May 11, 2011

Eagles Sign Transfer from City College of San Francisco

Having won 87 percent of his games since his junior year in high school, Collin Chiverton averages 19 points and five rebounds per game while helping team to state title

Collin Chiverton, a 6-foot-6 forward out of City College of San Francisco, has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play basketball for the Eagles, new EWU head coach Jim Hayford announced Wednesday (May 11).

Chiverton (pronounced “Chih-ver-ton”) averaged 19 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in leading CCSF to the 2010-11 California Community Colleges Athletic Association title. He averaged 30 points per game in the tournament after earning All-State and first-team All-Coast Conference honors as a sophomore. San Francisco finished the season 32-1 with a 27-game winning streak, and was a perfect 12-0 in the Coast Conference.

Chiverton is formerly from San Jose, Calif., and graduated in 2008 from Archbishop Mitty High School. He redshirted at Saint Mary’s in California (2008-09), then played one season at Salt Lake Community College before transferring to CCSF.

In the four seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 114 of 131 games for an 87 percent winning rate.

 “He’s a winner and has played on highly-successful teams, and has been a key player on all of those squads,” Hayford said. “He is an extremely athletic player and has a great dribble-drive game. He has extreme range in his outside shooting ability, and is a very, very strong offensive player.”

Hayford enters his first season at the helm of the Eagles, having inherited a team that had no seniors on its 2010-11 roster.

“It addresses a need that we had on our roster, and we’re really excited that a player from the City College of San Francisco state championship team is now at Eastern,” he added.

While at Archbishop Mitty, Chiverton helped lead the school to two runner-up finishes in the California Interscholastic Federation Tournament. He was ranked among the top 150 high school recruits in the nation and in the top 10 in California.

As a senior, he was a first-team All-State selection and the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year on its All-County Team. He was the West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year as well after averaging 21.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, four assists and 2.2 steals per game.

At City College of San Francisco, he scored 41 points in an 82-66 state tournament game versus Santa Rosa in which he made nine three-pointers. He scored 17 in the title game, an 83-81 victory over Citrus College.

“All you have to do is get online and look at some of the highlights of Collin and you’ll see how athletic he is,” Hayford said. “Where he helps us most is providing size on the perimeter. He has great scoring ability, especially scoring in bursts. We’ve added a great player to our roster.”

While at Salt Lake Community College in the 2009-10 season, Chiverton earned second-team All-Scenic West Conference honors. As a Bruin, he played 19.8 minutes a game, averaging 14.7 points a contest. He made 39 percent of his shots from the field (153-392), 34 percent from the three-point arc (74-216) and 83 percent from the free throw line (89-107).  The Bruins finished 24-8, including a 14-6 record in the Scenic West.

 

More on Chiverton . . .

Chiverton ended his high school career third all-time at Archbishop Mitty with 1,535 points. As a high school senior, he also was nominated for McDonald’s All-America honors and was ranked No. 3 in the 2008 NorCalPreps.com prospect rankings. Rivals.com ranked him as the 13th highest prospect in the state of California.

He helped lead the Monarchs to a USA Today No. 9 national ranking to end the year after finishing the season 29-2 and with a second-straight CIF Division II runner-up finish. He had 17 points, four rebounds and three steals in a championship game loss to Mater Dei. Archbishop Mitty was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.

Earlier in the season, Chiverton was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2007 Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon. He scored 27 points in an 86-75 victory over Oregon City in the title game. His teammate, Drew Gordon, was the MVP of the tournament and is now at New Mexico after starting his collegiate career at UCLA.

Prior to his senior season, Chiverton was a second-team “Best of the West” selection by the Long Beach Press Telegram. As a junior, he averaged 15.1 points per game as the Monarchs finished 29-6 overall and 12-2 in the West Catholic League. Archbishop Mitty made the first of two-straight appearances in the state championship game, losing 69-64 in overtime to Mater Dei as Chiverton scored 22 points.

He finished his junior season making 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from the three-point arc and 76.5 percent from the charity line. He and Gordon earned first-team San Jose Mercury News All-Central Coast Section honors, with Gordon earning Player of the Year accolades. A year later on the same squad (although referred to as All-County), Chiverton was the player of the year and both were first-team selections for the second-straight season. 

Chiverton was born on April 3, 1990, and his parents are Earl and Vanessa Chiverton. He is the cousin of former California and current Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. Chiverton intends to major in communications or business at Eastern.

 

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