April 18, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Davon `D.J.' Shelton (Rialto, Calif./Citrus College) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Washington State University men's basketball team next season, head coach Ken Bone announced Wednesday.
"D.J. Shelton will be a nice addition to our front court," Bone said. "With the departure of DeAngelo Casto we really wanted to add some height and athleticism and D.J. gives us both of those ingredients. It's also good to know that he'll have three years of eligibility remaining."
Shelton (6-foot-9, 220, F) played at Citrus College in 2010-11 as a redshirt freshman after transferring from Cal State Fullerton where he used his redshirt season as a freshman in 2009-10. Under head coach Chris Victor at Citrus College at Glendora Calif., Shelton averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game. He ranked second on the team in scoring and led the team rebounding, blocked shots (1.6 bpg) and field goal percentage (.655, 152-for-232), while adding 1.0 steals per game starting 31 of the 32 games he played in.
The Fighting Owls finished 27-6 overall including a 9-3 conference mark, advancing to the State tournament before falling to San Francisco City, 83-81, in the State finals. Shelton grabbed a career high 13 rebounds Jan. 12 against Santa Monica College in an overtime victory. He scored a career high 21 points to lead the team over Irvine Valley College, 71-64, March 5 in the regional finals.
Prior to attending Cal State Fullerton and Citrus College, Shelton played high school basketball at East Bakersfield High School where he led the Blades of the Southeast Yosemite League to a 14-12 record for head coach Milt Henderson as a senior. He averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field in his final year at EBHS.
Shelton, whose uncle Lonnie Shelton starred at Oregon State and played 10 years in the NBA, played travel ball with the Bay Area Hoosiers and played for S & P in the 2009 Just Say No Summer League.
Shelton joins an incoming class that includes DaVonté (Duh-Von-Tay) Lacy (6-4, 200, G, Tacoma Wash./Curtis HS) and Greg Sequele (Suh-Kay-Lay) (6-8, 225, F, Los Angeles/Ribet Academy).