Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roberson elevating interest

Via Lester Diaz: "Utah latest D1 to show interest in Jordan Roberson 2015 combo guard at Cordova HS."

One of the best stories in the NBA

Was there anyone willing to go on record stating Creighton's Kyle Korver would enjoy a long and bountiful NBA career?

Thank you Zach Lowe.

Cherry to the Big Show

From Marc J. Spears: "Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo."

That is wonderful news.

This performance obviously helped.

Coach Kyle Smith recruiting out west

Former St. Mary's Coach Kyle Smith hasn't left his western roots behind -- via Lester Diaz: "Phil Fayne 2015 Franklin HS forward is getting interest from Columbia university in NYC."

STLH on FCC hoops

Signal The Light Hoops looks at Coach Ed Madec and his Fresno City College basketball program.

Additional Prolific Prep coverage

Evan Sernoffsky writes about Prolific Prep -- but not much new here.

But knowing the quality work of Jeremy Russotti and Philippe Doherty, it's a given this will be done right on and off the court.

The new homes for the Vikings moving on

From Diablo Valley College Men's Basketball comes the listing of which Vikings are moving on and where they are headed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dunham lauded by Whitman coach

Here's Whitman College Coach Eric Bridgeland talking about his recruiting class, one student-athlete in particular:

[Rolaun] Dunham, from Riverbank High School (Calif.), is "the incoming freshman every coach dreams of," according to Bridgeland. He states that the 6-foot-2 Rolaun "is a proven winner, leader in his community and church, and a better person than player.

"On the court, (Dunham) is a strong and balanced defender who can lock up any position on the floor and at the other end, mixes a powerful, explosive, slashing game with an unbelievable touch to finish or can set up teammates once he's by his defender."

Dunham led Riverbank to a four-year record of 88-24, was a two-time most outstanding player for the Trans Valley League and in April was tabbed the Modesto Bee Stanislaus District Player of the Year.

Bad drafting

Analytics, opinion and algorithms -- you name it. So why are so many 'mistakes' made in NBA drafting? LINK

Fashola heading to Simpson

From the Diablo Valley College Men's Basketball Facebook page: "Congrats to DVC forward Kunle Fashola moving on to play at Simpson University next season!"

Out of Clayton Valley High and standing 6-foot-5, Fashola averaged 5.3 rebounds per game for the Vikings as a sophomore this past season.

It's official for Harris

Yuba Men's Hoops: "congrats to big red Sean Harris and his sweet doo! Granted a 6th year from NCAA because of injury Go Utah State!"

More on transferring

Parks Smith isn't buying into the transfer epidemic meme in college basketball.

Matt Norlander also checks in on the subject.

Woodard lands a 'ship

Ian Ross writes about Kenny Woodard both never giving up his dream and doing the work necessary to achieve it. Woodward will be on a basketball scholarship at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Utah next school year. It's an NAIA athletics school.

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 10.7 points for Sacramento City College Coach Andrew Jones this past season as a sophomore, shooting 42%, 35% and 86% respectively.

Blackwell with another invite

Pacific jumped in and now is joined by Washington State -- Verbal Commits"2015 Woodcreek (CA) G Noah Blackwell has received an offer from Washington State."

Another link.

STLB on MJC hoops

Signal The Light Basketball talked with Modesto Junior College Coach Paul Brogan about his upcoming Pirate squad.

TIF on Rabb at the USA 17U tryouts

From The Intentional Foul on July 25 regarding the USA 17U tryouts:
Ivan Rabb is rated the No. 1 player in the country by ESPN, but you wouldn’t have known that last night as the 6’10” power forward from Oakland blended into the big man crowd. At times he looked to be limping which could have been an injury or a carryover from a strenuous Peach Jam. Initially he tried to take some defenders off the dribble but was usually cut off before he could get in a good scoring position. In the last scrimmage, Rabb did come alive displaying his fundamental footwork in the post. He is comfortable finishing and shooting with either hand and converted several shots in a crowded paint area. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blackwell with another offer

The Verlin-ites have reached out to Mr. Blackwell -- Verbal Commits: "2015 Woodcreek (CA) G Noah Blackwell has received an offer from Pacific."

Two Nor Cal talents highlighted

Via Dinos Trigonis:
Fullcourt Press post-July Top 8 Cali 2015: 1. Rabb  2. Dorsey  3. Boatwright  4. Chriss  5. Simon  6. Thompson  7. Metu  8. Holiday

Jesse Hunt noted

Frank Burlison's list of the Top 25 Seniors he witnessed in Las Vegas included:
Jesse Hunt (6-6/Lakeshow 17 Elite/San Anselmo, CA, Drake)

Paris Austin lauded

Corey Evans on Paris Austin:
Paris Austin/6’0 Dream Vision 2015The Vegas based squad might have its fair share of talent and stars throughout the various grades, but it is Paris Austin that makes the group go and mesh together. Whenever his squad needs a timely basket, Austin is the guy who responds in good fashion. He handles the ball without giving it up when pressured, can facilitate off of the dribble-drive, and can shoot off the catch displaying a solid jumper and good release. The lacking point guard crop in 2015 is going to creep up quickly on the high major programs and it would be in the best interest of the Pac 12 squads to jump in on the DV guard with an offer before it is too late. Austin nailed two game clinching foul shots on Saturday to defeat Atlanta Celtics and it is hard to not value just how good he was down the stretch against the highly talented ATL squad. 

More with Senque Carey

Dayton Morinaga talked (print and video) with new Hawaii Assistant Coach Senque Carey.

Ford with national press

From Eric Bossi: "Look for point guard Jordan Ford to debut in the rankings for the class of 2016 when they are next updated. A scoring point guard from Folsom (Calif.) High, the three-star was outstanding for the Oakland Soldiers on Sunday. He loves to utilize the high ball screen and is very dangerous coming off that screen because he can pull up and make jumpers from between 15 and 20 feet and because he has the quickness to get all the way into the lane. Ford lacks strength right now, but the instincts and feel are all there. He told that he has early offers from UTEP, Gonzaga, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, UC Davis and Northern Arizona while California, Stanford and Boise State have upped their interest lately. More programs will be jumping into his recruitment soon enough."

Ford would have gotten national notice but at a later date had he not jumped to the Soldiers so call this a win-win. Still not sure if he will become a national recruit but he'll certainly have plenty of excellent options come college.

Andrews gets offered

Via Verbal Commits: "2015 Sheridan College (WY) G Jamir Andrews has received an offer from Bowling Green."

Pacific extends to two

Via Josh Gershon: "2015 Gamepoint center Jordan Dallas picked up an offer from Pacific." He stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 200 pounds. The young man also holds offers from Liberty, Cal State Fullerton, Portland, UTEP, Weber State, Southern Utah, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, San Francisco, and Northern Arizona.


Verbal Commits: "2015 La Costa Canyon (CA) G Tommy McCarthy has received an offer from Pacific." A 6-footer, Rivals has Loyola Marymount, Brown, Rice, USF and UC Davis as also offering.

A Marcus Lee mention

Jon Rothstein with his take on Kentucky's first five: "Early prediction on Kentucky starting five --- Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein."

Russell getting ready to visit

A Lester Diaz tweet: "Colin Russell 2015 Folsom HS post working on official visits to  NAU & Portland U."

More from Las Vegas

The roundup of the victors in each tournament:

Indiana Elite took the top title at the adidas Super 64, winning 79-68 over Dream Vision.

Jeremy Russotti tweeted: "Congrats to Indiana Elite! Great team. They took one bad shot the entire game. Dream Vision had too many bad shots. Was the difference."


Mac Irvin Fire won the 17U division in the Las Vegas Classic, winning the championship game 74-70 over Houston Hoops. Houston beat the Oakland Soldiers 70-68 in the semifinals.


DC Premiere took the Fab 48 50-46 over Louisiana Dynasty:

"Reserve guard Jamaal King had a team-high nine points, and DC Premier held on to beat Louisiana Dynasty 50-46 on Sunday in the championship bracket final of the Las Vegas Fab 48 invitational division at Bishop Gorman.

It is the second straight year a team from Washington D.C. won the top bracket in the tournament's 17-and-under division. DC Assault took last year's title and was rebranded DC Premier AAU after Curtis Malone, the program's co-founder, pled guilty in March to federal drug trafficking charges..."


The week of Solomon Young and Paris Austin:

In the adidas Super 64, Dream Vision (DV) began by topping the Northwest Panthers 62-55 on July 23 with Solomon Young totaling seven points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Paris Austin totaled 11 points plus five boards and a trio of assists.

DV then went 1-1 over the next two contests. It was a victory over the Milwaukee Rebels 79-75 with Young contributing seven boards, seven rebounds, 2 assists and a pair of blocked shots as Austin finished with 15 points.

Then the Indiana Elite took apart Dream Vision in the second half and won going away 72-54. In 22 minutes, Young enjoyed eight points, three rebounds and also took a charge. Austin also contributed eight points in 27 minutes. The play of IE's guards was impressive as was the fundamental soundness of the offensive system -- a myriad of screens creating open looks followed by made baskets.

Dream Vision then bested the Michigan Mustangs 66-58 with Young producing 11 boards and eight points while Austin totaled 13 points and five boards.

Saturday, July 26 had DV initially taking down Massachusetts 61-45 with Young earning an 10 and seven line. Austin was impressive via a 12 points, six assists, five boards line.

Then it was facing the Atlantic Celtics and DV grabbed a 66-63 victory. Young didn't shoot all that well (1-7) but finished with five points and a team-leading 10 boards. Paris Davis' two free throws put the game away.

On Sunday morning, DV triumphed 64-58 over Team Loaded as Young topped everyone with 24 points and eight rebounds. He shot 9-12 overall, 4-5 from beyond the arc. Austin went five and five points and rebounds.

Then it was the championship game a rematch with the Indiana Elite and another loss resulted, 79-64. Young produced nine points and three rebounds as Austin finished with five assists and four points.

Neither Young or Austin are the first options offensively for Dream Vision -- Chase Jeter hold the #1 spot and, after him, it depends on who is playing that game. The northern California guys are generally fourth or fifth in the pecking order, third at times.

At what college level each goes will be fascinating to watch because it depends on what role each wishes to play at the offensive end. Young still shows that marvelous touch from long distance which must confound opponents.

On July 24, the Oakland Rebels fell  59-31 to New Orleans Elite despite Osi Nwachukwu posting a line of 14 rebounds (10 offensively), 10 points plus three steals in 27 minutes.


The Oakland Soldiers week:

Caught them twice in the Las Vegas Classic and the team played very unselfishly.

In a success against the Las Vegas Knicks, it was Jordan Ford time early on as he nailed three jumpers from beyond the key. He plays under control and extremely efficiently while making excellent judgments with the ball. Ford isn't blazing nor the most physical but his vision and making the right choice at the right time counters deficits. He needs to shoot consistently for this team so as to counter defenses packing into the paint.

Ivan Rabb was superb at times but less a factor in others as direction of the ball is split among many here. There is obviously tremendous potential here and a gnawing feeling of wanting to see him perform with 30 pounds of added muscle. Make him the focal point of the offense and make sure he gets touches each possession!

Stephen Zimmerman just doesn't play down low. He certainly can be effective facing the hoop and, like Rabb, it will be fascinating to see him with 45 pounds added to his slimness but Zimmerman doesn't yet dominate. A higher level of aggressiveness would be enticing to witness.

Surprisingly, the most intriguing Soldier pairing we caught was a Saturday one with the 210 JayHawks Odell out of Texas. The Soldiers won  87-72 win but Odell looked like a pickup team at the rec center when taking the court  -- a very small guard, a couple of hefty guys who looked like football linemen (being generous) and one big but the Lone Star Staters played very fundamentally sound, especially patient on offense in the first half, and some of their guys proved to be ace shooters from both long and middle distance.

The Soldiers went out of the tournament in the semifinals with an obviously tight 70-68 loss to Houston Hoops.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Las Vegas thoughts

Takes on what was witnessed of individuals on the courts will be posted later this afternoon.

There was no firing of machine guns at Bullets and Burgers, nor a visit to Dr. Reefer (gotta love that highway billboard) nor any earning of fortunes.

On the court, there were so very few consistent shooters (making two in a row from outside apparently was verboten) and a bevy of mystery talents as too many of those on the court sported a jersey number not listed.

Kids certainly found out that many shots they can get off on their homecourts never reach glass or rim in Vegas. Some of these squads have four or five bigs -- amazing.

Fortunately, there were the positive exceptions with teams utilizing ball and player movement as well as a variety of screens to get good looks on shots. And no, selfish play wasn't prevalent as so many generalize.

Walked by John Calipari and received nary a glance -- he thereby missed the opportunity to connect with 'World Wide' Kevin. Geez, thought he could recognize talent...

Here's a thought: how about just two tournaments rather than three? Less talent dilution as well as hopefully a reduction of time spent traveling to gyms. But who is willing to give up their cash cow?

We did have the hands down winner for "Best Coaching Hair" and New Mexico's Craig Neal won by a landslide:

Okugo back in CA

Akachi Okugo, out of Jesuit High and Yuba College, has left the Grand Canyon University basketball program and will be at Cal State San Marcos this coming school year. LINK

Caliaro stays in Germany

Angelo Caloiaro will be with Telekom Bonn in Germany this coming season.

Sypkens playing pro in South America

aggie6thman has the scoop on former UC Davis guard Ryan Sypkens turning professional: "Congrats Ryan on signing with Aguilas de Tunja in Colombia! Season starts in August and he is currently en route to Colombia as we speak! Congrats! LINK

Taking a look at Yuba hoops

Signal The Light Basketball provides a look at Coach Doug Cornelius and Yuba College basketball.

Mann heading south

From Dave Rogahn comes a new West Valley College player signing and a previously posted one: "2 more JC BB signings from West Valley:  PF D'Vaughn Mann, PF to Saint Katherine College and PG Chris Murry to William Jessup."

St. Katherine is located in Encinitas (talk about a plus) and a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Hansen receives Cal State East Bay offer

NorCapPreps tweeted: "Campolindo/Lakeshow post Chris Hansen has been offered by Cal State East Bay."

The Hornets offer Hunt

NorCalPreps tweeted: "Sacramento State has offered Drake/Lakeshow 2015 F Jesse Hunt."

MPC hoops featured

Signal The Light Basketball features Coach Blake Spiering and Monterey Peninsula College basketball.

Good news for Sean Harris?

Not officially announced but this would be good news: from YoungBloodAggie at the USUFans MB: "According to my sources inside the Athletics Department, Sean Harris has been granted a 6th year by the NCAA and the Aggies have offered him a scholarship for the upcoming year. He is expected to put in time at the 4."

Harris, the former Yuba College forward, has been bedeviled by injury.

Some news from Cabrillo hoops

Couple of tweets from Cabrillo Men's Basketball:

This year's team has two players from out of the country. One is American-born but coming from Australia, the other is coming from France. Both are from small towns, one is a 5' 9" guard and the other is a 6' 8" Forward/ Center. GO SEAHAWKS!!!


The great state of Indiana will be well represented in this years team. One player returns from Gary and two new players will be coming from South Bend and Indianapolis. Go Seahawks!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No new posts until Monday

Going dark until next Monday -- the various tournaments in Las Vegas await.

Bellot making national noise

It's been quite the week or so for Merritt College guard Denzel Bellott and his plan is to make it quite the season for himself and his fellow Thunderbirds.

First it was his participation in the Jerry Mullens JC Showcase in St. Louis, a gathering of the top national community college prospects. The invitees included a number of 7-footers as well as those inching towards that destination so the competition was large as well as talented.

What was the 6-foot-2 Bellot thinking prior to taking the court?

