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Golden Valley's Prophete set to transfer

Liautaud Prophete's stay at Golden Valley won't be a long one.

The junior point guard will transfer to his fourth high school in four years.

It appears that high school will be Modesto Christian.

"It's a decision I had to make because I have to move out of Merced," his father Liautaud Prophete Sr. said. "I have to move to Los Banos because I work at the hospital.

"They need me to live in the city in case of an emergency. The person that was covering for me in case of an emergency doesn't want to do it anymore."

Prophete moved his family to Merced from Mississippi.

The younger Prophete enrolled at Golden Valley last summer and averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds before his season ended when he dislocated his knee against Pitman two weeks ago.

"I guess it's something we have to do," said Lio Jr., who is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday and faces about six to eight weeks of rehabilitation.

"My dad's job requires him to move to Los Banos. I don't want to leave Golden Valley.

"Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do."

Modesto Christian athletic director Greg Pearce said he did receive a call from the elder Prophete inquiring about the athletic program.

However, an application for the school hasn't been submitted.

Liautaud Sr. listed Turlock Christian and Stone Ridge Christian as other possible schools.

The drive from Los Banos to Modesto Christian would be about 40 minutes each way.

"It's nothing against Golden Valley," said his father, who said he needs to move by the end of April. "He loved the place.

"(Keith Hunter) is a good coach. He's a fair guy. It's strictly professional responsibilities."

The departure leaves Hunter without one of his top players next year.

"My reaction is I'm obviously disappointed to lose a player of his caliber," Hunter said.

"His family is going to do what's best for him. I like the kid.

"It's going to be tough. It's his fourth high school in four years. He fit in with our guys. I don't wish him ill will.

"I hope he does well. I'll certainly miss him. I'll be a Lia Prophete fan wherever he goes."

Modesto Christian has won seven straight Sac-Joaquin Section championships.

This year's team features two players who have already committed to Division I colleges in D.J. Seeley (Cal) and Reeves Nelson (UCLA).

"I haven't thought about player there much because I'm not sure I'll be going there," Prophete said. "I'm going to miss GV a lot.

"I couldn't believe it for a couple days. I felt like my dad was playing with me.

"I thought I was going to stay and graduate from there. That's what I was hoping for. It's going to be very tough to leave."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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