Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Transferring and the re-shifting of power

Coach Bob Walsh weighs in on transfers.

Why nothing should surprise anyone

Calling a teenage prospect in the first place, let alone instructing him to come to YOUR school? Yep, put that crowning achievement on your résumé.

Myron Medcalf covers all too familiar territory but realistically there are no answers. Just thank and be thankful for the adults who are in the process for the right reasons.

A puzzling tribute to the Bronco seniors

Josh Horton lauds the Santa Clara University senior class but somehow Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini are absent from the accolades but maybe they will be featured in a separate piece.

The Cal-Hi Sports boys basketball selections

Cal-Hi Sports has posted its collection of All-State honorees:

All-State Basketball: Boys Elite Squads

All-State Basketball: Boys Underclass

All-State Basketball: Boys CIF Divisions

Chriss, Young and Collins lauded

From ESPN's Joel Francisco after the Pangos event this past weekend:
Oozing With Potential
Marquese Chriss (Sacramento, Calif./Pleasant Grove)
2015, PF, 6-8, 200
Club Team: Nor Cal Wildcats
Status: He will be a Pac-12 priority sooner rather than later.
Chriss has developed nicely since I last saw him in November. The willowy hybrid 4-man has trampoline-like bounce, good hands and can even nail the occasional jump shot. His timing is impeccable in the areas of blocking shots and rebounding. His offensive game (especially on the blocks) and fundamentals are raw, but his ceiling is impressive


Beast Status
Solomon Young (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento)

2016, PF, 6-6, 225
Club Team: Nor Cal Wildcats
Although Young is only a frosh, he already possesses a beastly frame. He has long arms, huge hands, size-18 feet and an excellent motor. He can knock down the elbow jump shot, but his strength is drop stepping his opponent over his left shoulder and converting.


Best Shooters
Armani Collins (San Francisco/Stuart Hall)

2015, SG, 6-4, 175
Club Team: Nor Cal Wildcats
Collins also has that frame and long arms that college coaches covet, and his jump-shooting stroke is feathery. He is best off the catch and his release is smooth, but he can also pull up in the mid-range area, too. In addition, he plays with purpose at both ends to help his team win.

Brandon heading to the Evergreen State

Sierra College backcourter Drew Brandon has signed a letter of intent with Coach Jim Hayford and Eastern Washington University.

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Norcal Next Level Exposure event for unsigned female prep basketballers

Head Coach Heather Stewart and the Christopher High girls basketball program are teaming up with San Diego area-based West Coast Girls Hoops Report founder Coach Irvin Jerry in presenting the Norcal Next Level Exposure Camp.
The event will take place June 22-23 at Christopher High in Gilroy from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

It is designed for unsigned 2013 seniors through 2017 graduates and will feature skill development sessions run by Mike Allen of Mike Allen Sports, competitive games and all-star games. College coaches will be in attendance and this event can be signed up as an individual or with a team.

 Christopher High Coach Heather Stewart

As Stewart explained, "we are attempting to find talented female basketball players who fly under the typical radar. We are focusing our efforts on kids who are great matches for the DII, NAIA, DIII, and JUCO levels. These coaches are constantly looking for great players and have far less of a recruiting budget to find them."

She added, "college coaches from each of those levels will be in attendance so we want to get as talent as possible in the gym to be given the opportunity to play in front of coaches prior to the July travel period. As we know, clubs cost money, and there just may be that player out there who can't afford to travel or many not play with a spectacular team, but has the talent, heart, and work ethic that coaches are looking for. This is hopefully an opportunity for those players to be seen, in addition to those who are currently playing on a club team."

 2014 Christopher High point Cydney Caradonna

West Coast Girls Hoops Report evaluators will publish a writeup of the event and highlight top performers.

To sign up or to access more information, head to the Norcal Next Level Exposure Camp site.

The 2013 17/U Oakland Rebels

Oakland Rebels

Head Coach - Raymond  Young    
Assistant Coach - Phil Taylor        
Assistant Coach - Damon Jones

2013 17/U roster     

* Jonathan Boddie, 6-foot-7, 2014, Central Catholic High
* Jamaliah Brown, 6-foot-1, 2014, Oakland High
* Derrick Clayton, 6-foot-5, 2014, Castro Valley High
* Joey Frenchwood, 6-foot-1, 2014, Newark Memorial High
* Sammy Greenwall, 6-foot-5, 2014, Head Royce High    
* Joey Goodreault , 6-foot-4, 2014, Miramonte High
* Dalvin Guy, 6-foot-6, 2014, McClymonds High  
* Jalen McFarren, 5-foot-10, 2014, Castro Valley High    
* Nataniel Moore , 5-foot-10, 2014, Castro Valley High    
* Isaac Pitman, 6-foot-0, 2014, San Leandro High    
* Temidayo Yussef, 6-foot-7, 2014, St. Joseph Notre Dame High

The 2013 16/U Oakland Rebels Red

Oakland Rebels
Head Coach - Robert Grissom           
Assistant Coach - Damon Mitchell
Manager - Cassandra Moore       

2013 16/U Red roster         
* Davonte Blackson, G/F, 6-foot-0, 2015, Oakland High    
* Cameron Burston, F/C, 6-foot-4, 2015, Stellar Prep    
* Kristian Gable, G/F, 6-foot-1, 2015, Terra Linda High 
* Michael Walker, G, 6-foot-1, 2015, McClymonds High    
* Damon Mitchell, G, 5-foot-9, 2015 Castro Valley High    
* Trevon Silas, G, 6-foot-2, 2015, McClymonds High    
* James McCullough, F/C, 6-foot-4, 2015, Oakland High    
* Isaiah Thomas, C, 6-foot-7, 2015, Kipp King High
* Monte Williams, G, 5-foot-11, 2014, Skyline High    
* Alafia Oluwasogo, G/F, 6-foot-2, 2015, Alameda High    
* Julian Taylor, F/C, 6-foot-0, 2015, Oakland High    
* Nicholas Seals, F/C, 6-foot-1, 2015, San Leandro High    
* Jalen Carr, F/C, 6-foot-2, 2014, Berkeley High

An Aaron Gordon backgrounder

Bruce Pascoe goes long and with good background in a feature on Aaron Gordon.

