TRACKING THE GRADS: Men's basketball
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
November 18, 2011 · Updated 12:08 PM
Isiah Umipig and Eric Radford have been playing against each other since their elementary school days on the court for the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club.
The rivalry continued last week when Umipig’s Cal State Fullerton team took on Radford’s University of the Redlands on Fullerton’s home court in both teams’ season openers. Umipig’s Titan squad, a Division I member of the Big West Conference, crushed the Division III Redlands, 118-68.
Both players started in their respective backcourts, but it was Umipig who finished with a career-high. The 6-foot point guard finished with 34 points to lead Fullerton to the big win. The 2010 Federal Way High School graduate was 11 for 16 from the field and had eight 3-pointers.
“This was a good team game,” said Fullerton head coach Bob Burton. “I’m very happy. Obviously, we have a tremendous advantage against a Div. III team with no scholarships plus we have scrimmaged UCLA and had an exhibition with Cal State L.A. while this was their first time out of the chute.”
Last season as a true freshman, Umipig played in all 30 of the Titans’ games, starting six. He averaged 7.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. He was selected as the 2010-11 Big West 6th Player of the year after coming off the bench in 24 of his 31 game appearances. He was also made the UCF Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher) during the spring quarter.
“Zeke (Umipig) can really shoot it – he could be a real surprise,” said Burton. “We feel he can be one of the most talented guards in the conference.”
Radford, a 2010 Thomas Jefferson grad, is also playing his sophomore season at the University of Redlands in California. The 6-foot-5 guard played in 18 games for the 16-12 Bulldogs last year and averaged 1.3 points a game.
He finished with three points in 13 minutes for Redlands against Cal State Fullerton.
Radford features a 3.5 GPA and is majoring in global business at the Redlands.
Other Federal Way school district graduates playing four-year college basketball:
• Michael Hale III — The Federal Way High School graduate is playing his junior season at the University of Texas-San Antonio. The 5-foot-8 point guard transferred after playing two seasons at North Idaho College.
Hale poured in 26 points during a heart-breaking 90-85 loss to Oklahoma State Wednesday night in the Midwest Regional Championship Game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. Hale’s Roadrunners led by six points with 18 seconds left in regulation on Oklahoma State’s home court.
Hale is averaging 16 points for the 2-1 Roadrunners. His career-high 26 came off a pair of 3-pointers and a 12-for-13 night at the free-throw line. He also added five rebounds and four assists against OSU.
Last year, San Antonio finished 20-14 and won the Southland Conference Tournament and advanced into the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to top-ranked Ohio State.
Hale was second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference averaging 18.2 points and 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for North Idaho a season ago. The Cardinals finished 23-9 on the season. Hale was selected to the NJCAA All-American second team after averaging 11.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals a game for the Cardinals as a freshman. North Idaho finished eighth at the NJCAA National Tournament.
• Jeffrey Forbes — The 2009 Federal Way grad is playing his junior year at Eastern Washington University. The point guard has started both of the Eagles’ games this season and is averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Eastern is 1-1 after losing to Gonzaga and beating South Dakota. Last season, Forbes started 23 games and averaged 9.8 points and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Eagles. As a true freshman, Forbes averaged 10.5 points a game.
• Aaron Broussard — The Federal Way grad is playing his senior season as the captain on the Seattle University team. He was named a preseason, first-team All-Independent by CollegeSportsMadness.com after leading the Redhawks last season with 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.
In their first game of the season, a 67-66 loss to Portland State, Broussard finished with 17 points and five rebounds.
• Cole Dickerson — The 2010 Federal Way grad is playing his sophomore season at the University of San Francisco. The 6-foot-7 forward has played in all three USF games this season and is averaging 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Dons, who are 2-1 on the season.
Dickerson played in 27 USF games and averaged 7.9 minutes a game last year. Dickerson averaged two points a game and grabbed 2.3 rebounds. He scored a career-high 13 points in a win over Holy Names and had a career-high eight rebounds in a loss to Louisville.
During his senior year at Federal Way, Dickerson was the state player of the year after averaging 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game.
• Kevin Davis — The 2010 Beamer graduate is playing this season at Central Washington University as a sophomore. He transferred after playing a season at Tacoma Community College.
The Wildcats have played one game and Davis finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots during a loss to Warner Pacific.
Last year at TCC, Davis averaged 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game at TCC.
Davis had committed to the University of Washington to play basketball for the Huskies as a high school senior, but instead joined TCC as a freshman.
Davis averaged 21.3 points per game and was held in single-digits just once as a senior at Beamer. He was named the SPSL South Most Valuable Player.
• Dan Young — The 6-foot-10 Federal Way grad is playing his senior year at Western Washington. He transferred to Western after two seasons at Highline CC.
The center is averaging 4.0 points and 3.6 rebounds a game for the 4-1 Vikings this season. Last year, Young played in 26 games and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds a game.
• Xavyr Moss — The 2009 Jefferson grad is playing his junior season at Pomona/Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. But Moss’ season won’t start until December after spending the fall semester studying abroad in China.
Last year, Moss played in all 25 games for the Sagehens and averaged a team-best 13.9 points a game. Pomona-Pitzer finished 9-16 on the season.
• Cam Schilling — The 2009 Decatur graduate is playing his junior season on the Pacific Lutheran basketball team. Schilling, a 6-foot-4 forward, started 24 games for the Lutes last season and averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. PLU finished 15-10 overall and 10-6 in conference play last season.
Schilling started in the Lutes’ exhibition loss to Seattle University last week and finished with two points and two assists.
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