Castro Valley High has hired former Fresno State assistant Senque Carey as its boys basketball coach.

Carey replaces Nick Jones, who left to take the job at Monte Vista.

"He brings a lot of experience to our school," Castro Valley athletic director Andy Popper said of Carey. "We're excited to have somebody who's passionate about basketball and wants to win. He wants to work with the community and work with the kids, and grades are important to him."

Carey most recently spent two years as coach at Menlo-Atherton, going 26-27. He previously spent five years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Fresno State and in 2010 was named by Basketball Times Magazine as one of the nation's top 100 assistant coaches.

Carey takes over a Castro Valley program that went 122-26 in Jones' five seasons, winning two Hayward Area Athletic League titles and the 2011 North Coast Section Division I title.

"I think Nick did an unbelievable job of changing the culture," Carey said. "I'm astonished and just happy and elated and hope to carry the torch."

Carey will be an off-campus coach. He works as a community program director at the YMCA in his native East Palo Alto.

Football

Tight end Ray Hudson has made an oral commitment to play at Cal beginning in the 2013 season.

"After I looked at all the schools that have been talking to me," Hudson said. "I realized there was really no reason to keep going with this. Cal's the perfect fit for me."


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At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hudson is a three-star recruit on Rivals.com. He held offers from Cal and San Diego State but said interest had increased since he received those offers.

"The (coaches) said if I can come in, I have a shot at starting as a tight end that goes all over the place," Hudson said. "They said I'll have the most spots to memorize on the field."

-- Ben Enos