Friday, August 29, 2014

Going dark this weekend

Going to be light to non-existent posting this holiday weekend -- will be working on some features for this site.

Gomez adding working at USF to his résumé

Mario Gomez, the Director of Operations for Coach Justin Labagh's City College of San Francisco basketball entity of late, is now an operations video intern at USF, working for Coach Jennifer Azzi and her women's hoops program.

For some background, Azzi is a Stanford graduate who counts a national championship (1990) and an Olympic gold medal (1996) among her professional achievements.

Now entering the last semester of his Recreation Administration program at San Francisco State University, Gomez wanted to broaden his experience by adding some local DI experience to his skills set.

His tasks will be assisting the coaching staff by editing film of upcoming opponents, handling recruiting mailouts and miscellaneous other duties.

Here's a previous feature on Gomez.

AG as an Orlando starter

Kareem Gantt make his case for Aaron Gordon being the starting power forward for the Orlando Magic this coming season.

Menlo-Atherton state champions

John Reid goes back in time revisiting Menlo-Atherton's 1989 state basketball championship as the group of players is being honored.

Ford to CSEB

6-foot-5 Jamal Ford has joined the roster of Coach Gus Argenal's Cal State East Bay Pioneers for the coming season, per Steve Connolly.

Being the first to call a recruit

John Infante looks at some solutions for those one minute after midnight recruiting must calls.

Do read T.D. Williams article

T.D. Williams is amazing insightful with his article: "The Perils of Selective Decency."

A snippet:

...ESPN long ago decided complex, sensitive social issues were grist for the ratings mill. It wouldn’t have taken more than minimal coordinating to get someone on air to articulate a comprehensive, informed viewpoint on Ray Rice’s suspension as it related to larger societal discourse on domestic abuse and misogyny. The network, though, rarely demonstrates interest in comprehensive, informed viewpoints, instead attempting to reduce even complex and sensitive social issues to an easily digestible highlight clip. Ergo, Smith was given his long, dangerous leash, and it was impossible to then set aside skepticism when network higher-ups expressed surprise and disappointment that he inevitably got tangled in it and started to choke...

One theme of his continues the long-deserved calling out of ESPN for its not so benign neglect of anything beyond highlights of home runs, winning goals, slam dunks and sprints to touchdowns. Sports doesn't take place in a vacuum, nothing does. But who on the vast ESPN staff has the standing, let alone the background, to present complexity. Maybe Bob Ley if he is even still there. That's quite the indictment.

Johnson in Spain

Here's Orlando Johnson being announced as a new member of Labor Kutxa Baskonia, a team in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Andrew Young as a pro

Monterey Peninsula College Men's Basketball offers this photo of Andrew Young in his initial game as a pro -- hit the link.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rae Jackson Jr. at Chabot

Chabot Men's Basketball announces that Rae Jackson Jr. will be a Gladiator this coming season. He prepped at Rodriguez High.

Santa Clara's Trasolini to another team in Italy

Via Sportando:

"Sidigas Avellino announced two new players, Marc Trasolini and Sundiata Gaines.

Trasolini is a Canadian center, with Italian passport, that played his first pro-season with Scavolini Pesaro in SerieA last year. In 30 games he scored 10.4ppg adding 6.7rpg.

A Malik Pope update

Mark Zeigler provides an update on Malik Pope:

Malik Pope, a five-star forward, has been on campus since the second session of summer school but is still only allowed to shoot on the side while he continues rehab of his left leg, which he broke twice in high school.

“Malik is rehabbing very aggressively,” (San Diego State Coach Steve) Fisher said. “We’re being ultra-cautious with him. He has not done anything other than shoot. I have no timetable for him. We’ll just inch him along a little more.”

JWilliams in Germany

Former City College of San Francisco Jonathan Williams who went on to Wagner College, is now playing professionally in Germany for the Sports Club Itzehoe Eagles.

The team also features guard Paolo Mancasola out of UC Davis.

(Williams & Mancasola are in the middle)

The history (of sorts) of finding, appraising and landing prospects

Eamonn Brennan on "The Art of Talent Evaluation."

Fulton moving over to the boys side

From the Marin Independent Journal:

San Domenico School girls basketball coach Mike Fulton has been named the director of basketball operations for the San Anselmo school.

Under Fulton's guidance, the San Domenico varsity girls team has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the state for Division V last season. The Panthers won the Bay Counties League crown in 2013 and have competed in the North Coast Section and state playoffs the past three seasons.

In his new role, Fulton will lead the development of the San Domenico boys varsity and JV basketball program, which begins with its first ninth and 10th grade classes next fall.

"Mike is well known throughout California and our local community as an exceptional coach," San Domenico director of athletic operations Dan Gilmartin said. "He brings passion and experience to athletes on the court and he serves as a valuable member and role model off the court."

Raymond Bowles

Josh Horton takes a look at Raymond Bowles, who redshirted last season at Pacific.

Coach Bob Walsh's latest

Coach Bob Walsh's latest is "Coaching Without Ego."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 2010 Bay Area Competition Clinic

No, you haven't been transported into some sort of time machine. We are going to revisit the talents listed under the top prospects who participated in the 2010 Bay Area Competition Clinic and their respective analyses because it's always fascinating to see where they are now.


6’4 SF Dylan Alexander 2013 of Weston Ranch HS, Stockton (Independent #1)
Alexander was one of the pleasant surprises of the event who played very well. He is a deceptively athletic wing who is a capable handler and passer. He has a nice first step and gets to the basket consistently. He’s also a good shooter with three-point range. This is a definitely a name to put on the radar for college coaches in the class of 2013.

* He walked on at San Jose State University as a freshman and is now spending his sophomore season at Casper College in Wyoming.

6’4 SF Noah Allen 2013 of Palma HS, Salinas
Allen has a real nice combination of athleticism and skill. He’s a long-armed wing who can handle and pass it fairly well. He has a nice first step and can get to the basket. He can also pull up in the half court quite well. He shoots it with a lot of confidence and is a solid rebounder. A definite division I player from the class of 2013.