A Tanner Francona/Washington State recruiting tale

Ben Frederickson offers the details that are a reminder -- recruiting needs to be underscored as a b-u-s-i-n-e-s-s transaction.

Chriss' play noted this weekend

Josh Gershon tweeted: "NorCal Wildcats have a bouncy 2015 post in Marquese Chriss. The pogo stick is rebounding on defense and finishing above rim on other end"

Chriss is a sophomore at state champion Pleasant Grove High, averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game this past season.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

An update on Garry Hill-Thomas

Dan Hinxman goes long on the latest activities of former Bishop O'Dowd backcourter Garry Hill-Thomas, who is doing great work in his adopted community.

Another Gershon discovery

Josh Gershon with another tweet: "Discovery of the day/spring: Another Isiah Thomas. 6-7 2015 post from KIPP King private school in San Lorenzo, Calif"

Gerry Freitas offers analysis after the Nor Cal Spring Tipoff:
 "6'6" C Isaiah Thomas of Kipp King HS 2015 (Oakland Rebels Supreme 16U) -Long, wide wing span, a little thin, runs very well and attacks the glass, good shot blocker, raw offensively"
Gershon also offered this: "Oakland Rebels 2015 post Isiah Thomas plays in very small charter school league. Went unnoticed as soph. Has grades, work ethic and upside"

Here's an 11-second video of Thomas hitting a turnaround jumper in the paint.

More notice of Andy Isokpehi

A Josh Gershon tweet: "Starting off the Double Pump Spring Classic watching 2015 Lunardi's sleeper forward Andy Isokpehi. 6-7, long defender/rebounder/energy guy"

He part of Coach David Moseley's Woodside Priory squad.

Not good news

A bar at 2 a.m. equals trouble for Will Cherry.

The Broncos serious about a 2014 Evergreen State guard

Santa Clara is moving in on a Washington State recruit -- Left Coast Recruiting tweeted: "2014 David Crisp (Lakewood, WA) had an in-home visit with Santa Clara yesterday"

Here's a short feature on the backcourter.

Pacific wants Jack Williams

A Mike Williams tweet: "Pacific has offered 2014 (CA) PF Jack Williams"

Colorado has offered and other Pac-12 teams will likely do so. San Diego has also extended an invite.

He's a 6-foot-8 SoCal prep forward in need of some beef but very productive. A truncated ESPN description: "Williams has face-up 4-man written all over him at the Division I level. He has a somewhat narrow frame, but he does have long arms and he is quite bouncy. His quick feet (great 1st step) and relentless energy make him a valuable commodity on the offensive end..."

A pair of St. Mary's hoops tidbits

Josh Horton offers a thumbs-up to St. Mary's departing seniors. (Paul McCoy has since been granted a sixth year of eligibility)

In a classy move, the St. Mary's departees thank the Gael fans.

Otis has his degree

Weber State athletics has announced that Frank Otis received his degree and attended graduation ceremonies last Friday.

Congrats to Frank on his achievement.

Hawaii has an unfair advantage

Man, how does someone NOT sign with Hawaii?

Check out Dayton Morinaga's story and especially the photos of Quincy Smith's trip to the islands.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Making your TEAM better

George Bradt digs into individual performance versus team synergy in a basketball context, with some fascinating examples and ideas.

Suggestions to upgrade the college game

Here's another piece on what needs to change to better the college game.

Cal Maritime signs SoCal high schooler

The California Maritime Academy has signed a southern California prepster: Harley Ruder of Huntington Beach High. He's 6-foot-5 and averaged 17.1 points plus 7.9 rebounds in the recently concluded season.

Here's an October 2012 article on Ruder.

Coach Bryan Rooney's Keelhaulers are coming off a 25-7 season and another California Pacific Conference championship, as well as entry into the NAIA playoffs.

The Nor Cal Tipoff Classic coming in November

Yep, it's a way away but jot it down on your calendar:

Gerry Freitas from Hoop Review has announced the schedule for the seventh annual Nor Cal Tip Off Classic on November 30 at Newark Memorial High School:

Game 1: 11:00 AM Fairfield vs. Castro Valley

Game 2: 12:30 PM College Park vs. St. Mary’s (Stockton)

Game 3: 2:15 PM Heritage vs. Oakland

Game 4: 3:45 PM Freedom vs. Granite Bay

Game 5: 5:30 PM Moreau Catholic vs. Monte Vista

Game 6: 7:00 PM Newark Memorial vs. Modesto Christian

Game 7: 8:30 PM Bishop O’Dowd vs. Bullard

Bealer not signed with SCU

Credit jcardoza77 at the Santa Clara Broncos message board for clearing up the Gabe Bealer - Santa Clara confusion.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Meet Ali Faruqbey

This is to put college recruiters on notice. You want a tough guy? East Bay tough? No, make that Chicago tough? Then your mission is to discover 6-foot-1 Ali Faruqbey out of Lakeshow Pump N Run and San Lorenzo High.

On display this weekend at the Nor Cal Spring Showcase, Faruqbey is the Energizer Bunny velociraptor. With a desire to be a coach on the floor and expend on it every ounce of energy he can summon, no one plays harder.

Here's Lakeshow Coach Joe Fuca: "Ali came to the Lakeshow last year in the spring as a two guard. We had Kendall Jackson (signed with Columbia this year) who played point guard for us. Ali began the process of learning how to run a team and lead an all-star team. By the July open period, he was running our top team and spending more minutes at the point than at the shooting guard. He is a tremendous competitor and he really takes his game to the next level with his energy and desire to win. Ali has several colleges that are interested in him -- San Jose State, UC Irvine, St Marys and many others -- as a point guard and they will be watching him this weekend. My favorite Ali moment was a few weeks ago when we were down one with six seconds to go against a good IEBP team and Ali drove the lane and scored at the buzzer for the win. He currently has offers from Sonoma State and Hope University."

Sure, like 100% of all prospects, Faruqbey needs tweaks to his game like tightening his handle and improving the consistency of his jumper but that's do-able. Improvement in mindset and effort is hit-and-miss, far more often the latter.

Asked his best skills, Faruqbey focused on tangible but so-called 'soft' talents -- "I'm always working, I have a lot of energy and I'm able to be coached."

