SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly men's basketball team moved a player closer to rounding off its 2014-15 roster recently with the announcement by sixth-year head coach Joe Callero and the Mustang Athletics Department that 6-3, 182-pound guard Trevor John has joined the program for the upcoming season.
"We're fortunate to have such a quality addition to our program," said Callero of John, who joins a program coming off its first Big West Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament second round appearance. "Trevor has the shooting ability of (former All-Big West selection) Dylan Royer and a great work ethic. He comes from a basketball family and understands the game and the commitment level needed to be successful."
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Monte Vista HS (Danville, Calif.), John averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior to help spur the Mustangs to a 32-1 overall mark and the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship. During Monte Vista's 66-55 title win against Centennial HS, John tied a championship game record with six three-pointers to earn state tournament Most Valuable Player praise. He also finished his senior season as an All-California first team selection and as the Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Regional Player of the Year.
John earned the first of his two All-East Bay League selections after averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as a junior during the 2012-13 season.
The Monte Vista HS program's all-time leader for three-pointers, John helped the Mustangs to a combined 93-21 record during his four years and quarterfinal-round appearances in the CIF North Coast Section Division I tournaments during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Also a three-year letterwinner in baseball and a four-year honor roll selection at Monte Vista HS, John intends to major in business administration at Cal Poly.
John's father, Jay John, was the head coach at Oregon State (2002-08) before serving as an assistant coach at California (2008-12). John, also an assistant at Oregon (1985-86, 1997-98), San Francisco (1988-89), Butler (1989-97) and Arizona (1998-02), is currently California's Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Development.
As a program, Cal Poly – seeded seventh for this year's Big West Tournament – became the lowest seeded team in the history of the tournament to win the competition. The Mustangs then ousted fellow No. 16 seed Texas Southern during the March 19 First Four in Dayton, Ohio, to claim the program's first NCAA Division I Tournament victory and the program's first postseason win in 32 years.
Despite the season coming to a close with a March 21 loss to top-seeded Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Cal Poly finished the year ranked fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game (8.9) and 37th in points allowed per game (63.6).