June 5, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Incoming Santa Clara University freshman Jalil Anibaba was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of California earlier this spring. He becomes the second Gatorade Player of the Year on the Broncos, joining freshman Kellen Wantulok, who won the award for Idaho. Anibaba is also now the third player in Bronco history to be named the California Player of the Year. Craig Hampton '93 and current head coach Cameron Rast '91 also earned the honor before coming to Santa Clara.
Anibaba (Davis, Calif.) had an outstanding career at Davis (CA) Senior High School and was named all-league from 2004-06 and All-Metro in 2005 and 2006, while being named the league's defensive player of the year in 2005. He also led his team to a section championship in 2005 and a league championship in 2006.
With the national team, he recently made his first appearance with the United States Under-20 national team, entering as a sub in the game against Argentina on May 15 at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y. The U.S. fell to the defending U20 World Champions 1-0. With the U18 national team, he recently completed a training camp at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., where the team played Virginia, UCONN and the Under-17 team. Two other Broncos also attended training camp in Florida, incoming freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila and current Bronco freshman Ricky Character. All three players appeared for the U18s against the U17 team. Anibaba also traveled with the U18 team to Mexico for the Copa Chivas in February, along with Santa Clara freshman Stephen McCarthy.