May 25, 2012

'Chitwood' Eggleton

Kevin McCarthy

If ever there is a re-make of the film "Hoosiers" then 5-foot-11 Mikey Eggleton of College Park High should be cast front and center, or maybe as a guard.

photo of Mikey Eggleton

Not the type to wow folks with interludes of high flying court ballet, the 2013 backcourter displays solid fundamentals, a quick release on his shot and an all-around headiness on the court.

Indicative of how much he has improved over the last 12 months, Eggleton was named Co-MVP of the Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL) this season, just one year after missing out as an All-League honoree.

Now he's running this spring and summer with the Lakeshow Pump n' Run Black 17s.

Here's Lakeshow founder Joe Fuca on his point: "Mikey is a very good point guard with strong leadership skills. He can run a team and reads the court well. Possessing excellent quickness, Mikey is an aggressive defender and hits big shots for us all the time. He's a very consistent shooter and is the typical point who fights for everything he gets."

As for a self assessment, Eggleton offered "my jumpshot and my ballhandling are my greatest strengths." He displays the proficiency of going both left and right on his dribble drives and it's difficult to stay in front of him. Eggleton will also crossover, stop and then pop a jumper from outside.

He is also accustomed to performing shifting roles.

"In high school, the team is dependent on me to score and last season I played shooting guard," he explained. "But with Lakeshow, my role is to facilitate, run the offense, knock down shots and play defense."

For a number of years, Eggleton has been associated with a personal trainer.

"I've been working with Randy Duck (the former Cal guard) since the eighth grade so he's been a big influence on me as has [College Park High] Coach Craig Battle."

Academically, he sports a 3.2 grade point average and is looking to major in journalism because "I like writing."

Regarding recruiting to date, Fuca offered, "Mikey is receiving interest from several D-II schools like Cal Poly Pomona, Sonoma State and Chico State."

As for College Park in 2012-13, Eggleton said, "we'll be looking to defend our DVAL title.We're losing a lot of seniors, so our role players and our younger guys will have to step up. I'll need to demonstrate a lot of leadership." The Falcons went 20-10 overall, 10-2 in league play,

What's also interesting is that Eggleton finds basketball a refuge of sorts for him -- "it's different from other sports because you can go out and play by yourself. It helps clear my mind and I find it a place to get away from everything."

Unfortunately for his opponents, there's no escape from Eggleton.