* Allen didn't play much as a UCLA freshman but looks like he will be a four-year Bruin who should be getting on the court more as an upperclassman.

6’7 PF/SF David Andoh 2012 of St. Mary’s HS, Berkeley
Andoh is a fairly athletic combo forward who is a nice all-around scorer. He can break down a defender one on one and has a nice mid-range game. He can score on the block some but prefers to play facing the basket. He is also a solid rebounder. Andoh has a nice game but just needs to learn to focus better in order to develop into a consistent player who maximizes his talents.

* He spent his freshman year at San Jose State University and his sophomore one at Merritt College. Andoh is now at Liberty University in Virginia as a junior.

6’3 SG/PG Glenn Baral 2012 of St. Mary’s HS, Berkeley
Baral is a combo guard who has nice skills and plays with a lot of confidence. He is a solid handler and has a nice hesitation move from the wing. He also pulls very nicely mid-range in the half court. He shoots it ok with three-point range. Baral will be a Division I player, it’s just a question of how high he ultimately goes.

* Baral is entering his sophomore year at Stetson University.

6’2 SF/PF Joe Barnes 2013 of Sacramento HS, Sacramento
Barnes is an athletic combo forward who runs the floor well. He is an ok ball handler and a good driver with a nice first step.

* He was a freshman at Cosumnes River College last year. Not sure where he is at for 2014-15.

6’5 PF/C Shon Briggs 2014 of Heritage HS, Antioch
Briggs sure doesn’t look or play like a freshman. He is a big-bodied combo postman who can score around the basket. He also has a nice one-bounce drive from the high post area. He is also a solid rebounder. Briggs is a very nice-looking young prospect with a bright future.

* Briggs is a freshman at Casper College in Wyoming.

6’0 SG Aaron Cameron 2013 of Sacramento HS, Sacramento (
Cameron is a fairly athletic two guard with nice skills. He handles it well and finishes in transition effectively. He is a good driver and he shoots fairly well with three-point range. Cameron is a nice all-around scorer who has the potential to be a mid major player.

* Cameron is a sophomore at Cal State East Bay.

5’9 PG/SG Demoriaye Hart-Spikes 2014 of St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s HS, Vallejo
Hart-Spikes was one of the bright young prospects in the event. He is a very athletic combo guard who finishes well in transition. He is a solid handler and passer. Most impressive is his ability to drive the ball to the basket. He has a nice first step and consistently breaks down the defender. Hart-Spikes shows tremendous promise in the class of 2014.

* Hart-Spikes is a freshman at Cosumnes River College.

6’1 SG Rae Jackson 2013 of Rodriguez HS, Fairfield
Jackson is an athletic shooting guard who was quite impressive in this event. He is a capable handler who runs the floor well and is real effective in transition. He pulls up very well, both on the break and in the half court. He is also a fairly good shooter with three-point range and a competitor. This is a new name on the radar that many college coaches will (and need to) become very familiar with real soon!

* Word is Jackson is at Chabot College but this is unconfirmed.

5’8 PG George Johnson 2013 of De La Salle HS, Concord
Johnson proved to be one of the more versatile players in the event. He is an athletic one man who can make plays in transition. He also pulls up well in the half court. He is a confident ball handler and knows how to run a team. Johnson shoots it ok with three-point range.

* Again, unconfirmed but last word is that Johnson is with the Academy of Art basketball program.

6’7 SF/PF Marcus Lee 2013 of Deer Valley HS, Antioch
Lee is a fairly athletic combo forward who prefers to play on the perimeter. He can handle and pass and pulls up effectively in transition. He shoots it fairly well and is a capable rebounder. Lee projects to be a mid major prospect.

* Lee is a sophomore at Kentucky and already getting mentioned as a member of upcoming NBA drafts.

5’10 PG Markel Leonard 2013 of Salesian HS, Richmond
Leonard is an athletic point guard who runs the floor well. He is a solid ball handler and a very good passer. He makes plays in transition and can pull up in the half court. He has a nice first step and can break down the defender.

* He transferred from Cal Poly and is now a sophomore at Santa Rosa Junior College.

6’1 PG/SG Bobby Sharp 2011 of Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa
Sharp is a combo guard who possesses a unique combination of toughness and skill. He handles and passes it well and can run a team. He is a good shooter with three-point range and a capable defender and rebounder. Sharp sets himself apart from others with his competitive approach to the game.

* Sharp is a senior at Portland after spending two years at Santa Rosa Junior College.

5’8 PG Daylan West 2013 of Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland
West is a really athletic one man with nice speed and quickness. He is a solid handler, has a real nice first step and is a very effective penetrator.

* Unable to locate his status.

A Jordan DeMunyck update

Haight St. Hardwood tweeted: "#SFProAm gifted scorer #JordanDeMuynck has signed a pro contract with KK MZT @kkmztskopje in Macedonia's top division …"

DeMuynck played at Chabot College and then Prairie View A&M.

Marcaletti takes over at SI

Per GetSportFocusRob Marcaletti is moving over from assistant to head coach at St. Ignatius.

Devougn Lamont passes

From the Haight St. Hardwood Facebook page: "Spoke with someone in France. Confirmed. Devougn Lamont has passed away. We'll MISS YOU TRINI!!!! Prayers for his Family, Friends, and Teammates. The world has lost a beautiful person..."

The San Francisco Bay Area Pro Am posted: "A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Much Love for you 'Trini'!!!!"


Devougn Lamont passed away recently and if you'd be interested in helping bring him home. We'd appreciate you donating to this cause. Thank You for your consideration.

Here's a feature from the Marin Independent Journal

Here is a feature from Court Side.

Lindy's offers its pre-season Top 10

The Lindy's pre-season Top 10 for 2014-15

1. Kentucky
2. Wisconsin
3. Arizona
4. Texas
5. North Carolina
6. Kansas
7. Virginia
8. Duke
9. Gonzaga
10. Iowa State

Has there ever been a year where Wisconsin started out at #2?

Virginia is back -- seems like it has been forever since the Cavaliers were mentioned nationally.

This also makes it appear that Gonzaga should trample unscathed through the WCC.

