Saturday, July 9, 2011

The 2011 Foothill JUCO Summer Slam

The two-day 2011 Foothill JUCO Summer Slam is in the books and a big thank you goes out to Foothill Coach Shanan Rosenberg for hosting the annual event.
Here's our notes:

If an ultimate gym rat award was being issued, Merritt Coach Keenan McMiller would be the hands down winner. His squad wasn't even participating in the tourney yet he was there the longest of anyone.

Monterey Peninsula College's Andrew Young, at 6-foot-8 or so, was the biggest surprise. Coach Blake Spiering has a force in the middle and opponents are going to pay a price.

Below are the participating teams and some of their new players (the latter is always one the most interesting aspects of attending this event):

American River College

Daniel Smith, Center High

Cañada College 

Brandon Willhite, Woodside Priory

Zayn Kirkendoll, Valley Christian

FYI, Matt Stanley, who assisted Shanan Rosenberg at Foothill, is the new coach at Cañada.

Columbia College

didn't recognize the new names

Contra Costa College

Justin Pollard, St. Mary's (Berkeley)

Kenontae Ramsey, De Anza High

De Anza College

Denzel Copeland, Santa Teresa High

Diablo Valley College

Bobby Syvanthong, El Cerrito High

Andrew Gardner, Freedom High

Andre McPhail, Deer Valley High

Justice Thomas, Fremont (Oakland)

DVC was missing Brian Goins, who has to be one of the favorites for State Player of the Year, and 6-foot-8 Rafael Carter as both were at a JUCO all-star events back in the Midwest. The Vikings still looked very good as Bobby Syvanthong played well, really focusing on spreading the ball around to his teammates.

Foothill College

Sohn Nijor, Leigh High

Momir Gataric, Homestead High

Foothill also nabs the grade point average crown, with nobody on the roster below 3.0.

Fresno City College

DeAndre Medlock, Clovis West (by way of UC Davis) At 6-foot-9, he'll have many suitors simply based on size alone -- his choice to play in the FCC system is a curious one.

Las Positas College

didn't recognize the new names

Modesto Junior College

Ernie Pimental, Manteca High (Kiwi Gardner's former running mate)

Anthony Pratt, Modesto Christian

Monterey Peninsula College

Andrew Young, Monterey High

Jonny Parker, Valley Christian

Leandrew Banks, Wilcox High '07 (his last name was Chapman then) At 6-foot-9 and a freshman, he is a nice change of pace in the middle when Young needs a rest.

Ohlone College

Mikhael McKinney, Washington High (Fremont)

Chris Read, Castro Valley High

Andy Mitchell, Moreau Catholic High

San Jose City College

Muktar Abdi, Willow Glen

Santa Rosa Junior College

Connor Gillet, La Mirada High

College of the Sequoias

didn't recognize the new names

Shasta College 

James Williams, Enterprise High

Sierra College 

Nik Milani, Woodcreek High 

Jamie Ball, San Juan High (a grayshirt freshman last season) 

Julian Ball, San Juan High (a grayshirt freshman last season)

Solano College 

Mike McKinney, Fairfield High

Yuba College 

Trev Abraham, Sac High (by way of Rice University)

Cody Kale, Rocklin High (by way of CSU Bakersfield)

Joe Slocum, Vallejo High 

Vic West, Burbank High 

Rob Long, Burbank High

Jacob Courage, Lincoln High 

Yev Dyachenko, River City High

Yuba is going to be very, very tough again despite a handful of departing players heading to the D-1 ranks. The 49er motto continues to be reload, not rebuild. Abraham's recruitment will be fascinating to watch.

Yes, the Center For Disease Control has issued an warning about a major outbreak of bleacher butt, particularly in the Los Altos Hills area. But such a condition isn't anything new and here's predicting that a similar pronouncement emerges from the Las Vegas area later this month. It's a malady well worth it considering the enjoyment and knowledge derived from watching basketball.


  1. How did Medlock end up at FCC? We watched him at the high school level and was sad to see he didn't make it at Davis. Did he do anything spectacular at the Summer Slam? Should we expect him back at Davis or at a D1 school next year? We've seen him listed at 6'9", 10" and 11", what is his actual height?

  2. Medlock played high school ball in the area so returning home makes sense.

    He had a couple of blocks and a very nice spin-and-dunk move but the FCC offense is more of a dribble drive and kick it out to the open man for a jumper offense.

    At this point, my guess is even he has no idea where he will play next season.

    Didn't get out my tape measure so I have no idea what his true height is. I would guess 6-foot-9.

  3. The Las Vegas All American JUCO Showcase lists him as 6'11". We'll be there to watch him and the other talent so check him out ourselves. We also read in the recruiting notes that he has an offer from UMass which is interesting. Hope to see some good stuff from him and the others.