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Veltri adds Hafford to SVC Staff

Veltri adds Hafford to SVC Staff

Skagit Valley Head Coach Brock Veltri announced that former Portland State University shooting guard and Lynden Christian standout Paul Hafford joins the Skagit Valley College staff after completing his successful professional playing career.

Hafford had a non-traditional yet very successful college career, playing at three different institutions, including Whitworth College and North Idaho College before finishing his collegiate career at Portland State University. During that time Paul also played for four different coaches. He became well versed in multiple offensive and defensive systems which would later benefit him during his professional career.

“I am excited to add such a knowledgeable coach as Paul to the staff” said Coach Veltri “His career speaks for itself. Being a successful shooting guard for as long as Paul was, you have to understand how to play the game and play it the right way. Paul will be a great resource for our team” Veltri added.

Hafford’s professional career spanned seven season overseas in Romania, Norway, China, and finally ending in Australia where Hafford averaged 20pts, 8rbs, and 5ast over the last two seasons. He also played in the United States IBL during his off-seasons. He spent time during his IBL career in Central Oregon (Hotshots), Bellingham (Slam), and Vancouver (Volcanoes). Hafford earned three IBL All-Star selections, averaging 19.4 points per game and finished his career as the IBLs second leading scorer all-time with 2,520 points in his career.

Hafford’s other playing accomplishments include the IBL Finals MVP in 2008, the IBL Most Improved player in 2012, a two time IBL Champion in 2008 and 2012. Hafford still holds the 2A Washington State Tournament record for most points in a single post season with 118 points as well as holding the record for the most points per game average in a single post season with 29.5 average, both records earned during his senior year at Lynden Christian High School. These records were previously held by Luke Ridnour.

 “As I continue to build our program here at Skagit Valley I always want to have coaches on staff who had a successful playing career, some junior college experience either as a coach or player, and then someone who is familiar with Mount Vernon and the surrounding community and basketball culture, Paul fulfills all those qualifications. I could not be more pleased with this hire” Veltri would add.

Hafford replaces Tyler Amaya who took a position on the men’s basketball staff at Western Washington University.

The Cardinals have home exhibition games on November 11th at 7:30pm vs the Seattle Mountaineers and then on November 18th at 7:30pm vs the Blue Angels before the regular season begins on Thanksgiving weekend in the 42nd Annual SVC Turkey Tournament.

 

Cardinals Add Rehman

The offseason continues to be a whirl wind of action for the Skagit Valley College Men's Basketball program. Head Coach Brock Veltri has announced the signing of wing Ammar Rehman to a national letters of intent for the 2015-16 academic year.

Ammar Rehman will be a sophomore for the Cardinals this fall. Rehman is transferring in from Northwest College (Powell, WY) where his team won the region 9 Championship last season and advanced to the Elite Eight at the NJCAA National Championships. Rehman played in all 34 for games for the Trappers last season averaging 8 PPG, while shooting 47% from the floor, 34% from beyond the arc, and 81% from the free-throw line.

Originally from Los Angeles, CA. Rehman attended Palisades high school. There he finished his senior year averaging 15 points and just over 8 RPG. Rehman guided his team to a 23-10 overall record and an impressive 10-2 league mark and conference championship. His team advanced to the second round of the California State tournament for the first time in school history.

“Rehman is a long athletic wing who has the ability to score in multiple ways from the perimeter.” said Coach Veltri. He has been a major contributor on championship teams both his senior year of high school and last year at Northwest College, he understands how hard you need to work to win a championship. He will be a great leader for our younger guys to follow.” Coach Veltri added.

Veltri plans one additional signings later this month that will finalize the 2015-16 roster.


Coach Veltri Signs Two More for the Fall of 2015

Skagit Valley College Men's Basketball Coach Brock Veltri has announced the signing of two more student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2015-16 academic year.

The Cardinals have added guard Tyler Kidd, and wing Daryon Jones

Tyler Kidd will be a freshman in 2015-16. A Seattle native and graduate of O”Dea High School, Tyler comes to Skagit Valley College after spending a year at S4G Prep Academy in Raleigh North Carolina. There he averaged 14 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals per game.

Prior to his time at S4G Tyler had a very successful career at O’Dea High school. There he helped lead O’Dea to three straight district appearance and two trips to the state tournament  including a metro league championship in 2012 and a 4th place finish at State in Tyler’s senior year,2014,  where he also earned 2nd team All-Metro league.  The Seattle product averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 assists per game while shooting 52% from the field and 43% from 3 his senior year.

 “Tyler is as quick a guard as there is in this league, he can also shoot it very well from mid-range to the 3 point line." said Veltri. "We are extremely excited to bring in a player with his quickness and ability to move the ball-up the floor , he is going to be able to add an instant spark to our offence this season” coach Veltri added

Daryon James is a 6’2 skilled wing who is transferring to SVC for his sophomore campaign. James is originally from Thomas Jefferson High School out of Federal Way. As a senior he averaged 18.8 points 4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. James led the Raiders to the State Tournament round of 16 for the first time since 1974.  James finished his career at Jefferson ranked in the top-five in school history in scoring, assists, steals and 3-pointers made. James was named a first-team, All-South Puget Sound League guard as well as the Mirror’s 2013 Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Following his very successful high school career James spent the 2013-14 year at Highline Community College. There James played in 30 games for the Thunderbirds that year, Including a 10 point outing vs his new team, Skagit Valley College, in the 3rd vs 4th place game at the NWAC tournament. James brings with him a 3.63 GPA from Highline Community College.