"I was telling myself to go out there and play my game, do what I know I can, just play," Bellott recalled. "I don't mind playing against big guys."

He averaged a very solid 16 points, three assists and three steals a game during his stay in Missouri.

Then Merritt headed to Cerritos College this past weekend to match up with four southern California junior colleges. The Thunderbirds went 4-0, topping Chaffey College 56-45 and then College of the Sequoias on Friday.

Saturday brought College of the Canyons as the initial opponent of the day and a 60-36 win was achieved with Bellot again totaling 16 points (on 7-11 shooting) plus four assists, a quartet of steals and zero turnovers. That was followed by a 40-39 triumph over Antelope Valley College. In the latter, Bellot buried a pair of late threes and strong defense, especially at the end by former El Cerritto High player Jovantae Carleton, resulted in AVC's last shot being an air ball.

Merritt Coach Keenan McMiller's overall take on his team's play: "They're buying in and coming together as a unit. Call it bonding. We defended real well and took some charges. Our offense will come as we haven't focused on that."

Asked what he brings to the court for the Thunderbirds, Bellot said, "Defense, scoring, passing and rebounding -- an all-around game."

Being looked at as a combo guard at the next level, Bellot is open to all offers regardless of geographic location and he expects to land at a mid-major school.

But first comes the new season beginning in November. 

Coach Walsh's take on July and March visions

From Coach Bob Walsh's latest: "We recruit in poetry, but we coach in prose." 

Kaplansky & Gavilan

Signal The Light Basketball features new Gavilan Coach David Kaplansky, who will provide a much-needed lift to a Ram basketball program that has bottomed out.

Viva Las Vegas

The Wednesday - Sunday forecasts highs for Las Vegas:

* Wednesday 108

* Thursday 109

* Friday 109

* Saturday 108

* Sunday 106

Can you call Sunday's temperature a cooling trend?

Chodosh working this summer

When you play your high school basketball in Pebble Beach, the expectations are that it must be just something to do between teeing up on the greens and equestrian polo. But not to Matt Chodosh, a senior-to-be at Stevenson School.

For him, it's all been a quest for betterment in the sport he most enjoys. Initially, it was participation in hoops and soccer but come high school, each sport took place at the same time so it was good bye as a goalkeeper and going solo on the court.

Around this time, it was also a mano-a-mano case case of sibling rivalry. Although it wasn't voiced at the time of their matching up, Chodosh now rates his older brother Ben, who also played at Stevenson, as his biggest basketball influence "since he was the one I was most competitive with."

But there was also the matter of attending Point Guard College down in Irvine. It's a unique camp where "we played and studied the game, half a day on the court and half a day off taking notes while watching NBA players perform." This provided greater insight for Chodosh as the event stressed technical elements but also leadership, court awareness and other intangibles.

In comparison, Chodosh recalled his freshman days, one of being "very unconfident and nervous in practice in games. I couldn't shoot and my ballhandling was a lot weaker. I felt I held the team back in practice." He was a frosh playing varsity, meaning he had to match up with upperclassmen who "were stronger and better. It was my first time playing up. I learned a lot, it makes you better."

To measure his advancement, Chodosh took on the role of captain for Coach Matt Arruda in the last Stevenson season (14-9 overall, 7-7 in the Mission Trail Athletic League), one is which he averaged 15 points and seven rebounds a game. "We only had three seniors and some weren't true basketball players." So it was a time for "leading practices and teaching the plays on offense. It was my third year and I wanted to help the guys out with where to pass, where to move on the court and what were smart shots."`

Now at 6-foot-3 and playing mostly as a combo guard, Chodosh rates his ability to get to the basket with his quick first step as his top talent. He also has a talent for posting up and negotiating past his opponent, something he developed while playing all five positions in his pre-high school days. Add to that his being a plus defender.

As for a highlight moment, he offered, "last season in high school, I hit a halfcourt shot just before halftime. I got really pumped about that."

Mixing in club ball with his high school efforts, Chodosh sees the latter as "a lot more structured. AAU is faster paced with more freedom. You get to experiment." He recently joined the Bay Area Warriors and participated in the recent Nor Cal Summer Tip Off and Pangos (Cream of the Crop) event in southern California. The Las Vegas Classic awaits later this week.

Here's Warriors Coach Randy Bessolo on Chodosh: "I have not seen that much of him but he has made a positive first impression. He is a very smart, skilled and unselfish player."

He believes the betterment in his game arrived primarily from his personal efforts in improving his shooting and dribbling plus time in the weight room, the three main areas of his focus in the gym.

An Honorable Mention All-County selection and second team All MTAL for his play this past season, Chodosh is looking to expand his effect on the game in both the tangible and intangible areas come the 2014-15 go-around. His 3.5 grade point average and the Stevenson curriculum will make him a favorite with most any admissions department. 

Twisting slowly in the wind

The Doug Wojcik - College of Charleston saga needs to end, one way or the other. It sounds like the decision has been made and that it's a matter of turning up just cause.

Package deals

You can't say never but it's hard to believe a trio of basketball prospects could ever agree on signing with one coach -- read on about Ivan Rabb.

The Bay Area Warriors in Las Vegas

From Bay Area Warriors Coach Randy Bessolo:

We will be at the Las Vegas Classic this week.

Bay Area Warriors - 17s
Thursday 7/24 at Tarkanian Basketball Center Court 4 at 10:10 am
Thursday 7/24 at Tarkanian Basketball Center Court 3 at 9 pm
Friday 7/25 at Canyon Springs HS at 3:35 pm
Saturday Bracket play to be determined

Note we will have 6'7" Case Dufrane from Half Moon Bay HS playing for us in this event. Case is a very versatile forward, good student and has been receiving low level D1 interest.

As noted earlier, guard Matt Chodosh of Stevenson has also joined the Warriors.

Bay Area Warriors - Facter
Thursday 7/24 at Cheyenne HS at 11:15 am
Thursday 7/24 at Cheyenne HS at 6:50 pm
Friday 7/25 at Cheyenne HS at 1:25 pm
Bracket play to be determined

Lute! Lute! Lute!

There's not too many JC basketball camps where you get to hear someone like Lute Olson speak.

Didn't see this coming

Per Shams Charania: "Houston Rockets' Nick Johnson -- 42nd overall pick -- will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract, league source tells RealGM."

The Big Three for the Gaels

Are Simmons, Bright and Waldow enough to compete with Gonzaga?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More on some of the JC talents

Do keep in mind that rosters aren't set as yet for the community college basketball teams so some of these comments/opinions may be meaningless come the first actual game. Of course, there is also the possibility they are currently invalid too.  ;)

* Diablo Valley College looks to have more depth this coming season plus the freshman twins in the middle (Rico Nuno and Damion Banford). An offensive bonus is Nuno's playmaking/passing ability inside and outside the paint.

* At what level does DeAnza's 5-foot-9 Nate Vieira land after this season? He has the quicks and ballhandling ability to go DI but will he show the necessary shooting consistency necessary? Plus, being three inches shy of six-feet means the physicality at the top level could be a problem. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

* Can Monterey Peninsula College provide enough outside shooting threats to keep defenses honest in covering 6-foot-6 Stephen Dorsey? The potential is looks promising.

* Delta's Jordan Belasco didn't play in the Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree because he was back in St. Louis at the Jerry Mullens national event. He led the state in assists during the 2013-14 season but is the level of athleticism required to make plays and defend present for DI?

* College of the Redwoods won't be big and therefore rebounding is a question but sharpshooting Johnny Shelton returns (14.5 points per game on 49%, 51& and 89% shooting) and Fortuna High point Justin Claus has come aboard.

* CCSF is very inexperienced and not all that big (thus far) so here's predicting Gabe Bealer averaging a double-double.

* Really want to see what Dalvin Guy can add to the mix for Santa Rosa Junior College. Defensive and rebounding contributions from him would be a big boost to the Bear Cubs.

It;s also worth noting that landing in DI is not the end all/be all. Fulfilling college experiences on and off the court can happen throughout the country. The references above to DI are simply a curiosity on my part.

Three WJU Warriors honored for academic prowess

A trio of northern California-connected student-athletes at William Jessup University have been honored for their respective academic efforts:

William Jessup University men's basketball players Keith Bruder, Sean Fenner, Tim Oswald ... were named to the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court.

Bruder, a native of Pleasant Hill, CA, graduated with a History degree in May, while maintains g a 3.59GPA. This is his second time on the NABC Honors Court.  He twice earned Daktronics/NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past two seasons.

Fenner, a native of Stockton, CA, is a Psychology major who maintains a 3.34 GPA.

Oswald, a native of Mariposa, CA, graduated with a Business Administration degree May, while maintaining a 3.2 GPA. This was his second time on the NABC Honors Court.

NorCal numbers out of the LV Summer League

Here are the stats of various northern-California connected talents who just finished play in the Las Vegas Summer League:

* Josh Akognon - 5.7 points, 33% shooting, 15.7 minutes per game

Will Cherry - 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 52% shooting, 25.2 minutes per game

Jared Cunningham - 6.8 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 41% shooting, 12.2 minutes per game

Matthew Dellavedova - 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 43% shooting, 32 minutes per game

* Kiwi Gardner - 4.0 points, 9 minutes per game

* Drew Gordon - 6.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 47% shooting, 20.3 minutes per game

Stephen Holt - 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 45% shooting, 23.8 minutes per game

Orlando Johnson - 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 37% shooting, 21.5 minutes per game

Tyler Johnson - 12.1 points. 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 55% overall shooting., 24.2 minutes per game

* Brendan Lane - 3.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 12.2 minutes per game

* Mickey McConnell - 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 38% shooting, 29.7 minutes per game

* James Nunnally - 13.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 56% shooting, 24.2 minutes per game

Rabb & Chriss trying out

Scott Phillips writes about Ivan Rabb and Marquese Chriss competing for a spot on the USA U17 World Championship team. A few of the top bluechippers will miss some of the tournament play in Las Vegas because of these tryouts.

Davis with another guard offer

Verbal Commits with another: "Cal Poly and UC Davis offered 2015 Allen (TX) G Olin Carter."

The young man is out of is a 6-foot-1 shooting guard. Here is a photo.

Davis with another 2015 guard offer

UC Davis has offered another 2015 backcourter -- @ Verbal Commits: "2015 Shadow Mountain (AZ) G Craig Randall II has received an offer from UC Davis."

Randall, a 6-foot-2 lefty, just arrived in Arizona from Ohio -- this article has the details. He already has multiple offers.

Below is some video:

It's a prep forward offered by Davis

Corey Evans tweeted: "UC Davis has offered 2015 NW Xpress forward Drew Eubanks."

Out of Oregon and also a pitcher in baseball, he measures in at 6-foot-9. Here's a short article on the young man who is generating more and more offers.

Milstead with another offer

A tweet from EYBL Circuit: "Oakland Soldiers G Damari Milstead (@DamariMilstead) picks up an offer from Hawaii."

He'll need more than two hands to count his offers before all is done.

Schwartz elevated to Associate Head Coach

Former Sonoma State player Michael Schwartz (1994-1996) is now the Associate Head Coach at Fresno State.

Chris getting UW fans excited

Percy Allen/Seattle Times covers the recent play of Marquese Chriss.

Rabb @ Peach Jam

The Intentional Foul on Ivan Rabb's play at the Peach Jam event:
Oakland Soldiers big man Ivan Rabb is considered the No. 1 recruit in 2015 by ESPN. In my mind, Rabb reminds me of a young Chris Bosh before he turned into a spot up jump shooter in the NBA. Rabb had a strong EYBL season but due to some sub-par guard play struggled at times during the Peach Jam. He still averaged 13.6 points in bracket play, but only scored 4 points on 2-7 shooting in the quarterfinals.

Feedback on the So Cal JUCO Shootout

Signal The Light Basketball covers the first day of the So Cal JUCO Shootout event.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blending new with the old -- life at the community college level

Basketball is all about embracing and adjusting to change. Each time down the court, each time on the court, even each practice, variance rules. In the element of coaching, adjustment is  the middle name in the community college realm.

That's because roster turnover is a unique given at the junior college level. Players annually move on or out, newcomers enter the fray and redshirts plus grayshirts get to officially step on the court -- all in generally larger numbers than any other hoops situation.

What was a strategic strength last season may or may not be replicable due to personnel turnover. Big may have been replaced by not so much. Quickness by ordinariness. Skill strengths and experience by lesser levels.

So having certain offensive proclivities or defensive approaches may require yearly modifications.

Let's look at Coach James Giacomazzi and his current Cosumnes River College squad. To zero in, his post Jaycob Velasco-AJ Bridges-TJ Williams era Hawks. That's minus a bevy of points, rebounds and knowing what to do in this-or-that critical situation.

Now it's:

* Trenton Anthony G 5-10 165 Fr.

* Semir Cahtarevic F 6-8 200 So.

* Elijah Calloway G 6-2 170 Fr.

* Kenneth Daye G 6-1 175 Fr.

* Demoriaye Hart-Spikes G 5-11 210 Fr.

* Joshua Johnson G 5-10 160 Fr.

* Daiveon Leverett F 6-9 195 RFr.

* Mitchell Love G 6-2 190 So.

* Donald Mims F 6-11 180 GFr.

* Phil Morgan G 6-4 190 Fr.

* Tyquan Neal F 6-6 215 Fr.

* Daylon Potts G 6-5 190 Fr.

* Phil Randles G 5-11 185 So.

* David Straughter F 6-5 210 So.

* Will White G 6-2 175 Fr.

Out of 15 players, four are sophomores.

"Ideally, you want seven freshman and seven sophomores and the younger guys then become the sophomores," Giacomazzi said. "Every year you would only have to replace the seven departing players and you don't have to teach the entire team. "

He added, "it's the most ever freshman coming into summer training camp."

That's one of the reasons fans won't be seeing CRC in any events this summer.

"Semir is back in Bosnia and we have so many freshman. There are so many concepts for the guys to learn and transitions to make. Our emphasis is on getting better."

One such element is versatility. Greater understanding too.

"Each player is responsible for learning the offense for all five positions," Gizcomazzi explained. "Teaching them the offense from all the positions helps in knowing what teammates are going to do. It also allows us to be flexible."

What will also be fascinating for CRC is who will emerge as a leader or leaders among the players.

"Let's see who has the 'I'll take care of it' responsibility, steps up and take ownership. Plus, some [players] are better communicators than others."

Referring to past players, Giacomazzi offered, "AJ [Bridges] made it easy and that's ideal. Tony Gill was a leader on and off the floor."

Regarding the bigs, it's also a way different group now.

"We've had JJ Mina, Ryan Salmonson, Tony Gill and Jaycob Velasco."

Now it's Daiveon Leverett and Donald Mims who check in at 6-foot-9, 195 and 6-foot-11, 180 respectively.

So the pick-and-pop aspect of CRC's offense and the pass in with one or two dribbles for a shot won't be witnessed nearly so much.

"We'll roll-and-replace and [also] try and catch and shoot near the basket."

But what will stay the same is "we're one of the few who play two forwards, consistent with the DI level."

Giacomazzi's current athletic bigs will allow some different wrinkles defensively.

"We'll have some shotblocking and maybe gamble more on the perimeter but we want to make sure we don't get lazy there because 'I got so-and-so back  there.'"

As for adding some weight to his defensive kingpins, Giacomazzi said "it's a challenge. A lot of it is biology. Donald Mims eats more than anyone on the team."

"Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes" is something David Bowie once sang about. He didn't have CRC in mind or any other community college basketball programs but the sentiment certainly applies. 