His approach to the game is a product of his upbringing.

Proud to be born and bred on the northwest side of Chicago, Faruqbey arrived in the East Bay in 2009. On the playgrounds in the Windy City, "you have to be gritty and physical. You're playing against older guys and it's very competitive." Fellow Chi-town product Derrick Rose is who he aspires to emulate.

Also, being able to play multiple roles increases Faruqbey's attractiveness.

"In high school, there's not as many talented or skilled players, so I had to carry the team but my role with Lakeshow, because the talent is better, is to play the point and run the team."

His best basketball moment?

"It was our first round of NCS when we played Redwood High and won, and we played the game in the name of our former Rebel, Trevion Foster, who died a week before. I just feel like that was an emotional night and we gave every thing we had to win that game."

So where does Faruqbey see himself post-basketball?

"I want to be a teacher," he offered.

It's a choice based on inspiration.

Sounding like one of those vignettes about underappreciated changemakers in life, "I had two great history teachers (at San Lorenzo High) who made me want to learn," Faruqbey explained, so he wants to carry on.

With his prep hoops time coming to a close, Faruqbey wished to thank "my parents, (San Lorenzo) Coach Brandon Parks and (Lakeshow) Coach Fuca. They all played different roles in helping me."

The makeup of coaching staffs

Enjoyed this Coach Bob Walsh column on coaching staff makeup.

Comfort can be good and a most sought after situation for all of us but not always what is needed at certain moments.

Sac State with two new talents

Big Sky Basketball details Zach (Irvine Valley College) Mills and Case (Walla Walla Community College) Rada as two new members of the Hornets.

Sacramento State athletics fleshes out the background of both.

Ominous tweeting

DeEnd Parker tweeted on April 23: "Nobody knows what happens behind the scenes but they will soon enough"

On April 22, Parker tweeted: "I'm still "sick" about what happened today. Can't believe they let my boys go like that today. "

He appears to be referencing USF basketball.

Then there is a strange string at the Dons Central site.

Wish BabelFish could help in the translation.

USF sophomore forward Frank Rogers is listed on Jeff Goodman's transfer list.

UC Davis offers an Arizona point

Anthony Ray tweeted: "Perry HS talented 5-10 junior point guard Jordan Howard receives another scholarship offer from UC-Davis"

He's out of Arizona, checks in at 155 pounds and averaged 25.6 points per game last season.

Ray goes long is writing about Howard (date unknown).

Here's video of Howard from 2012.

Cole Nordquist to the islands

Tom Tran tweeted: "CONGRATS to in signing to Hawaii Pacific.. KID is the biggest sleeper in Nor-Cal... CONGRATS again... "

HP is a member of the Pacific West Conference which includes Dominican University, Holy Names University and Academy of Art University.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Need some prime time basketball? Here comes the Nor Cal Spring Showcase

The 2nd Nor Cal Spring Showcase will be held Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28 at City College of San Francisco. Games will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

This is northern California's only NCAA certified event which allows Division I coaches to attend --that's important because of both visibility and the signing period for DI runs through May 15.

Here is the schedule.

There is a load of quality teams to catch:

Competing teams

* Oakland Soldiers
* Oakland Rebels
* Team Sage
* Bay Area Warriors
* Lakeshow
* Play Hard Play Smart
* Nor Cal Warriors
* BFS Blackout
* E-Time Hoops
* Sac Renegades
* Bay Area Blue Devils
* Olympic Club
* Modesto Slam N Jam
* SF Rebels
* 707's Finest
* West Valley Basketball Club
* Cal Elite
* Team Select
* Nor Cal Outlawz
and others.

Check out the talents to be on display:

Players To Watch

* LJ Reed, 6’4”, Consumnes Oaks, 2015, PHPS Renegades     * Rae Jackson, 6’3”, El Cerrito, 2013, PHPS Renegades      
* Jordan Roberson, 6’4”, Folsom, 2015, PHPS Renegades      
* Jericho Avery, 6’5”, Laguna Creek, 2014, PHPS Renegades      
* Matt Bejsovec, 6’5”, Ponderosa, 2015, Cal Elite      
* Kevin Dent, 6’4”, West Campus, 2015, Cal Elite      
* Jordan Brennan, 6’1”, Ponderosa, 2016, Cal Elite      
* Ben Bell, 6’4”, Shasta, 2016, Cal Elite      
* Benson Osayande, 6’7”, Franklin, 2014, Team Sage-Truth      
* Terrence White, 6’1”, Inderkum, 2014, Team Sage-Truth      
* Jamaryion Simmons, 6’4”, Home School, 2014, Team Sage-Truth      
* Jalen Davis, 6’5”, River City, 2014, Team Sage-Truth      
* Jiday Ubaja, 6’0”, Riordan, 2014, Bay Area Warriors      
* Chiefy Ubaja, 6’4”, Riordan, 2014, Bay Area Warriors   
* Jeff Pollard, 6’8”, Bountiful, UT, 2015, Salt Lake Metro   
* Nate Pollard, 7’0”, Bountiful, UT, 2013, Salt Lake Metro     * Koel Carter, 6’4”, Highland, UT, 2014, Salt Lake Metro   
* Dontee Durham, 6’5”, Lodi, 2015, BFS Blackout      
* Andre Green, 6’0”, Bear Creek, 2015, BFS Blackout      
* Quinn Ryan, 6’6”, Bear Creek, 2015, BFS Blackout      
* James Herrick, 6’10”, Douglas, NV, 2014, Nevada Wolverines-Elite Back      
* Pierre Carter, 6’4”, Heritage, 2013, Nevada Wolverines-Elite back      
* Jamir Andrews, 6’2”, Dublin, 2013, Nevada Wolverines-Elite Black      
* Deshawn Pugshley, 6’0”, Wooster, NV, 2014, Nevada Wolverines-Elite Black   
* Connor Peterson, 6'2”, Archbishop Mitty, 2014, Oakland Soldiers 17 Blue      
* AJ John, 6’7”, Maria Carrillo, 2014, Oakland Soldiers 17 Blue      
* Nathan Thomas, 6’8”, Bellarmine, 2014, Oakland Soldiers 17 Blue      
* Jovante Carlton, 6’3”, El Cerrito, 2014, Oakland Soldiers 17 Blue      
* Vasilije Sababa, 6’4”, Del Campo, 2014, YBA      
* Adilio Da Silveria, 6’7”, Del Oro, 2014, YBA      
* Matt Hayes, 6’1”, Pleasant Grove, 2013, YBA      
* Nick Peters, 6’2”, De La Salle, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 16      * Anthony Townes, 6’5”, Modesto Christian, 2015, Oakland Soldiers 16      
* Tyrell Alcorn, 6’0”, El Cerrito, 2015, Oakland Soldiers 16      * Ben Kone, 6’7”, Salesian, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 16      
* Ryan Stewart, 6’8”, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 2015, Oakland Soldiers 16      
* Kendrick Jackson, 6’2”, Granite Bay, 2015, Oakland Soldiers 16      
* Christian Ellis, 6’1”, Modesto Christian, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 16      
* Eddie Stansberry, 6’2”, Serra, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 16      * Thomas Fitzgerald, 6’7”, Del Oro, 2014, Nor Cal Warriors 17 Black      
* De Andre Stallings, 6’4”, Liberty Ranch, 2015, Nor Cal Warriors 16u      
* Justin Allen, 6’7”, Sheldon, 2016, Nor Cal Warriors 15u      
* Julian Stanley, 6’3”, Oakland Tech, 2015, BDU   
* Sam Williams, 6’7”, Hug, NV, 2013, Blueprint      
* Deashawn Paterson, 6’7”, Mc Queen, NV, 2013, Blueprint      
* Tre Wells, 6’4”, Reed, NV, 2014, Blueprint      
* De Ondre Otis, 6’0”, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2014, S.F. Rebels      
* Michael Smith, 6’4”, El Camino, 2013, S.F Rebels      
* Seth Snoddy, 6’8”, Lincoln, 2014, S.F. Rebels      
* Peter Hamilton, 6’4”, Central Catholic, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 15u      
* Brandon McGee, 6’1”, Salesian, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 15u      
* Micah Elan, 6’1”, Lick-Wilmerding, 2016, Oakland Soldiers 15u      
* Devin Asiasi, 6’4”, De La Salle, 2016. Oakland Soldiers 15u      
* Kiree Hutchings, 5’11”, Santa Cruz, 2015, West Valley      
* Gabe Bealer, 6’5”, Antelope, 2013, Play Hard Play Smart Elite      
* Isaiah Ellis, 6’8”, Antelope, 2013, Play Hard Play Smart Elite      
* Jose Flores, 6’3”, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 2014, Play Hard Play Smart Elite      
* De Moriaye Hart-Spikes. 6’0”, Fairfield, 2014, Play Hard Play Smart Elite      
* Ryan Manning, 6’6”, Sheldon, 2013, Play Hard Play Smart Elite      
* Trey Belton, 6’6”, Capital Christian, 2015, Play Hard Play Smart White      
* Devin Greene, 5’9”, Sheldon, 2016, Play Hard Play Smart White      
* Ian Miller, 6’0”, Sheldon, 2016, Play Hard Play Smart White      
* Temidayo Yussuf, 6’7”, St. Joseph-Notre Dame, 2014, Oakland Rebels 17      
* Joey Frenchwood, 6’0”, Newark Memorial, 2014, Oakland Rebels 17      
* Derrick Clayton, 6’5”, Castro Valley, 2014, Oakland Rebels 17      
* Joey Goodreault, 6’4”, Miramonte, 2014, Oakland Rebels 17      
* Jalen Mc Ferren, 5’9”, Castro Valley, 2014, Oakland Rebels 17      
* Alex Van Dyke, 6’5”, Cosumnes Oaks, 2014, All Star Predators      
* Eric Toles, 6’3”, Cosumnes Oak, 2015, All Star Predators      * Ryan Smith, 6’11”, Cal Lutheran,  2013, Icemen      
* Ernest Ugoaghu, 6’2”, Diamond Ranch, 2014, Icemen      
* Peter Hamilton, 6’4”, Central Catholic, 2016, Modesto Slam N Jam      
* Spencer Rust, 6’9”, Monte Vista, 2014, Lakeshow 17 Elite      
* Mason Washington, 6’1”, Modesto Christian, 2014, Lakeshow 17 Elite      
* Ali Faruqbey, 6’1”, San Lorenzo, 2013, Lakeshow 17 Elite      
* Aaron Cameron, 6’2”, Sacramento, 2013, Lakeshow 17 Elite      
* EJ Floreal, 6’4”, Palo Alto, 2013, Lakeshow 17 Elite      
* Leandro Amador, 6’7”, Modesto Christian, 2014, Lakeshow 17 Black      
* Sebastian Flores, 6’1”, College Park, 2014,Lakeshow 17 Black      
* James O’Neal , 6’2”, Freedom, 2013, Lakeshow Seniors      * Dylan Alexander, 6’3”, Weston Ranch, 2013, Lakeshow Seniors      
* Greg Polosky, 6’9”, San Ramon Valley, 2015, Lakeshow 16 Elite      
* Malik Huff, 6’2”, Drake, 2015, Lakeshow 16 Elite      
* Kameron Johnson, 6’2”, Granada, 2015, Lakeshow 16 Elite      
* Cade Alcorn, 6’6”, Buchanon, 2015, Lakeshow 16 Elite      
* Josaf Zamora, 6’2”, Newark Memorial, 2013, Oakland Kings      
* Andre Edwards, 6’6”, Crenshaw, 2013, I-10 Celtics      
* Usama Zaid, 6’3”, Taft, 2013, I-10 Celtics    

Drewry at SRJC

6-foot-4 Kai Drewry is participating in Brad Winton's** All-American JUCO Showcase this weekend in Atlanta.

Formerly at Whitman College and Redwood High before that plus a member of Randy Bessolo's Bay Area Warriors, Drewry is an ace student (3.7 grade point average) besides being an athletic two man.

He will be playing at Santa Rosa Junior College this coming season.

* Winton is the National Director of Scouting for Elite Basketball Services/The JUCO Recruiting Report.