Wright to be the MVP in 2014-15 college hoops

Rob Dauster writes about Delon Wright as a value-add talent -- the Utah senior and former City College of San Francisco talent is projected as the most valuable in the country for 2014-15.

The latest on Kiwi Gardner

Totally missed this -- Kiwi Gardner earlier this month led a NetScouts basketball team in a basketball tour of China.

The outcomes:

* Game 1

* Game 2

* Game 3

* Game 4

USF getting a prominent visit

Jerry Meyer reports that USF will have Nate Grimes in for a visit on September 17. He's a 6-foot-7 wing out of Las Vegas with the potential of becoming a go-to player collegiately. Saw him play in Vegas versus the Soldiers and he had his moments but was the sole frontcourter of note for his team surrounded by a bevy of talented opponents. It may be heresy to write this but he shows Paul George-like potential.

Rabb at #7

In the new Rivals 2015 prospect rankings, Ivan Rabb snags the #7 spot.

Hard to argue based on summer play but it surely will be used as grist for the mill.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An opinion on Marcus Lee

From Ed Isaacson after Kentucky's trip to the Bahamas earlier this month:
Marcus Lee – There is no doubting Lee’s athleticism, and a lot of other teams would love his length in their frontcourt, but I really don’t see where Lee fits on this year’s team. He surprised some people with some big plays off the bench down the stretch last season, but other than catching dunks off of lobs or offensive rebounds, Lee hasn’t shown much in the skill department. With a frontcourt already crowded with more talented players, Lee will probably need another year to have a shot to show what he may be capable of.

Small in Berkeley

A Jon Rothstein tweet: "Small ball is coming to Berkeley. Cal will use a 4G lineup with Tyrone Wallace at PF. Bears will be tough to guard, but can they rebound?"

2014 All NorCal Showcase coming up

formally invites you to:

(High School Exposure Camp/Combine)
*** Top Flight 8th graders are welcome ***

Date: Saturday & Sunday/September 20th & 21st/2014
Location: NB Courts (3 regulation courts) / 6474 Patterson Pass Road Suite/Livermore, CA 94550

DAY 1 (Saturday Sept 20th)
Combine Measurements: age/height/weight/wing span/hand size/foot size
Combine Drills: vertical jump/broad jump/suicide/17/defensive slide
Seminar: Learn how to recruit yourself; as well as receive THE BOOK (coaches contact list)
Games:  All campers will participate in 1 high level game on day 1

Day 2 (Sunday Sept 21st)
Games: All campers will participate in 2 high level games on day 2 (10 players per team).
All Star Games: College coaches will select all stars to compete in 1 final game.


*** Media & Press
Already confirmed:
Mid Major Hoops Report

 *** Write-ups, footage & awards will all be influenced by college coaches in attendance

Registration PayPal

Or use this form Mail-In Registration Form

Contact Info:
Phil Williams 408) 593-5879
Ruben Garcia 925) 367-3912

Jeffery LeGree took the road less traveled

Jeffery LeGree will be a senior guard at Shaw this year (alongside Davion Mize). Here's a video and print feature on the Oakland resident who spent eight years in the armed forces before attending college.

Matt Hayes at the point

Matt Hayes is featured by Loyola Marymount athletics, including video. The sophomore is a transfer from Santa Rosa Junior College.

A trio of Gladiators headed to northern California

CHABOT TRIFECTA headed to Pacific Union College!

Greg Brown, Cortez Barrett and Andrew Rice have all committed to Pacific Union College for the 2014-15 season. All three players were starters and major contributors in last years Final Four team that finished 25-8.

Greg Brown was a two time 1st Team All Conference team member in the tough Coast-North Conference. He originally hails from San Pedro, Ca. Hit the link for some footage from the State Semifinal victory over CCSF

Cortez Barrett came to Chabot as a transfer from Kansas City after being named 1st Team All Missouri in high school. He earned 1st Team All State Tournament in the California Community College playoffs after huge performances in the Gladiators run to the Final Four. Hit the link for some highlights of Barrett's stellar sophomore season below

Andrew Rice started most of the season at center for the Gladiators where he was a defensive force for Chabot. He should be a force in the Cal Pac Conference.

It was a tough decision for all three players, who each had several schools interested. In the end they wanted to stay together and stay in California. Coach Greg Rahn of Pacific Union did a great job recruiting this crew and should really make some noise this year. Pacific Union is an NAIA institution located in Angwin, California.

The threesome will get to play all around northern California as Pacific Union is in the same league as Cal Maritime, Menlo College, Simpson College and UC Merced.

A Josh Jackson interview

Draft Express serves up an interview with Prolific Prep's Josh Jackson, a top 2016 talent.

Keating changes staff

Santa Clara Coach Kerry Keating has made a number of changes in his coaching and support staff:

Santa Clara head men's basketball coach Kerry Keating, entering his eighth year at the helm of the Broncos, announced three hiring's on Monday. For starters, Air Force Academy Associate Head Coach Steve Snell has been added to the Bronco coaching staff. He will replace first year assistant coach Kyle Schwan who returned to Arizona to work in private business. 

"We are fortunate to be able to add Steve to our coaching staff," said Keating.  "He is a seasoned veteran, a winner and a trusted coach that will have a great influence on our players here at Santa Clara."

"I am excited about joining the Bronco family," said Snell.  "Coaching here gives me a great opportunity to work at a prestigious university in a great conference.  It is honor to work for one of the best coaches on the west coast.  It is a also a wonderful opportunity for me and my family.  I am excited to get started."

In addition, Keating announced he has added Dana McCusker as the men's basketball academic counselor. The Broncos have also hired Evan Drabik, a graduate assistant the past two years at SCU, as a full-time men's basketball athletic trainer. 

Snell was in his eighth season on the men's basketball staff at the Air Force Academy and second year as the associate head coach.

During his time at Air Force, the Falcons earned two postseason appearances at the Tournament in 2011 and '13. Snell also helped Air Force claim three of its four victories over ranked teams in program history, including two wins over San Diego State and an 89-88 victory over 12th-ranked New Mexico in the 2013 regular-season finale. In addition, he played a vital role in Tim Anderson earning Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and Michael Lyons becoming just the sixth player in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors in 2013.

