Big Man Derek Quinet Commits to Titans

Bob Burton and Cal State Fullerton have received their first commitment from a post player for the 2004-05 season. Finding players to replace seniors Pape Sow, Babacar Camara and Bron Groomes will not be easy but the coaching staff has now found one piece of the puzzle. The staff is looking to sign three big men before the 2004-05 season.

According to West Valley head coach Danny Yoshikawa, 6-9, 240 pound PF/C Derek Quinet has decided to continue his career at Cal State Fullerton.

"Derek is tough as nails," Yoshikawa said. "He is athletic, a great, great rebounder and an excellent defender. He is not a stiff at all."

Quinet, who will have three years of eligibility for the Titans, originally signed with Idaho State out of high school. After tearing his ACL at ISU in an exhibition game, he decided to head back home to reconsider his options and then enrolled at West Valley College to continue his education.

According to Yoshikawa Cal State Fullerton beat out San Jose State, St. Mary's and Santa Clara. "Once Cal State Fullerton and Bob Burton got in the mix there was never a doubt where he was going."

Yoshikawa says Quinet is more of a center but can play either the 4 or the 5, "He's just someone who does all the intangibles. An excellent pickup for Cal State Fullerton."

Quinet is a good student and will need to earn his AA degree before he can enroll at CSF and he is on track to do so.

Quinet first gained national recognition in the summer of 2001, while playing for the prominent Bay Area Ballers AAU program. Quinet, who did not play during his junior year of high school, caught the eyes of several college coaches, while playing for the Bay Area team.

After signing with ISU, head coach Doug Oliver had this to say, "We are ecstatic about this signing. Derek is a big, strong, young player who I believe has a chance to develop into one of the best post players in our league. He is a solid athlete who competes and rebounds. He is yet another piece to our young nucleus."

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