Norman signs with Northern Arizona    

Tags: Athletics, Basketball-Men

norman.JPGIrvine Valley sophomore men's basketball player Durrell Norman has signed with Division I Northern Arizona, according to Laser Coach Jerry Hernandez.

Norman, a 6-3 guard/forward, was a first team all-Orange Empire Conference player this past season. He was the third-leading vote getter for the conference MVP award.
Norman averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game and shot 48.6 percent from the field. Norman also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game.
"Northern Arizona is a great fit for Durrell," IVC Coach Jerry Hernandez said. "They usually have really good shooters and he will give them a great driver. With great shooters around Durrell, it will make his game even that much more effective."
Norman helped lead one of the best ever teams at IVC. The 2009-10 squad made its first ever trip to the state tournament, finished second in one of the top conference's in the state and won the second-most games (26-5) in school history.
Irvine Valley was also ranked in the top five in the state for most of the season.
Norman scored in double figures in 21 games and went for 20 or more points in a game six times. Norman's high for the season was 28 points twice (vs. Cypress and Saddleback).
Against Saddleback, he was 8 of 13 from the floor, 1 of 1 from three-point range and made 11 of 13 free throws in a 69-60 Irvine Valley victory.
"Durrell was definitely one of our leaders and a team captain," Hernandez said. "His work ethic, character and leadership skills are very high."
Norman red-shirted at Irvine Valley during the 2008-09 season after transferring from Antelope Valley.
Norman Helped Antelope Valley to a record of 25-11 overall and 10-4 and a first-place tie in conference during the 2007-08 season. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Norman prepped at Serrano High in Phelan. He averaged 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals as a senior and was named all-CIF and all-league.
He is headed to a Northern Arizona squad that finished with a record of 14-14 overall and 8-8 in the Big Sky Conference. NAU has won at least 14 games in nine of the last 11 seasons.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  8/30/2010
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