One of the top distributors at Corona del Mar High last season is passing up a chance to graduate from CdM this upcoming school year.
Ramon Mejia said he is not returning to CdM for a fifth year of high school. The 19-year-old said he plans to enroll at an adult school and at Irvine Valley College, where he hopes to play for the men's basketball team.
"It was really tough," Mejia said of the decision to leave CdM, a program expected to contend for a CIF Southern Section Division III-A title in the winter with guards Danny Cheek and Clayton Ragsdale returning for their senior years, and Marcus Bradley, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Beaumont High, joining the Sea Kings as a senior.
"I didn't want to give up on my teammates."
Ryan Schachter, the boys' basketball coach at CdM, does not feel like Mejia abandoned the team.
Schachter talked with Mejia about coming back for a fifth year of high school after Mejia helped the Sea Kings to a 24-4 record, the Pacific Coast League title and the quarterfinals of the playoffs last season. Schachter said Mejia's chances of being eligible to play for the Sea Kings in the winter were low due to his age and number of years in high school.