Antony Navarrete went to San Lorenzo High School (2008). I asked Ant to describe his days as a high schooler and his game, he responded with, “I was a class clown in High School. I didn’t really take basketball seriously.” For someone listed at 6’5 with ridiculous bounce and weighing 235 lbs, Ant thought about giving the College Basketball thing a try at Contra Costa in Richmond (2009). Like all athletes, he encountered his ups and down, but for the in-experienced Navarrete, there was a particular struggle with the adversity amongst the team and with his coach which led him to leave Contra Costa. “I wasn’t comfortable with my situation…so I transferred to Chabot which was closer to home” Navarette said. While taking classes at Chabot College in Hayward on and off for what seemed like 3 years, in efforts to get his grades right and become eligible to suit up, Ant found himself facing another new challenge – the challenge of becoming a Father. On March 28th, 2013 Ant’s daughter Gabriella Navarrete was brought into this world – changing his life forever.
Ant dropped school and his dreams of playing to help provide for his new family. “I had to catch the bus at 5 Am to Mountain View to work in the cafeteria at Google.” Ant found himself working more and playing less hoops. It wasn’t until Ant met Mike Reynoso of Cañada College who noticed his potential and gave him a chance to come into the #ColtFamily to make an immediate impact for the 2016/2017 season. “I believe he could be one of the top players in the state this year if he keeps having games like this for us” said Reynoso after Navarrete’s 26 pt / 11 reb game in an effort to come back after being down 15 points in the second half against Ventura College on Saturday at the Ohlone College Tournament in Fremont. Ant say’s his opportunity at Cañada is everything he has been working for and is honored to play for Reynoso, “He is someone I look up to, he understands my situation, and I am blessed to have him in my corner. He’s been like family ever since I met him” said Navarrete. For someone who has never played organized basketball, Navarrete is making a huge impact early on. After a rough first half he attacked the openings of the defense and ate from the line. It was’t just Navarrete that contributed to the win though, “We have a special group of guys, who when trusting in each other, can beat anybody” Reynoso added.
The freshman is averaging a double double this season (18 ppg in his last 3 games) helping Cañada bounce back to 3-3 on the season. Check out The Highlights from Canada’s comeback victory below:
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