Another player from the 2010-11 Irvine Valley men's basketball team has signed with a four-year university, according to coach Jerry Hernandez.
Marcus Walters, who missed most of the season because of a knee injury, is headed to Division II Cal State Stanislaus. Stanislaus is coached by former Long Beach State head man Larry Reynolds.
"I am excited that despite his injury he was still able to earn a scholarship to an outstanding Division II school," Hernandez said. "He rehabbed hard after the injury. When he is back to full strength, Marcus will definitely be able to help them. He has a ton of potential."
The 6-4 Walters was the starting off guard for the Lasers this past year, but injured his knee in the team's 11th game and didn't play again. He averaged 9.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and nearly a steal a game before he got hurt.
"It was a blow because Marcus worked so hard and played so well at the start of the year for us," Hernandez said. "We felt he was going to make a real impact for us last season. I am so glad he has bounced back and things are working out for him."
Walters, who prepped at J.W. North in Riverside, was a key player late in the season as a freshman in 2009-10 for the Lasers. He averaged 4.2 points during Orange Empire Conference play and ended up earning most improved player honors for IVC.
The 2009-10 team went 26-5 and reached the state tournament for the first time in school history. Walters is the sixth IVC player from the 2010-11 team to earn a scholarship. The others are forward Travis Fulton (Pacific), forward Joe Eberhard (Sacramento State), Ephraim Ekanem (Northern Arizona), Christian Mack (Northeastern State/Oklahoma) and Jordan Johnson (San Francisco State).
"It is a great group of players moving on," Hernandez said. "They have done so much for us. I am very proud of them. They all deserve it."
That makes 10 players from the last two IVC teams to move on, including five to Division I schools. Hernandez has sent 78 players on to continue their basketball careers at four-year schools in his 16 years at Irvine Valley.
"Other coaches want our guys in their programs," Hernandez said. "It says a lot about the players and people we have here."