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Nick Scheible helped Manteca High's boys basketball team win its first Valley Oak League championship in 20 years this past winter.

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POSTED June 30, 2009 1:10 a.m.


The Scheibles did everything they could.


Nick Scheible, after transferring to Manteca High from basketball powerhouse Modesto Christian prior to his junior year, developed an outside game. At 6 feet, 4 inches, he was groomed all his life to play the post but knew at his size he had to transform his game to compete at the next level.


His parents, Jon and Marina, put in the time, effort and money, going through G&R Enterprises out of Modesto to establish a network of contacts with college coaches.


Yet, even after leading Manteca High to its first Valley Oak League championship in 20 years and first postseason appearance since 2000, the phone calls and letters weren’t flowing in.


Not a peep.


His newly-developed feathery touch from 15 feet out and beyond helped him score 17.5 points per game while averaging 6.5 rebounds, but that went unnoticed.


“I didn’t have anything at the time,” said Nick Scheible, a two-time Bulletin All-Area team selection. “It didn’t start picking up until April, but I was talking to a lot of out-of-state schools.


“Monterey Bay was the last one to get a hold of me.”


And Cal State Monterey Bay is where he is headed in August.


Gerald Spinks of G&R Enterprises pointed Scheible toward the peninsula, and the rest was left up to him during a two-hour open-gym session in May involving three other potential candidates. Scheible impressed Otter head coach Rob Bishop so much that he offered him a spot on the team immediately after.


Scheible accepted the partial scholarship offer and sent off his letter of intent last week. With seven seniors returning from last year’s 16-14 squad, playing time may not be available right away.


“Coach (Bishop) pretty much said it’ll be up to me,” Scheible said. “I’m hoping I’ll be ready to contribute, even if it’s just a little bit.”
Either way, Scheible will complete his transition to the perimeter but can still provide match-up problems with his ability to post up and rebound over smaller wings.


“I’ll be completely on the wing,” he said. “They have guys with some good size already, so I won’t have to play down low. I’ll probably be at the 3 (small forward).”


CSUMB made an improbable run to the California Collegiate Athletic Association postseason championship game, where it fell to third-seeded Cal State San Bernardino, 80-78. The Otters stunned No. 2 Cal State Dominguez and regular-season champion Cal Poly Pomona to get there.
Pomona went on to advance as far as the NCAA Division II national championship game, losing to Findlay, 56-53.


Scheible said CSUMB is the perfect place for him because of its location, small class sizes and evolving basketball program that finds itself more and more competitive with CCAA opponents despite being a full-fledged member for just two years.


And Scheible won’t be the only Mantecan there. Fellow Buffalo and 2009 senior classmate Amanda Porter will play soccer there. East Union alumnus and golf standout Lindsay Shoot is also headed that way.


“I know (Porter) pretty well,” Scheible said. “We’ve talked about it already.


“I loved Manteca High,” he added. “I wish I went there all four years. I made a lot of friends, and just getting to play there was fun.”
 
To contact Jonamar Jacinto, e-mail jjacinto@mantecabulletin.com, or call (209) 249-3538.

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