September 11, 2007

Rodrigue Mels, Junior College Tournament MVP, joins Cal State Northridge Basketball Program


Rodrigue Mels, Junior College Tournament MVP, joins Cal State Northridge Basketball Program

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - He hails from Les Abymes on the French Carribean Island of Guadeloupe (the same area that produced Golden State Warrior guard/forward Mickael Pietrus). He was named Tournament MVP in leading Midland College (Tx) to the 2007 National Junior College Championship.

He is now the newest addition to the 2007-08 Cal State Northridge men's basketball team.

Rodrigue Mels (6-3, 170, guard), who led the Chaparral's during the 2006-07 season in scoring (14.8 ppg), free throw percentage (.783, 90-for-115), field goal attempts (460), three-point goals (77), three-point attempts (209) and steals (70, 1.8 spg), has enrolled at Cal State Northridge with two years of eligibility, according to Matadors head coach Bobby Braswell.

"Rodrigue is a shooting guard who can score, but we also think he is a player who can play several positions and that's what makes him an intriguing player," said Braswell. "We feel very fortunate to get a player of his caliber as late as we did this summer. Rodrigue can definitely play, can definitely shoot it from three-point range, and that is an area that we needed improvement from last year. He will be a great addition to the Matador program."

Mels helped lead Midland College to a 29-9 overall record, including going 7-0 in the post-season (3-0 in the Region V Tournament and 4-0 in the National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Ks). In the junior college championship game, second-ranked Midland defeated top-ranked Chipola (Fla) College, 94-75. Mels scored 24 points (6-for-9 from three-point territory), dished out five assists, and added two steals.

In the four-game national championship tournament, Midland College outscored its opponents by an average of 23 points per game. In the first national tournament game against Aiken Tech College (an 81-75 victory), Mels tallied 18 points and five rebounds. Mels then added 18 points in the second round victory over Seminole State College (Ok), 78-50. Mels continued his MVP play with eleven points and three rebounds as Midland College scored a third round tournament 57-34 decision over Coffeyville College (Ks).

In the championship game against Chipola College (94-75), Chipola was down 46-37 at halftime, but cut the Midland College lead to two points, 62-60 with less than six minutes to play. But Mels put Midland College back in control (65-60) with a three-pointer, and Midland outscored Chipola, 29-15, the rest of the way to capture the junior college national championship, the second in the history of Midland College basketball.

Matador Memo
Midland College, located in Midland, Texas, has produced several top guards ... In addition to Rodrigue Mels, who is heading to Cal State Northridge after being named tournament MVP and leading Midland College to the 2007 national junior college championship, the school has produced former NBA stars Spud Webb and Mookie Blaylock.

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