A 24-year coaching veteran, Snell came to Air Force prior to the 2007-08 campaign after spending two seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Louisiana-Monroe. He helped the Warhawks to the co-championship of the Sun Belt's West Division in 2006-07 with an 18-14 record, including a perfect 14-0 mark at home. Prior to coaching at ULM, Snell was at Tulane University, where he served as an assistant coach. During his four-year tenure with the Green Wave, Snell assisted in all aspects of the program.

Snell earned a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management from Radford University in 1990.  He and his wife, the former Ann Barnitz, have two sons, Jaden (11) and Jordan (10).

McCusker comes to Santa Clara after working at UCLA the past year. Prior her time with the Bruins, she worked as a high school English teacher and varsity softball coach for six years.  Looking to finish a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern California in 2015, McCusker graduated from Cal State University, East Bay with a degree in English in 2005.  She played softball for the Pioneers her final two years.  She also played softball for two years at Long Beach City College prior to that.

McCusker also received a Master's degree in Education from Pepperdine in 2007.  She and her husband, Mike McCusker, are passionate about a non-profit organization they started three years ago,, which works to support children with congenital heart disease and also spread awareness of early detection.

"We are excited to be able to add Dana to our family," said Keating. "She brings a great passion for student-athlete academic development and will elevate our program with a high level of attention to their academic mission here as our student-athletes pursue a world class degree."

"I am honored to be welcomed into a university that carries such high value of education," said McCusker.  "I am excited to be a part of the Santa Clara Bronco Athletic Department and to be able to work with our fine student-athletes as they find success in both athletics and academics.  I fully believe in the mission of both the university and the athletic department here at Santa Clara and look forward to serving our student-athlete population to help them develop into independent, compassionate, and educated citizens of our world."

A native of Waterford, Conn., Drabik accepted a full time position with Santa Clara Athletics in July of 2014 after graduating with his Master's in Athletic Training from San Jose State University. He had previously been a graduate assistant for the Broncos, working with men's basketball last year and women's basketball the year before. 

Drabik graduated from UNC Charlotte in the Spring of 2012 where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training.

"Evan did a tremendous job for us last season and I am excited that we can keep him full time to help our player's progress," said Keating. "He is a great asset for our program!" 

"Santa Clara University provided a great opportunity for me to achieve my career goal of becoming a Division I men's basketball athletic trainer," said Drabik. "After having a great experience with SCU during my graduate assistantship, I am fortunate to re-join Santa Clara University as a full-time staff member. In addition to achieving my personal career goals, Santa Clara University offers an outstanding environment and culture. I am thankful to be a part of a Jesuit University with such an admirable and historic reputation. GO BRONCOS!"

Adding fuel to Lillard's fire

John Canzano writes that not being selected as a member of the USA Basketball squad will have a positive effect on Damian Lillard.

The second paragraph:
"...Some athletes are motivated by money, marketing and exposure. Some are driven by legacy. But anyone who has followed Lillard's story from Oakland to Weber State to the NBA All-Star team knows that he is a man driven by proving himself..."

Hardin to China

Courtside reports that former California center DeVon Hardin is headed to China to play this season after being in Brazil last year.

Austin with a second visit

Besides hitting Montana, Paris Austin will also be tripping to Boise State in the near future.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Davion Mize moves on

Former Salesian High and Contra Costa College guard Davion Mize has signed with Shaw University. It's a DII school located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He averaged 21.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a sophomore for Coach Miguel Johnson.

Kasongo apparently at CSI after all

Brad Winton now reports: "Ray Kasongo is officially on campus at Southern Idaho. In the flesh"

Not sure where he diverted to earlier after changing planes in Denver -- POSTED YESTERDAY

UPDATE: This is the latest.

Hopefully, SI or ESPN will dig into this. It's the 'best' recruiting tale of the summer.

The 'best' new coaching hires

Matt Norlander and friends are back with this poll plus commentary: "Candid Coaches: Which school made the best coaching hire?"

Buzz Williams to VCU and Bruce Pearl to Auburn lead.

Young heading to France

6-foot-8 Andrew Young, out of Monterey Peninsula College, Texas A&M and Cal State San Bernardino, has signed with a French team, North Ardèche.

Burlison on the NCC

Frank Burlison came up from Long Beach to cover the Nor Cal Clash.

Gerry Freitas on his Nor Cal Clash event

After falling behind 11-2 the class of 2015 (seniors) came roaring back to take a 25-21 lead at the end of the first quarter. They never looked back and never trailed again in defeating the class of 2016 (juniors) 114-100 in the sixth annual Nor Cal Clash Sunday afternoon at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. The seniors now lead the all-time series 4-2.

Bishop O'Dowd's Paris Austin was selected player of the game by the media and scouts in attendance. Austin had 18 points, an impressive 8 rebounds and 8 assists, consistently penetrating in the lane and making plays in the leading the seniors to victory.

The seniors were lead in scoring by Washington-bound Marquese Chriss of Pleasant Grove with 23 points. Chriss also had 8 rebounds. Pacific-bound Anthony Townes of Modesto Christian had a solid performance with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the class of 2015. Armani Collins of Stuart hall chipped in with 18 points and Woodcreek's Noah Blackwell added 17 for the seniors.

El Cerrito's Carlos Johnson lead the class of 2016 and all scorers in the game with 31 points in an impressive all-around scoring display. Johnson also had 7 rebounds. Jordan Ford of Folsom had 18 points and 8 rebounds while Sacramento's Christian Terrell added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the juniors.

