Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What has happened to Nor Cal talents inhabiting the rosters of Nor Cal colleges?

Now there's no law requiring such and certainly no guarantee of a winning season simply by bringing in some locals and regionals but how can certain northern Californian college and university basketball programs either lack a single scholarshipped homegrown talent or have just a token number?

It's an unfathomable situation simply based on the number of geographically available recruits.

San Francisco has two players from the Bay Area in Randy Cruzett and Stokley Chaffee. The former is definitely a walk-on, not sure about the latter but that status seems likely. However, Coach Rex Walters does have Jordan Ratinho out of De La Salle High coming in next season.

Santa Clara has four recruits out of southern California -- zero from here.

The St. Mary's roster contains two walk-ons out of northern California with two southern Californians on scholarship. But Jordan Ford out of Folsom High will be suiting up for the Gaels next season alongside a new Aussie and a signee from Arizona.

San Jose State University has three walk-ons out of northern California although Frank (Salinas High) Rogers was formerly 'shipped. Gary Williams Jr. out of Oakland is the sole northie on scholarship. Next season, Coach Dave Wojcik has a SoCal frontcourter coming in as well as Indiana's Nai Carlisle who formerly lived in San Jose. Moreau Catholic's Terrell Brown remains a Spartan commit although he didn't sign in November.

Pacific has four players plus two walk-ons out of northern California on scholarship. The Tigers also have a trio out of southern California plus a walk-on from that area. Coach Ron Verlin signed a prep guard out of Washington last month.

Sacramento State is the winner as such via five scholarshipped northerners plus a walk-on. There are also four talents from So Cal plus a walk-on. Plus, Beyer High guard George Dancer signed in November.

Now, four of these schools are private institutions which seemingly allows greater flexibility in the number of out-of-state prospects who can be signed. Being public schools and not necessarily in possession of buldging recruiting budgets, San Jose State University and Sacramento State have more restrictions and in-state signees are much less costly.

Maybe a dearth of northern California prospects is a factor but it doesn't seem so as we're not talking about a set of schools seeking four or five-star talents.

Coach Bob Walsh with "The Last Lesson"

Coach Bob Walsh has published this previously but it's always worthy of another read: "The Last Lesson"

Nevada 108, Holy Names 57

Up in Reno last night, Nevada had no trouble -- 108-57 -- with Holy Names University. For the victors, Cameron (Grant High) Oliver shot 8-8 on his way to 17 points and grabbed four boards while blocking three shots. Walk-on David (Bella Vista High) Cunningham tallied two assists alongside a steal.

For HNU, sophomore Dante (Salesian High) Robinson posted an impressive 16 point, eight rebound line.

Chris Murray game reports.


Ky 75, Ill St. 63

In Lexington on Monday, Kentucky got by Illinois State 75-63 as Marcus Lee went big via 13 points and 12 rebounds. He didn't start but was on the court for 30 minutes, shooting 6-8 overall. Lee also blocked a pair of shots.


CS Dominguez Hills 84, CS Stanislaus 77

Down in Carson last night, Cal State Dominguez Hills defeated Cal State Stanislaus 84-77. Vincent (CCSF/Skyline High) Golson went for 19 points plus six assists for the victors.

For Stanislaus, senior Alek (Turlock High) Carlson was the second-leading scorer with 15 points.


CCSF 69, SJCC 63

CCSF Mens Basketball on Monday night: "Rams get tough road win at San Jose 69-63. Rams move to 8-0 on the season. Next play will be at Mt.Sac tourney this upcoming weekend." 

The SJCC box

MC 85, Weston Ranch 55

Modesto Christian took care of Weston Ranch High last night 81-55.

MC Basketball: "Robinson Idehen had 18 pts, Christian Ellis with 17 pts, Josthin Dawkins with 12 pts"

Justice prevails

Via Thomas Lawrence:

"Justice plays poetically

Justice Harris, a senior guard on the Chavez boys team, is not to be trifled with.
Harris, a returning All-Area honorable mention guard, is the leading returning scorer as 6-5 forward Lewis Hayes graduated.

And Harris, No. 6 on my Countdown to Tipoff returner rankings, poured out a career-high 40 points to help Chavez beat West 91-88 in overtime on Friday in both teams’ regular-season opener.

Harris can be the guiding force behind an outright SJAA championship, to follow last year's split crown with Bear Creek. The opening win is impressive for Chavez, as West is no joke behind junior forward Ephraim Estell and senior guard Isaiah Grady."

A Ryan Sypkens update

Via former UC Davis/Franklin High sharpshooter Ryan Sypkens: "Just got selected 12th in the nbl Canada draft by the London Lightning! I am grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to get out there, compete, and do what I love!"

Hayes honored

As part of the PacWest Conference weekly awards:

Matt Hayes (Dominican)
G, Sr., Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City

Hayes averaged 24.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting 68 percent from the field. He scored a career-high 30 points against MSUB, making 11 field goals and six three-pointers. He netted 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and had two steals against Alaska.

This week's STLB Nor Cal team poll

This week's Signal The Light Basketball northern California team poll has City College of San Francisco in the lead once again. Undefeated Feather River College is right behind.

Checking in on Tyler Johnson

The Miami Heat's Tyler (Fresno State/St. Francis High) Johnson is putting up these numbers thus far in the 2015-16 season:

* 14 games
* 20.9 minutes
* 8.7 points
* 2,4 rebounds,
* 1.7 assists
* shooting 51%, 46% and 79%

J.J. Adande with "Why Kobe Bryant was so important to the NBA"

Westchester CC: from college champion to no season

Michael Powell with "Junior College’s Second Chances Become Dead Ends"

Sadly, it's a too familiar story, one with multiple variations.

Cal Lutheran 65, UC Santa Cruz 61

Via Santa Cruz Sentinel: "The UC Santa Cruz men’s basketball team couldn’t catch Cal Lutheran on Sunday, losing their final game of their Mission Inn Thanksgiving Classic, 65-61, to Cal Lutheran at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

The Slugs trailed 39-28 at the half and by 12 points with 2:40 remaining. They sliced the Kingsmen’s lead to three points with 11 seconds left, but couldn’t close the gap.

Corey Cilia and Ilan Zur came off the bench to lead UCSC in scoring with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Zur also made a team-high five rebounds. Adam Marlow added nine points with four assists and three steals. The Slugs shot 38 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free-throw line..."

Cilia is a sophomore guard out of Half Moon Bay High and Zur from Summerfield Waldorf High in Santa Rosa.