"With the signing of James we add a skilled veteran player to our young crop of talented freshman," said Veltri. "James has a full season of NWAC p[lay under his belt including a trip to the NWAC tournament  which will be beneficial as this young SVC teams hits the hardwood this fall. Our young guys will lean on him heavily as they navigate a very tough non-conference schedule.” Coach Veltri added.

Veltri plans one additional signings later this month that will finalize the 2015-16 roster.


SVC Basketball Adds Three for 2015

Skagit Valley College Men's Basketball Coach Brock Veltri has announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2015-16 academic year.

The Cardinals have added guard Cody Starr, forward Emanuel Siale, and wing Trent Hunt.

Cody Starr will be a freshman in 2015-16. A native of Troutdale, OR, the 6-1 guard attended Reynolds High School. As a senior, he averaged 14 points, 5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 46% from the field and 80% from the line. Starr was a three-year varsity captain and a three-year starter leading Reynolds High to a 16-9 overall record and birth in the Oregon state tournament his senior year and earning first team all-conference and PUHSD first team all-tournament.

"I think Cody’s leadership and composure will be well received by this young squad," said Veltri. "Cody does a great job of staying in the moment on the court. He can really stretch the floor with his shooting and he is tremendous at getting others involved on the offensive end. He is a great fit for our program and will be an instant fan favorite.”

At 6-7, Emanuel Siale is a lengthy forward who had two solid seasons at Franklin High School in Seattle, WA and will start out as a freshman in 2015-16. Siale averaged 10.5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game as a senior last season while shooting 68% from the field, 40% from 3, and 70% from the foul line.  He was also a team captain his senior year.

"We like Siale's length and athleticism. Having a 6-7 athletic player on the floor who can do multiple things is good for your basketball team," said Veltri. "He is a very good scorer in the half court who can get defenders on their heels. I believe his best basketball is still ahead of him."

Trent Hunt makes his way to the Pacific Northwest after a stellar senior season at Las Vegas’ Arbor View High School and will also be a freshman for 2015-16.  The 6-2 wing averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the field. Hunt was his team MVP, he earned first team all-conference honors, and participated in the Nevada High School all-star game.

"Trent has a knack for scoring. He is very efficient on the offensive end of the floor and he has a high basketball IQ. I am excited to see his game develop in our system,” said Veltri. “As we continue to build our program we are constantly looking for players that add value to what we do. Trent’s versatility does just that.”

Veltri plans on announcing additional signings later this month.


2015 Summer Cardinal Camp

The Skagit Valley College Basketball Program is hosting two different sessions of Cardinal Basketball Camp this summer

Session 1 will be June 22-25. The camp is for 3rd graders through high school campers. It offers quality skill development and individual instruction on fundamentals from the Cardinals coaching staff and players.

Session 1 begins at 9:00 a.m. each morning beginning on Monday June 22nd, and ends at 4:00 p.m. daily, ending on Thursday June 25th. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $175 per camper.

Session 2 will be June 29- July 2. The camp is for 3rd graders through high school campers. It offers quality skill development and individual instruction on fundamentals from the Cardinals coaching staff and players.

Session 2 begins at 9:00 a.m. each morning beginning on Monday June 29th, and ends at 4:00 p.m. daily, ending on Thursday July 2nd. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $175 per camper.

For more information please contact Brock Veltri in the Cardinal Basketball Office at 360-416-7684 (office) or E-mail at brock.veltri@skagit.edu. Registration forms can be downloaded using the following link http://www.skagit.edu/image_upload/Camp_Brochure_14%281%29.pdf


Cardinals Run Away with 76-56 Win Over Centralia

The Skagit Valley College men’s basketball team beat Centralia 76-56 on Sunday on day two of the Pirate Classic. The Cardinals won both games in the two day classic.

SVC was able to set the temp for the game using there pressure style defense to lock up the trailblazers on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals held Centralia to 33% shooting from the floor they also had a season high 51 rebounds on the game. “Our guys were dialed in defensively,” said coach Brock Veltri. “We did a very good job limiting them to one shot per possession” Veltri added.

Gerad Davis led the Cardinals with 16 points, while Elijah Smith had 14 and Tyler Jones 13. The win improves the Cardinals record to 5-1 on the young season.


SVC Beats Olympic to Open League Play

Skagit Valley got off to a slow start after having a 21 day break during the holidays. Midway through the first half though, the Cardinals found their form. The Cardinals closed out the first half on a 34-16 run that put SVC in front for good. SVC started the second half off with a 38-30 lead and never looked back. They would extend the lead to 18 points multiple times in the second half before calling off the dogs.

The Cardinals were led by Gerad Davis who had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Olajuwon Diggs who scored 14 as well.  Point Guard Tyler Jones scored 11 points and handed out 6 assists on the night.

The Cardinals will be on the road this week as they travel to Shoreline College on Wednesday the 14th and then Bellevue College on Saturday the 17th.