Two games reports from Friday's JUCO Jamboree

Here's Dave Rogahn with a pair of mini writeups from SJCC and Sierra College games in Friday's So Cal JUCO Jamboree:

San Jose 61, Mt. San Jacinto 40:

Maurice Joiner scored 15 points, Stevinaire Young scored 12 and Josue Salaam added 11 as San Jose City raced past Mt. San Jacinto for an unexpectedly easy 21-point win Saturday evening.

San Jose eased out to a 16-9 lead in the first few minutes, but expanded the margin to a startling 14 points after a 3-pointer by Salaam and three straight 2-point free throws by Joiner made it 29-15. The lead was 33-17 at the half, and SJCC led easily the rest of the way.

Joiner led all scorers with his 15 points, which included 4 2-point free throws. Young had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Salaam had 11 points and 6 rebounds. 6-foot-9 Akil Douglas had 8 points and 6 rebounds.


Sierra 45, Antelope Valley 27:

Isaiah Pineiro scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Devin Moss scored 14 points and the Sierra defense did the rest as the Wolverines cruised to a shockingly easy victory over highly-regarded Antelope Valley on the main court.

Sierra entered 2013-14 with high expectation but stumbled to a dismal 11-17 record, but showed it will be much more formidable this time around by winning its first three games of the shootout by an average of about 20 points each over AVC, Santa Monica and a strong independent team known as The Revolution.

In this one, Moss made back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to stake Sierra to a 20-8 lead midway through the first half, and the Wolverines led by double digits the rest of the way. It was 29-17 at the half, and Sierra led handily the rest of the way.

Pineiro was outstanding for Sierra, making 9 of 15 shots from the floor for his game-high 21 points. Moss was 4-for-6 from the floor, all three-pointers, for his 14 points. Antonio Lewis had points, 4 rebounds and a game-high 4 assists.

Coach Bob Walsh in divisional differences in recruiting

Coach Bob Walsh writes about the differences in recruiting between Divisions I, II and III. A snippet:
...At the D2 level you are deciding who a scholarship player is and who isn’t. At the lower levels of D1, you are deciding who is a Division I player and who isn’t. There generally isn’t as much consensus, and there is a very fine line between a good D2 player and a good D1 player.  That makes your ability to evaluate very important. At the lower levels you are less likely to get someone who just steers a player your way because of a relationship. If a kid can play at a higher level he’s likely going to play at that level. It’s evaluating those kids to find the ones that you know can play at your level, or who the higher level schools might miss on, that really makes a difference. The emphasis is more on evaluations than it is on relationships...

Use direction, not chatter

Commit this to memory and practice -- from Coach Mike Blaine: "It is not enough to communicate that a screen is coming. Serious defenders tell their teammates where it is and how to guard it!"

Coaches have seen it all

Cal Poly Coach Joe Callero, out checking prospects in action, tweeted: "If you see a guy clapping his hands and talking on "D" it usually means he hit the last hoop & wants you to know it,"

The Pioneers lands a frontcourt transfer

Cal State East Bay Coach Gus Argenal has landed  Ryan Okwudibonye, a transfer from Sacramento State.

Blackwell's play lauded

A tweet: "Love Noah Blackwell's game. Always seems to be under control and makes the right decision."

Blackwell is playing with Team Superstar this summer and Woodcreek High in the winter.

Three Nor Cal guys in the college Top 50

Jason McIntyre/The Big Lead offers his choices for the 50 best collegians in 2014-15 and here are the northern California-connected talents:

49. Brandon Ashley, F, Arizona. The Wildcats were favored to win the title until he was lost for the season due to injury. They didn’t lose a game without him! He’ll be drafted in 2015. Averaged 11.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg last year but missed all of March and all but two minutes of February.

41. Jabari Bird, SG, California. Battled injuries during a frustrating freshman year (8.3 ppg) but the high profile high school recruit will be expected to come close to doubling that output this season.

24. Isaiah Taylor, PG, Texas. Averaged 13-4-3 for the Longhorns, who are loaded and a Final 4 sleeper. If he consistently makes his jumper, he’s Top 15 material.

It's Marquese Chriss time

At the Krossover blog:


For a top-50 ranked player, Marquese Chriss has kept a pretty low profile. The Northern California native committed to Washington back in January, putting a wrap on an unusually low-key recruitment. I originally sat baseline Friday afternoon to check out Chriss and Team Superstar’s opponents, the highly-touted, Florida-based Team Breakdown (a team of 2016 kids playing up a level and holding their own).

Well, you can guess what happened. Chriss, a 6-9 power forward, put on the most impressive performance I saw all day, guiding Team Superstar to its first win of the tournament. He scored 23 points — in advanced fashion — against Breakdown’s frontline of Juwan Durham and Dewan Huell (both long, 6-foot-10 top-50 recruits). Unfazed by his talented opponents, Chriss flashed a mid-range game, looked comfortable around the basket and added a little bit of nasty, with a penchant for dunking over defenders. He’s got a nice blend of power and skill, passes the ball well and has an extremely quick second jump around the rim. Chriss can also run the floor effectively, and his unpredictable bag of tricks on the offensive end makes him a pretty tough cover.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and an assistant sat front and center for their prized recruit, and had to be pleased. Chriss’s uniquely entertaining game should be fun to track over the next several years. 

Do hit the link because the bottom of the page contains a good photo of Chriss.

Two Nor Cal names on sophomores-to-watch list

C.L. Brown's list of under-the-radar sophomores includes:

* Marcus Lee, forward, Kentucky. Lee showed how effective he could be with his 10-point, eight-rebound performance in just 15 minutes in the Elite Eight game against Michigan. But his toughest competition is arguably the Wildcats' crowded frontcourt. It's hard to envision how he'll get enough playing time to stand out. 

* Elliott Pitts, guard, Arizona. Even with the departure of Nick Johnson, the Wildcats will still have a crowded backcourt. Pitts proved to be a 3-point threat from off the bench last season, shooting 39 percent from deep. That and his 6-foot-5 frame could help him crack the rotation more next season.

More on Marquese Chriss

Via The Intentional Foul after watching Marquise Chriss at the UAA event:
Playing in front of his future head coach Lorenzo Romar, Marquese Chriss scored 23 points to go with four rebounds against two four-star big men in the class of 2016 in Juwan Durham and Dewan Huell. In the first half, Chriss spun down the lane and finished with an authoritative two hand dunk that got the crowd off of their feet. The California big man also showed a soft touch from just outside the paint.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jordan Ford's play changes his recruiting

Via Corey Evans:
Jordan Ford/6’0 Oakland Soldiers 2016With his squad trailing by eight with just less than 10 minutes to go in the second half of his game against Team Final, and in need of the W in order to advance to bracket play at the Peach Jam, Ford had one of the more impressive runs that you are going to see out of a kid. The unassuming by nature guard hit on elevated jumpers from deep, an effective push, floater shot in the lane, and made spot-on passes off of the dribble drive. He never gets sped up with the ball either and his feel and charisma on the floor is outstanding. Physical development is key with the west coast guard, yet he makes due with just how competitive he is, competing with a chip on his shoulder as big as the state of Alaska!
Plus a few Evans tweets:

In a matchup of potential pros with Malachi, Zimmerman, and Rabb, its Jordan Ford stealing the show. Kid sees the play before it occurs.


Jordan Ford came in with an offer from Gonzaga and limited looks beyond. Thats gonna change. Some cold blooded killer in him.

Merritt goes 4-0

So Cal JUCO Shootout play began Friday with Merritt College topping Chaffey College 56-45 in the opening game for the pair.

The Thunderbirds then handled College of the Sequoias 60-36 to make it a twofer. Via Dave Rogahn: "Denzel Bellot 16 pts 4 asts 4 stls, Leo Smith 10 pts for Merritt."

It was a repeat on Saturday with first a downing of the College of the Canyons and then a 40-39 victory over Antelope Valley College.

No, this doesn't qualify as a highlight tape

Some highlight tapes are best buried and never seen:

Davis with another guard offer

Josh Gershon tweeted: "2015 Earl Watson Elite CG Kyle Leufroy has picked up an offer from UC Davis."

