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Men's Basketball Sophomore Elliott Berry Headed To UC Riverside

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Pasadena City College men's basketball sophomore forward Elliott Berry, a two-time, All-South Coast Conference First Team selection, signed his scholarship letter of intent to play and attend University of California, Riverside Monday. 

Berry played for PCC Head Coach Michael Swanegan for his two years here, including helping the Lancers win 22 games in his freshman season of 2008-2009. Berry finished his Lancers' career with 829 points, good enough for No. 23 on the college's all-time scoring list.

As a sophomore, the 6-foot-7 Berry averaged 16.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. Berry led the team with 45 three-pointers, but was also adept with a strong inside game. Berry paced PCC in blocked shots with 37 and was the team's top rebounder with 194 total boards.

UC Riverside is a NCAA Division I university. The Highlanders play in the Big West Conference. Berry will play under head coach Jim Wooldridge.

Berry said he had five colleges offering him scholarships before finally deciding on UC Riverside. The Universities of Idaho and Seattle, Cal State Bakersfield, and Fresno State also recruited Berry.

"The deciding factor was that the Riverside coaches made me feel wanted and comfortable about going there," Berry said. "I think with some of the other colleges, I was just filling a spot for them."

Prior to attending PCC, Berry was a conference player of the year at Clovis West High in Fresno. He enjoyed his experience at PCC.

"I wanted to come to Southern California, and I knew that PCC had a new coach in place, and a nice gym," he said. "It worked out well. We had one of the better teams in the state and won 22 games in my freshman year. We didn't do as well this season, but I concentrated on playing hard every minute. It was a nice to make my mark here, seeing that I'm No. 23 on our scoring list. I followed some great players over the years here."

[Photo--Signing Day--Elliott Berry (middle) signs his scholarship letter to UC Riverside in a photo session at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Monday. On the left is Dean of Kinesiology, Health & Athletics/Athletic Director Beverly Tate and to the right is Berry's brother and legal guardian Nicc Butler.]

Release Date: 04/20/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu