Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brandenberg to the Cornhusker state

Skyline College's Kevin Brandenberg is headed to York College, an NAIA school in Pennsylvania Nebraska. The 6-footer out of Lincoln High, made the Spring 2014 Dean's List for his academic performance.

Santa Clara gets a visit from a frontcourter

Per Corey Evans, the Broncos had a big in -- "After taking a visit to Santa Clara last weekend, 2015 @KCRunGMC big Blaise Gammon will visit Loyola (ILL) and Indiana St in the coming wks"

He measures 6-foot-8, 230,

Dartmouth, Georgia Southern Yale, Loyola (MD), Holy Cross. Lafayette and others have already offered.

The latest on Bryce Pressley

Portland's Bryce Pressley, formerly of Jesuit High, is on a basketball and goodwill tour of Belgium, Holland and England with Global Sports Academy. He and his teammates finished 7-0.

(Bryce Pressley buying book and supplies for the TLK Foundation back to help children get the tools to learn)

An Adrian Zamora update

Via Tony Nunez: "Mexico National team also just won the Centrobasket championship with Watsonville's Adrian Zamora on the team earlier this month."

That name rang a bell and thankfully Nunez provided some background: "Adrian Zamora was a 2004 Watsonville High graduate and an All-SCCAL selection that year. Went on to play at Gavilan and the Montana State."

Juan Anderson

Former Castro Valley High and Oakland Rebel star Juan Anderson is back with Marquette for his senior year after earlier considering heading elsewhere. But the head coach who brought him in, Buzz Williams, is gone as are a number of talented teammates LINK

Here's hoping this is the season that the 6-foot-6 forward garners much more playing time and blossoms. It has been a total of 981 minutes thus far as a Golden Eagle so it would be good to see him earn 25 minutes per game on the court.

Two more at Prolific Prep

Per Jeremy Russotti: "MALI!!!! Here is Mamoudou (Diarra)(2017) & Amadou (Sow)(2018) Mix for @ProlificPrep Both kids will be rising rankings soon."

These are guys who will benefit tremendously from their Prolific Prep training.

The world of Curtis Malone

Pete Thamel goes long and very informative on Curtis Malone, the founder of the DC Assault program.

One captivating quote: "...he left friends, family and the basketball world to figure out whether he was an AAU coach moonlighting as a drug dealer or a drug dealer masquerading as an AAU coach..."

This piece is also spot-on with its depiction of the placement of prospects by a top club team and the hiring of some college assistant coaches.

2nd Annual "FALL CLASSIC" Youth Basketball Tournament

"Events by Select" proudly presents:

2nd Annual "FALL CLASSIC" Youth Basketball Tournament
This event will be highly diverse; as we already have commitments from teams from all four major regions of Northern California (Bay Area /  Sacramento / The Valley / San Jose).

Saturday & Sunday / September 27th-28th / 2014

NB Courts / 6474 Patterson Pass Road (Ste E) / Livermore CA 94550

Format (3 game minimum):
Pool Play / Round Robin (Depending on number of teams per bracket)

Age Groups: (Boys 8u-17u)
Age groups will be based on the new school year

8u-14u (1st place medals)
15u-17u (write-up sent to multiple media outlets)

$225 per team (multiple team discounts / 3 or more teams)

Mail payment to 8340 Brentwood Blvd / Brentwood CA 94513
Payable to: Team Select

Ruben Garcia / 925) 367-3912/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Andrews with three visits

From Brad Winton: "Jamir Andrews (6'3/G/2015) of Sheridan College has set up three official visits:

Bowling Green Sept 5
Albany Sept 18
Washington St Sept 26"

As a freshman, Andrews averaged 12.3 points per game on 43%, 40% and 82% shooting. He prepped at Dublin High.

Former Modesto JC guard at Dominguez Hills

Cal State Dominguez Hills has brought in a seven-man recruiting group for this coming season and one is a former Modesto JC player: guard Mike Hill -- "A transfer from Chadron State where he redshirted in 2013-14, junior 6-1 guard Mike Hill averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game as a sophomore at Modesto JC, and "possesses a high basketball IQ and can really shoot the basketball," begins Becker.  "Mike's work ethic has been impressive thus far both in the classroom and on the floor, and we are excited to welcome him and his family to Carson."

Hill is originally out of Fresno.

Let's see if Calipari follows through on this

Kentucky Coach John Calipari is talking platoon hoops for the Wildcats this coming season.

The 2014-15 Dominican University Penguins

In his fourth season, Coach Booker Harris is readying his Dominican University Penguins and has four northern California-connected talents on his roster:

* Russell Davis So. 6-2 180 G Oakland, CA / Bishop O'Dowd HS Biological Sciences

* Josh Ramirez So. 6-6 200 G Chino, CA / Ayala HS Undeclared

* Josh Armstrong So. 6-3 200 G Fountain Valley, CA / Fountain Valley HS Business Administration

* Dominique Taplin Sr. 6-0 175 G Alameda, CA / Oakland HS Political Science

* Matt Hayes Jr. 6-2 200 G Yuba City, CA / Yuba City HS Biological Sciences

* Karl Ohrner Jr. 6-8 205 F Stockholm, Sweden / Luleå Riks BG Psychology

* Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten Jr. 6-3 190 G Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Waldorf Undeclared

* Jonny Bates Jr. 6-3 220 F Mission Viejo, CA / Capistrano Valley HS Business Administration

* Keith Davis R-Fr. 6-0 160 G Buena Park, CA / Savanna HS Business Administration
* Brad Johnson Fr. F Business Administration
* Matthew Lipski Sr. 6-9 265 C Ashland, Ore. / Ashland HS Public Health
* Reverend Maduakor Fr. 6-4 175 G/F Narbonne HS Psychology
* Zac Nuttall Fr. G

Park to play in England

Former Chico State backcourter Sean Park is heading to England to play basketball.

Berry signs to play in Italy

From Weber State athletics:

Former Weber State men’s basketball standout and Big Sky MVP Davion Berry has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Italy. Berry has signed with PMS Torino in the A2 Gold Basket Series League, a professional league in Italy. He competed in the 2014 NBA Summer League with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Berry, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Oakland, Calif, led Weber State to the Big Sky title, a Big Sky Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament during the past season. He was named honorable mention All-American, named Big Sky MVP and was also named to the Big Sky All-Conference First Team and earned All-District honors for the second straight season.

He was WSU’s top player all season, leading the Wildcats in scoring 21 times during the season, including 17 of the last 19 games. He finished the season third in the Big Sky in scoring at 19.2 points per game and was second in scoring in Big Sky games at 20.2 per game. He scored in double figures in 29 of WSU’s 31 games and scored 20 or more 19 times, including 24 against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 596 points this season, the 12th most in a season in WSU history.

Berry also led the Wildcats in assists, steals and free throw percentage. He finished the season fifth in the league in assists and seventh in free throw percentage.

After his two-year career with the Wildcats, Berry ranks 15th in WSU history in career scoring with 1,160 career points. He also ranks fifth in career 3-point field goal percentage and 10th in career 3-pointers. He is sixth in career free throws made, 10th in career free throw percentage and eighth in career assists average.

Rabb honored

Ivan Rabb is lauded as "Best Shot Swatter" by his contemporaries in Jason Jordan's article on the play of the elites this summer.