Athlete Spotlight

Freshman point guard Slanblaytee “Clarence” Kaye from San Leandro, California has played in 17 games this season. Throughout the games, Kaye is averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.

“What I like most about playing for SPSCC is the environment and how everybody is involved in our season,” said Kaye. “My relationship with the coaches is great. If there’s any advice or things I need to talk to them about, on and off the court, they’re understanding and help me out a lot.”

Kaye is ranked No. 4 in the Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges in assists with a total of 94: “He has the chance to be a special player because he knows what he does well, and he knows what areas he needs to work on,” said men’s basketball coach Aaron Landon. On top of being a good athlete, Kaye takes pride in his grades and received a 2.9 GPA during fall quarter, “Clarence was great in the classroom fall quarter, especially for a freshman who is new to the area,” said Landon.

His life is school and basketball, but outside of basketball Kaye has been involved in the college’s Fall Fashion Show, the toy give away at the Salvation Army, and he and his teammates have volunteered at the Thurston County Food Bank. During the week you can find him exercising in the weight room or practicing basketball in the gym.