Scoring Totals:

Class of 2015 (seniors):

* Marquese Chriss 23
* Anthony Townes 22
* Paris Austin 18
* Armani Collins 18
* Noah Blackwell 17
* Colin Russell 10
* Tyrell Alcorn 3
* Mat O'Reilly 2
* Jesse Hunt 1
* Lance Coleman 0
* Kameron Johnson 0

Class of 2016 (juniors):

* Carlos Johnson 31
* Jordan Ford 18
* Christian Terrell 15
* Sayeed Pridgett 11
* Brandon Lawrence 9
* Peter Hewitt 8
* Jordan Ratinho 4
* Jase Wickliffe 4

Injured and unable to participate:

* Ivan Rabb (2015)
* Christian Ellis (2016)
* Solomon Young (2016)
* Oscar Frayer (2016)
* Ben Kone (2016)

2015s 114 - 2016s 100 in Nor Cal Clash

Respect your seniors. That's the lesson coming out of the Nor Cal Clash where the elders topped the young whippersnappers 114-110 on Sunday afternoon. It was 25-21 for the 2015s after the first quarter, 54-41 at halftime.

Paris Austin earned Most Valuable Player honors.

From Harold Abend: "Great working w/@JoelFranESPN & @FrankieBur today #NorCalClash real pros..we easily agreed @HumbleGuy_Paris was hands down MVP"

Plus: "ODowd Paris Austin 18p 11a 8r 4s MVP in 2015 114-100 victory over 2016..2016 El Cerrito transfer Carlos Johnson 31p"

From Joel Francisco: "Best of the 2016s: Folsom's Jordan Ford (true pg/terrific passer/3-ball).. Sacramento's  Christian Terrell (jack of all trades).#NorCalClash"

Additionally: "Out due to injury: Ivan Rabb and 2016s Christian Ellis, Ben Kone, Solomon Young, and Oscar Frayer..#NorCalClash"

Via Adam: "Could Marquese Chriss be a better prospect for Washington than Quincy Pondexter?"

Another from Adam: "He might not get a lot of write-up for this particular game, but Noah Blackwell is a bad kid out there. He kills"

Ryan Gorcey tweeted: "@jordan_ford_ finished with 18p, 8r, 1a, 1bl"

Frank Burlison noted: "Carlos Johnson (El Cerrito by way of Phoenix Shadow Mountain) keeping this from being blowout"

And: "The best jr PG in NorCal (Ford) struggling to stay in front of the best sr pg (Austin)."

And: "Jesse Hunt (Folsom) playing his ass off for 2015s."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marrion lands at Clark College

Tim Marrion, the former San Jose State University and Washington State University assistant coach, has landed a position at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, a bit north of Portland.

He will be the Associate Head Coach.

New head coach at Sheridan

Both Jamir Andrews and Kyi Thomas are sophomores this year at Sheridan College in Wyoming but now Athletic Director and Basketball Coach Steve Smiley has departed to become an assistant at Weber State.

However, Sheridan Assistant Coach Matt Hammer was elevated to replace Smiley in both positions so the transition should be a smooth one for Andrews and Thomas.

As posted earlier, Jones to MJC

Jordan Jones tweeted: "I have officially accepted the Ast. Men's Basketball Coach/Adjunct Instructor position at Modesto JC."

Jones was an assistant at Chico State and now will be working for Coach Paul Brogan.

UCSC Slug Elite Basketball Camp & Slugs Hoops Academy -- two skill training opportunities

UC Santa Cruz basketball will be hosting an Elite Prospect Basketball Camp on Saturday September 20th; Sunday October 5th; and Saturday, October 11th. Each camp will be from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and is $100 per player.

The camp, which will be conducted by the Mens Basketball Coaching Staff at UCSC, is a one-day intensive camp designed for the player who is motivated to play college basketball. This camp will focus on individual basketball fundamentals. Athletes will be trained using advanced methods to develop their skill set in the post, on the wing, or at the guard position.

The camp will be held in the Westfield House, located on the west side of UCSC's campus. For more information, and to sign up for the camp, please visit SLUG BASKETBALL CAMPS


Slug Hoops at UC Santa Cruz is excited to announce its second annual, fall Slug Hoops Academy! Over an 8 week period (16 training sessions) we will teach youth players, ages 8-14, the essential fundamentals and skills of basketball. 

Too often we see players, even at the collegiate or professional levels with poor fundamentals. It is our mission to teach motivated young players how to play the game properly, efficiently, and effectively.

The academy, hosted by the UCSC Men's Basketball Program, will run Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (exception: 9/11@7:00 - 9"00 p.m.) and Sunday afternoons 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Each session will begin with one hour of skill training followed by one hour of organized full court games.

To ensure improvement from each player sign up today! Space is limited, so to reserve your spot or to learn more information, visit SLUG BASKETBALL CAMPS or emailAssistant Coach Kyle Bossier at

Cherry to the Big Show

Here's more on Will Cherry's signing with the Toronto Raptors, with a bevy of quotes from Cherry himself.

The upcoming Bay Area Competition Clinic

The 11th annual Bay Area Competition clinic will be held Saturday September 6, 2014 at Nor Cal Courts in Martinez from 12 noon to 9 pm. The event is open to individual players and teams in all high school grades (classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

An individual skill work drill session will be held to start the event. Each team will play three games after the drill session. A report on the event will be done by the Hoop Review scouting service that will be sent to college coaches and various internet sites.

Cost is $300 per team or $90 per individual. For more information/application contact:

Gerry Freitas 

Austin tripping to Missoula

Doug Benton/NorCalPreps reports that Paris Austin is hitting Montana on the September 12-13 weekend. (an NCP sub is required). Kudos to Grizzly Assistant Coach Chris Cobb.

Smith performing overseas

Santa Rosa Junior College Men's Basketball has a link up of former Bear Cub John Smith who is playing professionally in Asia. Smith prepped at Pinole Valley High and then at Hawaii Hilo after SRJC. He has also played in Germany, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The Ray Kasongo saga

Not northern California related but this story is so bizarre it's worth reading -- gotta be one of the best/worst recruiting tales.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

LeBron James and his agent

Here's a very interesting human interest story on LeBron James and the man who is now his agent.

There are dreams away from the court that also come true. Who you are and how you operate can go a long way.

A Phil Handy update

Phil Handy is expanding his basketball connections and employment as Ryan Wolstat writes.

