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Colorado St. transfer signs with Lakers

From staff reports

Sophomore point guard Darien Chavis is leaving the Mountain West Tournament champion Colorado State University Rams and is headed South, signing a letter of intent to play for the Clayton College & State University Lakers in 2003-04.

Chavis, a 5-foot-11 guard from Philadelphia's Carver High School, averaged 12 minutes per game last year for Colorado State, who lost to Duke University in the first round of the Division I NCAA West Regional 67-57.

"Darien has exceptional speed and quickness and is a perfect fit for our pressing and running style," said Laker head coach Gordon Gibbons. "He is an excellent addition to our backcourt."

Second on the Rams with 32 steals and 15th in the Mountain West Conference, Chavis is a true point guard and helped lead Colorado State to a 19-14 record last season. His top game of the year came against the Big Ten's Purdue University, scoring 10 points and pulling five rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

He had 10 points against the University of Southern Illinois, a team that advanced to the Division I NCAA Tournament, hitting 3-of-3 from the field, and he scored six points and had two steals against the University of Utah, another team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Chavis played in 25 games for the Rams before an ankle injury slowed him toward the end of the season. In addition to his top games against Purdue, Southern Illinois and Utah, he had a season high five assists against the University of South Florida and a season high five steals against the University of Denver.

As a freshman, Chavis played at Kansas City Community College, averaging 10 points and four assists per game. He is the all-time leading scorer at Philadelphia's Carver High School and broke the school record of his older brother, Will, who was a senior starter on last year's Texas Tech University team, coached by Bobby Knight. The younger Chavis was named to Philadelphia's All-City team in 2000-01.