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Jeff Pendergraph

Jeff Pendergraph #29 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball during the game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jeff Pendergraph #29 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball during the game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

An economics major at Arizona State, he arrived on campus early in the summer of 2005 to get a head start on classes and the life around Tempe…he plays the piano…he has a younger sister, Samantha, and a younger brother, Tim…he was a teammate of Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan’s son, Jamelle, in his final two seasons at Arizona State…he is a 2005 graduate of Etiwanda High School in Etiwanda, California, where he played alongside former Pacers’ teammate Darren Collison…he averaged 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for an Etiwanda squad that went 31-2 in his senior year and was ranked second in the nation…his team started the season 13-0…Etiwanda went 31-3 in his junior year, including 10-0 in the Baseline League, and reached the southern California regional final.



Meet Dallas Mavericks Point Guard Darren Collison

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darren collison

Darren Collison was born August 23, 1987 to parents, June and Dennis Collison. He attended Etiwanda High School where he was McDonald’s All-American Top 40 candidate and the No. 2 point guard in the West. He was also an All-CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year and a Los Angeles Times All-Star. Collison led Etiwanda (31-2) in points (20.7), three-pointers, steals (2.1), assists (4.0) and added 4.0 rebounds per game.

Collison attended UCLA, where he was considered one of the top point guards in the nation and led them to three consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances and became the UCLA record holder for games played during his career as a Bruin.

Collison was named third team All-American and selected to the All-Pac-10 Defensive Team during his collegiate career. He was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-10 Tournament and was the recipient of the 2009 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (an award given to the nation’s outstanding senior male collegian 6’0 and under who has excelled both athletically and academically). He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in History from UCLA.

Darren was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets as the 21st overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Collison handed out a rookie-record 18 assists for the Hornets in January 2010 and averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists per game on his way to NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

In August 2010, Darren was traded to the Indiana Pacers and immediately took his place as the team’s starting point guard, averaging 13.2 ppg and 5.1 apg.

On July 12, 2012, Collison and Dahntay Jones were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Ian Mahinmi. Collison became the Mavericks’ starting point guard, replacing Jason Kidd who left as a free agent

the off season, Darren is available for corporate appearances, motivational speaking engagements, VIP meet and greets, autograph signings, basketball camps and product endorsements.


2013 All-Area Boys Track Team: Etiwanda’s Miles Parish leads Daily Bulletin Picks

Miles Parish, of Etiwanda High School, has been named Athlete of the Year for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's All-Area track team. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher / Staff Photographer)

Miles Parish, of Etiwanda High School, has been named Athlete of the Year for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s All-Area track team. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher / Staff Photographer)

It’s a good thing Miles Parish is 6-foot-5.

He needed every inch of his towering frame to win the CIF State championship in the 400 meters.

“My coach told me before the race that it was going to be so close I would have to lean at the finish,” Parish said. “I didn’t know for sure I won until the announcer said it.”

At that very moment, it all become worth it. All the excrutiating ladders, the weight lifting, the monotonous training.

It was the kick that Parish developed last summer that was his greatest weapon, one he unleashed like never before on June 1.

His time of 46.53 at the state finals stands as the third best 400 meter time in the country this season.

The adrenaline was running so high in the 400 state final that the top three times in the state were achieved in that one race. Parish had to close a significant gap over the final 150 meters to edge Eureka’s Alexis Robinson by two hundredths of a second.

“It was a photo finish,” Etiwanda coach Bennie Gooden said. “Miles just out-leaned him at the line. He was behind where he was supposed to be entering the final 150, but he just kicked it into gear.”

Parish isn’t typically alarmed when trailing.

After all, he calmly erased a five-meter gap in the final 100 meters to win CIF-SS Masters by two tenths of a second, a lifetime compared to his margin at state.

But he knew the state final wasn’t unfolding according to plan. Against the best competition he had seen all year, he was too far behind entering the final curve. In an event that Gooden calls the thinking man’s race, Parish hadn’t executed properly to that point

“The top of the last 150 has been my weakest point,” Parish said. “My coaches would make me run a full 400 and start my teammates at the last 150 mark and let them run full speed from there. At the state final, I just found another gear and at the finish all I could do was hope it was enough.”

Once the euphoria wore off after winning his first state championship in his first trip to the state meet, Parish had another realization. The senior signed a letter of intent with Arizona for 85 percent of a scholarship. The Wildcats, however, made him a deal.

The faster he ran throughout the season, the closer he would get to a full scholarship.

True to their word, Arizona drew up a new letter of intent for Parish after the state meet. With a time like the one he posted, nothing less than a full scholarship would have been fair.

“This whole season turned out better than I could have possibly imagined,” Parish said. “They way it all happened, it was just crazy.”

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer

Posted:   06/18/2013 10:48:21 AM PDT

Updated:   06/19/2013 05:11:46 PM PDT