Colby Vazquez was recently named the top Student-Athlete for Men’s Basketball in Northern California. Colby graduated from Mills High School before enrolling at Skyline College. He completed his successful basketball and academic career this past spring. Colby was named All-Conference during both of his seasons, while earning his AS-T degree in Business Administration. Colby graduated Magna Cum Laude and signed a scholarship to continue his career at University of Jamestown, one of the top NAIA programs in the nation.

Colby is the 3rd straight Skyline College Men’s Basketball player to receive this distinction. It’s believed to be the first time in CCCAA Men’s Basketball History that this recognition has been achieved by a member of the same program for three consecutive seasons.

Following the 2019-20 season, Noah Haynesworth was recognized after his successful career. He earned All-Conference honors and graduated Magna Cum Laude with his degree in Psychology. Noah is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at UC Davis. Jacob Salinero also earned this award after the 2018-19 season. Jacob left Skyline College with a 3.96 GPA. Jacob is currently completing his master’s in Business Administration at Sonoma State University after concluding his successful playing career there.

Colby, Noah and Jake are just three of many former men’s basketball players that are currently pursuing master’s and bachelor’s degrees this year:

Masie Mohammadi- MBA at Corban University

Connor Strambi- MBA at Stevens Institute of Technology

Walter Lum- Bachelor’s at Whitman University

David Avak- Bachelor’s at San Jose State

Cal Spurlock- Bachelor’s at USC

Jake Shab- Bachelor’s at UC Davis

Essa Abebsah- Bachelor’s at Cal Poly SLO

The Trojans also have three former players living their dreams playing at the professional level.

  • Simon Enciso (Terra Nova HS) just led his team to the Championship Series of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Simon plays for San Miguel Beermen, the all-time winningest franchise in the PBA.
  • Clayton Ladine (Burton HS) just signed his 3rd professional contract. He will be playing in the top division in Iceland this upcoming season.
  • Justin Gutang (Burlingame HS) just signed a lucrative contract in South Korea, after playing in the Philippines the past few seasons.


Article by Justin Piergrossi

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