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Gatonye Signs with Viking Basketball

June 4, 2014

(VCSU Athletics) Valley City State 6-foot-6-inch forward Cliff Gatonye (right) with Dakota County Tech head basketball coach Ben Davis (left). Gatonye played in 27 games last year and averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds on 45.2 percent shooting from the field.

Valley City State men’s basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky announced Monday that Cliff Gatonye of Kenya has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and play basketball for the Vikings.

Gatonye, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward and native of Nairobi, Kenya, spent last year at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., where he played in 27 games for the Blue Knights and averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds on 45.2 percent shooting from the field.

“I am excited to have Cliff join the Viking Basketball program,” Kaminsky said. “I am impressed with his work ethic and commitment to the game. He has excelled both on and off the court and will be a great teammate. His versatility on both ends of the floor will make him an immediate fit in our program.”

Gatonye will have three years of eligibility at Valley City State after playing one season with the Blue Knights. His best game came on Feb. 26, when he scored a career-high 22 points, shot 9-for-14 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds against Gogebic Community College.

“Cliff was everything I could have asked for,” said Dakota County Tech head coach Ben Davis. “He’s a very talented and athletic player that works extremely hard on and off the court. Cliff is the definition
of a ‘high character guy’ that everyone loves being around. He is very excited about the opportunity to attend school and play basketball for Valley City State University.”

Gatonye, the son of Lilian Omedi, joins Briton Bussman (guard, Milnor, N.D.), Jayden Ferguson (forward, Williston, N.D.), Alex Quist (guard, Bismarck, N.D.), Riley West (guard, Lakeville, Minn./St. Cloud Tech.) and Rashad Satahoo (guard, North Lauderdale, Fla.) as 2014’s committed recruits.

Valley City State went 14-14 record in 2013-14 and, under Kaminsky, the Vikings are 149-115 and have posted 20-win seasons in four of the past seven years. In 2012-13, Kaminsky led the Vikings to their first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 1987.

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