May 16, 2012

Peterson will be a Sea Lion

Kevin McCarthy

A scoring outburst of 46 points, aided by (count-em) 11 treys, generated notice of Leigh High's Trevor Peterson and now the Blossom Valley Athletic League Senior of the Year will be taking his shooting and scoring prowess to the southland.

photo of Trevor Peterson

The 6-foot-4 Peterson's new college home will be Point Loma Nazerene University (PLNU) located right on the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

It's a program headed by Bill Carr, whose formerly coached at San Diego, Long Beach State and USF. Point Loma is an NAIA school but will be moving to the Pacific West Conference and the Division II level come the 2012 academic year. The league includes four Hawaii members, some southern California squads plus northern California teams Dominican University, Notre Dame de Namur and Academy of Art University. The latter will allow family and friends to catch Peterson in action.

During his spring break, Peterson visited Biola University, Concordia University, Westmont and PLNU. The latter most captured his attention as he explained, "I loved the campus, the coaches and the guys." While on the San Diego campus, "I went to chapel, visited a class and also participated in an open gym."

The Sea Lions staff began expressing interest towards the end of Peterson's season, beginning with phone conversations and then a request for film.

Peterson added, "the team is losing it's best shooter and they're looking at me to fill that role."

Asked when he realized a college scholarship was in reach, Peterson offered a uniquely honest answer, saying "it didn't hit me until I made my visits."

The resulting scholarship offer and acceptance ended what Peterson called "some sleepless nights."

He wishes to thank his Dad for transportation services to all the games and camps, his mother for accompanying him on his recent visits, plus all his coaches, especially Patrick Judge at Leigh High. He also noted the recruiting assistance received from Foothill College Coach Shanan Rosenberg.