Thursday, August 25, 2016

Out until Monday.

That's it for now.

Mims back at it in Nor Cal

7-foot Donald Mims played two years ago at Cosumnes River College and made quite the impression with 4.4 shotblocks a game as well as shooting 58% as a freshman. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Mims decided to head down to Midland College, this after CRC Coach James Giacomazzi moved to Las Positas College. The plan was for Mims to redshirt and add strength to his slim frame while in Texas.

But the Lone Star State program that once seemed so inviting turned sour. Suspensions of some of Mims' teammates occurred as well as a number of injuries throughout the roster.

"So I came home," Mims explained. "I earned some Midland credits and also took summer classes back here. One thing I do want to say is that the Midland community is really into the game and comes out to support the team."

Now he is at Las Positas College and eager to get back on the court. "I love ball and things are awesome now," Mims explained. He seems so jovial and out-going that the mayor of Livermore might want to watch out if Mims gets any political urges.

His advice to high schoolers is "to be a student-athlete. Do your work." As for Mims on the court, "my main focus is defense." Definitely look for the field goal percentage defense of Las Positas to be lower in 2016-17.

He also has added incentive to being a positive factor on and off the court. "I'm from Antelope (15 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento) and I want to do well and provide hope for the kids there."

Any four-year schools out there looking for a rim protector?

Marquice Clark to the Beaver State

Marquice Clark, out of Yakima Valley Community College and Natomas High, will be playing for Coach Mike Arnold and Portland Bible College this season. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds this past season.

An NAIA school, Portland Bible College is a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and has played in five of the last six national championship tournaments.

This is basketball -- be still my heart -- spreading the floor, synchronicity, unselfishness

Greg Youncofski: "Players can learn a lot studying how Serbia's Milos Teodosic reads/passes/scores using the ballscreen." Hit the link.

Teodisic is #4 in the video. Who wouldn't want to play with this guy? And it's really all basic stuff simply performed.

Don't know what this means for JC boxscores and the like

-- Darren Sabedra

Welcome to the first week of the new high school season.

Before the games begin, we want to update you on some things we’ll be doing with high school sports coverage this year.

We have partnered with Prep2Prep, a growing online high school sports site designed to give opportunities for student journalists. This partnership will allow us to spread Prep2Prep’s content to a wider audience while significantly increasing the number of games at which we will have a correspondent.

We also have forged a partnership with MaxPreps. Coaches/team reps no longer will report their scores to us, but instead will report to MaxPreps. This partnership will enable MaxPreps to transfer its data from Bay Area schools — box scores, schedules, rosters and more — to our soon-to-be redesigned Mercury News and East Bay Times websites (launch date scheduled for Aug. 29). We also plan to use that online data to present leader-boards in print (i.e. top rushers, passers and scorers in Bay Area high school football). For us to do that, though, coaches/team reps will need to be diligent about inputting their information in a timely fashion. For any coach who does not have MaxPreps admin access, this is where he or she begins. Click here.

Friday football scores will appear online only on Saturday, but the Sunday paper will feature a full page wrap-up of the weekend action and a peek at next week’s games. The Thursday high school page, a staple of our coverage for years, will continue.

Until now, readers in the South Bay/Peninsula received only South Bay/Peninsula coverage and readers in the East Bay received only East Bay coverage. This season, you will get it all. As the CIF continues to expand its playoffs at the regional and state levels, this change will better serve readers and coaches, introducing them to schools their teams could eventually face in playoff action.
Change isn’t easy; we know that. But we also know these changes will allow us to continue providing coverage of high school sports.

These also apply in many other aspects of life -- a key friend, a key relative, etc.

