By Javier Rodriguez |Staff Writer|
Twenty-three-year-old Gilbert Parga, one of CSUSB’s two Division I transfers, hails from Pico Rivera, California.
He attended Cathedral High School in Downtown Los Angeles and graduated from Citrus College in 2012.
At the time, he was one of the top junior college recruits in the state.
After transferring to Long Island University of Brooklyn, New York, Parga a shooting guard, suffered multiple injuries and was ruled ineligible for 2012-2013 and was forced to red shirt for the season.
He ended the season averaging seven and a half points per game, three rebounds and one assist.
Presently, Parga is experiencing many changes in his game and in his life.
Just last week Parga became a father to his son, Gilbert Jr. Parga said he feels as though a weight has been lifted since the birth of his son.
“My game has improved now with the stress (of waiting for child) gone. Now that I know that my baby is here and healthy, I can focus on my studies and my game,” continued Parga.
Gilbert is working towards his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and said, “CSUSB is one of the best business schools in the state.”
All Parga’s classes should be completed by summer and he looks forward to his graduation and
to his career in finance.
“I had been recruited to a few different schools. While I played for Citrus College, however, Cal State San Bernardino offered the best in location and for my major,” said Parga.
In addition to the academic strengths of CSUSB, Parga also feels that the Coyotes excel athletically due to a good coaching staff.
Parga looks forward to his own comeback with the team’s first game up north against Humboldt.
Cal State will have its home opener on Nov. 29 and will travel to Sonoma State on Dec. 5, and San Francisco State on Dec. 6.