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WAC recognition for Ceres High cagers
• Bulldog trio garners special recognition
Verlis Smith Samar Singh
Three members of Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball program earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors, including sophomore Verlis Smith and junior Samar Singh. - photo by Dale Butler

Three starters from Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball team earned all-league honors.

Samar Singh, Verlis Smith and Malakhi Shimon were recognized during the Western Athletic Conference year-end head coaches’ meeting on Feb. 25 at Grace Davis.

Singh, a junior forward, was named to the WAC Second Team.

“He was really close to getting First Team,” Bulldogs’ leader T.J. Walker Jr. said. “He worked hard. He started believing in himself more.”

Singh averaged 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.

“He was always focused,” Walker said. “He was a threat from everywhere.”

Singh could be in the running for the WAC MVP award next season.

“He definitely has the ability to be that type of player,” Walker said. 

Smith and Shimon were honorable-mention selections.

Smith, a sophomore forward, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

“This year, he got stronger mentally and physically,” Walker said. “His biggest strength is his unselfishness. He’s an ultimate team player. We’re looking forward to bigger things from him next season.”

Shimon, a senior forward, averaged 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

“I had Malakhi playing everywhere,” Walker said. “He was our utility player. Some nights, he played point guard. Some nights, he played down low. Some nights, he guarded the other team’s best player. He did whatever we asked him to do.”

Ceres High tied for fifth in the WAC standings with Johansen. The Bulldogs posted a 5-9 record.