MBB: Scott, Hightower Commit To Four-Year Universities

MBB: Scott, Hightower Commit To Four-Year Universities

West Hills College Coalinga basketball standouts Darius Scott and Delvon Hightower signed National Letters of Intent with four-year universities.

Scott (SG, Damien HS, Pasadena) will continue his career at Cal State Stanislaus and Hightower (G/F, Foothill HS, Bakersfield) has committed to attend McPherson College in Kansas.

Scott will earn his associate's degree from WHCC - and Hightower will do the same, participating in commencement on May 24.

"These are two great individuals that meant the world to our program these last two years," said Falcons coach Mark Arce.

"They helped us win 34 games, advance to the postseason - but more than that, Darius and Delvon were great teammates and took care of business in the classroom."

Scott (6-6, 185) was a two-time All-Central Valley Conference selection, earning First Team honors as a sophomore.

The model of consistency, Scott had nearly indentical statistics both seasons. He averaged exactly 16.0 points per game as a freshman and sophomore - and took the same amount of 3-point attempts (202) each season. During his Falcon career, he shot 40 percent from behind the arc and 86 percent from the free throw line. He also averaged five rebounds and two assists per game.

As a freshman, Scott ranked third in CVC 3-point shooting (42.1) and led the CVC in free throw percentage (87.9). As a sophomore, he ranked fifth in CVC scoring and second in free throw shooting.

"Darius was Mr. Consistent for us," said Arce. 

"He was one of the top 3-point shooters in the state and had some big time games. He will be a great addition to Cal State Stanislaus and make an immediate impact."

Hightower (6-3, 180) played every position on defense as a two-year starter and averaged 10.2 points per game his sophomore season. With his ability to drive and score inside, he finished the season shooting 45.2 percent from the floor.

"Delvon was our swiss-army knife - doing everything and playing multiple spots," said Arce. 

"He was one of our leaders and will provide great experience playing at the NAIA level."

Scott and Hightower were members of the academic dean's list and members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Scott was voted WHCC "Rookie of the Year" for all sports in 2017. Hightower was recently selected "Falcon of the Year" at the 2018 Academic & Athletic Achievement Awards on May 11.

"My two years at WHCC were great," said Scott.

"I grew as a man and a person. I was able to focus on academics and basketball. I loved it here."

(Photo: From left to right: coach Travis Blackstock, coach Allen Mkrtychyan, Darius Scott, coach Mark Arce, Delvon Hightower, coach Ade Olanrewaju)