Former DLS backcourter back on the market

Per Alex Kline: "2013 PG Amadi Udenyi of St. Thomas More (CT) has re-opened his recruitment from Hofstra, per a source"

He gave a verbal in February but a new head coach was hired about 10 days ago.

Will Biggs retiring

Steve Connolly, Sports Information Director

HAYWARD, Calif. — The winningest coach in the history of Pioneer men's basketball is calling it a career after 16 seasons at Cal State East Bay. Will Biggs has announced his retirement after 223 victories, nine winning seasons, and a stint on the Hayward campus that spanned three decades.

Biggs came to CSUEB in 1997 as the seventh head coach of the men's basketball program. He will retire as the longest-tenured coach in Pioneer history, holding school records for coaching victories and winning percentage (.514).

“I want to thank Coach Biggs for his years of hard work and dedication,” said Director of Athletics Debby DeAngelis. “He has brought many excellent student-athletes to Cal State East Bay during his career, coached them to be better athletes, and mentored them to become positive citizens in our community. It's never easy to lose the winningest men's coach in school history, but Will's legacy will carry on through all the players and future coaches he has influenced over the years.”

For eight consecutive years, Biggs' teams finished no lower than third in the Cal Pac Conference. In his first 12 seasons, the Pioneers won two conference titles and advanced to the NAIA Division II National Championships five times.

In Biggs' second year at East Bay, he guided the Pioneers to a 22-6 record, the second-most wins in program history. His 2004-05 team went 19-9, averaged a staggering 93.8 points per game, and set 12 school records. The following season, his 2005-06 squad led the nation in steals per game (12.8) and turnover margin (+7.1).

In 2009, Biggs was at the helm as Cal State East Bay re-joined the NCAA, and he oversaw the team's transition to the extremely competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association. In four seasons, Biggs produced an All-CCAA selection (Mark Samuels), 2011-12) and a CCAA Newcomer of the Year (Jacari Whitfield), 2011-12), as well as seven Academic All-CCAA honorees. On March 16 of 2010, a victory over Cal State Monterey Bay made him the first Pioneer coach to reach 200 career wins.

Biggs has been a fixture in the East Bay basketball community for more than 30 years. He began his coaching career at James Logan High School, where he led the Colts to five league titles and three straight trips to the Northern California championships. Biggs then served as head coach at Ohlone College for two seasons before coming to CSUEB.

The University will immediately be commencing a national search for the new head coach of Pioneer men's basketball.

Dennis heading south

A tweet from Doug Benton/Nor Cal Preps: "2013 W Jeremy Dennis RT: : Decided today to commit to The University of Cal Poly Pomona. Happy to be a Bronco!..."

Coach Greg Kamansky leads the Cal Poly Pomona program, a perennial DII national tournament power and coming off a 28-3 overall season,  20-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Below is some video on Dennis:

Another loveletter for Vincent

Cameron Schott tweeted: "2014 St. Mary's (Stockton) G Gabe Vincent RT “: Just got an offer from Cal Poly”

McCoy gets his wish

Michael Rogner reports that St. Mary's backcourter Paul McCoy has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More on Najee's signing

From KSBY: "Allan Hancock basketball player Khufu Najee signed with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Division-1 program plays in the Summit League. The Jaguars finished 6-26 last season. 'They want me to play the combo guard, maybe a little of the three man. They want me to be the defender I was here. They think I'm really versatile for my size and my athleticism so they want me to play a number of positions as well as guard a number of positions' said Najee who's from Berkeley.

Najee averaged 15 points per game and made 56 percent of his shots in his one season at Hancock after transferring from San Jose State. He's listed at 6-foot-4."

MscKay to SJCC

An East Bay Preps tweet: "Per school release, Sean MacKay has resigned as San Leandro boys hoops coach. Has accepted position as assistant at San Jose City College"

The latest on Lakeshow Pump N Run

From Lakeshow's Joe Fuca:
What a weekend, we had all five teams play in the Double Pump tourney. Thanks to everyone who helped with all the arrangements. Amazing team effort with vans, food, and laundry, etc.....you are all awesome for helping. Off the court, the boys were awesome with their behavior to the hotel staff, the van drivers, and the restaurant staff. This is very important to me.

On the court, we had some fun too:
* Lakeshow 17 Elite - was 2-2 in the Open Division to run their record to 10-2 for the Spring. Big win in OT over San Diego Pump n run team.
* Lakeshow 17s Black - 1-2 with some tough games on the winners side of the bracket. This team is getting better and fighting injuries every week to key players.

* Lakeshow Seniors - 2-1 with a close loss in the quarter finals.

* Lakeshow 16s Elite - 3-1 - Some nice wins over good teams like Utah Pump N run and AZ Magic to get to the semi finals.

* Lakeshow 16s Black - 2-1 - this team is getting better every time out. Big wins over Utah Pump N Run and SD Pump N Run

Total for the weekend - 10-7

Updates on recruiting:

* Nick Calcaterra - signed a letter of intent with San Francisco State (Division II NCAA)

* Liam Hunt - signed a letter of intent with Hope University (Division 1 NAIA)

* Noah Everly - signed a letter of intent with Pennisula College - a junior college in Washington

Brown honored for academic achievement

From Missouri athletics:
Coming off one of the top academic semesters in program history, three Missouri Basketball players were named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Winter Honor Roll on Tuesday.

Laurence Bowers, Jabari Brown and Danny Feldmann were each honored by the league office for their academic efforts over the past year and all three played important roles during Missouri's 23-11 campaign, which culminated with a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament...

...Brown, a sophomore in Sport Venue Management, was one of the SEC's top newcomers this year and led Missouri during league play with 14.6 points per game. The Oakland, Calif., native finished second on the team with 32.7 minutes a contest and made 23 starts in 24 games played after joining the team midseason. The 6-foot-5 guard ranked among SEC leaders in scoring (No. 7) and three-point makes (2.3 per game) in 18 league games and topped 20 points five times, with each of those efforts coming in conference games. His top scoring effort was 23 points in wins against South Carolina and Arkansas and he also scored 22 points in the SEC opener vs. Alabama...

...The honors come after Missouri Basketball was recognized with achieving a 3.06 team grade-point average during the Fall Semester. 

