Junior guard is the lone Big West player honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Instant classic took place when the Aggies visited Long Beach State for key league matchup
UC Davis led for most of Wednesday night's Round One game until Utah hit free throws and pulled away late
Junior AJ John scores team-high 13 points in huge second half
UC Davis defeats UC Riverside for the third time this season, is one step closer to a successful Big West Tournament title defense
UC Davis vs. Long Beach State (USATSI) 02-03-2018
Photos from UC Davis men's basketball vs. Nevada - Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Images from the UC Davis game at Washington
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE (2015-17): Averaged a team-high 12.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game for a team that advanced to the CCCAA State Championship... Led by his season-high 21 points in that championship victory, he started all 33 games and scored double figures in 25 of them... Shot .492 overall, .800 at the line, and .543 from three, earning him Orange Empire Conference's Most Valuable Player and All-State First Team accolades.
TUSTIN HS '15: Led the Tillers to three consecutive Empire League championships and semifinal runs at sectionals in two of his last three seasons... Averaged 17 points and 3.5 rebounds per game his senior year, picking up Most Valuable Player, All-CIF Southern Section second team and All-League first team nods... Named Tustin High Varsity Offensive Player of the Year in his final two seasons... Received the school's Scholar-Athlete Award all four years... Regularly named to the Principal's and Superintendent's Honor Rolls.
PERSONAL: Born in Irvine, Calif.... Parents are Darlene and Timothy Shorts... Has one sister, Kawona... Enjoys surfing, something most people don't know about him... Favorite movie is Pursuit of Happyness... Sports hero is Chris Paul... Skydiving and traveling outside of the country are priorities on his bucket list... Chose UC Davis because it felt like the best fit, and for the outstanding opportunity it provided.