Aiken signs with Orangeburg

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chris Sokoloski/Times
Surrounded by his family and members of the Carvers Bay High School community, Da’Shaun Aiken signs to play basketball at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy and attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.

By Chris Sokoloski
csokoloski@gtowntimes.com

Da’Shaun Aiken, Carvers Bay’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, will spend a year attending Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and playing basketball for the Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy.
“It means a lot,” Aiken said. “It’s a new beginning.”
“Da’Shaun is an incredible kid,” Bears coach Jeff Mezzatesta said. “He’s got a lot of talent. He’s got a lot of possibility in front of him. If he really finds himself he has the possibility of really going far.”
Aiken has been playing basketball since he was about 5 and loves everything about it.
“It’s more than just a game, it’s a passion,” he said. “It will teach you how to be a man.”
Aiken also spent a few springs running track for the Bears, and played football.
“I love them both but now I’ll just concentrate on basketball,” he said.
“He loves football. He loves basketball,” Mezzatesta said. “It’s just a matter of being able to put it all together on the floor. Having the time now to dedicate to one sport, I think that’s going to be huge for him.”
Aiken expects the biggest transition to college will be “meeting new people and knowing everybody around me has my same ability.”
After a year at Orangeburg, Aiken hopes to get a scholarship at a four-year school. All but two players from this year’s Tech team signed with larger schools.
Mezzatesta said Aiken has a real shot at getting an offer from a Division II school.
“The whole purpose of going to Orangeburg-Tech is to go one year and get your grades where they need to be so you can get out quick and get [to a] four-year. I think that’s his big hope,” Mezzatesta said. “[He’s] got one year to make a splash.”
Aiken is interested in studying sports management.

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