East County Sports

Griffs’ Warren signs with Oregon school




By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

FLETCHER HILLS — Vincent Warren, the captain of the Grossmont College men’s basketball team this past season, has signed to continue his playing career at Warner Pacific University. The Knights, located in Portland, Ore.,  are members of the NAIA Cascade Conference.

Warren, a 6-foot-4 forward, was an Al-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection this past season, leading the Griffins to a strong finish following a slow start due to complications from the pandemic, finishing ahead of local rival Cuyamaca College in the final PCAC standings.

Warren was signed on Monday, June 13.

“Vincent is a great, long-term commit who has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways through scoring, rebounding, athleticism, and defensive presence,” said WPU head coach Jamayne Potts. “He is everything we want in our program, has high character, and is a great student-athlete who is serious about getting his degree,” Potts went on to say.

Warren, who attended Christian High School, was a four-year varsity starter for the Patriots. He hails from Chula Vista.


For the Griffins, Warren immediately became an impact player in the starting rotation (starts in 25 of 26 contests), averaging a team-high 19.0 points per game by shooting 45.1 percent from the field.

He also hauled in 5.5 rebounds per game, for another team-high category. He was also third in both assists and steals, gaining a second-team All-PCAC berth as selected by conference coaches.

Academically, Warren excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the Dean’s List. He is seeking a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.

“Vincent is a great guy and worked extremely hard, especially since he had to play out of position with us.” said veteran Grossmont head coach Doug Weber. “He’s really a 2-3, meaning a shooting guard or a wing, but gave us solid, consistent numbers all season.”

Warren already had a built-in connection with Weber.

“Vincent tried to walk-on at Grand Canyon University, but that was the first year of the pandemic so GCU wasn’t taking any walk-ons,” Weber explained. “But his high school coach at Christian, Tim Brown, used to play for me, so they called up and he played one outstanding season for us.”

Meanwhile, Potts also announced two other Southland community college signees this past week: Oleksandr “Sasha” Lut of L.A. Valley and forward Maxwell Mose of Santa Monica (by way of Ottawa Univ., Ariz.. Both are forwards.


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