Sean Imadiyi’s visit to the University of New Mexico went so well last weekend that he gave the Lobos a verbal commitment to play basketball there next fall.
“I just liked everything about it,” said Corona del Sol’s standout post. “It wasn’t too big, wasn’t too small and I really liked the players and the coaching staff.”
Former Westwood and Mesa Community College standout Ritchie McKay coaches New Mexico.
Imadiyi averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Aztecs this season while posting a schoolrecord 68 blocks.
He was named the Central Region player of the year while leading Corona to a 28-2 record and a state runner-up finish in 5A Division I.
“He’s had a huge impact on our program,” Corona coach Sam Duane Jr. said. “But the bottom line is he’s a good person overall. He’s very likeable and very coachable.”
Imadiyi is the second Corona basketball standout to head to New Mexico, joining guard Lamont Long, who played for the Lobos from 1996-2000.
Duane figures the 6-foot-7 Imadiyi will start at the power forward position at New Mexico but eventually move to small forward as his perimeter game improves.
“He’s got to become more of a face-up player and he’ll have to go outside a little more — things he didn’t do for us because we needed him inside,” Duane said. “He has the athleticism to do it down the line.”
Hamilton forward Dominic Papa gave a verbal commitment to play soccer next year for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The Fiesta Region player of the year scored 33 goals in leading the Huskies to the 5A-I state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Desert Vista.
Dobson senior Kyle Anderson won the long jump at the Nike Indoor National High School track meet last weekend in Landover, Md. His jump of 23 feet, 8 inches was more than four inches better than the next closest competitor.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to win, but I pulled through,” Anderson said. “It felt real good.”
Anderson, a favorite for the 5A-I title in both the long jump and the triple jump, set a school record for Dobson last week against Casa Grande, jumping 23-11.
Desert Vista pole vaulters Shea Kearney and Jaci Perryman also competed in the meet.
Perryman placed fifth in the girls pole vault competition, with a clearance of 12-1 1/2, while Kearney was eighth in the boys competition, clearing 15- 1/4.