Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Foothill College 2014-15

Foothill College Coach Matt Stanley has a large and diverse roster heading into the 2014-15 season, one headed by touted sophomore guard Janvier Alaby:

Alex Aguilar sophomore guard 6-foot-1 Piedmont Hills High

Janvier Alaby sophomore guard San Diego, CA

Gagan Chana sophomore guard 6-foot-4 FL

Kaué Dai Prai sophomore guard 6-foot-0 Brazil

Andy Dolezalek freshman guard 5-foot-11 Woodside Priory High

* JJ Espanola sophomore guard 5-foot-10 Piedmont Hills High

Derek King freshman guard 6-foot-1 Santa Teresa High

Kurt Lojera freshman guard 6-foot-1 Lincoln High

Asante Monadjemi freshman forward 6-foot-6 NC

Allson Reynold sophomore forward 6-foot-8 Allegany College, MD

Ori Shapira sophomore center 6-foot-6 TX

* Igor Shvets freshman forward Ukraine

Dylan Tarpening freshman guard 6-foot-4 Bellarmine College Prep

Seth Turner sophomore guard 6-foot-4 Victory University, TN

Matt Wong freshman guard 5-foot-6 Mills High

* Deryck Ylanan sophomore guard 6-foot-2 Moreau Catholic High

College of Marin 20141-5

Coach Dave Granucci is back for season three of his College of Marin tenure with some experienced Mariner sophomores, primarily in the backcourt. Here's the roster from the CCCAA site. Three newcomers are out of the Sacramento area and another, Heritage High's George Johnson, is ready to begin his college career:

* Miller Blake 6-foot-2 sophomore guard  (9.5 ppg.) Texas

Modesta Britten 6-foot-4 freshman forward Del Campo High

Pierre Carter 6-foot-4 sophomore guard (14.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg.) Heritage High

Luke Chavez 6-foot-2 freshman guard Drake High

* Neal Chavez  6-foot-4 sophomore guard (9.3 ppg.) Drake High

* Milton Jackson 5-foot-11 freshman guard Texas

George Johnson 5-foot-10 freshman guard Heritage High

* Stan Kaya 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Maryland

Brandon Kenilvort 6-foot-5 sophomore forward (6.7 ppg., 4.4 rpg.) Drake High

* Paul O'Sullivan 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Drake High

* Bobby Reaves 6-foot-8 freshman forward Texas

* Willie Rooks freshman guard Texas 

Jamaryion Simmons freshman forward Sheldon High

Matt Tawlks 6-foot-1 freshman guard Roseville High

* Daniel Vann-Victorino sophomore forward (a transfer from Dominican University/North Salinas High) Academic All PacWest Conference honoree

Two Bay Area guys at Occidental

A pair of former Bay Area prepsters are on the roster of the Occidental basketball program. They are:

* Joe Compagno - 6-foot-2 sophomore guard out of Redwood High

* Taylor Walton - 6-foot-5 freshman forward out of Branson High

Three Nor Cal JC players at Fresno Pacific

A trio of northern California talents from the community college ranks are on the 2014-15 Fresno Pacific roster. They are:

* Suhail Mohammadi 6-foot Junior Point (Foothill College/Carlmont High)

* Bobby Barnes 6-foot-5 Junior Forward (Sacramento City College/Pleasant Grove High)

* Zach Bartley 6-foot-7 Junior Forward (Sacramento City College/Rosemont High)

LMU has a trio of northern California guards

At Loyola Marymount this season, three northern California talents are on the Lion roster. Each happens to measure 6-foot-1:

* Matt Hayes 6-foot-1 Guard Sophomore (Santa Rosa Junior College/Pleasant Grove High)

* Casey Norris 6-foot-1 Guard Junior (Chabot College/Newark Memorial)

* Connor Jean 6-foot-1 Guard Junior (Diablo Valley College/Northgate High)

Kobe and the one man game stigma

Henry Abbott goes in-depth about Kobe Bryant, collecting a number of anonymous sources who don't necessarily have positive things to say about The Black Mamba's effect on the decisions of others.

One paragraph: "He wants to win," says a source close to Lakers decision makers. "But only as long as he's the reason we're winning, as long as the performance is not affecting his numbers. No one works harder than Kobe. And no one sabotages his own efforts more. He's scaring off the free agents we're trying to get. We're trying to surround you with talent and your ego is getting in the way."

Paul George seemingly refutes the piece although with no specifics.

Jim Cavan offers a Kobe fairytale -- at least it seems like one.

2013 Cap Christian talents featured in earlier MaxPreps Holiday Classic

"In the final days of 2013, Hoops Factory TV headed out to the desert for the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. The 2012 version included a classic final between Westchester High School and Fort Bend Travis, led by eventual Kentucky recruits Aaron and Andrew Harrison. On semi-final Sunday, we caught up with a trio from Capital Christian in Sacramento. Michigan recruit DJ Wilson was first up followed by Uchenna Iroegbu who will attend JuCo powerhouse, College of Southern Idaho and finally head coach, Devon Jones. Next up, JSerra Head Coach Joedy Gardner was a wealth of basketball knowledge spanning the timeline from Jerry West to James Harden. Before hitting the stretch run; we secure, with an assist from the Westchester assistant coaches, an exclusive interview with legendary Westchester coach Ed Azzam and senior Comet, Myles Stewart. We finish up with a trio from Utah’s American Fork High School led by BYU commit, Ryan Andrus. Brendan Bailey, son of former Utah Jazz forward Thurl Bailey, also stopped by before Southern Utah University commit Tyler Rawson."

