Posted: 10:59 pm Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Basketball: Royal Palm Beach’s Devonte Birdsong signs with West Hills CC 

By Matt Porter

Royal Palm Beach graduate Devonte Birdsong will continue his basketball career in Coalinga, California. Birdsong signed a letter of intent to West Hills Community College for the 2010-11 season.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard was a first team All-Area player last season, averaging 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. He and backcourt teammate Jon Octeus, who signed with Garden City (KS) Community College, helped lead Royal Palm (17-7) to the best season in school history.

“For a young man that only played a season and a half of high school basketball, Devonte was able to put together a tremendous career,” said Royal Palm coach Drew Quinn said via e-mail. “His ability to score the basketball should help him adjust quickly to the game at the next level.”