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Cal's Tanner Huffman going to W&J

| Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:46 p.m.
California senior Tanner Huffman will continue has academic and basketball career at Washington & Jefferson College in the fall. Shown above are, seated from the left, mother Traci Huffman, Tanner Huffman, and father Ray Huffman. Standing are Principal Leigh Ann Folmar, boys basketball coach Phil Pergola and Superintendent Brian Jackson.

It's going to be strange watching California's boys basketball team play next season without Tanner Huffman running the offense.

That's because Huffman was a four-year fixture in the Trojans' lineup.

He ended his career with 1,351 points and 386 assists.

His senior year he led California to the Section 5 AA title and was a unanimous all-section selection.

Next season, he will be playing at Washington & Jefferson after committing to the Division III school over the weekend.

Phil Pergola, Huffman's coach at California, said his star guard made a wise decision.

“I think it's a good choice,” Pergola said. “They have been recruiting him since last year. He's a great student and it's a good school. He knows the coaching staff and he knows the players there.”

Huffman said he picked W&J over Juniata and University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

“I'm going to major in English and then I want to go to law school and W&J is a great academic university and their English program is near the top,” Huffman said. “Plus they wanted me for a long time and I think I have a chance to play there early if I do well.”

“He was a good player for us and I think he will be a good player for them, too,” Pergola said. “He'll probably go in there early on and be a good distributor, but as he grows in the program he will be a good scorer, too.”

Huffman was named to the Roundball Classic Class AA team as well as receiving several post season honors from various media outlets. He has received the Howard J Burnett Presidential Scholarship from Washington & Jefferson for outstanding academic performance, achievement, and citizenship.

He is also a member of the National Honor Society and maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

He is the son of Ray and Traci Huffman.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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