The 18th MaxPreps MLK Classic

Mitch Stephens announces the lineup of the 18th MaxPreps MLK Classic hosted by De La Salle High on January 19.

The pairings:

* Berkeley vs. El Cerrito, 10:30 a.m.

* Franklin (Elk Grove) vs. Newark Memorial (Newark), 12:15 p.m.

* Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) vs. St. Mary's (Stockton), 2 p.m.

* Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco), 3:45 p.m.

* Chaminade (West Hills) vs. De La Salle (Concord), 5:45 p.m.

* Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) vs. Moreau Catholic (Hayward), 7:30 p.m.

Beauchemin sidelined this season

From the CCCAA site:

"Brian Beauchemin, the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Glendale Community College for the past 35 years, will not coach this season due to impending hip surgery.

Beauchemin, who is No. 3 in the state with 592 career wins, will be replaced this season on an interim basis by longtime assistant coach Vigen Jilizian. The Vaqueros were 22-5 last season and advanced to the second-round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs."

We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Allen and the Aztec backcourt

FutureGM looks at San Dioego State's Dakarai Allen and his role with San Diego State in 2014-15.

Another USF highlight

USF basketball is noted again as Mark Kramer has Dons hoopster Uche Ofoegbu among the top five small forwards in the West Coast Conference. That's three frontline notables thus far -- let's see who Kramer highlights in his forthcoming guard breakdowns.

Interesting fact

Jonathan Givony tweeted: "In the last 5 years, only six college players have been drafted in the first round off teams who won less than half their games that season."

Givony noted the six are Paul George, Craig Brackins, Marshon Brooks, Iman Shumpert, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Moe Harkless.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yuba College 2014-15

Yuba Coach Doug Cornelius has a relatively young team -- just three sophomores -- but that's just fine with him as he really likes his class of newcomers and one especially, Manny Malou, possesses enormous potential. The latter was in streetclothes though at the recent jamboree so no one outside of Yuba has seen him on the court. The northern Califonia 49er talents are highlighted:

* Brady Anderson 6-foot-9 freshman forward Jesuit HS

Jalen Coates 5-foot-8 freshman guard Burbank HS

* Miguel French 6-foot-6  sophomore forward Lindhurst HS

* Kirk Gunderson 6-foot-8 freshman forward NV

* Manny Malou 6-foot-9 freshman forward Australia

* Barry Ogalue 6-foot-6 sophomore guard Laguna Creek HS

Daniel Rios freshman guard 5-foot-11 Roseville HS

* Davit Saghatelynn sophomore guard 6-foot-2 Del Campo HS

* Sukhman Sandu 6-foot-10 freshman center BC, Canada

* Vasilje Saraba 6-foot-6 freshman guard Del Campo HS

* Chris Stapleton 6-foot-2 freshman guard Casa Roble HS

* Cedrick Thomas 6-foot-2 freshman guard Lindhurst HS

* Jo'sef Zamora 6-foot-2 freshman guard Newark Memorial HS

Chico State 2014-15

Chico State Coach Greg Clink has just released his 2014-15 Wildcats roster and it's loaded with northern California talents as highlighted. Chico is coming off a 25-8 season, 16-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play:

Nate Ambrosini G 6-4 Fr. Fortuna, CA/Fortuna HS

Jordan Barton F/C 6-6  Sr. Oakland, CA/Bishop O'Dowd HS

 * Keith Datu F 6-7 Fr. Santa Maria, CA/St. Joseph HS

* Robert Duncan G 6-3 So. Granite Bay, CA/Air Force Academy Prep School

Isaiah Ellis F 6-8 Fr. Sacramento, CA/Antelope HS

Tanner Giddings F/C 6-10 Jr. Santa Rosa, CA/Fresno State

* Tyler Harris G 6-4 Fr. Bakersfield, CA/Air Force Academy Prep

* Drew Kitchens G/F 6-4 Jr. Carlsbad, CA/La Costa Canyon HS

* Joseph Lynch G 5-10 Fr. Redding, CA/Liberty Christian HS

Christopher Magalotti C 6-10 Fr. Stockton, CA/St. Mary's HS

* Jalen McFerren G 5-10 Fr. Oakland, CA/Castro Valley HS

Mike Rosaroso G 5-10 Jr. Sacramento, CA/Franklin HS

Trevor Priest G 6-6 So. San Jose, CA/Santa Teresa HS

Jordan Semple F 6-7 Sr. Arcata, CA/Arcata HS

Corey Silverstrom G 6-5 Fr. Fresno, CA/Bullard HS

* Marvin Timothy F 6-8 Fr. Elk Grove, CA/Franklin HS

Diablo Valley College 2014-15

Coach Steve Coccimiglio and his Diablo Valley College Vikings return for another battle in the bruising Big 8 Conference. The roster as listed on the CCCAA site is an interesting mix of experienced backcourters with newcomers on the frontline:

Damion Banford 6-foot-6 freshman center Newark Memorial High

Jaques Carraway 6-foot-7 freshman forward McClymonds High

Spencer Clark 6-foot-4 freshman forward Concord High

Eric Ellis 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Bentley High

Olajuwon Garner 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Deer Valley High/Fresno City College

Jerrell Handley 5-foot-11 freshman guard De La Salle High

Jelani Hardaway 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Freedom High

* Jalen Headspeth 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Oakland High/Cal State Monterey Bay

* Joe McNiff 6-foot-4 sophomore guard De La Salle High

Rico Nuno 6-foot-7 freshman center Half Moon Bay High

* William Phillips 6-foot-3 freshman forward Kipp King Collediate High