May 2, 2013

Etiwanda's Blackwell First Signee of Taylor Era

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Sheldon Blackwell, a 6-foot-5 guard from Etiwanda, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Cal State Fullerton, first-year head men's basketball coach Dedrique Taylor announced Thursday.

Blackwell represents the first signee in the Taylor era after the former Arizona State associate head coach was named head coach of the Titans' program on April 3, 2013.

"Sheldon is a very unique player with his size, athleticism and skill set and we are excited to have him on board as the first member of our recruiting class," Taylor said. "He provides us with some versatility and depth and adds another piece in Titan basketball's quest to be at the top of the Big West Conference."

Blackwell averaged 10.6 points per game for Etiwanda High School as a senior, helping the Eagles to a 28-3 overall record, a 9-1 mark in the Baseline League, and a CIF Division I-AA Southern Section Championship for the first time in eight years after upsetting top-ranked Mater Dei in the final.

An All-Inland Valley First-Team selection by the Daily Bulletin and an All-CIF Division I-AA First-Team honoree, Blackwell helped the Eagles to a CIF State semifinal appearance before falling to the same Monarchs team that went on to clinch its third-straight state title.

He is part of a gifted athletic family that features older brother, Perris, who is a forward at the University of Washington after three seasons at the University of San Francisco, and older sister, Jada, who spent two seasons at Arizona State before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona for 2013-14. In addition, his father, Henry, played defensive end at East Carolina