Senior Gage Shelmidine, co-South Coast League MVP for the back-to-back league champion Triton Varsity, has committed to play basketball for Westmont College in Santa Barbara. The NAIA school has been to 17 national championship tournaments, finishing as runnerup in 2015.
A 5-11, 165 pound point guard, Shelmidine averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game during his senior campaign, his third as a starter for the Tritons. He attended and played for Saddleback Valley Christian during his freshman year.
Besides his all-league honors, Shelmidine was the recipient of the 2015-16 Triton Basketball Award, was named to both the Open Gym Premier and Orange County Optimists all-star teams. and was a second team All-CIF Division 1AA selection. He is one of only six players in Triton Basketball history to win multiple varsity league championships during his playing career.
At Westmont, he will join former Triton Nick Crankshaw, who graduated in 2015, also with all-league and all-CIF honors.