Friday, May 27, 2016

An important story to remember

"BREAKING BARRIERS/How C.M. Newton changed the face of the SEC" -- Andrew Maraniss/The Undefeated

The truly evil was taking place not all that long ago.

Is C.M. Newton a hero? No. 'Just' someone with inclusionary values, a keen sense of fairness and the willingness to do what was right even if hated by the vast majority.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Greene heading south

NorCalHoops: "Devin Greene (@devin_greene23) will be play basketball at Hope International University (NAIA) next year."

Devin Greene: "I'm going to Hope University on athletic scholarship! And studying theology! All glory to God.. I just sit back and stay faithful"

Here's a feature on Greene.

He's a 5-foot-9 guard out of Sheldon High.

Hope International has made it to the NAIA national championship series in Kansas City four years straight. Greene will be back north during league play when HIU takes on fellow Golden State Athletic Conference members William Jessup and Menlo College.

For you 1s out there

"Point Guard Off-Season Blueprint" -- Bryan Burrell

For you 2s out there

"The Shooting Guards Off-Season Blue Print" -- Bryan Burrell

Just another hack cloaked as a college president

Kenneth Starr played Inspector Javert when investigating Bill Clinton but became an "' know nothing' co-conspirator when Baylor University students were being raped and assaulted by their brethren on campus. Football is God!



Dear Student Athlete, 
You are invited  to attend the BAY AREA BIG MAN/TALL WOMAN  INSIDE PRESENCE CAMP. Below is the EVENT information. Please read as thoroughly as possible.

The Big Man/Tall Woman Camp is for  forwards and centers who want to become complete post players. Campers will learn all aspects Big Man/Tall Woman play, including playing in the post as well as playing face up to the basket.
The summer camp is for boys and girls basketball players entering the 7th-12th grade. Players will be divided by age and skill level so campers will be playing against players of similar skill level.
Topics Covered:

►Becoming a force inside                      
►Post defense                                          
►Proper footwork
►Post scoring and post moves              
►Improve your shooting range                  
►Rebounding and boxing out
►Face up scoring                                  
►Finishing strong at the rim                        
►Shot blocking

The camp will consist of instructional stations, games, individual help, competitions, lectures and more.

Registration can be done ONLINE ONLY at:


Oakland Rebel's Summer 2016 Tournaments!

Oakland Rebel's Summer 2016 Tournaments!
3 on 3 Rebel Streetball Tournament
June 25, 2016 - Oakland Rebels 13u Red Team Presents a 3 on 3 Rebel Streetball Tournament
Bancroft Middle School 1150- Bancroft Ave San Leandro, CA 94577

Begins at 11 am Ages 8-14 BOYS & GIRLS 

$50 3 on 3 | $20 PER CONTEST


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Inaugural "West Coast Championships" Presented by "NorCal Summer Collaboration"

June 25th - June 26th 

Boys and Girls 8U- Varsity Division I,II,III
  • $275 1 team 
  • $250 3 Teams 
  • $225 5 or more

Summer Alliance Tournament
July 9th & 10th, 2016 
Registration deadline, July 1, 2016

Boys and Girls 8U- Varsity Division I,II,III
  • $275 1 team
  • $250 3 Teams
  • $225 5 or more

JAMTOWN Summer Camps/Clinics
JAMTOWN's $25 2-hour clinics are back!   Shooting Clinics feature state of the art Shoot-A-Way machines used by Division I NCAA teams & the NBA. (All ages welcome; players separated by skill level.)

Morning Clinics: 10AM-Noon Afternoon Clinics: 1-3PM
  • June 20-24, 27-31
  • July 8, 18-22 & 25-29
  • August 4-5, 15-19
JAMTOWN 31 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rojas moving to the Great Northwest

Two years ago, Siaan Rojas came out of Concord High as a Diablo Valley League First Team honoree after averaging 16.5 points per game and signed on at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). He realized his skills needed honing and a greater consistency was required in order to continue his advancement. Now as a 6-foot-5 sophomore, Rojas is headed to DII national power Western Washington University (WWU).

"I want to win and coach [Tony Dominguez] wants to win a national championship," Rojas explained regarding his attraction to the Vikings program. Dominguez is 88-37 in his four seasons at WWU. The team won the national championship in 2012 with Dominguez as the associate head coach and reached the national semifinals in 2013.

So what will Rojas bring with him? "A lot of versatility. I can pass, dribble and shoot." Rojas averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists (a solid 106 assists to 53 turnovers) for Santa Rosa in the 2015-16 season, finishing as the leading scorer and second in rebounding and assists. "Me playing both guard positions my whole life and being tall, I've always been able to see over the defense and get my teammates involved."

All that, plus "I'll play hard. I can be positioned anywhere from the 1-4."

Asked why he chose SRJC, Rojas explained, "Coach Mac [Craig McMillan] just told me about their tradition. I really liked coach from when we talked and he never promised me anything. A lot of other schools told me I would be this and that and could do this and that but coach never did any of that. I also felt like I would get a lot better from Coach Mac because he played at the DI level and coached there."

He added, "I got babied in high school and I had to learn how to play hard. Coach Mac pushed me every second and I realized I can't take any plays off."

Rojas will be joining forces with 6-foot-5 senior Jeffrey Parker, out of Salesian High, who should end up as the all-time leading scorer at Western Washington.

He noted three particular basketball influences in his life. "Coach Mac for helping me become better, teammate Jacob Wilson for always pushing me and my cousin Cheo White. He has taught me a lot about the game and gives me advice all the time."

Majoring in Behavioral Studies at SRJC, Rojas isn't set yet but will likely continue in that direction at Western Washington.

Johnson to Pikeville

Out of College of Marin, George Johnson Jr. has landed a full ride scholarship with the University of Pikeville, a program that finished #8 nationally in the final D1 NAIA poll this season.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore, out of Heritage High, averaged a team best 17.1 points as well as 4.2 assists while shooting 48%, 45% and 79%.

MLee coming back home

Marcus Lee is departing Kentucky LINK

Oscar Combs: "IRONY: For guy who supposedly can't shoot, Marcus Lee leaves UK as career leader in FG accuracy...Better than any Cat who ever played at UK."

Getting a degree from UC Berkeley (a guess but why anywhere else?) and with a year away to bulk up the body and then develop ball skills sounds like the definition of a win-win.

The coaching turnover is beyond epidemic

Okay, maybe this is too low of the hanging fruit variety but Pacific interim coach Mike Burns (who wasn't retained) signed on with Portland as an assistant in April. It's May now and his new residence is (at least for this month) Boise State.


So why no wailing lamentations from the professional recruiting analysts, those with published dissertations about the 'epidemic' player transferring that is 'ruining' college basketball?

No, this is not intended to reflect in any way on Mike Burns, who should be free to take any position at any time.

The Banana Slugs live on!

"63 percent of UCSC students vote in favor of paying to keep D-III sports" -- Ryan Masters/Santa Cruz Sentinel

UC San Diego students pony up

"UCSD students vote to fund Div. I sports -- The move is contingent on an invitation from the Big West and the blessing of UCSD's Faculty Senate --
Mark Ziegler/San Diego Union-Tribune

Gotta root for a young man like this

"Jaylen Brown: The 2016 NBA draft’s Renaissance man - Sure to be a lottery pick, Brown is a true original" -- Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

What's missing is information on Brown's parental situation because that must be a reflection on who he is now too.