Monday, August 31, 2015

Going dark for the rest of the week

This site is going dark until next Monday due to a move (ugh)...

Young commits

From Joe Davidson: "SacBee All-Metro forward Solomon Young gives a verbal to Iowa State. Competes, runs, rebounds, posts up, plays above the rim..."

Good for him. Big 12 Conference and a very successful program.

So Cal double dips

John Murphy game reports the 2017 southern California contingent winning 135-114 against their northern California counterparts on Sunday. Alfred (Sacred Heart Cathedral) Hollins' team high 27 points for the defeated went for naught.

It was 137-134 in the 2016 matchup. For Nor Cal, Jordan (Folsom High) Ford 28 points, Nikhil (De La Salle) Peters 25 and Jordan (De La Salle) Ratinho 20. Ryan Silapan game reports. John Murphy lauds the play of Jordan Ford.

Ronnie Flores tweeted: "Jordan Ratinho with two triples & a dunk for North. Ties the game up. Ratinho might be best shooter either game, either team."

Dave Rogahn did good with "In the house of @CoachGiacomazzi at Las Positas And ready for Prep 2 Prep all-star classic" -- The House of Giacomazzi, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.

Ruminating on City College of San Francisco

Current rosters have yet to be posted for almost every community college team but, even with unforeseen changes from July, it's already know-able that City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is going to be one of the most intriguing squads in the 2015-16 season.

Below are a number of elements as to why:

* Even minus Trevor Dunbar, Shon Briggs and Jalen Canty, Coach Justin Labagh's Rams looked extremely tough against the competition in July's Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree. The CCSF guards applied full court pressure causing problems for opponents on the majority of possessions.

* The 6-foot-8 Canty, 6-foot-9 sophomore Josh Kahlon and freshman Kendall McIntosh at 6-foot-8 will provide plenty of inside depth in case of foul trouble and/or injury. Also, add 6-foot-8 Tulsa transfer Keondre Dew to the mix in the paint and the likelihood of any downtime in paint production is nil.

* 6-foot-5 Jerrod Nodar shot 44% from three-point range and 6-foot-4 Troy Thompson 37% and each is back for what should be opportunities for even more open looks.

* 6-foot-6 Shon Briggs has always been a scorer and will end up with a double figures average -- doing so as economical shooter will be his key.

* Dunbar will lead from the point and shouldn't have to score all that much to impress D1 programs as recruiters will be looking more for an efficiently run offense -- the getting of the ball to the right teammates at the most opportune times.

* The backcourt has very good depth as Jason Smith returns, Keanu Peters has transferred in from Casper College and is the best athlete on the team plus the aforementioned Thompson will be part of the rotation. Freshman guards arriving are Armani (Washington High) Hall, Justin St. Joseph Notre Dame) Brown, Zachary (Berkeley High) Copeland and David (Sacred Heart) Parsons

For the record, the Rams put together a six-game win streak before falling to Merritt College in the playoffs and this was minus Gabe Bealer who had departed for Utah.

CCSF is going to enjoy numerous ways of putting points on the board. On the flip side, shotblocking will be an aspect of the Rams' defensive effort as well as ball pressure.

This season indeeds bodes well.

TBrown to SJSU

This is an interesting one. Moreau Catholic High (MCH) Coach Frank Knight: "Congratulations to Moreau Catholic's 2016 Guard Terrell Brown @hooplife_tj on his commitment to play at San Jose State University!"

Brown is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 12.6 points last season on a team loaded with talent -- try at least four and maybe five D1 level prospects. It's a squad in Hayward that gets up and down the court quickly because that plays to its strengths since the quintet stands 6-foot-6, 2 @ 6-foot-3, one measuring 6-foot-2 and a 6-footer.

MCH finished 23-7 last season, 14-0 in the Mission Valley Basketball League.

He played with Team Arsenal in the spring and summer.

Brown will need to add more more and strength for college ball but that's a do-able.

Video from his junior season:

Cam Oliver's meaning to Nevada

Chris Murray offers more on the availability of Cameron Oliver to the Nevada squad this coming season. He concludes with: "...Pre-Oliver, Nevada was looking at another losing season. Post-Oliver, a top-half finish in the MW isn’t out of the question. He’ll be starting alongside AJ West before the season ends."

More from Wolf Pack athletics.

Cherry heading to Germany

David Pick reported: "Will Cherry, PG for Becky Hammon and Spurs, signing with ALBA Berlin - club official said."

