Jason Pettaway: "A Steal"

Jason Pettaway, a 6-4 shooting guard from Deer Valley High School (Antioch, CA) has committed to Cal State Fullerton and will be a walk-on for the 2003-04 season his high school coach Eric Bamberger confirmed today.

According to Deer Valley boy's basketball coach Eric Bamberger, "Cal State Fullerton got a steal" when they landed Jason Pettaway. "Jason was the best player on our team last year," Bamberger said. And that team included well-recruited Bryan Lee who is going to either Florida A&M or Florida State on scholarship.

Pettaway has averaged over 15 points a game his last two seasons at Deer Valley. Bamberger says Pettaway is an extremely fluid basketball player. "He looks likes he glides on the court," says Bamberger,  ""It's hard to explain but his head does not bob up and down, it just of stays in one place, similar to how (new Laker addition) Gary Payton runs the floor.

"He definitely has D1 talent and he will earn a scholarship before he is done."

Bamberger says he is a good leaper, has a nice shooting touch who is also a slasher-type player. He was second in three-pointers for a team which upset perennial high school basketball power De La Salle in the North Coast Section playoffs. Pettaway was also routinely assigned the task of covering the opponents best player.

Pettaway received quite a bit of interest following his Junior year but because his stats were not overwhelming most schools backed off or wanted him to walk-on. St. Mary's and Fresno State were two of those schools. He was also offered scholarships from some local D11 schools but wants to play D1. He is a good student and has an overall GPA of 3.3 and is fully qualified.