Four Nor Cal talents at Casper

Four players from northern California populate the Casper College 2014-15 basketball roster:

* Dylan Alexander

* Shon Briggs

* Jalen Canty

* Benson Osayande

More on Oscar Zamora

Jim Seimas provides the background on the comeback of former Watsonville High, Gavilan College and Montana State player Oscar Zamora.

Cary to the Urban Knights

Napa Valley College Basketball Coach Steve Ball tweets: "Storm's [Nick] Cary headed to Academy of Art for basketball."

Andy Wilcox has the details.

Here is Cary with his parents after signing his letter-of-intent.

Another excellent article on KB

Sport Illustrated's Chris Ballard goes long on Kobe Bryant.

Bryant and retirement, make that Bryant in retirement, is impossible to picture but that sentiment actually seems to shortchange his fortitude.

Maybe joining the Navy Seals? ;-)

Another feature on playing overseas

Pete Strobl writes about his playing professional basketball overseas -- very good writing, actually from a book he published on his participation abroad.

An excerpt:

...Initially, I thought that my main focus should be to maintain my weight. Because of my activity level, I could eat almost anything without thinking of the effect my food intake could have on my future. Then, one season, I decided to stop eating junk and fast food altogether. I just stopped, cold turkey. Watching the movie Super Size Me definitely helped sway me in that direction. There was a palpable and amazing difference in the way I felt after a just a few weeks. Year by year, I continued to strip away “foods” that I felt were counterproductive to developing good nutritional habits.

My body continued to change, and I felt the positive effects of my efforts paying off. I had always been capable of running all game long, but now I could do it with even less effort. Our team had made arrangements for us to eat meals at the neighboring grade school cafeteria. When they first told me about it, I wasn’t particularly excited.

The faded canned vegetables, sloppy joes and green jello cafeteria fare I watched my friends eat back at Mayflower Elementary didn’t trigger nostalgic thoughts about grade school cafeteria food to me. It was Fabien who finally convinced me to at least give it a try one day. I was stunned by what I saw. This was actual food and had nothing in common with the trays full of slop that oozed down the sides of the trashcans at my school every day after lunch. Here in Geneva, there were chefs actually preparing and cooking locally grown food. It was amazing. Those school kids ate much better than most Americans of any age...

The countdown begins

Via John Rothstein: "Only 41 days until college basketball season officially begins."

Prolific Prep training begins

From Jeremy Russotti: "First workout for Prolific Prep starts this morning.  Pretty excited for it all to come together. Only will be one first day."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alex Harris ready for big senior season at Fullerton

From the Big West Conference summer prospectus: Senior Alex Harris heads up the group of returnees after accumulating 755 points in his two-year Titan career. He’s also the team’s active career leader in assists (145), three-pointers made (109) and steals (89).  The 6-foot-1 guard was named All-Big West Honorable Mention in 2013-14.

He is out of El Cerrito High.

Lauding an AAU coach

From Coach Bob Walsh, comes a link about a well-respected AAU coach (there is a need to acknowledge that a lot of good work is put in by these coaches). An excerpt:

“Minus my parents I’d say coach Parker probably has been the most important,” said Knight. “Coach Parker really gave me a certain confidence about the game. When I started playing for him I was unsure as to what I wanted to do and I didn’t know how good I could be, but from Day 1 he told me I could be as good as I wanted to be, I just had to work for it.

“I’ve never wanted to work for a coach as much as I wanted to work for him.”

A slew of Ivan Rabb material

First, from Aran Smith/NBA Draft:
Ivan Rabb and Henry Ellenson both appear to be overrated. On the current ESPN high school rankings in the senior class, these two rate 1st and 5th respectively, and granted both players had stellar summers on the AAU circuit, and were caught in a numbers game playing behind Giles and Stone. Rabb is coming off an ankle injury, but his tendency to not always go strong to the basket remains a real concern. He's got Bosh like tendencies, both the good and bad (soft)... 
Via Adam Zagoria regarding players in the upcoming (Saturday) Under Armour Elite 24:

"...During Thursday’s first practice, the injured crew of Isaiah Briscoe (foot), Derryck Thornton (hand), Cheick Diallo (back) and Ivan Rabb (foot) sat in chairs on the sideline and were unable to play.

“It’s a big bummer, but at least I get to come out here and support my guys,” the 6-foot-10 Rabb out of Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd told in this interview. “I have a lot of friends and people who are here...”

Then this from Zagoria:

"...Asked if any schools would definitely make the final list, he 6-foot-10 Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd forward said, “I can say Cal and Kentucky will definitely be on that list.”

He told at the Peach Jam that he talks with Malik Newman and Diamond Stone about possibly all joining forces in college, and mentioned Kentucky and Kansas as two possible landing spots..."

Pitts older and beefier

Bruce Pascoe features Elliott Pitts who is now 19, 190 pounds and entering his sophomore year at Arizona.

Oliver back in pro basketball

Adrian Oliver will be returning to the basketball court for a team in Mexico.

The Gaels offer a big

A Josh Gershon tweet: "2015 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly center Jordan Dallas picked up an offer from Saint Mary's."

Dallas is 6-foot-10, 200 and has offers from Fullerton, UTEP, Weber State, LMU, San Diego, San Francisco, Pacific, Tulsa, Montana and Wyoming.

Williams to the Show Me State

Cosumnes River College Coach James Giacomazzi tweeted: "Congrats to TJ Williams who received a scholarship to play for Missouri Valley College!"

MVC is in Marshall, Missouri and competes athletically at the NAIA level.

Originally out of Tracy High, the 6-foot-5 Williams averaged 10.9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season, shooting 61% overall.

Chris Snyder settling in

Former Ponderosa High big Chris Snyder is settling in at Regis University in Denver:

AVC point says USF is a suitor

Per this Mel Grussing column, Antelope Valley College guard Roland Pearsall is being wooed by San Francisco.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brandenberg to the Cornhusker state

Skyline College's Kevin Brandenberg is headed to York College, an NAIA school in Nebraska. The 6-footer out of Lincoln High, made the Spring 2014 Dean's List for his academic performance.