Bracy now at American Canyon High

"Team Rampage Coach and Founder Brandon Bracy, has used his success in AAU, to make him a good young coaching prospect in Northern California. His efforts in coaching, as well as training young athletes, has been greatly noticed in the area allowing American Canyon Head Coach Brett Wedding, to place Coach Bracy on his varsity staff as an assistant for this upcoming 2015-2016 season. Bracy has goals of one day becoming a Division one coach, as he continues to help the youth improve on and off the court."

Baldwin to Kentucky's Georgetown

From Chabot Men's Basketball: "Another Gladiator moving on: Raymond Baldwin has officially committed to NAIA powerhouse Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky! Baldwin was a ywo-time All-Conference member and earned the prestigious honor of 1st Team All-State for his contributions as a sophomore at Chabot. Georgetown College is a regular among the Top 10 rankings in the country and won the NAIA Division I National Championship as recently as 2013! We are very excited to see Raymond move onto to such a high level program to continue his academic and playing career!A few quick highlights of Baldwin's sophomore year:

The 6-foot-5 Baldwin averaged 13.0 and 5.1 rebounds per game in 2014-15 while shooting 48%, 35% and 61%.

Milstead to unofficially check out The Biggest Little City in the World

D1 Circuit: "Oakland Soldiers G Damari Milstead (@DamariMilstead) will be taking a visit to Nevada on Sept. 12." The Wolf Pack recently offered him.

After the Prep2Prep Classic, Ronnie Flores posted: "Damari Milstead 2017 has a knack for getting to the correct spots and is a great drop off passer. Defenders jump, ball is underneath."

Another youngster tripping to SJSU

Via Team Superstar: "Scheduled for Sept.19 (Sat.) @SJSU, unofficial visit for Jonathan Ned class of 2018 Heritage High School."

The San Jose State University coaching staff is really focused on underclassmen throughout the Bay Area, hoping to coincide landing locals and regionals with an upswing in the program.

Chun impresses

PoP tweeted: "2018 G James Chun; Archbishop Riordan. Chun has learned the art of creating a clean look. Showing well here at West Coast Elite Los Angeles."

Below is video of him as a Riordan frosh:

It's the little things that add up to success

Coach Bob Walsh's latest is about the unsung player maneuvers and efforts on the court that excite a coaching staff -- elements which will never be described in a game report or be anything fans talk about because any sort of flashiness is absent.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Troy Johnson lands head coach position

Great news for ex-Merritt College head coach and former San Jose State University assistant Troy Johnson -- he is the new head coach at Victor Valley College (VVC).

Here's a June 29 Johnson feature posted on this site.

VVC is located in Victorville on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert. The Rams play in the Foothill Conference along with Barstow College, Chaffey College, College of the Desert, Rio Hondo College and San Bernardino Valley College.

Not sure what he can do with recruiting at this point but his extensive contacts will prove fruitful.

Big Wen to Gaucho Land

Wendell McKines is headed to South America, Argentina in particular:

"Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Wendell McKines (198-103kg-88, college: New Mexico State, agency: SDJ Sports). 

He played this summer at Rain or Shine in Filipino PBA league. In 16 games he was third best scorer with impressive 30.4 ppg and averaged 14.9 rpg (#3 in the league), 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.6 bpg. 

The last season McKines played at Ironi Ashkelon (National League) in Israel. In 18 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 25.8 ppg and had 12.4 rpg (#2 in the league), 2.1 apg and 1.6 spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Israeli National League 3rd Team. 

The most of previous (13-14) season he spent at Anyang KGC (KBL) in South Korean league. In 25 games he recorded 7.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 2013-14 season. McKines also played at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProB) in French league that season. In 18 games he was second best scorer with high stats: 18.8 ppg and had 6.2 rpg in 2013-14 season. 

His team made it to the PBA Governor's Final Four.

The previous (2013) summer he played at Alaska Aces (PBA) in Philippines. In 11 games he was fourth best scorer with high stats: 29.7 ppg and had 15.1 rpg (#2 in the league) and 3.2apg in 2013 season. The last (2013) season McKines played at SPO Rouen (ProA) in French league. In 34 games he recorded high stats: 17.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.3 spg in 2012-13 season. It was another spectacular year as he was named to All-French ProB Honorable Mention."

McKines graduated from New Mexico State in 2012 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player."