Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dunham lauded by Whitman coach

Here's Whitman College Coach Eric Bridgeland talking about his recruiting class, one student-athlete in particular:

[Rolaun] Dunham, from Riverbank High School (Calif.), is "the incoming freshman every coach dreams of," according to Bridgeland. He states that the 6-foot-2 Rolaun "is a proven winner, leader in his community and church, and a better person than player.

"On the court, (Dunham) is a strong and balanced defender who can lock up any position on the floor and at the other end, mixes a powerful, explosive, slashing game with an unbelievable touch to finish or can set up teammates once he's by his defender."

Dunham led Riverbank to a four-year record of 88-24, was a two-time most outstanding player for the Trans Valley League and in April was tabbed the Modesto Bee Stanislaus District Player of the Year.

Bad drafting

Analytics, opinion and algorithms -- you name it. So why are so many 'mistakes' made in NBA drafting? LINK

Fashola heading to Simpson

From the Diablo Valley College Men's Basketball Facebook page: "Congrats to DVC forward Kunle Fashola moving on to play at Simpson University next season!"

Out of Clayton Valley High and standing 6-foot-5, Fashola averaged 5.3 rebounds per game for the Vikings as a sophomore this past season.

It's official for Harris

Yuba Men's Hoops: "congrats to big red Sean Harris and his sweet doo! Granted a 6th year from NCAA because of injury Go Utah State!"

More on transferring

Parks Smith isn't buying into the transfer epidemic meme in college basketball.

Matt Norlander also checks in on the subject.

Woodard lands a 'ship

Ian Ross writes about Kenny Woodard both never giving up his dream and doing the work necessary to achieve it. Woodward will be on a basketball scholarship at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Utah next school year. It's an NAIA athletics school.

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 10.7 points for Sacramento City College Coach Andrew Jones this past season as a sophomore, shooting 42%, 35% and 86% respectively.

Blackwell with another invite

Pacific jumped in and now is joined by Washington State -- Verbal Commits"2015 Woodcreek (CA) G Noah Blackwell has received an offer from Washington State."

Another link.

STLB on MJC hoops

Signal The Light Basketball talked with Modesto Junior College Coach Paul Brogan about his upcoming Pirate squad.

TIF on Rabb at the USA 17U tryouts

From The Intentional Foul on July 25 regarding the USA 17U tryouts:
Ivan Rabb is rated the No. 1 player in the country by ESPN, but you wouldn’t have known that last night as the 6’10” power forward from Oakland blended into the big man crowd. At times he looked to be limping which could have been an injury or a carryover from a strenuous Peach Jam. Initially he tried to take some defenders off the dribble but was usually cut off before he could get in a good scoring position. In the last scrimmage, Rabb did come alive displaying his fundamental footwork in the post. He is comfortable finishing and shooting with either hand and converted several shots in a crowded paint area. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blackwell with another offer

The Verlin-ites have reached out to Mr. Blackwell -- Verbal Commits: "2015 Woodcreek (CA) G Noah Blackwell has received an offer from Pacific."

Two Nor Cal talents highlighted

Via Dinos Trigonis:
Fullcourt Press post-July Top 8 Cali 2015: 1. Rabb  2. Dorsey  3. Boatwright  4. Chriss  5. Simon  6. Thompson  7. Metu  8. Holiday

Jesse Hunt noted

Frank Burlison's list of the Top 25 Seniors he witnessed in Las Vegas included:
Jesse Hunt (6-6/Lakeshow 17 Elite/San Anselmo, CA, Drake)

Paris Austin lauded

Corey Evans on Paris Austin:
Paris Austin/6’0 Dream Vision 2015The Vegas based squad might have its fair share of talent and stars throughout the various grades, but it is Paris Austin that makes the group go and mesh together. Whenever his squad needs a timely basket, Austin is the guy who responds in good fashion. He handles the ball without giving it up when pressured, can facilitate off of the dribble-drive, and can shoot off the catch displaying a solid jumper and good release. The lacking point guard crop in 2015 is going to creep up quickly on the high major programs and it would be in the best interest of the Pac 12 squads to jump in on the DV guard with an offer before it is too late. Austin nailed two game clinching foul shots on Saturday to defeat Atlanta Celtics and it is hard to not value just how good he was down the stretch against the highly talented ATL squad. 

More with Senque Carey

Dayton Morinaga talked (print and video) with new Hawaii Assistant Coach Senque Carey.

Ford with national press

From Eric Bossi: "Look for point guard Jordan Ford to debut in the rankings for the class of 2016 when they are next updated. A scoring point guard from Folsom (Calif.) High, the three-star was outstanding for the Oakland Soldiers on Sunday. He loves to utilize the high ball screen and is very dangerous coming off that screen because he can pull up and make jumpers from between 15 and 20 feet and because he has the quickness to get all the way into the lane. Ford lacks strength right now, but the instincts and feel are all there. He told Rivals.com that he has early offers from UTEP, Gonzaga, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, UC Davis and Northern Arizona while California, Stanford and Boise State have upped their interest lately. More programs will be jumping into his recruitment soon enough."

Ford would have gotten national notice but at a later date had he not jumped to the Soldiers so call this a win-win. Still not sure if he will become a national recruit but he'll certainly have plenty of excellent options come college.