Victor Joseph became Chaffey’s second basketball player to reach one thousand career points during Jeff Klein’s 15 seasons as head coach. On Feb. 10, with 17:04 left in the first half, a 3-pointer helped him achieve the milestone and led the Panthers to a victory over Victor Valley.
Joseph has 577 points on the season, which is the most in the foothill conference and ranks fourth in the state. In addition, he averages 21.4 points per game and has made 48 percent of his 182 3-point attempts.
Although Chaffey has no clear leader on the court, his statistics are suggestive.
Joseph received multiple offers from division 1 programs out of high school, but plans fell through as coaches were fired and rosters were filled before he signed with a school.
He decided to go to Chaffey to further his education and continue playing basketball.
“I wouldn’t say I’m unlucky,” Joseph said, “ because I’m blessed to be here.”
While continuing his basketball career at Chaffey, he has picked up offers from Montana University and Quinnipiac University, but Joseph is mostly concerned with the season at hand as the Panthers will make a playoff appearance.
As he keeps his options open for the future, Joseph knows basketball is a game, with the understanding that games are supposed to be fun. His joy playing the game transfers into positive statistics that help his team win games.
“We just try to have fun with it,” he said.
Joseph has always taken pride in being the underdog and seeks to knock off the top team by surprise.
This was a factor while deciding which high school he wanted to attend, ultimately choosing Rancho Cucamonga High School to take the league away from Etiwanda his junior year.
Going into college, Joseph made a similar decision when he opted to attend Chaffey and the results are similar as well.
San Bernardino Valley has been in sole possession of the Foothill conference for consecutive seasons, until this year. Currently tied in the Foothill standings, if Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College both win their last game, they will share the conference championship.
“I like being the underdog,” Joseph said, “putting my team on top.”
What stood out about Chaffey was the recent success it had at getting players ready for the next level and able to sign to division one programs.
“It was the playing style,” Joseph said. “When I talked to coach Klein it just seemed like a good fit for me.”
Joseph received a congratulatory ovation during halftime after he scored his one thousandth point as a Panther.
“When they announced it, I was just surprised,” Joseph said. “It shows us as a team.”