Each time Trevor Dunbar took to the basketball court for St. Ignatius High School of San Francisco something exciting was bound to happen.
Dunbar, a 5-foot-10 point guard, was a highlight reel, handling the ball and making things happen on the court during his three-year high school varsity career.
Dunbar will continue to make things happen on the court, as he recently accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball at Washington State, a PAC 12 school.
“Getting and accepting that scholarship from Washington State is a big weight off of my shoulders,” said Dunbar. “I feel relieved and feel blessed that this happened for me.”
He chose Washington State over scholarship offers from Citadel, Cal Poly, Florida A&M and CSU Bakersfield and recruiting interest from schools such as the University of San Francisco, St. Johns and Maryland.
“I had a great season,” said Dunbar.
That is an understatement. Dunbar helped lead St. Ignatius to a 23-7 overall record and second place in the West Catholic Athletic League. He averaged 23 points and 7 assists a game, was named the MVP of the WCAL and led St. Ignatius to a Central Coast Championship in Division II, before they lost in the second round of the Northern California Division II playoffs.
“The fact that Trevor was selected MVP of the West Catholic Athletic League by opposing coaches in the league speaks volumes about him,” said Gerry Freitas, a high school and collegiate basketball scout with the Hoop Review Scouting Service.
The West Catholic Athletic League, which stretches from San Francisco to San Jose, is a highly regarded basketball league, not only in Northern California but throughout the entire state.
There have been a number of point guards who have come out of San Francisco over the years and achieved great high school success. Players such as Dean Maye, Alton Byrd, Ray Kelly, LaRyan Russell were all dynamic guards in their day.
But it can be argued that none of them had as much of an impact as Dunbar did in his senior season.
“Trevor is one of the best guards to come out of the city,” said Carl Jacobs, a longtime San Francisco High School basketball coach. “If he was in another region of the country, he would have been heavily recruited. He is like some of the other top players who played in the city, just as talented as others in their class, but for some reason, they’re overlooked.”
Dunbar had a 3.0 GPA at St. Ignatius. He said he committed to Washington State late in the process when he was close to graduating from high school because he was looking for the right fit.
His father Trevor Dunbar Sr. has high expectations for his son.
“I didn’t want my son to settle, ” said Dunbar Sr. “I felt my son was good enough to play at a high collegiate level, and as long as he kept his game up and kept balling, someone was going to find him and they did.”
Going into the school year, the knock by some basketball scouts on Dunbar’s game was his shooting ability, which was erratic at times, and his size. But during the year, his shooting improved, and he dominated on the court, silencing his critics.
It also didn’t hurt that he had a cult-like following on the Internet basketball community.
This following developed over social media websites such as “Yay Area’s Finest, “Shift Team,” “Ball is life” and YouTube videos that displayed his canny knack at getting to the basket in games and his shifty handles and moves in his high school Club team games with the Oakland Soldiers and his play in the San Francisco Pro-AM summer league.
On his YouTube page, he had 1.5 million video hits, over the past year.
Dunbar will be playing in the San Francisco Summer Pro AM for the Bay Raiders before he heads off Pullman, Washington in late June for summer school and off season basketball workouts.