He's a 6-foot-2 southern California shooting guard who averaged 22.3 points last season and was named the Pasadena News-Star Player of the Year.

A Soldiers summary

Early Saturday, the Oakland Soldiers turned back Team Final 62-56. as Jordan Ford finished with 16 points and five assists. Ivan Rabb was all-around in his output with 14 points, 10 boards and five blocked shots. The victors shot 26-49.

In summary, Soldier Peach Jam play opened with two losses -- 63-57 to Houston Hoops and 79-69 against the Mac Irvin Fire. Three straight victories followed -- 65-62 versus Howard Pulley, 70-60 to The Travelers and the abovementioned defeat of Team Final.

Then the final matchup was a Saturday night pairing off with Boo Williams and the Soldiers fell 64-53. The former held a 33-30 halftime lead but it went back and forth until the Virginia-based squad closed out strong.

Here's a game report from Royal Shepherd.

Keep your wheels working -- new Jeremy Russotti blog entry

Jeremy Russotti Basketball Tips and Drills

Jeremy Russotti on knee pre-hab and hip strengthening.

Toles noted

Ronnie Flores tweeted: "Sleeper: 6-4 2015 Eric Toles (norcal wildcats\cosumnes oaks) active & plays physcial with a thin frame & long limbs"

Humboldt State's schedule

Danny Penza writes about Humboldt State's 2014-15 schedule. The Lumberjacks are heading far and wide.

Here's a link to the opponents, dates and locations.

Another Rabb feature

Jeremy Timmerman serves up another feature on Ivan Rabb, who certainly received major love from the local press this weekend.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

King & Blaylock performing well

Ronnie Flores on two Bay Area Warriors: "Lincoln of SF 2015 teammates Jemiel King (6-3) & Tarrez Blaylock (6-2) are solid players deserving of next level look."

Phil Fayne making noise

Some Phil Fayne tweets via Ronnie Flores:

* Phil Fayne finishes with 17 pts..SG Jordan Robertson finishes with 15 pts..2016 SG Bryce Peters finishes with 22 pts..Khalil Ahmad (13 pts)


* Sudden death! Prodigy misses a chippie layup..then a mad scramble on other end and underneath Phil Payne ends the game with layup!


* Tied game on block & transition layup by Phil Fayne 6-7 2015 (Elk Grove Franklin) southpaw who makes an impact around rim 56-56 1:19 

Sierra finishes 3-1

In further play down south, Sierra College went 1-1. From Sierra College Assistant Coach Brandon Cole:

* Sierra College men's basketball beats Santa Monica 84-60 in their second game of the SoCal juco showcase! 


Sierra College men's basketball loses it's final game to defending state runner-up Chaffey to end the weekend 3-1.

Chriss playing well

Hoopniks on Marquise Chriss playing in the Under Armour Finals:
Playing in front of his future head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies, Marquese Chriss scored 23 points to go with four rebounds against two four-star big men in the class of 2016 in Juwan Durham and Dewan Huell. In the first half, Chriss spun down the lane and finished with an authoritative two hand dunk that got the crowd off of their feet. The California big man also showed a soft touch from just outside the paint.
Some Chriss video from the event.

SJCC wins down south

Via Dave Rogahn: "San Jose 61 Mt San Jacinto 40.  Maurice Joiner 15 pts, Stevinaire Young 12 pts 6 rebs for SJ."

Do check out the academics of wherever you are a student

From Gary Parrish's article on the coming closure of the Prime Prep Academy:

And do you want to guess how many times the NCAA has reviewed coursework completed at Prime Prep and allowed it to count toward a prospective student-athlete's transcript?

Zero, according to a source.


Sure hope those now working on getting Emmanuel Mudiay set to play in Europe aren't the same ones who enrolled him at Prime Prep.

Soldiers top The Travelers

In an afternoon matchup on Friday, the Oakland Soldiers bested The Travelers 70-60, winning both 20 minute segments. Only the first half stats were posed so no numbers to offer.

A recruiting question

When the head coach of Incarnate Word offers you, don't you have to accept?

Or else.

Ain't that the truth

A Lucas Shapiro tweet: "When choosing an AAU team, play for a coach who will submit a correct roster for a college coach's packet. That's true exposure."

Merritt over Chaffey & COS

Merritt College took down Chaffey 56-45 in the opening game for the pair on Friday.

Don't have a score yet but the Thunderbirds followed that with a victory over College of the Sequoias.

Sierra manhandles AVC

Sierra Assistant Coach Brandon Cole tweeted last night: "Sierra College men's basketball beats Antelope Valley 45-27 in their first game of the SoCal juco showcase." 


It was six touchdowns and a field goal.

AVC is always a power down south -- hope their lockerroom was soundproof.

Via Dave Rogahn: "Sierra 45 Antelope Valley 27.  Isaiah Pineiro 21 pts 9 rebs, Devin Moss 12 pts 4 3pt for Sierra.  AVC shot 14% (3/21) fgs in 2nd half."

From Mel Grussing:
AVC’s second game was even more painful against NoCal’s Sierra who dominated AVC 45-27. Again Sierra outshot the Marauders and easily broke the AV press.  Again, Sierra’s bigs dominated the middle.  For some reason, AVC has been shooting a pathetic 40% from the free throw line in the summer shootouts. Not a good time to do that when each free throw counts as 2 or 3. 

"Say Anything"

Best ever cultural reference tweet on LeBron, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers: LINK

A Jeremy Lin feature

Jim Cavan looks at the career of Jeremy Lin with some very visual writing.

An example: "Steve Nash is one John Wall charge away from combusting in a cloud of human smoke..." 

An intriguing subject not explored enough

The subtitle on Jack Hamilton's piece of Lance Stephenson says it all -- "Lance Stephenson is the most fascinatingly flawed player in the NBA."

The highlighted comment, situated on the left about two thirds down the page, is spot on. Does anyone know any more about Stephenson after reading the article?

McAndrews offered

An AMHS Basketball tweet: "Congrats to alum Matt McAndrews @witechoclate11 on the scholarship offer from Arizona Christian University."

The latest on Will Cherry

Below are a pair of tweets on July 17 from Cavs Rumors and News:

"The Cavs lose 96-90. Wiggins finishes with 21 points 5 rebounds. Will Cherry had 21 points. Bennett had 11 points 6 rebounds."

Then: "Will Cherry is a great player. Very explosive, wouldn't doubt him making a roster spot for the Cavs."

A Phil Handy update

It's good to see Phil Handy still working with the Cavaliers prospects despite the coaching change LINK.

Chriss getting noticed

Via Jeremy Woo: "Marquese Chriss (Team Superstar) has been extremely impressive against Team Breakdown. So skilled at 6-9, athletic, playing with an edge."

Johnson with another strong outing

Via Geoff Grammer last night: "Former @FresnoStateMBB guard Tyler Johnson with a game-high 20 points for the Heat tonight in an #NBASummerLeague loss to the Cavs."

Gotta love this

A Chris Murray tweet: "A fan asks Charles Barkley to take a selfie with him. Barkley's response: "You're a man. Men can't take selfies."

Interning into an NBA position

Alan Snel covers how interns at the Las Vegas Summer League have a way of working their way into NBA front offices. Start planning your next summer.

An Ivan Rabb feature

The Augusta Chronicle's Royal Shepard provides a look at Ivan Rabb.

Friday, July 18, 2014

From Cameroon to NBA team saviour

It takes a bit of scrolling down but this Eli Saslow piece on Joel Embiid, the third selection in the NBA draft, shows the young man's supersonic ascent:
...Less than three years ago, he was dressing in white-and-black school uniforms in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where his best sports were volleyball and soccer. Less than two years ago, he was wearing mostly warm-ups, since he rarely left the bench for his high school basketball team in Florida. Less than one year ago, he arrived at the University of Kansas expecting to redshirt and then play four years of college basketball before maybe making it to the NBA...
The dream lives.

