GALLERY: City College men’s basketball players honored with all-conference team selections

City College finishes with the most all-conference team selections in the PCAC


The City College men’s basketball team huddles during a timeout at Harry West Gym, Feb. 15, 2023. Photo by Joel Nevarez/City Times Media

Joel Nevarez, Sports Editor

After a successful season that ended in heartbreak for the San Diego City College men’s basketball team, the Knights finished with the highest number of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference All-Conference Team honors.

The men’s basketball team had two first team all-conference selections and three second team selections, 5 in total.   

 “I’m really grateful for the season I had,” said Knights guard Lorenzo Wright, who made the all-conference second team. “I put a lot of work in this year.” 

Knights guard Lorenzo Wright, left, receiving gift from Knights coach Mitch Charlens, right, on Sophomore night at Harry West Gym,
Knights guard Lorenzo Wright, left, receiving a gift from Knights coach Mitch Charlens, right, on Sophomore Night at Harry West Gym, Feb.15, 2023. Photo by Joel Nevarez/City Times Media

City went 14-2 in the conference with an overall record of 24-6 and finished the season undefeated at home. 

“I feel like we have so many weapons on the team this year,” Wright said, “and I’m just glad it got recognized.”

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 11.6 points per game and 2.9 assists while shooting 38% from the three-point line this past season.

Wright’s highlight of the season was when he led the Knights in scoring while coming off the bench in a pivotal playoff win against Copper Mountain.

“I’m glad I got recognized as one of the top players in the conference,” Wright said. “I wish we would have ended up for the championship, but I am grateful for the season.”

Wright, who transferred in this season from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, said City was the place for him.

“One of my coaches from Detroit knew (Coach Mitch Charlens) and then he put me and Mitch together and then I just planned on going to City,” Wright said. “My plan was to go to City, have a good season.”

This was Charlens’ first season back at City after returning from a one-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego. Their season ended in a close loss to eventual champion Fullerton College in the third round of the California Community College Athletics Association Playoffs.

The sophomore is currently deciding where he will transfer to next semester, still mulling over the offers he has received., Wright will consider both basketball and academics when making his decision.

“I was really looking into where I’m best fitted there school-wise, sports-wise, just where I feel comfortable at,” Wright said. 

All-PCAC First Team   

 Al Green (14.4 ppg. 4.4 rpg)

Anthony Howell (10.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg) 

 All-PCAC Second Team 

Lorenzo Wright (11.6 ppg. 2.9 apg) 

Anjay Cortez (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Kailen Rains (13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

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