Andoh leaving SJSU

Jeff Faraudo is reporting that former Archbishop Mitty and St. Mary's High (Berkeley) forward David Andoh, a freshman, is departing SJSU.

Simpson is Williams-ing up

Thomas Lawrence reports that Simpson University had added a second Williams, Anthony, to it's roster in an on-the-court-family-reunion move.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Skills Training U coming up this weekend

Skill Training U is coming back to the Bay Area

Nationally Recognized Skill Development Trainer, Jeremy Russotti, is bringing back his Skill Training U event back to the Bay Area. Jeremy travels the world putting together Professional Development Skill Development clinics for various countries, federations, colleges, and for the public.

Skill Training U is 14 hours of on court training, covering every facet of individual skill development. It also includes a 32-page curriculum syllabus that all participants receive. Russotti explained: "all too often coaching clinics just focus on Xs and Os and mask the real reason your team isn't successful - your players are just not skilled enough. Skill Training U will change any program once implemented within the first season/off-season. There is more info passed along for a coaches career in one weekend."

The local event will be in Solano County Area (Vallejo) April 27th-28th. Please visit Skill Training U for more details. Also, the event can be viewed LIVE or ON DEMAND via the internet (Web Streaming) for those that want to stay at home. We limit the event to 35 spots and currently have over 25 guaranteed spots taken by three different local AAU Teams. This event will sell out, just like our last event in the Bay Area.

Below are other dates of Skill Training U events:

* April 27-28: Bay Area (Vallejo)
* May 17 - 19: Los Angeles
* July (TBA): University of Memphis
* August 3-4: Colombia, South America
* Fall 2013: University of Alabama
* Fall 2013: University of Washington
* Fall 2013: Indiana

For information, email info@skilltrainingu.com, or sign up at Skill Training U , or call Jeremy at (707) 849-1212

6th Annual City All Star Game coming up on May 2

The 6th Annual City All Star Game will be played on Thursday, May 2 at City College of San Francisco. It's an event held in the memory of Mike Gragnani, the former Lincoln High coach who died in 2011.

Designed for seniors, the girls matchup is at 6 p.m. and the boys begin at 7:30.

There will also be a dunk contest and a three-point shootout.

Randy Bessolo will be operating the event so rest assured it will be a classy time for all.

Admission will be $5.

The rosters will be announced soon.

Warriors go 2-1 over the weekend

The Bay Area Warriors 17s were in Los Angeles at the Pumps Hoop Fest this past weekend

Below is how they performed:

From the BAW site:
The Warriors travelled to Los Angeles to play in the NCAA sanctioned Pumps Hoop Fest at Cerritos Colllege and CSU Dominquez Hills. Before numerous college coaches, the Warriors defeated IEBP Seniors 63 -62 Friday night on a Chiefy Ubaja (Riordan) free throw with 1.4 seconds to go. After falling to the SoCal All Stars, the Bay Area squad knocked off the Utah Bulldogs with a decisive second half effort. The Warrriors on the trip included:

* Jiday Ubaja – 6-foot guard Riordan
* Chiefy Ubaja – 6-goot-3 wing Riordan
* Jack Gale – 6-foot-5 wing University
* Jared Nodar – 6’-foot-5 forward St. Mary’s
* Tony Caletti – 6-foot-2 guard Branson
* Sam Kreisberg – 6-foot-6 post College Prep
* Tristan Wentworth – 5-foot-11 guard St. Ignatius
* Keith Hunter, Jr. – 6-foot-2 guard Oakland HS
* Armani Reed – 6-foot-2 guard Rodriguez HS

Armstead to NIU

San Jose City College backcourter Aaron Armstead has signed with Northern Illinois.

Rough start for Soldiers

Edward Lewis (a Rivals sub is required) reports that the Oakland Soldiers had a rough time in the opening EYBL event:
"...After winning the Peach Jam last year, the Oakland Soldiers knew they were going to take a hit, losing four-star guards Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson, as well as five-star potential pros Aaron Gordon and Jabari Bird. But even they couldn't have expected this in weekend No. 1.

Despite valiant efforts from five-stars Ivan Rabb and Stanley Johnson, the Soldiers plodded to a disappointing 1-3 record. They blew leads, and in the final game of the weekend they were even down by as many as 20...

...Making Rabb the No. 1 overall player in his class wasn't easy, but he showed he belonged. Some considered him the best rebounding big man in the tournament, and he showed the ability to score effortlessly with both hands..
But there's too much talent there not to turn it around.

Thacker out at Simpson College

Thomas Lawrence is reporting that Matt Thacker in no longer the head basketball coach at Simpson College.

Johnson to SSU

Glenn Reeves breaks the news that St. Franicis High's Khalid Johnson will be moving on to Sonoma State. The Seawolves are collecting Nor Cal talent what with David Ahern and Mike Harris also coming to Rohnert Park.

More on Farris going to the Lumberjacks

Below is more on McKinleyville High backcourter Parker Farris moving on to Coach Steve Kinder and the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.

Lumberjack athletics

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Dunbar up to three

Cameron Schott tweeted: "2014 St. Ignatius PG Trevor Dunbar RT “: Up to 3 offers now.. Fairfield University, Florida A&M and Montana State !”

Gabe Vincent's recent play

Here's a snippet of the Joel Francisco and John Stovall report after their viewing of the Nike EYBL event in Los Angeles:
Biggest West Coast Surprise

Gabriel Vincent (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary’s)
2014, SG, 6-2, 180
Club Team: Oakland Soldiers
Status: Claims offers from Portland, San Jose State, Sac State, Utah State and Pacific.
He didn't receive much buzz from the regular season, but the heady shooter was a consistent performer throughout this event. He knocked down open 3s, delivered timely passes and he plays the game with purpose in mind.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Gabe Bealer mystery

At the Facebook page of the West Coast All Star Classic, Antelope High's Gabe Bealer is listed as heading to Santa Clara. It's an all star event to be held on May 11 in the state of Washington.

Regarding Bealer's college status, has anyone seen an official announcement?

Confirmation on Brown to Santa Clara

Robert Kuwada confirms that Jerry Brown is indeed graduating from Fresno State and will be spending a grad season at Santa Clara.

A pair of SJSU commits

It's not northern California player related but did you notice the two high school verbals new San Jose State University Coach Dave Wojcik received over the weekend?