The Shoes Wars, 2014

Jeff Goodman tweet: "Adidas has signed four of the top six draft picks: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum and Marcus Smart. Somewhat shocking."

Then: "Jabari Parker went with Jordan Brand -- and Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle headed the Nike route."

Nor Cal Summer Tipoff player evals up

Gerry Freitas has his mini-evaluations on the participants in the recent Nor Cal Summer Tipoff.

A look at SRJC's 2013-14 season takes readers from the beginning of Santa Rosa Junior College's season to its magical conclusion -- from "other teams considered" to state champion.

Four Nor Cal players at Casper College

Coach Dan Russell at Casper College (Wyoming) has four northern California talents on his 2014-15 roster:

* Dylan Alexander

* Shon Briggs

* Benson Osayande

* Jalen Canty

Soldiers drop second game, win third

In their night game from the Thursday Peach Jam, the Oakland Soldiers fell 79-69 to the Mac Irvin Fire out of Chicago. Ivan Rabb led with 24 points (a very efficient 9-12 shooting) plus 10 rebounds while Jordan Ford totaled 13 points (on 15 shots) plus a team-leading eight assists.


This morning, the Soldiers topped Howard Pulley (out of Minnesota) 65-62. Ivan Rabb went for seven points and five boards in 18 minutes of play. Jordan Ford was credited with seven assists. As a team, the Soldiers shot 25-53 and out-rebounded their opponents 40-21.

Injury at Portland offers opportunity for Presley & Sharp

With point David Carr's recent knee injury, Portland will really need junior Bryce Presley to come through big time in the 2014-15 season. It should also open up more court minutes for fellow backcourter and senior Bobby Sharp at the two spot.

Malik Thames at the All American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 West

Malik Thames will be repping Central Arizona College and Pleasant Grove High in an upcoming JUCO event (July 26 and 27) in Las Vegas.

The latest from the Bay Area Warriors

We will be at the Pango's Cream of the Crop Challenge the next two days in the MAP Complex in Garden Grove.

Bay Area Warriors - 17s will play:
Friday at 3:30 vs. Arizona Aces Letcher on Court 3
Friday at 5:50 vs. Dream Team on Court 4
Saturday at 12:00 vs. Arizona Aces Arvizu on Court 4
Saturday at 3:30 vs. PHPS Renegades on Court 4

Bay Area Warriors Blue (Facter)
Friday at 4:40 vs. California Chaos on Court 8
Friday at 5:50 vs. San Diego Cougars on Court 8
Saturday at 1:30 vs AZ Rebels at Gahr HS
Saturday at 4:40 vs. College Bound on Court 2

The 17s have added one player:

Jemeil King - Lincoln HS (2015) - 6'3" guard. Great speed and motor. Very skilled with good feel for the game.
Demar Dunn - Salesian (2015) - 5'11" guard. Great motor and competitor. Older brother (Mario) is D1 player at Montana
Tarrez Blaylock - Lincoln (2015) - 6'2" guard. Great motor, defender and shooter
Henry Feinberg - Branson (2016) - 6'4" guard. Very skilled and athletic. Great student
Ben Pust - California HS (2015) - 6'3" wing. Very skilled and versatile with great feel for the game. Good student
Darren Ho - Washington HS (2015) - 6'6" long and very skilled post player
Will Emery - St. Ignatius (2016) - 6'7" very long and athletic. Can play inside or out. Good shooter. Great student
Devan Fore - Leadership (2015) - Scorer with shooting range
Hunter Patterson - Salesian (2015) - Very skilled point guard
Sam Esser - Balboa (2015) - 5'10" shooter with NBA range. Can create own shot.
Ishaaq Muahmmed - Marshall (2016) - 6'4" long and athletic
***Matt Chodosh - RL Stevenson (2015) - 6'3" Wing. Good skills. Good student.

The Blue:

Ikenna Anigbogu - Gateway HS (2016) - 6'7" power forward with strength and good athleticism. Good defender and rebounder with upside.
Clayton Ladine - Riordan (2016) - 5'11" pg with great skills, good shooter and good motor
Liam Dwyer - Salisbury Prep School (2015) - 6'3" athletic scorer. Good skills and motor.
Sean Gilmore - University (2016) - 6'6" wing.  Long versatile and real good shooter, great student.
Brandon Lew - University (2015) - 5'10" pg, great shooter, skills and feel for game. Can create shot with range. Great student
Brian Palmigiano - University (2015) - 6'3" Long limbed guard with good skills, shot and feel for the game.  Great student
Naod Sebhatlieb - University (2015) - 6'5" Big and Agile with nice skills and feel for the game. Great Student
Ethan Lampert - University (2015) - 6'5" forward. Good athlete and competitor. Great Student
Micah Bessolo - Valley Christian (2015) -6'4" forward. Good strength and versatile skills
Jack Ryan - Deerfield (2015) - 6'3" forward. Good athlete. Great student.
Sepher Agnesse - Marin Catholic (2016) - 5'11" guard. Good skills and motor
Daniel Bessolo - Valley Christian (2017) - 6'2" guard. Great athlete and defender. Slasher on Offense
Nick Kossman - Gateway (2017) - PG, good skills

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Soldiers fall to Houston Hoops

There is no other like Peach Jam for talent on display. That means most of the matchups are going to be very tough. In the opening round of this annual event, the Soldiers matched up with the Houston Hoops squad and fell 63-57.

Jordan Ford and Ivan Rabb each scored 12 points, with Stephen Zimmerman contributing 10. Both the bigs pulled in 10 rebounds.

The Soldiers won the rebounding battle 46-37 but shot just 19-60 overall and 2-15 from beyond the arc.

On the outside wanting in

This quote sums up Michael Powell's article: "I feel like I’m really close and a long way off at the same time,” he says. “You just keep pushing.”

McCollum on being a rookie

Every talent looking to play any form of professional basketball should memorize C.J. McCollum's column on being a rookie.

Feinstein is no on Len Bias

John Feinstein is against the late Len Bias being inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. He makes a solid case yet rejection based on Bias' overdosing just feels too harsh.

More from Coach Bob Walsh

Coach Bob Walsh writes about July evaluating and recruiting, offering a perspective of now being in charge of a DI program.

The latest on Sammy Yeager

A Sammy Yeager update:
Sammy Yeager (193 cm, CS Fullerton’13) has signed a deal that will see him play for Quimper UJAP in the French NM1 during the 2014/2015 season. It will be Yeager’s first time playing in Europe as he enters his second season as a professional. In his rookie campaign the American played for Condores de Cundinamarca in the Colombian league and averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.7 dimes per game from six appearances. Earlier in the 2013/2014 season Sammy Yeager played for the Frisco Texas Legends over 27 games and during his stay logged 5.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. The forward left CS Fullerton in 2013 after three seasons in the NCAA.

Armstead retires

A Joe Davidson tweet: "Armond Armstead has retired from the NFL, according to Patriots. Terrific talent & class-A guy was undone by rotten luck/injuries."

Hayes hosting Modesto hoops camp

Brian VanderBeek writes that Toronto Raptor and NBA veteran Chuck Hayes will be hosting a basketball camp in Modesto in late July.

Austrie niminated

Vallejo High's Evan Austrie, a three-sport including basketball participant, is a Times-Herald nominee for Player of the Year

Cabrillo going big

Via Cabrillo Men's Basketball: "The team will be taller this coming year. We have five new players 6'6" to 6'9" coming to play for Cabrillo."

The official Seahawks roster won't appear until October 1.

Some solid numbers from Arn Tellem

Arn Tellem is a longtime sports agent and offers an array of statistics that rebut the call for NCAA basketball student-athletes to have a two-and-done rule forced upon them.

Davis offers Arizona prep guard

An Anthony Ray tweet: "Sunnyslope HS 6-3 rising senior guard Sammy Barnes-Thompkins receives another offer from UC-Davis tonight."

The young man is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard.