"14 POINTS TO BEING A KEY PARENT" -- Coach Morgan Wooten

Do take a read

"Getting More Playing Time" -- Tyler Coston

Outside of hoops, a world of critical knowledge also exists

Call Fresno Pacific Coach C.J. Haydock a Renaissance Man. Reaching way beyond matters of basketball (unless you are coaching a really young team), he offers this advice: "If you ever attend a parenting class and they don't teach bodily fluid clean up like 50 percent of the time you really should get a refund." ;-)

D-League expansion draft

The NBA D-League held an expansion draft on Wednesday and here are the Nor-Cal connected players involved:

"The Long Island Nets (Brooklyn), Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte), and Windy City Bulls (Chicago) have each obtained the rights to 12 players following the results of the 2016 NBA Development League Expansion Draft. The teams will hold the rights to those players for two seasons.

The selections made in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft came from a pool of players from 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA D-League rosters. Each 2015-16 NBA D-League team was able to protect the rights of up to 10 players while the three expansion teams were able to select up to 12 unprotected players, with no more than two selections coming from any one NBA D-League team..."

Windy City Bulls

Round 2: Kiwi Gardner (Santa Cruz Warriors)

Round 11: Xavier Thames (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)"

Former Ohlone Coach John Peterson's new venture

"New basketball facility opens on Saturday in Torrance" -- Eric Sondheimer

Join us for a Grand Opening Celebration!
August 27th • 10am-4pm 
2076 Artesia Blvd., Torrance, California 90504

Tours, Special Guests, Free Clinics, and first 360 people get a free gift, including a chance to win a Xbox 360!"


A change that will definitely bring forth some on-line 'discussion'

Joe Davidson: "After 30 seasons at Arco/Sleep Train for the boys and 17 for girls, the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball finals will be at UOP. Terrific venue"

Bulldawgs Labor Day Shoot-Out

“Labor Day Shoot-out"
September 3rd& 4th, 2016
Basketball Tournament​

Coaches, and Team Managers, 
BullDawgs Basketball Club would like toinvite you to our Fall tournament.

Girls Divisions
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, J.V. and Varsity 

Boys Divisions
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, J.V. and Varsity 

• $225.00 – 1-3 teams
• $200.00 – 4 teams and up 
• 3 Game Guarantee 
• (some teams will play 4 games) 
• 4-5 team(s) per Division
• High School Rules
• Shot Clock will be used for 8th thru HS Divisions
• 1st Place Awards
• 20 min Running Clock
• Directors at all Locations
• Certified High School/College Officials

Location: City College of San Francisco and Ingrid B. Lacey MS

For Information contact: Alfonso Joo Cell 650-267-3678
Email at Register and Info on

More on recruiting

"Recruiting Game: Process fulfilling but stressful for Centennial’s Troy Brown" -- David Schoen

"...And it wasn’t only colleges that the Browns were hearing from at the time.

“I remember it really heated up his sophomore year, the calls from prep schools from all over the country,” Brown Sr. said. “The different AAU teams reaching out, ‘Is he happy where he’s at?’ Lots of those types of questions...”


"Recruiting Game: Small colleges provide scholarship options for athletes" -- Ron Kantowski


"Recruiting Game: Financial aid agreement gives athletes more flexibility than letter of intent" -- Bartt Davis

A Logan Johnson update

"2018 PG Johnson, Brother of Tyler Johnson, Visits UM" -- Christopher Stock

A Drew Gordon notation

"Notable players available in 2016 D-League expansion draft" -- Chris Reichert

A Nor Cal talent is noted:

"Drew Gordon — UFA — Delaware 87ers
6-9, PF, 26-years-old

Gordon had a cup of coffee with the 76ers back in 2014-15 and then finished out the season posting nightly double-doubles in Delaware. He posted 13.0 points and 10.6 rebounds that season and then in 2015-16 put up 14.0 points and 9.6 rebounds in France for Chalon.

Drew is the Magic’s Aaron Gordon’s older brother and plays similarly with less versatility overall. He’s a rebounding machine who bullies his way to buckets down low. In college he hit two total 3-pointers, but two years ago he hit 25 and last year in France he made 11, so the threat is at least present. Gordon wants to be in the NBA and he’s currently unsigned, so he could start the year with one of these clubs in hopes of an early call up."