Although Roseville hasn’t been his home for most of his life, Woodcreek graduate Chris Cagle has embraced the last three years since moving from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, where he lived his entire life until his sophomore year.
“I think definitely, moving to the states has shaped how my life is today,” the former Woodcreek basketball star Cagle said. “It’s allowed me to gain greater perspective on a lot of things inside and outside of basketball. Also, now I know how to drive on both sides of the road.”
Attending Box Hill Senior Secondary College in Australia his freshman year, Cagle and his family came to the conclusion it would be best to move back to the states for Cagle to finish his high school career. Even though Cagle would be moving to a new country, the area was familiar to his father, Mike, who in his high school days attended school in this area.
“At first, I was waiting to see where my dad got work because that would determine my options as far a school went,” Cagle said. “After my dad got a job in the Woodcreek area, that was it really because I already had three family members who graduated from Woodcreek High School. Looking back, I realize how blessed I was to be able to go to a school that kept me so close to family and also had a great basketball program.”
Cagle, in his sophomore year, immediately found himself in the starting lineup. He took it as a learning year before having a breakout season in his junior season, helping Woodcreek finish with a 32-3 record as well as making it to the State Championship game.
“It was kind of all new for me,” Cagle said on playing basketball in the states. “I'd never been exposed to the system and how it works. I knew in the beginning it was all going to work out; I just didn’t know how.”
Heading into his senior year is when Cagle developed a role as a team captain and leader on the team. With Woodcreek star Jordan Brown transferring to Prolific Prep in Napa, Cagle assumed the role as the primary option for the Timberwolves. In his senior campaign, Cagle averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists for a team that, without most of their stars from the previous year's state title run team, made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, before falling to Campolindo.
“I just knew this year, with the changes in our roster, that it was time for me to step up,” Cagle said. “I accepted the challenge and went to work, and in the process, learned a lot about myself and what it takes to be a leader. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had and the teammates and staff around me.”
Cagle will now continue his playing at Biola University and competing in the Pacific West Conference. With Biola being located in La Mirada, Cagle will now move down to Southern California and compete for a big role.
“I just like how good of a fit it is for me,” Cagle said. “I could see that it has an environment that will help me develop in my faith, as a person and as a basketball player.”