Below is video from a year ago:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So Cal JUCO Shootout this weekend

Merritt College, Fresno City College, Sierra College and San Jose City College will be playing in this weekend's 2014 JUCO Shootout being held at Cerritos College.

On Friday, Merritt opens against Chaffey and then matches up with College of the Sequoias.

Fresno plays East Los Angeles and Chaffey.

Sierra goes up against West LA followed by Antelope Valley.

SJCC challenges Mt. San Jacinto and, later on, Saddleback.

Saturday has Merritt facing College of the Canyons and then Antelope Valley.

Fresno has Saddleback and Antelope Valley.

Sierra will see Santa Monica and then Chaffey in opposing uniforms.

SJCC will battle Chaffey and then host Cerritos.

Chaffey played in the state semi finals last season as a Final Four participant.

Yes, it's way early nut you can bet there will be some North - South rivalry going on. May the former make good showings.

Mike Reynoso interviewed

Signal The Light Basketball talks with Cañada Coach Mike Reynoso.

Partnow hearts Dellavedova (and why not?)

Seth Partnow taps out a self-described love song to Matthew Dellavedova.

The definition of winning

Utah Coach Larry Krystkowiak talks about how his recruiting has evolved from his first season. A key quote:
"More than position, it’s about finding some winners. We want to see the guys who are taking care of business as July gets on and everyone else is dragging. That’s always going to be a staple of what we’re looking for."
He's not necessarily talking about winning as coming out ahead on the scoreboard but still doing the right things when it isn't easy.

Carey to Hawaii is a done deal

Dayton Morinaga confirms that Senque Carey is now as assistant coach on Gib Arnold's staff. Arnold is extremely blunt on his new assistant's foremost duties:
“He’s exactly what I’m looking for in that position because he’s just an animal of a recruiter,” Arnold said. “I think you need a guy who has a lot of ties, a guy that’s relentless, a guy that wakes up in the morning and talks about how am I going to get players and how am I going to get (future) pros. That’s what he’s done his whole career and that’s why we brought him in.”

Humor from the analytic crowd

RoyceWebb/ESPN analytics tweeted: "I wish OKC would have targeted Austin Daye first so that someone could have asked, "Why pay to Daye what you could pay to Morrow?"

That's Austin Daye and Anthony Morrow.

A pair of tweets from Neal Nieves involving AAU

From Neal Nieves: "Two things I noticed from 3 days of recruiting period. Way to many kids that have no chance of playing college ball are playing........."


"No. 2 college coaches still recruiting off rankings, tweets and what other people see instead of what they see. Other then that I love aau."

As for the initial tweet: heck, there are plenty of JUCO players who aren't going anywhere either but so what. Fro some, it's the experience, not the destination.

More on the new coach at Santa Cruz High

John Murphy writes about new Santa Cruz High boys basketball coach Lawan Milhouse.

Checking in on the Gaels

Josh Horton looks at additions and a subtraction from the St. Mary's program.

Blackwell with a Pac-12 offer

Josh Gershon tweeted: "2015 Team Superstar PG Noah Blackwell has picked up an offer from #ArizonaState."

Chriss named to USA U17 World Championship team

Team Superstar and Pleasant Grove big Marquese Chriss is now a national name: "With the addition of Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.)...the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team now lists 38 of the top 17-and-under basketball players in the nation, 36 of whom will attend the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp that tips-off July 24 in Colorado Springs, Colorado...

More on Ivan Rabb's recent play

Jeff Borzello, looking back on play in the LeBron James Skills Academy, writes:
Ivan Rabb vs. Henry Ellenson: The best individual battle I watched was Rabb and Ellenson on the first night of the camp. This came after Rabb went against Georgetown-commit Jessie Govan, and simply went to work. He was blocking shots, rebounding at both ends, running the floor, scoring with his back to the basket. Simply put, Rabb dominated the future Hoya. The second half saw Rabb finally go against Ellenson, a fellow top-10 prospect. Both players are talented big men -- in different ways. Ellenson is capable of stretching the floor and knocking down shots to the perimeter, while Rabb uses his length and athleticism to make plays at both ends of the floor. The head-to-head matchup was basically even.

Kiwi in the Summer League

Keith Schlosser writes about Kiwi Gardner and the Las Vegas Summer League.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SJSU gets 2016 point commit Nai Carlisle

Kristof Kendrick tweet: "Indiana Elite 2016 PG Nai Carlisle has committed to San Jose State."

From the Lafayette Journal & Courier:

West Lafayette junior-to-be Nai Carlisle verbally committed to play basketball at San Jose State University late Monday night.

Kristof Kendrick, a former Central Catholic standout who coaches with the Indiana Elite AAU team Carlisle plays for, Tweeted out the news at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The six-foot Class of 2016 point guard averaged 17 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and shot 32.4 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore, helping the Red Devils win a Hoosier Conference championship. Carlisle also helped lead West Lafayette to a sectional championship in 2013 as a freshman.

That means it will be quite a wait for the 6-foot, 180-pound young man but the significance of this is SJSU doesn't get two years out alliances. It's remarkable the young man pulled the trigger now.

Carlisle's father Duane is employed at Purdue as the director of sports performance so some Boilermaker fans are in a tizzy over this commitment. The family used to live in San Jose and his brother is a senior running back at Notre Dame but attended Kings Academy in Sunnyvale.

In early June, Carlisle was out west: "The 6-footer took unofficial visits to Cal on Saturday, SJSU today, and will hit Santa Clara on Wednesday."

Here's a May 9, 2014 feature on the young man.

Here's one from 2013.

Below is some video:

The UC Santa Cruz 2014 recruiting class

UC Santa Cruz Coach Ron DuBois has a large Banana Slug recruiting class coming in, 11 in total, and that includes five talents from northern California.

* Andrew Jones – St. Marys International School, Tokyo
A California native, Andrew played high school basketball in Tokyo, where he was a Japan League All Star and Team MVP. The 6’5 senior averaged 21 points and set school records for 3 pointers in a game (7) as wwell as points in a game (44).

* Matt Nerland Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek, CA
Captain of the Las Lomas Knights, Matt led his team to an 18-11 record and a spot in the Division 2 state playoffs. A 6”5 guard, Matt was selected 2nd team All Diablo Foothill both his junior and senior years.

* Jacob Garcia Downey High School, Downey, CA
Leader of a team ranked top 100 in state of California, Jacob earned 1st team All San Gabriel Valley awards. The 6’4 senior averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals a game with a FG 59%.

* Adam Marlow Sonora High School, La Habra, CA
A team captain and point guard, Adam led his team to the CIF Division 2A title game as well the 2nd round of the CIF Div II State Playoffs, losing to eventual champion. St. John Bosco. Adam received All League
1st team, Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP awards.

* Corey CiliaHalf Moon Bay High School, Half Moon Bay, CA 
Captain of one of the most successful teams in school history, Corey led his team to a 26-7 record and appearances in the CSS Open Division and CIF Division IV State Playoffs. Led his team in coring at 13.9 points per game, Corey earned 2nd team all Peninsula North honors.  

* Sam Gabbard – Vacaville High School, Vacaville, CA 
 A double-double threat at 6’3 200lbs, Sam lead his team to a 17-11 record and earned 1st team All-Monticello Empire League honors.

* Tre Weston – University High School, Los Angeles, CA At 6’5 Tre was one of the top rebounders in the state at over 11 per game. He helped lead the University High Wildcats to a 19-12 record.

*  Kyle CreightonWhitney High School, Rocklin CA
 At 6’5, Kyle led his team in rebounding as well as a win in the Div II CIF Section playoffs.

*  Evan LouieLowell High School, San Francisco, CA 
 A high scoring guard, Evan was awarded 1st team All-AAA

* Pat Johnson Douglass High School, Minden, NV
As a senior, Patrick averaged 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

* Billy Lason – Mira Costa Junior College, San Diego, CA
Billy, a 6’2 forward from Mira Costa, will add experience to the Banana Slugs after completing two years at the Junior College level.