MODESTO, Calif. -- Kevin Bland returned to San Joaquin Delta for his sophomore campaign, and as a result, the skilled 6-7 forward is putting up big numbers for the Mustangs this winter. A husky 225 pounder from Tracy, Calif., Bland was a high school qualifier, meaning that he could have left the Northern California JUCO after his freshman campaign in 2004-2005.
Delta Head Coach Brian Katz is happy to have Bland back in the fold, as his sophomore forward averages 25.7 points per game.
On Thursday night, Bland collected 18 points and five rebounds, hitting clutch free throws late to propel the Mustangs to a 71-62 victory over host Modesto at the 68th Annual Modesto Junior College Basketball Tournament.
"He's a very good three point shooter," Katz said. "He's skilled, tough and versatile."
Bland must play the four slot on defense, but his diverse offensive game allows him to face up quite a bit on the other end of the court.
Bland didn't take any official visits this fall, and will wait until the end of the season to do so and sign a national letter of intent.
The question for fans on this site is whether any of the area schools like St. John's take a look at the skilled forward. Currently, more schools are starting to take a more serious look at Bland.