First, point Jalen James out of Illinois gave a verbal on Saturday and then wing Rashad Muhammad, the brother of Shabazz, committed on Sunday.


That's so unlike what has been reality for SJSU basketball.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Brown to the Broncos

Posters at the Bark Board (the Fresno State fan message board) are writing that Fresno State's Jerry Brown is transferring to Santa Clara for his final season of eligibility. He redshirted as a freshman so it looks like he is graduating from Fresno State and can play in 2013-14 for the Broncos -- but that's unconfirmed.

He was named the Bulldog Outstanding Defender for last season at the recent team banquet. Brown averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds a contest in 2012-13.

Smith headed to UH

Dayton Morinaga reports that CCSF's Quincy Smith has signed a national letter-of-intent with Hawaii of the Big West Conference.

That makes it four for Coach Justin Labagh so far as Shawn Smith is moving on to Marshall, Gabriel Aguirre is Pacific bound and Delon Wright signed with Utah.

The play of Trevor Dunbar & Gabe Vincent this weekend

From Brandon Tatera/CaliforniaPreps:
Trevor Dunbar also played well for the Soldiers. The San Francisco native has waited his turn and looks ready to shine as the full time point guard for his high powered travel team. He is a change of pace point guard, who excels in transition and getting opportunities for others. He finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and just one turnover. Dunbar recently picked up his first scholarship offer from Florida A&M and if he plays like how he did on Friday, I expect that to be the first of many.

Gabe Vincent was one of the sparkplugs for the Soldiers' double digit rally. Vincent is a knock down outside shooter and good on the ball defender. He hit 3 three-pointers en route to 12 points. The 6'2 guard certainly fits the bill of the mid-major shooting guard his scholarship list equates to.

COM's Allen heading north

photo courtesy of Frankie Frost, MIJ

Rashaad Allen, out of College of Marin and Rodriguez High, has signed with the Alaska Nanooks of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The DII school is located in Fairbanks.

From Nanooks athletics:
"...[Rashaad] Allen, a 6-1 guard from the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif., was a two-year letter winner for the Mariners. He was a member of the All-Bay Valley Conference Men's Basketball Team as a sophomore after he averaged 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game to lead Marin to a 16-10 record.

He connected on 74 percent of his free throw attempts and was the squad's top perimeter shooter, converting better than 43 percent of his three-point tries. As a collegiate rookie in 2011-12, Allen averaged 5.1 points and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 84 percent from the charity stripe.

“Rashaad brings experience at the guard position and is a very efficient player,” Durham said. “He shoots a good percentage, makes good decisions with the ball and brings energy defensively and rebounding-wise. He will blend in well with our returning perimeter players and add quickness to our team.”

“Not only is he a tough individual physically and mentally, he's just committed to winning and because of that will do whatever it takes to get the job done,” Marin head coach Dave Granucci said. “He's skilled, he can shoot three and is a playmaker as well in terms of getting to the basket. He's worked tremendously on his ball-handling ability and he'll surprise you rebounding offensively because he's so tough. Defensively, I thought he was the best defensive player, perimeter-wise, in our league. He's an all-round player and a gym rat; he loves to be in the gym...”
Former Diablo Valley College wing Ronnie Baker transferred there last season.

LeBron and Lillard

Love the opening paragraphs from J.A. Adande:
The best argument for underclass players staying in college for more preparation is the fact that you can mention Damian Lillard and LeBron James in the same sentence. No, not that you can compare Lillard's game to LeBron's, but you can write this perfectly acceptable sentence: LeBron James for MVP and Damian Lillard for rookie of the year are the two easiest choices for this year's NBA awards.

Lillard lapped the field, averaging 19 points and 6.5 assists per game, because his game is so polished. It's so polished because he stayed at Weber State for four years. The Big Sky Conference might not be stocked with NBA-level talent, but the likes of Shaka Smart at Virginia Commonwealth and Brad Stevens at Butler have shown there are good coaches throughout college basketball. And going against well-coached teams with evolving defensive schemes forced Lillard to improve...  

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rabb & Soldiers come out on top

Edward Lewis writes about the Ivan Rabb - Cliff Alexander matchup of last night:
"...For the first few minutes of the Oakland Soldiers vs. Mac Irvin Fire battle, a five-star matchup looked like a technical knockout. The No. 5 player in the 2014 clas, Cliff Alexander, was matched up with the No. 1 player in the 2015 class, Ivan Rabb, and Alexander dominated. 

He bullied Rabb, beating him up on the glass and in the paint. 

But the five-star 2015 Rabb snapped out of it late in the first half and started throwing a few haymakers of his own. He did so well, in fact, that he ended up dwarfing Alexander's boxscore line by the end of the game. 

Alexander finished with nine points and nine rebounds, while Rabb piled up 15 points and 19 boards against the big five-star..."
Frank Burlison also covers the Soldiers - Fire pairing.

Smith tripping to the islands

Dayton Morinaga confirms Quincy Smith's whereabouts: "Another recruit, point guard Quincy Smith from City College of San Francisco, is confirmed to be on an official visit to Hawaii this weekend"

Rosenberg going north

Vytas Mazeika breaks the news that Foothill Coach Shannan Rosenberg is headed to Linfield College in Oregon.

Congrats to Coach Rose but we certainly are going to miss him.

Robert Schmidt offers more.

Bryce Pressley honored

Portland just held its team banquet and one northern California talent was recognized:

* Most Improved Player: Bryce Pressley

The Jesuit High grad played in 29 games and started nine as a freshman, averaging 18.5 minutes a contest plus 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds an outing. He shot 37% overall, 21% from long distance and 72% at the foul line and pilfered 23 steals.

Aguirre to the Tigers

CCSF's Gabriel Aguirre isn't from northern California but he's making a home here. After two seasons under Coach Justin Labagh in The City, the 6-foot-10 Aguirre is headed to Stockton to play for new Pacific Coach Ron Verlin.

He averaged 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 52% shooting

Ahern coming home

Former Marin Catholic High backcourter David Ahern is returning to California after a year at Portland. His new address: Sonoma State University.

