The past month has been a very exciting and event-filled time. School became intense and I had to really buckle down to keep my straight A's. We were in the middle of a CCS (Central Coast Section) title run in baseball which turned out for the best, as we won the first baseball CCS Championship in Burlingame High School history.
The final three games were all nail-biters with the most memorable probably being the quarterfinal game in which I came in at the top of the 6th inning with two guys on base, nobody out, a tie game and the 3-4-5 hitters coming to the plate. I struck out all three of them. In the bottom half of the sixth I led off with a game-winning home run to right center field. I then closed it out in the 7th for the 7-6 win. I also closed out the semi-final and final games which was awesome.
Four hours after winning the CCS finals I trudged down to the Leavy Center in Santa Clara for the opening round of the Patrick Dennehy Classic. In the 9:30 pm game I was a perfect 7 of 7 from the 3-point line which is the best I've ever done. Over the next two days we played six games, including four on Memorial Day, and came up short in the championship. Over a two-minute span in the championship game I scored 14 straight points, including four three-pointers to get our team within one point. We eventually lost by five.
The USF team camp went very well after we suffered an embarrassing defeat to Campolindo. However, we went on to win four in a row and win our pool tournament. We also played in Cal's team tournament, and we lost in the quarterfinals to St. Joseph's after a really exciting win over Berkeley High, a game in which our whole team played well and I had nine three-pointers. With a lot of hard work our high school team will be very competitive next year and for the third straight year, have a legitimate chance at finally winning a CCS Championship.
Now that SAT's and school are over, it's time to focus on basketball and football and prepare myself for an extremely important summer. It was great to get some emails from readers after AWs article. I'll try to answer the questions from those:
- I am not sure where I currently want to go to school. I am looking for a combination of academics, good athletics and a chance to play early in my career. I feel fortunate that I am hearing from many schools that I think could be a good fit for me and where an athletic scholarship is a possibility. I don't think I will play multiple sports, but you never know.
- As far as your comments Doc S., I am lucky enough to get to see you a lot during the summer and know that if I ever get hurt on the court, I am in good hands. Casey Sturman was very lucky that you were at the Cal Camp last weekend to pop his shoulder back into place. Anyway, I believe that basketball is the sport I want to pursue most in college and beyond. I laugh every time I think about how back in my freshman and sophomore year you would push the Ivy League schools. Now, as you have seen me progress over the past year, it is Cal all the way. Believe it or not, you motivated me to become the best player I could become and it has paid off. See you around Doc and thanks for the response to the article.
As I mentioned in the response to Doc, I would at this point hope to be able to attend either Cal or Stanford and play basketball. I am more familiar with these schools than any of the Ivy League programs. I'm keeping an open mind though at this point.
Basketball is my true passion and is the sport I most want to pursue in college. It's also the sport I've spent the most time working on. However, I don't think I'll hang up the baseball cleats just yet, because if basketball doesn't work out I hope to be able to pick baseball up again and go from there. Some college football and baseball coaches have encouraged me to keep an open mind about playing those sports.
Thanks to the people who have written in. I look forward to sharing more information and answering future questions as my senior year unfolds. Feel free to contact me at DShiller@california-insider.com.
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