It’s been a rough year for Cosumnes River College athletics, but that won’t take away the honor of a few athletes, who will be transferring and making the move from CRC to bigger colleges to continue their athletic careers.
Charles Standifer, a 21-year-old sophomore, will be transferring to Division 1 University of California, Riverside next year to continue his basketball career. This year Standifer averaged 20.9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game and became the fifth CRC player since 2010 to sign a division 1 scholarship.
“It means alot to my staff and I to have guys transfer to four-year schools, because it shows our student-athletes are doing what they need to do academically and athletically to move on,” said men’s basketball head coach James Giacomazzi.
When it comes to the men’s basketball team, Standifer will not be alone. 21-year-old sophomore Orion Kidd will also be transferring next year, but Kidd is going a different route. He chose Greenville College in Illinois, but for reasons other than just basketball.
“The main reason is that it is a Christian school and I am a Christian,” Kidd said. “I have prayed about it and I know this is where God wants me.”
Despite finishing the season with a 12-17 record, neither feel that record reflects their game and who they are as a player. Instead, they believe it reflects the team.
“It motivated me to work harder on my game so I can help win more games next year,” Standifer said.
As individuals, they know what they have to offer and what they can bring to their new teams.
“I think offensively, my game can bring a versatile scoring threat to UC Riverside,” Standifer said. “Someone who can score at the rim as well as on the perimeter.”
As for Kidd, he plans to bring something different to the table.
“One thing that I can never take out of my game is my energy and my hustle,” Kidd said. “Both of those qualities just come with my love and passion for the game of basketball.”
Both players will head to their new schools, new teams and new homes, taking with them what they have learned from their coaches and their time as CRC students.
“The biggest thing I will take with me from my time at Cosumnes is to really take advantage of my opportunity. I have to go on to a four-year school both on and off the court,” Standifer said.