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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jaycob Velasco (Pleasant Valley HS/Chico, Calif.), sophomore forward for the men’s basketball team, has been named CRC’s Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 3-9.  This is the first time Velasco has earned the honor.

Velasco (pictured right), a 6’7” redshirt sophomore forward from Chico, led the Hawks to the consolation championship at the San Jose City College Tip-off Classic this past weekend.  In three games Velasco averaged 24 points on 55% shooting (including 50% from three-point range), and 13 rebounds per contest, as the Hawks went 2-1 on the weekend.  In the Hawks 87-86 overtime consolation championship victory over Monterey Peninsula Velasco played 40 minutes, scoring 24 points while grabbing 20 rebounds for his second double-double of the year, and going 7-8 from the charity stripe to help secure the victory.  This performance followed a double-double the night before, when Velasco scored 26 points while collecting 13 rebounds in the Hawks 104-50 blowout of Merced JC.  He also grabbed a steal and recorded a pair of blocks in the win.  He opened the tournament with a 22 point performance, which included going 4-8 from three-point range, in CRC’s 97-94 opening round loss to Lassen.  Velasco’s 13 rebounds per contest currently lead the CCCAA, while his 24 points per game average is good for 6th in the State.  His 50% shooting from three-point range is also among the leaders in the CCCAA, making Velasco a legitimate inside-outside threat for head coach James Giacomazzi’s Hawks.

This is Jaycob Velasco’s first CRC Student-Athlete of the Week honor, as well as the first for the men’s basketball team this season.  Velasco and the rest of the Hawks are idle until November 21st, when they host the James Clark Classic at Cosumnes River College.  The Hawks will open the tournament with Columbia College at 6 PM.  The tournament runs through Saturday the 23rd, when the championship game will be held.  The tournament bracket can be found here.

Honorable Mention: Jade Sowell-Hundon (women’s basketball), Eliezer Ramos (men’s soccer), Megan Gomez (women’s soccer) and Nancy Pacheco (volleyball).

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