Friday, July 3, 2015

It's official on Aye

Cosumnes River College formally announces the hiring of Devin Aye:

Devin Aye will be starting his fourth season as a collegiate head coach at Cosumnes River College this fall. Aye comes from Lassen College where he inherited a program in April 2012 that had won a total of 3 games combined the previous two seasons.  In his first year, Aye resuscitated Lassen College men's basketball with a record of 23-9, a GVC championship, and a top 10 ranking in the state and a #9 seed in Nor Cal playoffs. The 2012-13 season ended on the road in the Sweet 16 of the California Community College men's basketball playoffs. Aye received Golden Valley Conference Coach of the Year, and has also been elected the GVC Men's Basketball Executive Board Representative. In the 2013-14 season, his Cougars finished 2nd place in the GVC, and received the 10th seed in Nor Cal playoffs. The year concluded with yet another top 10 state ranking during the season, and a 19-14 record. Since taking over, the basketball program has won 42 games which is the 8th best in the entire state over the last two seasons.  

Aye's coaching career includes stints as an assistant at both the NCAA, NAIA and Community College levels for 7 years with stops at Cosumnes River College, CSU East Bay and Chabot College. Aye spent 2005-06 at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California under former head coach James Giacomazzi. The team posted a 20 win season for first time in years. Aye spent 2006-08, and 2010-12 at Chabot College in Hayward, California under future Hall of Fame coach and father Denny Aye with each team earning a state playoff berth and averaging 20 wins. 

In the summer of 2008 Aye was hired as full-time assistant coach at CSU East Bay under Will Biggs where his recruiting helped win Cal Pac Conference and Cal Pac Tournament for first time in school history. Aye also was responsible for recruit Tauran Moore who won Male Athlete of the Year, All American, and Cal Pac Player of the Year.

Aye played collegiate basketball at San Jose City College for Hall of Fame coach Percy Carr. During his freshman year, Aye transferred to play for his father, at Marshalltown Community College where his team eventually beat the 3 time defending national champions (Southeastern CC) twice, Indian Hills and #1 ranked Moberly. MCC finished with a school record 25-9 record and an NJCAA Region XI Runner-Up finish. 7 of the 10 players on the team received NCAA I scholarships.  Devin concluded his career due to injury.

Aye received his AA degree at Marshalltown CC in 2005, and his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from CSU East Bay in 2008. In 2009, Coach Aye completed his Masters of Science in Sport Management from California University Pennsylvania and in summer of 2014 completed his second Masters of Science in Exercise from California University of Pennsylvania.

The extras a good point guard brings

Coach Bob Walsh recites and salutes what a good point guard brings to a team.

Richard moves to Cal State East Bay

"Cal State East Bay men's basketball welcomes former Santa Clara team member Jalen Richard to its squad for the 2015-16 campaign. The 6-foot-4 guard played two years with the NCAA Division I Broncos of the West Coast Conference (WCC).

"Jalen brings high level playing experience to our program. I have always admired his great character and tremendous dedication to improvement," praised East Bay Head Coach Gus Argenal.

The San Tan Valley, Ariz. native appeared in 29 games off the Broncos bench in 2014-15. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in nearly 10 minutes per game. Richard scored a collegiate career-high 15 points in his team debut as a freshman. However it's his defensive skills will be a major asset to the Pioneers.

"Jalen has a top notch work ethic and will make his teammates that much better," Argenal added. "He is going to bring another dimension to our style of play. Jalen is an exceptional scorer and playmaker, and has the athletic ability and mindset to be a special defender."

Richard earned First Team All-State honors twice and was named First Team All-Region three times while playing for Poston Butte High School in Phoenix, Ariz. He averaged 23 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one block per game as a senior. Richard posted a high school career-high 48 point effort in a single game.

"We are thrilled to have Jalen join the Pioneer family. He is our type of guy," Argenal said."

Rhodes to Montana Tech

"Montana Tech men's basketball coach Patrick O'Herron announced the addition of Karl "TJ" Rhodes for the 2015-16 season.

"TJ is another student-athlete that understands what it takes to win," stated O'Herron. "He has won wherever he has been and knows the dedication it takes to achieve success. TJ is highly competitive and will push himself and his teammates to become the best they can be."

