Chris Minardo, a 6-9 forward from Citrus College (Glendora, CA), has given a verbal to attend Cal State Fullerton, according to his parents Shelley and Mike Minardo. He plans to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period between November 10th and November 17th.
Minardo is an athletic forward with great range who is fully qualified out of Ayala High School in Chino Hills (1240 on his SAT and 3.8 GPA). Chris "grey-shirted" his first year and will have three years of eligibility with the Titans after he plays one year at Citrus College.
Chris had arthroscopic surgery awhile back to prevent his knees from locking up and since then, according to Shelley, "everything just clicked. He was hitting threes, driving to hoop, dunking. It was unbelievable."
Apparently his mom was not the only one impressed. After an APU showcase in July, Minardo had numerous suitors, including Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, St. Mary's and Wichita State.
He chose Cal State Fullerton because he had an outstanding visit, got along really well with the current players, and, according to Shelley, "really liked head coach Bob Burton. He really believes coach Burton will turn this program around."
Chris credits Inland Empire Basketball Program (IEBP) coach Keith Howard and Citrus head coach James Hyneman with the significant progress he has made since his senior year out of high school. Chris averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds while attending Ayala.