Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Anderson with another suitor

Via Jeff Depelteau: "Canisius College has reached out regarding Juwan Anderson '15 (Oakland, CA)"

Julius Thomas, basketball player

Remember when Julius Thomas was playing on the basketball court? Miles Wray profiles the Denver Bronco tight end.

From his Portland State roundball bio: "Lettered four times in basketball for the Vikings, leading them to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history (2008, ‘09) and finishing as the program’s all-time leader in games played (121), career wins (78) and field goal percentage (.663)"

Out of Tokay High, Thomas averaged 10.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and shot a school-record .671 from the field in his final season in the Rose City.

Hillard one to watch on The Hilltop

Mark Kramer designates USF's Corey Hillard as an X Factor.

Pope saluted once more

Ryan Posner writes: "Malik Pope may be the best SDSU athlete since Kawhi Leonard"

AG's initial game

In his very first NBA regular season game, Aaron Gordon played 28 minutes off the bench for Orlando, scoring 11 points (5-8 shooting, 1-2 from three-point range) and with three rebounds, three turnovers, a steal and a blocked shot.

STLB on the 2014-15 Coast Conference South

Signal The Light Basketball previews the Coast Conference South.

Corey Hawkins and the NBA draft

Ed Isaacson on Corey Hawkins -- what he does well now and what he still needs to do:

Corey Hawkins, California-Davis, Guard, 6’3, 195
(2013-14, 33.8 mpg) 18.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg
44.4 FG%, 75.7 FT%, 32.2 3FG%, 55.6 TS%, 49.4 eFG%
28.7 USG%, 21.0 AST%, 2.6 STL%

After a great sophomore season after transferring from Arizona State, Hawkins, the son of former NBA player Hersey, saw a drop in some of his offensive numbers as he faced defenses intent on stopping him. Hawkins is very skilled on the offensive end, capable of facilitating the offense or playing off the ball.  He is an above-average ballhandler, capable of using both hands well, and a growing set of advanced dribbles to help keep the defender off-balance. Hawkins likes to use screens to set up his jumper, as well as to get into the lane. Once he is in the lane, Hawkins can hit the floater/short jumper or weave his way through the defense to get to the basket, where he can finish with either hand. Hawkins has a great feel for the game on the offensive end, at times making scoring opportunities look effortless. He has also improved his ability to hit the open man when he draws help defenders. Hawkins has good range on his jumper, with a high, quick release. He also can be effective in transition both as the ballhandler and running the wings. On defense, Hawkins does a good job positioning both on and off the ball, and while not exceptionally quick, he moves his feet well and can navigate through screens.

What he needs to show this season:  There is little doubt that Hawkins is skilled as an offensive player, but there are some areas where he can make some improvements. As mentioned, he likes to use screens to get into the lane, but once he gets into the defense, he can find himself stuck. Hawkins needs to learn to make reads off the screens quicker, as well as working to come off of them tighter. Also, I would like to see Hawkins move better without the ball, instead of being content to get passes deep behind the 3-point line. Hawkins can improve his shot selection, as he tended to force more shots last season. On defense, Hawkins could put in a better effort, especially on the ball, where he can be seen at times playing with his arms at his sides. He has a very good understanding of the game, and he has the offensive skill set to play high level professional basketball.

Current NBA-ers with Bay Area, northern California ties

As highlighted earlier, Jared Cunningham is a Los Angeles Clipper.

Aaron Gordon is Magic-ing in Orlando.

Damian Lillard Trailblazing in PDX.

Former Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez made the Brooklyn Nets squad.

Matthew Dellavedova is a Cleveland Cavalier. (hey, maybe God is a Gael ;-)

Greg Smith is with the Dallas Mavericks. (did he play a high school season in the Bay Area, or not?) 

Jeremy Lin and the Los Angeles Lakers are paired up.

Patty Mills, due to injury, is on the inactive list with the Spurs.

Chuck Hayes keeps plugging along as a Toronto Raptor.

Drew Gooden is Wizarding in Washington.

Johnson out in Spain

Orlando Johnson is departing Spain:
"Orlando Johnson’s experience with Laboral Kutxa is over. The American guard has been informed already that he is on his way out of the Basque team. Johnson, who has also NBA experiences, is averaging 4.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game with Baskonia."
But then there is this:

"...Former Indiana Pacers shooting guard Orlando Johnson, sources say, is also on his way toward terminating his Spanish agreement..."

Here's the full story on multiple player departures from the team as interference has created a mess of the team.

It hammertime for Gib Arnold

UH Coach Gib Arnold and one assistant have been removed from their positions. The school is hoping this action will lessen any forthcoming NCAA penalties.

East Palo Alto native Senque Carey remains as an assistant but has to be wondering about his future once a new head coach is hired.

New Ohlone College Coach Scott Fisher, who assisted at Hawaii for four years, likely saw this coming and made his move.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Why does this not come as a surprise?

Former Los Angeles City College Coach Mike Miller has been "arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and illegally filming young men in the bathroom of his home."

Here is one earlier mess.

Then there was this.

In court, Miller testified he couldn't identify who it was that robbed him.

And you think your life has drama.

McPhail at Cal State Los Angeles

Andre McPhail F 6-7 235 Jr. Antioch/DeerValley HS/Saddleback College is the sole northern California talent on the Cal State Los Angeles roster this season.

While at Saddleback, he "earned second-team All-Orange Empire Conference honors after averaging nearly 10 points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore. Appeared in 29 games with 24 starts. Shot 52.9 percent from the field."

Yussef needed in the middle

A note from a Long Beach State fan after watching a 49ers intrasquad scrimmage:
"...Temidayo [Yussef] will be in the rotation out of necessity. He's strong and battles, but is not particularly athletic..."
His LB St. bio: "A third team all-state selection, one of the Top 15 listed in the state over all divisions ... The Cal Hi Sports Division V Player of the Year ... Named to the San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team, and the Contra Costa Times All-East Bay First-Team ... Led the St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilots to back-to-back CIF State Championship appearances ... Put up 20 points and 19 rebounds as a junior in the championship game, and followed with another dominant double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 57-32 Division V victory ... Averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds per game as a senior..."  

Cal Maritime a heavy favorite in CPC

Cal Maritime—33 points (4 first place votes)Simpson University—31 points (2)La Sierra—22 pointsMenlo—20 pointsPacific Union—14 pointsUC Merced—6 points

STL Basketball's Golden Valley Conference preview

Signal The Light Basketball is back with a Golden Valley Conference preview and has Butte College winning league again.