Cougar hoops player Tripp Rodriguez joins COS Eagles squad
The College of the Siskiyou Eagles men’s basketball team added another local player to the mix.
Weed Cougar standout Tripp Rodriguez recently announced he would stay at home and play at COS for a season.
He is the third member of the Cougar boys basketball squad to join the Eagles. Twin brothers Grant and Dallas Lane both recently said they would join the COS squad.
“I’m really excited,” Rodriguez said. “I’m looking forward to playing here in front of people I know.”
Tripp was a key component this past season for a Cougars squad that won a Northern Section title for the first time since 1989. The team made it to the CIF Nor Cal D6 title contest as well.
Tripp, a 6-foot two-inch guard, averaged 10 points, three rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game for Weed. He was named a Shasta Cascade League All SCL selection.
Tripp also excelled in the classroom, and was the WHS class of 2020 Co-Valedictorian with a 4.15 GPA.
Rodriguez has already completed enough college credits in high school to be a sophomore heading into college. Tripp, who skipped third grade, just turned 17 in March.
His plan at this time is to play for the Eagles for a season and hopefully move on to a four-year program to play basketball and continue his education.
COS head coach Kyle Heath is pleased to get another talented local player to join the Eagles fold.
Heath likes that Tripp is athletic, can penetrate and get to the rim or pass to an open teammate and is an accomplished on defense. And, Heath added, Rodriguez rebounds well for a guard,
“He’s a solid shooter and will only get better with more reps,” Heath said. “ I know he’s a gym rat who is always working on his game. He has a high basketball IQ, which all coaches appreciate”
Tripp said he likes the positive direction the COS men’s basketball program is heading and coach Heath. He got to know him when he would head to COS for morning pickup basketball games and would play with and against Heath.
“We got to know each other, which was great,” he said. “He understands me as a player and has a lot of knowledge and ways I can improve.”
Rodriguez said he can't wait to reunite with his Cougar teammates Dallas and Grant, as well as playing with his new teammates. This includes Mount Shasta High graduates Kody Bauman and Jett Snure. He became a starter and earned Golden Valley All-Conference honors. Snure also showed promise.
Tripp said he is ready to work hard and continue to COS this upcoming season.
“I just really love playing basketball, and I’m ready to come in and help the team,” he said.
Coach Heath said he likes the potential he posses.
“Tripp just turned 17, so he’s young for his age, which to me means his best basketball is ahead of him.,” Heath said.
“Tripp is a legit young man. He’s always been respectful in all my communications with him and I have been told the same by (Weed head coach Robert West) and every community member I’ve spoken to about him.,” Heath added. He was valedictorian, so that shows me he has his priorities in order.”
Heath stayed in his hometown to play junior college basketball at Mendocino in Ukiah and said he has tried in his time at COS to to keep talented local kids playing basketball in Siskiyou County.
‘I know how rewarding it can be to still close to your family but yet still meet new people and grow up a little before heading off on your own,” he said. “I want to win a championship with a good mix of local and out of area kids to show we can have something special here at Siskiyous.“