Santa Clara gets a visit from a frontcourter

Per Corey Evans, the Broncos had a big in -- "After taking a visit to Santa Clara last weekend, 2015 @KCRunGMC big Blaise Gammon will visit Loyola (ILL) and Indiana St in the coming wks"

He measures 6-foot-8, 230,

Dartmouth, Georgia Southern Yale, Loyola (MD), Holy Cross. Lafayette and others have already offered.

The latest on Bryce Pressley

Portland's Bryce Pressley, formerly of Jesuit High, is on a basketball and goodwill tour of Belgium, Holland and England with Global Sports Academy. He and his teammates finished 7-0.

(Bryce Pressley buying book and supplies for the TLK Foundation back to help children get the tools to learn)

An Adrian Zamora update

Via Tony Nunez: "Mexico National team also just won the Centrobasket championship with Watsonville's Adrian Zamora on the team earlier this month."

That name rang a bell and thankfully Nunez provided some background: "Adrian Zamora was a 2004 Watsonville High graduate and an All-SCCAL selection that year. Went on to play at Gavilan and the Montana State."

Juan Anderson

Former Castro Valley High and Oakland Rebel star Juan Anderson is back with Marquette for his senior year after earlier considering heading elsewhere. But the head coach who brought him in, Buzz Williams, is gone as are a number of talented teammates LINK

Here's hoping this is the season that the 6-foot-6 forward garners much more playing time and blossoms. It has been a total of 981 minutes thus far as a Golden Eagle so it would be good to see him earn 25 minutes per game on the court.

Two more at Prolific Prep

Per Jeremy Russotti: "MALI!!!! Here is Mamoudou (Diarra)(2017) & Amadou (Sow)(2018) Mix for @ProlificPrep Both kids will be rising rankings soon."

These are guys who will benefit tremendously from their Prolific Prep training.

The world of Curtis Malone

Pete Thamel goes long and very informative on Curtis Malone, the founder of the DC Assault program.

One captivating quote: "...he left friends, family and the basketball world to figure out whether he was an AAU coach moonlighting as a drug dealer or a drug dealer masquerading as an AAU coach..."

This piece is also spot-on with its depiction of the placement of prospects by a top club team and the hiring of some college assistant coaches.

2nd Annual "FALL CLASSIC" Youth Basketball Tournament

"Events by Select" proudly presents:

2nd Annual "FALL CLASSIC" Youth Basketball Tournament
This event will be highly diverse; as we already have commitments from teams from all four major regions of Northern California (Bay Area /  Sacramento / The Valley / San Jose).

Saturday & Sunday / September 27th-28th / 2014

NB Courts / 6474 Patterson Pass Road (Ste E) / Livermore CA 94550

Format (3 game minimum):
Pool Play / Round Robin (Depending on number of teams per bracket)

Age Groups: (Boys 8u-17u)
Age groups will be based on the new school year

8u-14u (1st place medals)
15u-17u (write-up sent to multiple media outlets)

$225 per team (multiple team discounts / 3 or more teams)

Mail payment to 8340 Brentwood Blvd / Brentwood CA 94513
Payable to: Team Select

Ruben Garcia / 925) 367-3912/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Andrews with three visits

From Brad Winton: "Jamir Andrews (6'3/G/2015) of Sheridan College has set up three official visits:

Bowling Green Sept 5
Albany Sept 18
Washington St Sept 26"

As a freshman, Andrews averaged 12.3 points per game on 43%, 40% and 82% shooting. He prepped at Dublin High.

Former Modesto JC guard at Dominguez Hills

Cal State Dominguez Hills has brought in a seven-man recruiting group for this coming season and one is a former Modesto JC player: guard Mike Hill -- "A transfer from Chadron State where he redshirted in 2013-14, junior 6-1 guard Mike Hill averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game as a sophomore at Modesto JC, and "possesses a high basketball IQ and can really shoot the basketball," begins Becker.  "Mike's work ethic has been impressive thus far both in the classroom and on the floor, and we are excited to welcome him and his family to Carson."

Hill is originally out of Fresno.

Let's see if Calipari follows through on this

Kentucky Coach John Calipari is talking platoon hoops for the Wildcats this coming season.

The 2014-15 Dominican University Penguins

In his fourth season, Coach Booker Harris is readying his Dominican University Penguins and has four northern California-connected talents on his roster:

* Russell Davis So. 6-2 180 G Oakland, CA / Bishop O'Dowd HS Biological Sciences

* Josh Ramirez So. 6-6 200 G Chino, CA / Ayala HS Undeclared

* Josh Armstrong So. 6-3 200 G Fountain Valley, CA / Fountain Valley HS Business Administration

* Dominique Taplin Sr. 6-0 175 G Alameda, CA / Oakland HS Political Science

* Matt Hayes Jr. 6-2 200 G Yuba City, CA / Yuba City HS Biological Sciences

* Karl Ohrner Jr. 6-8 205 F Stockholm, Sweden / Luleå Riks BG Psychology

* Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten Jr. 6-3 190 G Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Waldorf Undeclared

* Jonny Bates Jr. 6-3 220 F Mission Viejo, CA / Capistrano Valley HS Business Administration

* Keith Davis R-Fr. 6-0 160 G Buena Park, CA / Savanna HS Business Administration
* Brad Johnson Fr. F Business Administration
* Matthew Lipski Sr. 6-9 265 C Ashland, Ore. / Ashland HS Public Health
* Reverend Maduakor Fr. 6-4 175 G/F Narbonne HS Psychology
* Zac Nuttall Fr. G

Park to play in England

Former Chico State backcourter Sean Park is heading to England to play basketball.

Berry signs to play in Italy

From Weber State athletics:

Former Weber State men’s basketball standout and Big Sky MVP Davion Berry has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Italy. Berry has signed with PMS Torino in the A2 Gold Basket Series League, a professional league in Italy. He competed in the 2014 NBA Summer League with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Berry, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Oakland, Calif, led Weber State to the Big Sky title, a Big Sky Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament during the past season. He was named honorable mention All-American, named Big Sky MVP and was also named to the Big Sky All-Conference First Team and earned All-District honors for the second straight season.

