carvin is looking for "a close relationship with his college coach" and a style that "gets up and down the floor." He is wide open geographically regarding his next location.

Cal State Bakersfield has shown interest but Rod Barnes, the new head coach of the Roadrunners, is still putting together his staff.

However, something soon should be known because April 13 is the first day of the next signing period, with May 18 as the last time to sign a national letter-of-intent.