By Britney Carter |Staff Writer|
This season, CSUSB men’s basketball has shown flashes of brilliance and overwhelming potential.
Theron Laudermill, a senior from Riverside, has had a great influence on the exceptional season that the Coyotes have had so far.
Although he was a redshirt during his first year as a Coyote, Laudermill has made notable contributions during the 2 years he has played.
He started in 21 of the 27 games last season and has continued his role as a starter this season as well.
He has impressively scored in double figures in 13 games, including a 16 point performance against a tough UCLA squad earlier this year.
Born in Riverside, Laudermill was raised in Moreno Valley where he attended and graduated from Vista Del Lago High School in 2007. While at Vista Del Lago, he earned MVP honors as well as being picked for the first team all-league.
Following graduation, he then attended Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington for 2 years before transferring back to Southern California to register at CSUSB in 2009 in order to reunite with his family.
Home cooking proved to be just what Laudermill needed.
“Cal State helped me grow up responsibly,” said Laudermill. “When you have a lot on your plate with a set schedule, you have to learn to stick with it.”
The big question everybody has been asking him has been, what does he plan on doing when he graduates from CSUSB.
The answer is a simple one. He plans to make it into the NBA.
“I’m looking to play professionally,” Laudermill stated. “I’ve been looking to do that my whole life. The NBA is my main goal.”
Despite the hard work and struggle that it will take to make it to the NBA, Laudermill holds faith that he will be prosperous no matter what obstacle he may face.
“My mom and the people at church have encouraged me to push through and keep faith in God in order to be where I need to be,” said Laudermill.
Basketball has always been a passion for him ever since his days as a young boy.
Inspired by his father and led by his former basketball coaches, Laudermill has always had aspirations to achieve what many only dream of doing; making it into the league.
Playing overseas has not been stricken off the map for the prospective athlete either. Although Laudermill is striving to be drafted in the NBA, he is still interested in playing overseas after he graduates from CSUSB.
As a business and administration major, Laudermill plans to partner with his mother, Pamela Laudermill, and assist her in building her local photography business, Photos On Sight, located in Moreno Valley.
He hopes that with his assistance, the business will gain great success. The business was started in 2007 and Laudermill is proud to say that the company has made major adjustments.
“I hope to play professionally and start a life with my mother’s business and a life of my own,” said Laudermill. “Not fearful of anything, just have to take what God gives you and run with it.”
And that is exactly what he plans to do.