May 28, 2014

Silver ready to shine

Kevin McCarthy

Pretend this is actually posted on the craigslist for basketball coaches seeking reinforcements (were there such a thing): 2014 talent still available, is the Co-Most Valuable Player in the Santa Cruz County Athletic League, an honor earned by averaging by 14.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 2.6 assists a contest. This student-athlete scored over 1,250 points during her high school tenure and is also an academic ace in both grade point average and SAT score. Meet Angela Silver.

photo of Angela Silver

A 2014 prospect, the 5-foot-9 Silver is a member of the very talented 2013-14 Scotts Valley High squad that finished 25-6 (12-0) this season, including a 67-64 victory over heralded Archbishop Mitty in the CCS Open Division playoffs. For perspective, the Falcons finished one game short of participating in the Northern California championship game.

Queried about her best skills, she could have easily answered scoring but offered, “steals and assists, using my court awareness. I'm able to read what the other players are doing.” One of the joys she derives from assists is “because that's helping out teammates” which provides insight into her hoops mindset and values.

There's also a diversity she welcomes in her roles. “In high school, I'm more a leader and a scorer. With AAU, it's whoever is hot in the game, you get them the ball.”

But establishing her personal effect on games was not acquired simply by stepping on the court.

“It took me awhile adjusting to the level of speed,” adding “my freshman year, I was one of the better defenders on the team. That's where my focus was. Assists too. It was stop the ball and then give it to someone else.”

Starting out participating in both soccer and basketball, a line of demarcation appeared. “Soccer was for fun while basketball I cared about. I wanted to get better.”

She cites former Scotts Valley Falcon Natalia Ebrahimian as inspiration. “She was a big influence, playing the same spot as me when she was playing with my [older] sisters.” Ebrahimian, who graduated in 2012 and now plays at Chapman University, also measures 5-foot-9.

Asked for her best moment on the court, Silver replied, “beating Mitty was a really good feeling.” The thought sticking in her mind: “I don't think we can do better than we just did.”

At the next level, she is looking to major in computer science.

Now it's a matter of where.