U'u departing Hartford

6-foot-5 freshman Parker U'u, formerly of Jesuit High, is leaving Hartford. In 218 minutes this season, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. No word yet as to his next destination.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A George Johnson update

Offer #2 has been received by Heritage High's George Johnson.

Coach Julius Barnes and the Academy of Arts University rolled out the welcome mat recently, as did San Francisco State in late March.

Below is video featuring Johnson this season:

The Lakeshow Elite

The Lakeshow Pump N Run program is fielding an Elite team this spring and summer, one coached by Joe Fuca. The squad is currently 8-0 after participation in two tournaments.
Here are the Elite roster members (alphabetical) with commentary provided by Gerry Freitas after his recent Nor Cal Spring Tipoff event:

* Aaron Cameron, Sacramento High, 6-foot-2, 2013 -- Co-MVP All Metro Conference

"Athletic, pulls up nicely-stops on a dime, solid handler, good shooter with 3 range"

* Ali Faruqbey, San Lorenzo High, 6-foot-1, 2013 -- All Hayward Area Athletic League First Team, Chronicle All Metro Honorable Mention, All East Bay Third Team

 "Good athlete who has great body control, very good in transition who finishes around the rim, rebounds on both ends, attack player that can run a team, good mid range shooter, can make open 3"

* Liam Hunt, Drake High, 6-foot-6, 2013 -- Player of the Year in the Marin County Athletic League

Headed to Hope International University in southern California

* Spencer Rust, Monte Vista High, 6-foot-9, 2014-- All East Bay Athletic Team First Team

* Rishi Satoor, Monte Vista High, 6-foot-1, 2014  -- East Bay Athletic League Honorable Mention

* Buster Souza, Acalanes High, 6-foot-7, 2014 -- All Diablo Foothill Athletic League Second Team

* Mason Washington, Modesto Christian High, 6-foot-2, 2014

"Good passer with very good vision, pushes ball in transition, knows how to play, effective penetrator, ok shooter"

* Noah Wellington, Bethel High, 6-foot-5, 2013-- Solano County Athletic Conference First Team

The Lakeshow Seniors

The Lakeshow Pump N Run program is fielding an All-Seniors squad this spring and summer, one coached by Steiv Boyd, the former Dominican University talent and currently the head coach of the Redwood High junior varsity team.

Here are the Lakeshow Seniors roster members:  

* Joe Campagno, Redwood High, 6-foot-2 -- All Marin County Athletic League First Team, All Metro Honorable Mention    

Occidental College has offered     

* Patrick Conroy, Marin Catholic High School, 6-foot-2 -- All Marin County Athletic League First Team, All Metro Honorable Mention

* Nick Calcaterra, Marin Catholic High, 6-foot-3 -- All Marin County Athletic League First team, All Metro Honorable Mention

Headed to San Francisco State

* Michael "Mikey" Eggleton, College Park High School, 5-foot-11 -- All Bay Valley Athletic League First Team, All East Bay Second team

* James Martino, Monte Vista High, 6-foot-5

Will be attending Santa Clara University.

* A.J. Newell, College Park High School, 6-feet

"Strong combo guard with good quickness, score first mentality, a good shooter from 3, pretty good finisher around the rim, tough defender"

* James O'Neal, Freedom High, 6-foot-2 -- All Bay Valley Athletic League First Team

"Good feel for the game, understands how to play, good passer, good length on defense, nice scorer around the rim, ok shooter" 

Chaminade has offered

* Dante Robinson, Salesian High, 6-foot-5 -- Tri-County Athletic League Honorable Mention

* Simi Shelton, Sacramento High, 6-foot-4, 2013

* Donny Wilder, Castlemont High, 6-foot-6 -- All Oakland Athletic League Second team

The Lakeshow 17s Black

The Lakeshow Pump N Run program is fielding a Lakeshow 17s Black squad this spring and summer, one coached by Ohlone College Assistant Coach Brent Jameson.

Here are the 17s Black roster members (alphabetical) with descriptions provided by Gerry Freitas after his recent Nor Cal Spring Tipoff event:            

* Sebastian Flores, College Park High, 6-foot-0, 2014 -- Diablo Valley Athletic League Honorable Mention

"Tough and physical, nice pull up game, crafty scorer who can finish around the rim, good shooter from 3, good defender, runs the floor well"

* David Gunn, San Ramon Valley High, 6-foot-6, 2014

"Long, active, plays very hard, good hands and finishes around the rim, runs well, blocks shots, needs strength"

* Jordan Hickman, St. Patrick/St. Vincent, 6-foot-4, 2014

* Grant Jackson, Monte Vista High, 6-foot-1, 2014

"Solid combo guard with good skill set, gets to rim and can finish, good shooter from 15', runs a team"

* Gerry Karczewski, San Ramon Valley High, 5-foot-9, 2014 -- All East Bay Athletic League Second Team

"Quick point guard with good skill set, good shooter from 3, effective penetrator with floater, can pass it, runs a team"

* Nathan Krill, Justin Sienna High, 6-foot-5, 2014

* Amador Leandro, Modesto Christian High, 6-foot-6, 2015

"Long, athletic combo forward, good driver from perimeter, good finisher around the rim, good feel for the game and plays under control, good passer, solid rebounder. Nice-looking prospect!"

* Kamar Reese, Dougherty Valley, 5-foot-11, 2014 All Diablo Foothill League Second Team

"Quick athlete who attacks the rim and finishes, nice first step, good handle with great body control, good defender"

A trio of basketball items from Bay Preps

From Bay Preps comes word that Bill Powers is back in the high school coaching ranks and that means it's a good day for everyone involved.

Also from BP comes word that LeChet Phillips is out at Deer Valley High.

Finally, BP notes that Jalen Canty has received an offer from a Mountain West Conference team.

Manning takes to the sky

Bill Patterson has the news about Sheldon High's Ryan Manning heading to the Air Force Academy.

Farris goes with the Lumberjacks

Ray Aspuria reports that McKinleyville High's Parker Farris is headed to Humboldt State University.

Najee signs

IUPUI athletics highlights the signing of former Berkeley High and DVC wing Khufu Najee.

McGlaston signs

Dublin High's JoJo McGlaston has signed his letter-of-intent with Utah State of the Mountain West Conference.