He was WSU’s top player all season, leading the Wildcats in scoring 21 times during the season, including 17 of the last 19 games. He finished the season third in the Big Sky in scoring at 19.2 points per game and was second in scoring in Big Sky games at 20.2 per game. He scored in double figures in 29 of WSU’s 31 games and scored 20 or more 19 times, including 24 against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 596 points this season, the 12th most in a season in WSU history.

Berry also led the Wildcats in assists, steals and free throw percentage. He finished the season fifth in the league in assists and seventh in free throw percentage.

After his two-year career with the Wildcats, Berry ranks 15th in WSU history in career scoring with 1,160 career points. He also ranks fifth in career 3-point field goal percentage and 10th in career 3-pointers. He is sixth in career free throws made, 10th in career free throw percentage and eighth in career assists average.

Rabb honored

Ivan Rabb is lauded as "Best Shot Swatter" by his contemporaries in Jason Jordan's article on the play of the elites this summer.

Borzello talking with coaches on their behavior

Like this quote from a coach in Jeff Borzello's latest on coaching behavior:
"There is a huge difference in being a jackass and a father figure. You can't make a difference in someone's life if they don't respect you. You have to find the line and not cross it. It's tough. But you can't ever put hands on a kid or say certain things. You never could and you just shouldn't ever."

Lowhorn to play in Singapore

Courtside provides an update on Dior Lowhorn who will be playing for a team with the very best of names.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The 2014-15 Las Positas College Hawks

Do keep in mind that this is a July roster and November is when the official team makeup is released.
Coach Lon Rork is back with his latest edition of the Las Positas College Hawks (at least the players listed for the Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree). Only two sophomores are listed:

Darius Brown, 6-foot-2, freshman, Liberty High

* Rashad Brackeen, 6-foot, sophomore, Franklin High

* Aaron Costello, 6-foot-, freshman, Livermore High

* Brandon Eboigbodan, 6-foot-3, freshman, Chico High

* Donovan Grant, 6-foot-4, freshman, Liberty High

* McKayle Harnell, 6-foot-3, freshman, Livermore High

* Royce Henry, 6-foot, freshman, Las Lomas High

* Darius Limbrick, 6-foot-3, freshman, San Leandro High

* Nick Merrill, 6-foot-4, freshman, Livermore High

* Taylor McNeill, 6-foot-6, freshman, Granada High

* Cam Moses, 6-foot, freshman, Dublin High

* Nick Obazuaye, 6-foot-2, freshman, Lathrop High

* Jayson Rose, 6-foot-4, sophomore, Irvington High

* Giordi V'Soske, 6-foot, freshman, Dublin High

* Nilo Yuson, 6-foot, freshman, Lathrop High

The 2014-15 College of Alameda Cougars

Do keep in mind that this is a July roster and November is when the official team makeup is released.
Coach Robert Bishop is back with his latest edition of the College of Alameda Cougars (at least the players listed for the Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree):

* Aaron Carter, 6-foot-7, McClymonds High

* Bronte Dickerson, 6-foot-8

* Akeem Ellis, 6-foot-2, Pinole High

* Chris Fontaine, 6-foot-7, Wallenberg High 

* T'mari Gray, 6-foot-4, Civic Core High

* Derek Green, 6-foot, Oakland Tech

* De'Vontae Harrell, 6-foot, Cesar Chavez High

* Patrick James, 5-foot-8, Patton Academy

* Jordan Lee, 6-foot-2, Alameda High

* Shaquille Maxie-Smith,  6-foot-3, El Cerrito High

* Kevin Murray, 5-foot-10, Mission High

* Raynell Nelson, 6-foot-1

* Terrell Nelson, 6-foot-4, Cesar Chavez High

* Dorian Smith, 6-foot, Rudsdale High

* Marquis Walker, 6-foot-1, San Leandro High

* Nick Young, 6-foot-1, Lincoln High

The 2014-15 Los Medanos College Mustangs

Do keep in mind that this is a July roster and November is when the official team makeup is released.

Coach Derek Domenichelli is back with his latest edition of the Los Medanos College Mustangs (at least the players listed for the Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree):

* Javonte Burton, 6-foot, freshman, Pittsburg High

* Paul Clark, 6-foot-5, freshman, El Cerrito High

* Wayne Englestad, 6-foot-6, sophomore, Heritage High

* Ernest Harris, 6-foot-1, freshman, Antioch High

* Joe Jackson, 6-foot-3, freshman, Ralph J. Bunche High

* Wayne Johnson Jr., 6-foot-6, freshman, Live Oak High

* Noah Labonte, 6-foot-6, sophomore, Deer Valley High

* Aaron Silva, 5-foot-8, sophomore, Clayton Valley High

* Brandon Silva, 5-foot-9, sophomore, Clayton Valley High

* Matt Sisneros, 5-foot-7, sophomore, Liberty High

* Marcus Walton, 6-foot-3, sophomore, Concord High

* Dylan Williams, 5-foot-11, freshman, Deer Valley High

* Josh Williams, 6-foot-5, freshman, Berkeley High

The 2014-15 West Valley Vikings

Do keep in mind that this is a July roster and November is when the official team makeup is released.
Coach Scott Eitelgeorge is back with his latest edition of the West Valley College Vikings (at least the players listed for the Nor Cal JUCO Summer Jamboree):

* Mike Aguilar, 6-foot-2, freshman, Los Gatos High

* Jalen Blue, 6-foot-2, freshman, Andrew Hill High

* Devan Ford, 6-foot-1, freshman, Valley Christian High

* Larenzo Graham, 6-foot-1, sophomore, West Valley High

* Kevin Jackson, 6-foot, sophomore, Skyline High

* Omar Kilani, 6-foot-5, freshman, Wilcox High

* Rodwell Ong, 5-foot-8, sophomore, Oak Grove High

* Zach Puzey, 6-foot-4, freshman, Reno High

* Ricky Ratliff, 6-foot, freshman, Natomas High

* Nate Rohrer, 6-foot-7, redshirt freshman, Leland High

* Mike Stauber, 5-foot-11, sophomore, St. Francis High

* Josh Verner, 6-foot-1, freshman, Leigh High