CSU Men's Hoop Team Signs Point Guard

Colorado State University men's basketball coach Dale Layer today announced <STRONG>Darien Chavis</STRONG> has signed a national letter of intent and will enroll at the institution in the fall of 2002.

Chavis is a five-foot, 11-inch guard who played last season at Kansas City Community College and will have three years of playing eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2002-03 season.

"Darien helps us solve a need that we have at point guard," said Rams' coach Dale Layer of the letter signing. "He is very athletic and extremely quick, and brings great speed to our backcourt. The fact that he has three years of eligibility remaining is a bonus for our program. We're looking forward having him be able to push the tempo offensively as well as having being a defender who can pressure an opponent. We're excited to have him as part of our program."

Chavis averaged nine points and four assists per game for Kansas City Community College in 2001-02. He formerly played at Carver High School of Engineering and Science in Philadelphia, where he earned three varsity basketball letter awards while playing for coach Charles Brown. As a senior in 2000-01, he was named to the all-city squad and earned team MVP honors. He was the team captain as a junior and also as a senior.

Chavis se the school's career scoring record a year after his brother broke the mark formerly held by current Temple all-star player Lynn Greer.

Chavis won't be the only member of his family playing NCAA Division I basketball in 2002-03. His brother, William, is the starting point guard at Texas Tech, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament last season.

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