Rhodes is a 6-foot guard who comes to the Mining City after spending the past two years at the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif. During his freshman season, Rhodes averaged nine points and five assists while shooting 40% from the field and 35% from three-point range.

"I chose Montana Tech because it gives me the best opportunity to succeed in life academically and athletically and on my visit I felt a special bond with the players and coaches," said Rhodes. "It felt like we were already family and the community is great and shows lots of love." 

The Houston, Texas native played high school ball for the Homeschool Christian Youth Association where he led the Warriors to three state championships and two national championships. During his senior season, Rhodes lead HYCA to a 44-11 record while averaging 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds per contest. For his efforts, Rhodes took home All-State and All-American honors and was named Athlete of the Year in 2013.

Rhodes, the son of former Major League Baseball outfielder Karl Rhodes Sr. and Sonja Price, plans on pursing a degree in Business and will have three years of eligibility.

Rhodes marks Tech's second addition from the Lone Star State for coach O'Herron and his staff as they signed Cruz (College of Alameda) Ginns Jr. earlier this month."

*** Jalen Coates out of Yuba College has also inked with Montana Tech.

College of Alameda lands a backcourter

Barry Hayes tweeted: "6-foot guard Hamdy Farah (Burnaby, BC), previously at Kwantlen, has committed to the College of Alameda in California."

Golson heading south

John Bynum/SignalTheLightHoops tweeted: "Vincent Golson (San Francisco JC) has committed to CS Dominguez Hills. Golson averaged 13.8 points and 3.8 assist last season."

The 5-foot-8 sophomore was named the Most Valuable Player of the Coast Conference North as well as being an All State honoree this year. He's out of Skyline High.

Anderson in Reno

Nevada basketball makes it official: Juwan (Bishop O'Dowd High) Anderson is enrolled and will play for Coach Eric Musselman.

6-foot-2 guard heading to The Hilltop

Dons Central reports that USF has a new backcourt talent coming in for 2015.

California All Star Classic-August 30 at Las Positas College

The first annual Prep2Prep California All Star Classic will take place Sunday August 30 at Las Positas College in Livermore. This two-game event will feature a North vs South format with elite players in the class of 2016 at 3:30 p.m. and top players in the class of 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Full rosters for all four squads will be announced on August 1. Among the college-committed players scheduled to compete in the event are Moreau Catholic forward Oscar Frayer (Cal), Cathedral guard Milan Acquaah (Washington State), Corona Centennial center Ike Anigbogu (UCLA) and power forward Jalen Hill (UCLA), Chino Hills guards Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball (UCLA) and Foothills Christian forward TJ Leaf (Arizona).

Coaching for the North in the event will be Bishop O'Dowd's Lou Richie and San Ramon Valley's Brian Botteen.

The South coaches will be Reggie Morris of Redondo Union and Ty Nichols of Sierra Canyon.

Head here for more information and keep checking back for updates.

Adidas isn't even Avis anymore

Adidas: Sports Apparel Laughingstock by Jim Weber.

Murry honored

Former West Valley College guard Chris Murry was recently honored at the William Jessup University basketball banquet:

"Finally, the Offensive MVP award went to Jessup's point guard, junior Chris Murry. Murry set a school record for most three pointers made in a game against conference opponent San Diego Christian; draining nine from behind the arc. He later tied that record against The Master's College. Murry averaged 13 points per game in the season, shooting a blistering 39% from long range."

Columbia lands another recruit

From the Columbia College Men's Basketball Facebook page: "Jumper Recruiting Alert!!

The Jumpers are pleased to announce the commitment from a Las Vegas guard.

"We are very excited to add this 5'11" guard to our program and family. His athleticism and attitude are the reasons we were sold on him. He is going to add to our depth and be a key member of this program, college and community."

- Coach Hoyt"

Will Davis playing with the Lakers

Besides the expected announcement of Jabari Brown on the roster of the Lakers Las Vegas summer team, another name is Will Davis, out of UC Irvine.

The club sports - high school sports condundrum

John Reid delves into Club sports, high school sports trying to co-exist.

Spartans make it official with Tention

San Jose State University makes it official with the hiring of Rodney Tention as assistant coach.