Conference champs secure key addition for next season 

Submitted photos – New recruit Mason Mottashed, second from left, poses with CR coaches Ryan Bisio, Justin Claus and Blake Rossman.

The offseason additions have begun for the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team.

On Thursday, Mason Mottashed signed his letter of intent to play for the Corsairs in a ceremony at the local community college, and head coach Ryan Bisio is excited about the addition as he looks to continue the program’s unprecedented recent success.

“Mason is the quintessential example of the type of student athlete we want to attract. He is an absolute diamond,” Bisio said.

Mottashed, a 6-foot-1 guard, joins the Corsairs out of Union Mine High School in El Dorado, where he was a two-time All-Sac Metro Team selection and 13th in California in assists per game as a senior with 6.7.

He joins a CR team that set a program record for most wins in a single season this past winter with a record of 26-4 and won a third consecutive Golden Valley Conference for the first time in school history.

“We’re very lucky to add a person and player as unique as Mason to our program,” Bisio said. “His uncanny feel for the game is only overshadowed by his absolute love for it.”

Mottashed was named MVP of the Sierra Valley Conference this past season and also averaged 20 points and seven boards a game.

He scored 1144 career points in three years at the varsity level.

And Bisio expects him to be a big playmaker at the collegiate level.

“Mason’s yo-yo handle is compounded by his quick twitch and his explosive movements,” the CR coach added. “His gaudy assists numbers and elite court vision almost distract from how lethal a 3-point shooter he is. He’s a one-stop shop for playmaking.”

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  1. Bisio’s lyrical song writing comes out in his description of his players. I wish I was 19 again just so I could play for him.

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