DAVIS, Calif. - B.J. Shaw is the newest member of UC Davis basketball after committing to the Aggies, as announced by head coach Jim Les. The 6-foot-6 guard will join his teammates this summer for off-season workouts after competing for Brewster Academy (N.H.), one of the top five prep academy programs in the nation, last season.
"I liked the communication and chemistry between Coach Les, his staff and the student-athletes, which made me feel confident in committing to UC Davis," said Shaw. "I loved the campus, the energy within the program and the opportunity to compete close to home."
"B.J. has played for two of the most prestigious basketball programs, not only in their respective regions, but in the entire country. He will come to UC Davis battle-tested, having played and practiced against some of the best players in the nation over the last three years," said assistant coach Jonathan Metzger-Jones.
"His personality fits well with our staff and his future teammates, his versatility, skill set, and upside will bode well for the future of this basketball program. We are very excited he chose UC Davis," Metzger-Jones added.
Nearly half of last year's Brewster Academy roster will continue their athletic career at the Division I level, a list that includes Shaw, an Oakland native.
"B.J. is gifted and explosive athletically, has a high ceiling and a bright future," said Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith. "He will quickly gain attention from UC Davis fans from the moment he steps onto the court for pregame warmups.
"He is athletically at the same level as his former teammates who will compete this upcoming year at places like Oregon, Syracuse, Washington, West Virginia, Stanford and Wake Forest," he added.
Prior to his year in New Hampshire, Shaw was a starter for Northern California powerhouse Bishop O'Down High School, the top-ranked team in the North Coast Section.
During his two seasons at Bishop O'Dowd, it won league championships, advanced to the NCS' championship games and earned berths at the CIF State Basketball Championships. When he was a junior, the Dragons advanced to the state regional finals; they also enjoyed a deep postseason run the following season as the section's top seed.
"B.J. has a high basketball IQ, a tremendous work ethic and high ceiling. He was always the first in the gym, the last to leave, and a led by example -- on the court, off it, and in the community since his family actively participates in projects and events in Oakland," said Bishop O' Down head coach Lou Richie.
A key component of the Dragons' on-court success, West Alameda County Conference officials also bestowed all-conference first team honors to Shaw each year.
"He has the potential to grow, from a physical standpoint, and develop his skills at UC Davis. This is a win-win situation because B.J. will receive an outstanding education and opportunity to compete, and UC Davis will have an incredible young man representing the university," Richie said.
Shaw is the third Dragon to join UC Davis men's basketball. Metzger-Jones is a Bishop O'Dowd alum, and Cameron Patterson, son of Dragon assistant coach Dante Patterson, also assists the program.
Added Shaw, "I am excited to return to Northern California, it's huge to have a chance to compete in front of my immediate family because of the support they provide."
For the third time in the last four years, UC Davis basketball won a Big West Conference championship, finished with 20 or more wins for and advanced to a national postseason tournament. No mainland league team holds a higher home win percentage (.827) or dropped fewer games at home (9) than the Aggies during that timespan.
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