And the new look he brings to the Tritons is about more than his characteristic faux hawk. He has developed a reputation as a tough perimeter defender and outstanding ballhandler, both of which will give Head Coach Marc Popovich many more options in his rotation.
Shelmidine's presence, combined with the recent return from injury of defending Sea View League MVP Sam Darnold should make the varsity a somewhat different team than the one that stands at 7-8 on the season, and looking up in the rankings at league rivals Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills.
The varsity is also hoping for the timely return of 6-6, 215 center Erik Andersen, who has been out all season with a wrist injury.
The Triton teams in all four divisions will face Troy on Tuesday and Capo Valley on Friday. On the varsity level, Capo Valley will be looking to avenge getting bounced from last year's CIF Playoffs by San Clemente.
Conversely, the Triton JV and Sophomore teams will be looking to avenge tournament
losses to Capo. The JV's came just last week when the Cougars played a very physical game in defeating the Tritons 39-37 in the consolation championship game of the Dana HIlls Tournament.
The Sophomores lost to the host team 51-38 on Dec. 5 in the Capo Valley Tournament. But the Tritons were playing without two starters -- center Donte Harrington and point guard Dylan Hauser. The sophs come into the week with three consecutive blowout victories.
The Freshmen, who possess a program-best 13-1 record, have two wins over Capo on their resume so far this season, most recently 51-41 in the semifinals of the El Toro Tournament.