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Collegiate Insider

Ginty staying put at USD

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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It’s been an eventful spring, to say the least, for Devin Ginty. Ginty, the former Colfax High basketball standout who has played the past two seasons at the University of San Diego, contemplated leaving the school and transferring after learning just before the summer break that he would not be on athletic scholarship this coming year. However, after contacting several Ivy League schools, UC Davis and other programs on the West Coast including Sacramento State - which offered a two-year scholarship starting in 2010 - Ginty has decided to remain at USD. “It looks like it’s going to work itself out,” said Ginty. “I have an academic scholarship there and they’re trying to free up some more dollars in some other places.” Ginty, a 2007 graduate of Colfax, walked on two seasons ago at USD and immediately made an impact. As a true freshman he played in 28 games with seven starts and averaged 13.8 minutes of playing time per contest. In a nationally-televised game against Kentucky, Ginty was a perfect five for five from the field including three treys and four for four from the foul stripe. His career best 18 points helped the Toreros pull off an 81-72 upset over the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Ginty also helped the Toreros upset Gonzaga in 2008 to win the West Coast Conference tournament championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In another memorable game for USD annals, the Toreros won their first ever NCAA tournament game by upsetting No. 4 seed UConn in the first round. Last season, after being placed on scholarship, Ginty’s overall statistics dropped just a bit despite playing in all 32 games and getting eight starts. He averaged 3.8 points a game and was third on the team in assists as an injury riddled Toreros team finished 16-16. His 3.29 GPA also earned him West Coast Conference All-Academic Team honors. Because NCAA athletic scholarships are awarded on a year-to-year basis, Ginty was notified by coach Bill Grier prior to the summer that the athletic portion of his “ride” was being pulled back to free up more scholarship dollars for incoming recruits. With the tuition at USD over $30,000 per year, Ginty started looking at other options. “I was interested in UC Davis and Sacramento State but because they are Division I, I would have to sit out a year until I was eligible, Ginty added. “I still have a red shirt year so I was basically alright.” Sacramento State was the most interested. Hornets head coach Brian Katz put it in writing that they would honor Ginty with a two-year scholarship starting in 2010 if Ginty transferred. “It looked like a pretty good option at the time,” said Ginty. “But staying at San Diego was my first choice if things fell back into place.” Ginty and the returning Toreros will have some obstacles to overcome in 2009-10. First, the team must replace leading scorer Gyno Pomare who has graduated and may also lose top rebounder Rob Jones who is seeking a hardship transfer back to the Bay Area to be close to a family member who is ill. “We’re hoping some of the new guys coming in will help right away,” said Ginty. “We’ll keep working.”