MENâ€™S HOOPS SIGNS TWO-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE FORWARD ANTHONY COSENTINO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men’s basketball program announced its fourth signee of the 2011-12 recruiting class with the inking of Southwestern College forward Anthony Cosentino. He will enroll as a junior at Sacramento State this fall.
Cosentino, who can play both forward positions, comes to the Hornets with impressive credentials as he was named first team all-state and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference MVP each of his two seasons at Southwestern College (Chula Vista, Calif.). In addition, the 6-foot-7, 220-pound Cosentino led the Jaguars to a pair of conference championships, two Southern California Regional appearances, a combined 48-8 overall record and 31-1 league mark.
This past season, the Chula Vista, Calif., native averaged 18.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game. He shot 45.0 percent (125-278) from the field, 38.4 percent (33-86) from the three-point line and 73.3 percent (129-176) from the free throw line. He ranked among the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s top six players in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots while playing for a Southwestern team that finished the season ranked fourth in the state.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Cosentino helped lead Southwestern to a 23-5 overall record, a 16-0 conference mark and an 18-game winning streak before losing to San Bernardino Valley College, 80-77, in the regional final. Cosentino played both seasons at Southwestern for his father, John, who has been the Jaguars’ head coach for 21 years.
“Anthony is very versatile player who has perimeter skills and can go inside and post up,” Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz said. “He comes from a basketball family and has grown accustomed to winning at every level he has played.”
A three-year member of the varsity squad at Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch High School, Cosentino was a first team all-conference performer his senior season after averaging 19.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.4 blocked shots per game. He was nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American game that season and helped Otay Ranch to a 20-9 overall record and 9-1 conference mark. He was also a first team all-league selection during a junior season in which he averaged 14.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
Cosentino joins Edison High School point guard Dylan Garrity, Diablo Valley College combo guard Jordan Estrada and Irvine Valley College swingman Joe Eberhard as the four players to sign with Sacramento State for the 2011-12 season.
Sacramento State's Signees
||Chula Vista, Calif./Southwestern JC
||Newport Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley JC
||Concord, Calif./Diablo Valley JC
||Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS