Monday, October 31, 2016

Fresno Pacific offers Rice

The NorCal Report: "2017 Jared Rice of Central Catholic HS/ @chuckhayeshoops has received an offer to hoop at Fresno Pacific."

Rice is a 5-foot-11 point who also stars as a running back and safety in football.

The scrimmages that never took place

"NCAA rulesmakers misfire with rule hiding scrimmages behind veil of secrecy" -- Mike DeCourcy

This makes zero sense at a time when college basketball fans are scrounging for anything to get excited about.

The 2016-17 Modesto Junior College roster

New Modesto Junior College Coach Mike Girardi doesn't have Mason Washington at his disposal but Josh Allen has returned to the Pirates and he'll be an all-state selection come the end of the season:

* Jaron Dickson G 6’2 FR Central Valley High Modesto

* Nikos Natsues G 5’11 SO Clovis West High Fresno

* Anthony Lewis G 6’1 FR Lodi High Lodi

* Grant De Andreis G 6’1 FR Lodi High Lodi

* Gurvinder Uppal G 5’10 SO Pitman High Turlock

* Austin Haro G 6’2 SO Manteca High Manteca

* Sayveon Tyson G 6’3 FR Downey High Modesto

* Mattson Darrah G 6’2 FR Wellington, New Zealand

* Kevin Howland G 6’6 FR Bullard High Fresno

* Joshua Allen F 6’8 SO Downey High Modesto

* Jemeil King G 6’5 FR Blue Ridge Prep (VA) San Francisco

* Brandon Moss F 6’6 SO Bear Creek High Stockton

* Kam Morris G 6’0 FR Modesto High Modesto

* Quinn Ryan F 6’6 FR Bear Creek High Stockton

* Jordan Thornton F 6’4 FR Central Valley High Ceres

*  Afanna Offor F 6’4 FR Blue Ridge Prep (VA) Long Beach

The 2016-17 San Joaquin Delta College roster

San Joaquin Delta College Coach Rich Ressa has a solid nucleus of sohpomores plus a couple of frosh who will play right away this season. Jovan Cormier is the talent to watch.

* Tre'von Collins G 5'7 FR Freedom High/Brentwood

* Darrin Gentry G 5'9 SO Chavez High/ Stockton

* Christian Allen G 6'4 SO Franklin High/Elk Grove

* Mike Anderson G 6'1 SO Lincoln High/Stockton

* Jovian Cormier G 6'4 SO Heritage High/Antioch

* John Berna G 5'10 FR Bear Creek High/Stockton

* Jhordin Mellion G 6'0 FR Kimball High/Tracy

* Jazz Swanson G 6'0 FR Weston Ranch High/Stockton

* Darnell Harris F 6'3 FR McNair High/Stockton

* Kenneth Thomas F 6'3 SO Franklin High/Elk Grove

* Eli Baidoo F 6'0 SO Bear Creek High/Stockton

* Kobi Ford F 6'4 FR Heritage High/Antioch

* Sam Goudreau F 6'4 FR St. Mary's High/Stockton

* Cameron Pieters C 6'6 FR Stockton Christian High/Stockton

* Darius Brown F 6'3 FR Liberty High/Oakland

* David Lerma G 5'10 SO Jim Elliot High/Lodi

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2016-17 WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

"2016-17 WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll"

The predicted team finishes is offered as well as the 2016-17 All-WCC preseason player honorees.

The 2016-17 San Jose City College roster

San Jose City College Coach Percy Carr has a bevy of locals and regionals on this season's Jaguar roster but not much height so look for fast and furious to be the style:

* Zackary Flemming G Fr. 6'0" 165 Berkley High Oakland, CA

* Ashton Pickens G Fr. 6'2" 155 JFK High Oakland, CA

* Rahtawn Fobbs G Fr. 6'1" 180 Castro Valley High Hayward, CA

* Malcolm Williams G So. 6'2" 170 MLK High Paris, FR

* Rishard Williams G Fr. 6'0" 165 Middle College Richmond, CA

*  Kameron Vales G So. 6'1" 175 Brookside Christian Stockton, CA

* John Cenzer PF Fr. 6'4" 217 Silver Creek San Jose, CA

* Ryan Brice G Fr. 6'3" 200 Pinewood High Sunnyvale, CA

* Harpreet Singh PF Fr. 6'3" 210 James Logan Union City, CA

* Jelani Marsh F Fr. 6'5" 163 Pioneer San Jose, CA

* Jonah Underwood PF So. 6'9" 215 Willow Glen San Jose, CA

* Jonell Burton F Fr. 6'4" 167 Mission Oak Tulare, CA

Simpson University hoops

Saturday: Southern Oregon 91, Simpson 64

Josh (Tracy High) Brakee enjoyed 15 points plus 16 rebounds while teammate Joseph (Red Bluff High) Bosetti also tallied 15.

game report   box

Sunday: Oregon Tech 99, Simpson 88

Bosetti went for 24 and eight with Sean (Campolindo High) Smith totaling 18 points.

game report   box

UC Merced hoops -- freshmen starting out big

From Saturday: William Jessup 97, UC Merced 94 OT Box

"For such a youthful Bobcat squad the University of California, Merced men's basketball team is surely getting their fill of experience early. For the second time in as many days, the Bobcats went to overtime to determine the winner of their game. Unfortunately they were once again on the wrong side of the overtime battle at the Cal Maritime Tournament, as they fell 97-94 to William Jessup University.

At the end of regulation the Bobcats and Warriors were all squared up at 86 but in the extra time the Warriors put together a three point advantage (11-8) to seal the deal.

Sophomore Aaron Laflin and freshman Andrew (Sacramento High) Williams led the way for the Bobcats with 23 and 22 points respectively as they both shot 8-12 from the field. Also putting up double digits for the Bobcats were the impressive freshman point guard duo of Sean (Piedmont High) Rodriguez and Cole (Kennedy High) Taira, who each contributed 18 to the points column..."

The 2016-17 Hartnell College roster

Hartnell College Coach Andrew Vasher returns a very prolific guard in Riley Knowles and will build around him in the 2016-17 season:

* Colin Jenson G Freshman

Mo Handy G Freshman

Riley Knowles G Soph

* Romain Orefice G Soph

Brad Bennett F Freshman

Jessy Hurtado G Freshman

* Jonah Ross G Soph

* Skyler Fullmer G Soph

* Scott Hollingsworth C Freshman

Jesus Salinas F Freshman

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wooten now with an Arizona offer ... plus one from Kansas ... now Oregon moves in

Andrew Slater: "6'8"@IAmKennyWooten said #Arizona offered him. SD St, ASU, Cal, USC, OR St, UNLV offers + Kansas & UCLA interest. Visiting ASU & Cal in Dec"

A day later, Jayhawk Slant: "@IAmKennyWooten (Kenny Wooten) has received a scholarship offer from #kubball. Plans to visit in December."

Then, Julius Kim: "Oregon offered 6-8 F @IAmKennyWooten of @SimplyFunBball."

Nor Cal D-League selections

Nor Cal talents on Ed Isaacson's list of talents to follow preceding the D-League draft:

"Max Hooper, G, 6’6, 201 – The epitome of the long-range shooting specialist, Hooper took all 257 of his field goal attempts as a senior at Oakland from long-range, hitting over 45 percent of them. That’s about all he can do though, and don’t count on him being able to defend many athletic wings at the pro level. Still, every team needs guys who can stretch the floor consistently with shooting, especially in the D-League, and Hooper will give you that."

Nor Cal talents selected:

#1 Erie - Anthony Brown, Stanford

#8 Northern Arizona - Michael Bryson, UC Santa Barbara

#16 Westchester - Max Hooper, Oakland

#25 Northern Arizona - Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State

#28 Reno - Will Davis, UC Irvine

Boise opens with an exhibition win

On Friday, Boise State hosted and defeated Lewis & Clark State 85-53 as Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin started, played 26 minutes and scored 11 points on 5-7, 0-1, 1-3 shooting. He also provided four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.

Anthony (Contra Cota College/El Cerrito High) Sullen paced LCS with 14 points on 4-9, 2-5 and 4.7 accuracy.

Lillard with an OT game winner on Saturday

"Watch Damian Lillard’s overtime game winner to beat Nuggets"

Coaching is so much more rhan drawing up Xs-and-Os.

It's about football but still an interesting look at different approaches in college coaching.

This appeared earlier this year and it also involves Mike Riley. Yes, he definitely made a very critical error in judgment but deserves credit for facing that fact in-person.

Manalo at COS

6-foot point freshman Alphonse Manalo, out of Piedmont Hills High, is on Coach Rusty Smith's College of the Sequoias roster this season.

Cal Maritime forecast at #2


The CM section:

"The Keelhaulers graduated all five starters off of last year's team that made it to the second round of the National Championship tournament, but the cupboard is not bare for head coach Bryan Rooney, who is entering his 10th season at CSUM. Cal Pac Player of the Year Roman Delgado and fellow First Team all-conference selections Zach Davis and Kameron Hoyt (Defensive Player of the Year) are big shoes to fill, but the Keelhaulers have many new faces determined to do just that. Senior Daniel Radford, the team's leading scorer last year (13.6 points per game) was a Second Team pick last winter, and senior postman Travis Arenas and junior forward Brayden Morse are expected to play a major role inside. Add in JC transfers Phil Randles (Consumnes River), Justin Eisen (Moorpark), Adam Armstead (Porterville), Daniel Solis (Cuesta), and Bryce Rose (Redwoods), and CSUM has a shot at making its sixth consecutive trip to the National Tournament."

More on Tyler Johnson

"Mad Money - When Tyler Johnson signed a $50 million deal, the world lost its mind. Here's the crazy thing: He might be worth it" -- Pablo S. Torrre/ESPN The Magazine

Maybe this is a shot from the cheap seats but was there any college coach/staff that saw the uber determination by which Tyler Johnson lives? That plus his athleticism alongside budding skills and his "array" of college choices -- Fresno State and Utah State -- is beyond amazing.

The 2016-17 Shasta College roster

Shasta College Coach Kele Fitzhugh has a lot of freshmen on his roster and how quickly they can become acclimated to JUCO basketball is the key for the Knights.

* Jordan Phills 5'11 180 FR Fremont, Oakland

* Jordan Spaschak 6'2 165 FR Enterprise, Redding

* Devan Howe 5'11 150 SO Central Valley, Shasta Lake City

* Ian Johnson 6'0 183 FR Central Valley, Shasta Lake City

* David O'Brien 6'2 180 FR Bear River, Grass Valley

* Travis Mendes 6'5 215 FR Willows, Willows

* Domunique Stewart 6'6 200 SO Enterprise, Redding

* Emmanuel King 6'3 245 FR Entrprise, Redding

* Malachi Jones 6'1 200 SO Liberty Christian, Redding

* Wyatt Stier-Williamson 6'6 205 FR Burney, Burney

* Maxwell Brown 6'4 213 FR Bloom, Chicago, IL

* Zach Lowe 6'4 175 FR Lincoln, Lincoln, CA

* Chance Kenealy 6'8 181 FR Woodland Christian, Woodland

The 2016-17 CCSF roster

 Coming off a state championship, City College of San Francisco Coach Justin Labagh lost a big batch of talent but this season's roster contains a lot of pieces to work with including sophomore guard Zach Copeland, an MVP candidate.

* Armani Collins 6'6"190 S San Francisco, CA

* Eddy Ionescu 6'4" 185 F Orinda, CA

* Eddie Stansberry 6'3" 190 F San Bruno, CA

* Adrian Rico 5'8" 165 F Berkeley, CA

* Zach Copeland 6'4" 185 S Oakland, CA

* Bymnet Tecle 6'5" 200 F Sweden

* Ethan Richardson 6'9" 245 F Madera, CA

* Russel Tillery 5'11" 175 F Portland, OR

* Kendall McIntosh 6'8" 205 S Oakley, CA

* Ben Borja 6'7" 215 F Portland, OR

* Ray Porter 6'4" 190 F San Francisco, CA

* Michael Steadman 6'10" 215 F Union City, CA

* Curtis Witt 6'1" 170 F San Carlos, CA

* Michael Wright 6'5" 205 F Oakland, CA

Last Friday: William Jessup 80, Cal Maritime 68

On Friday in Vallejo, William Jessup University bested Cal Maritime 80-68 and Kelton (Franklin High) Newman led with 23 points and teammate Chris (West Valley College/Kennedy High) Murry provided 14.

For Cal Maritime, Dan (Columbia College) Radford was out front with 17 points while Phil Randles (Cosumner River College) and Kyle Parkinson each totaled 13.

game report


Last Monday: William Jessup 76, Pacific Union 72

Christopher (West Valley JC/Kennedy High) Murry shot 4-9 on his way to 14 points as William Jessup University edged Pacific Union 76-72 last Monday.

game report


CRussell with a Pac-12 look

JucoRecruiting: "Washington St was in today to see Colin Russell from Casper College"

That would be a fascinating move going from eight minutes a game at Portland in his freshman season to the Pac-12.

Oscar Robertson

"The Big O: A legend now and forever - Walking the halls of the National African American Museum, he spans two eras of hoops and history" -- Mike Wise

"Oscar Robertson keeps it real on social activism, how to navigate the business of sports"-- Rhiannon Walker

From the first article: "...When his Crispus Attucks High School team became the first all-black team to win an Indiana state title, white city officials wouldn’t let them go downtown to celebrate, figuring they’d riot..."

Was it a fear that Robertson and Company would riot or a Robertson and Company downtown celebration would bring out the Klan in their white-sheeted riot gear? Institutions and officials doing their job and standing up for freedom and justice for all is never a given if the persons to be lauded are not white.

Maybe, just maybe, Noah Allen can play his senior season with no artificial restraints

"Penalties appealed by Hawaii case sent back to Committee on Infractions"

Always so much to learn, every day, every year

"Linsanity a Memory, Nets Offering Second Act for Jeremy Lin and Kenny Atkinson" -- Howard Beck

An excerpt: "Lin arrived with the athleticism and agility to make it as an NBA point guard. His jump shot was a little mechanical, but workable. What he lacked, Atkinson noted, were the subtleties: patience, how to change speeds, freeze the big man, draw in defenders, probe for openings.

"He was kind of wild going to the rim," Atkinson said. "There wasn't a plan."

Atkinson cited the evolution of Nash, who said he learned to become a great player when he started finding solutions in the paint.

In the dreary days of late December and January, when Lin was the Knicks' 15th man, these were the lessons they discussed.

What Atkinson found in Lin was a pupil both eager and headstrong, open-minded and inquisitive.

"There are guys that accept development," Atkinson said, "and there are guys that own their development. And he, like, owned it. So it wouldn't be just, 'Lets do the drill.' There might be a question behind it: 'What if he does this?' Or, 'If he does this, do I do this?'"

Truths, not just opinions, via Ken Pomeroy

"Ken Pomeroy's Five College Basketball Truths for 2016-17"

Give the football program the death penalty

"Baylor Details ‘Horrifying’ Alleged Sexual Assaults by Football Players"

Demps is back and again catching passes

"Cody Demps, Dano Graves to renew rivalry Saturday" -- Bill Paterson

Four from Nor Cal at LaVerne

University of Laverne Coach Richard Reed has a quartet of northern California talents on his 2016-17 roster. LaVerne is a D-III school and a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference:

* Alex Vucinich G So. 6-3 180 Scotts Valley, CA/Scotts Valley High, West Valley College

* Dylan McElligott C Jr. 6-8 250 Davis, CA/Sacramento Waldorf High

* Evan Gustafson F So. 6-6 250 Rocklin, CA/Rocklin High

* Connor Head G Jr. 6-1 189 Windsor, CA/Cardinal Newman High

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pre-Season Elite Camp - Saturday, October 29

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More on Omar Stewart.

Las Positas on top in the north


Is being ranked #1 a blessing, a curse, neither or really a nothingburger since no game has been played as yet?

Kath joins Arsenal

"It's official. I'm glad to say I'm going to be playing with @ArsenalAAU this next spring and summer!" -- Jack Kath

Kath is 6-foot-8, in the 2018 class and out of Granada High in Livermore.

Getting in early

Splash City: "🚨 Offer Alert!!! 🚨 C/O 2020 Robbie Beasley #SplashCity receives an offer from Montana University"

He'll be playing for Coach Tom Costello and alongside senior Tim Falls and junior Conner Jackson. The double-teaming of and defensive focus towards Falls should open up shots for both Jackson and Beasley.

Cal Baptist and Michael Smith with pre-season honors

"CBU Preseason Favorite in PacWest Men’s Basketball"

Michael Smith was named the PacWest Pre-Season Player of the Year.

The 2016-17 College of Alameda roster

College of Alameda Coach Robert Bishop features a brand new roster including a pair of international players:

* Aaron Watkins Fr 6’7 Forward Castlemont High

* Sergio Martin So 6’5 Guard/Forward Spain

* Kristian Ziak So 6’7 Center Australia

* Devin Rhodes Fr 6’5 Guard South Central

* Shane Seymore Fr 6’5 Forward Crenshaw High

* Geronimo Walker So 6’5 Guard/Forward Lowell High

* Muhrad McClure Fr 6’4 Forward Western High

* Jordan Wright Fr 6’0 Guard Skyline High

* David Peterson Fr 6’2 Guard Fremont High

* Tyler Pool Fr 5’11 Guard Hawthorn High

* Jerimiah Wilson Fr 6’3 Forward Mt Eden High

* Stanley Watson Fr 6’9 Center Cezar Chavez High

* Mike Williams Fr 6’3 Guard/Forward McClymonds High

The 2016-17 Solano College roster

Solano College Coach John Nagle has a pair of sophomore bigs and a bevy of athletic guards on this season's roster:

* Anthony Bryant G 6’0 FR Fairfield High/Fairfield

*Jordan Moss G 5’10 FR Fairfield High High/Fairfield

* Steven Jefferson G/F 6'4 SO Rodriguez High/Fairfield

* Rashad Tucker G 5’8 FR Bravo Magnet High/Antioch

* Patrick Monroe G 5’10 SO St.Joseph High/Alameda

* Sean Gray G 6’0 FR FairfieldHigh/Fairfield

* Travis Selle G/F 6’4 FR Fairfield High/Armijo

* Lorenzo Martinez F/C 6’6 SO Armijo High/Fairfield

* RJ Louis G 6’2 SO Vacaville High/Vacaville

* Maurice Kimball G/F 6’4 FR Freedom High/San Francisco

* Patrick Ganaway F/C 6’6 SO Dixon High/Dixon

* Robert Jackson G 6’0 FR Vallejo High/Vallejo

* Vaughn Davis G 6’2 FR Dixon High/Dixon

* Chance Pippin G 6’0 SO Vacaville High/Vacaville

* Dan Jazuk F 6’4 SO Jesse Bethel High/Fairfield

The 2016-17 College of Siskiyous roster

Siskiyous Coach Kyle Heath has a mix of locals, some Southlanders and even a pair from the Nutmeg State on his 2016-17 roster:















Always working to get better


A nice opening game

Jeff Faraudo: "Jaylen Brown's NBA debut: 9 points on 3-4 FGs, 3-4 FTs, 2 rebs, 1 asst, 1 stl, 2 blks, 1 TO, 19 min in Boston's 122-117 win over Brooklyn."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Big West Conference media poll

Long Beach State is forecast to be the Big West Conference victor. Gabe (St. Mary's High - Stockton) Vincent and Kendall (Deer Valley High) Smith of the 49ers** UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Cal State Northridge respectively, were selected to the pre-season all conference team.

** sorry for the error

Stanford lands a frontcourter.

Corey Evans: "2017 German small forward Oscar da Silva has committed to Stanford, per source; top-50 type of talent with upside & versatility"

He also recently visited California.

The 2016-17 Lassen College roster

Lassen College Coach Will Freedman enjoyed his first full recruiting period and has re-stocked the Cougar roster. Just two returnees from last season's squad remain and one of those, sophomore guard Danny Spinnuza, will lead the team. He scored 15.1 points per game while grabbing 4.1 rebounds and dishing out 3.0 assists. Fellow backcourter Bruno Castillo, contributed 9.9 points plus 6.4 rebounds an outing.

* Unwana Ekiko FR 6-0 164 Aurora, CO

* Cameron Brown SO 6-4 172 Louisville, KY

* Damien Trujillo SO 6-0 167 Sacramento, CA

* Theron Durham SO 6-0 157 Sparks, NV

* Jason Moore SO 6-1 194 Los Angeles, CA

* Danny Spinuzza SO 6-0 176 Downers Grove, IL

* DeMario Newman FR 6-6 177 Rancho Cordova, CA

* Bruno Castillo SO 6-0 198 Los Angeles, CA

* Max Denham FR 6-0 151 Olney, UK

* Colby Johnson SO 6-1 154 Aurora, CO

* Kenny Macklin FR 6-4 186 Placerville, CA

* Garett Ohnstad FR 6-7 205 Sparks, NV

* Denzil Guwa FR 6-7 205 Leighton Buzzard, UK

* Duranay Atikullah FR 6-6 212 Ottawa, CAN

Checking out the Cal State East Bay Pioneers

Cañada's Clark at Pitt

"Transfer Crisshawn Clark also made some big plays. Most impressively, he performed well against Pitt's starters in the final scrimmage, scoring 11 points.

"I'm usually on the gold squad anyway, so I kind of want to bring that energy," Clark said. "He usually puts the most experienced guys on the blue squad, so I got to bring something so the gold squad don't look so bad."

Most of us would not associate Pitt with the Atlantic Coast Conference but they are a member. That means Clark will be playing against the Duke, North Carolina and North Carolin State twice this season.

Miami (St. Francis) 108, Orlando (Mitty) 96

Tyler Johnson scored 15 points (7-11, 0-1, 1-1) and added six rebounds, three assists plus two steals in Miami's opening night victory over Orlando. He played 28 minutes.

In 35 minutes for the Magic, Aaron Gordon went for 12 points, eight boards and four assists. He shot 5-11 overall including a nifty 2-2 from beyond the arc.

Let's call it a good start

"Damian Lillard scores 39 to lead Portland Trail Blazers over Utah Jazz, 113-104: Game rewind"

35 minutes, shooting 13-20, 9-9, 4-6, nine boards, six assists.

The ones who get the initial calls

"Meet the agents who have their fingers on college basketball coaching changes" -- Gary Parrish

So why hire an intermediary for say $75,000 to set this up? Go straight to the source(s).

Mental skills training

"Meet the Mental Skills Coach Training Young NBA Stars" -- Alex Kennedy

An excerpt:

While Betchart has an impressive list of star clients, his biggest success story might be [Aaron] Gordon of the Orlando Magic. Gordon has been working with Betchart since he was in the eighth grade, so he’s the best example of how mental skills training can help athletes improve their performance and deal with pressure and demands. From a young age, Gordon’s parents talked to him about being mindful. However, it wasn’t until middle school that Betchart put a sports spin on it and Gordon realized how much these skills could help him with his athletic performance.

“I started working with Graham when I was going from eighth grade to ninth grade,” Gordon said. “I was basically going from being a big fish in a little pond to being a little fish in a big pond. I knew that I needed something to help my game and continue to keep me on the right track. Graham introduced this to me at 13 years old and from then on, the ball was just rolling. I think it’s helped me a tremendous amount. We use basketball as a medium, but we just talk about life. He’s also helped me with situations in my life that have nothing to do with basketball. We talk about money, materialistic things, existential things – some things that normal basketball players may not talk about with their sports psychologist. He’s become a mentor for me. He’s helped me see that there’s more to life than just basketball and I’m eternally grateful for that.

“I think a lot of people just don’t know about it. A while ago, if you went to someone for ‘mental coaching’ or ‘mental training,’ you were automatically labeled as mentally weak. And that’s not true. That’s not true at all. It means you’re searching for something more – a greater sense of fulfillment. I think kids are starting to understand that more and more. They see guys like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry and they see the iciness about them, the mental toughness. You’re starting to see kids say, ‘I want what he has mentally.’ And where they find it is through coaching, mental training and the Lucid app.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rick ready to roll

There is an old Chinese proverb that goes "Tiger father begets tiger son." In this country, the equivalent is a much more benign "being a chip off the old block." But adages, while interesting, are not always accurate and some require greater elaboration. 6-foot-4 Jacob Rick possesses an excellent hoops IQ and also shoots well, very similar to his father. But it wasn't simply a genetic transfer or some form of osmosis that got him to his current level -- it required dedicated time and effort.

A 2018 prospect at Pleasant Valley High in Chico, Rick has always been surrounded by a bouncing basketball. Sure, he tried baseball but the pace was too slow and played football too but it came down to what was his true sports love.

His father Randy owns an impressive list of basketball bonafides. The longtime coach at Feather River College, 17 years and counting, the elder Rick also played professionally in Australia after graduating from Chico State where he shot 62.3% during one of his seasons.

Jacob's older brother Brady was twice named the Mountain Valley Conference Most Valuable Player and also played some in Australia.

All this familial involvement certainly aided in his development but call it more accurately an incubation of sorts with Rick enduring some blood, a lot of sweat plus a few tears in the development of his own skill set.

"My best talent is probably my IQ, my knowing the game," he explained. "I grew up around the game and was always in the gym because of my Dad being a coach."

Another critical element was "I'd watch games on television with my Dad and he would pause, put it in slo-motion and explain what happened and why."

There is also the factor of putting all this knowledge into action -- "practicing and doing a lot of reps."

As influences, Rick cited, "all my Dad's players because I looked up to them and we would hang out together. Plus, my Dad and my brother. They are both so very competitive."

It's telling that his favorite moment in a game comes from playing with his brother at Quincy High as a freshman. "He was hard on me, very verbal. I felt I couldn't do anything right. But in one game I hit six threes and had 26 points by halftime. He told me 'good job.'"

Here's Ground-Up Coach Don Manning-Fuimaono who coached Rick this spring and summer. "Jacob always plays under control and he has an extremely high IQ. I really like him defensively because he gets in a stance and baits people into taking contested shots. This summer, for long stretches, I would put him on the other teams top perimeter scorer. He's got a sneaky athleticism and very good coordination. He's always under control, and he sees the game a few passes ahead. Offensively his versatility allows him to impact the game so many different ways. He's a great passer and has a very solid handle. He can slash for easy buckets and he's a very good shooter. As he gets stronger his game is going to become even more impactful. He's coachable and has a great attitude. Jacob is going to be very good."

Rick is working on a class project right now about researching careers. "I'd like to be a coach or a trainer. I want to be around sports."

As for recruiting, Rick expressed no specific preferences. "I'm willing to go anywhere." He is on target academically for D1 college eligibility.

What's fascinating is his skill set provides the versatility to play anywhere outside -- shooting guard or wing or positioned as a big point.

But Rick also recalled when he wasn't always so big and how that played into his favor. "In my freshman year at Quincy, I was pretty small, smaller than most everybody on the team.  But later, I got taller and actually developed a post game. So put a point on me now and I'll go low. Put a bigger guy on me and I'll take him outside."

He played on the Pleasant Valley junior varsity team last season after transferring in from Quincy High because choosing to play at the upper level would have required him sitting out 30 days. But this year and next, he'll have the opportunity to perform in a larger and more competitive setting and he's ready for that after those backyard battles with his father and brother.

New role for PAustin up in Boise

"Boise State basketball player Austin learning leadership from Rypien" -- Michael Katz

The timing doesn't serve a greater purpose for anyone

Marshall Collins did a fine job in his short tenure heading the College of Marin basketball program in between David Granucci stepping down and Scott Thom recently taking over. The team had to give up wins as well as deal with playoff ineligibility yet Collins stayed positive. Posting a 5-5 record out of the gate was downright amazing considering he was brought aboard a week before the season began.

After the season, Ty Davis signed with San Francisco State, George Johnson ditto with University of Pikeville, Noah Everly moved a bit north to Sonoma State, Keiland Callum headed to Cal State Stanislaus and Bobby Reeves inked with Simpson University up in Redding.

But the timing of Collins' recent departure vis-a-vis Thom landing the position doesn't work for anyone. Maybe there was some sort of policy, rule or regulation determining the timeline of the permanent hiring process. More likely it was because there also was a new COM athletic director to be hired and that finally took place in August.

So during the summer and beyond, it was up to Collins to work out a season schedule as well as begin fielding a team while also having to tell prospects that he might not be their coach this season. When he didn't finish on top in the interviewing process for the Mariner head coach position, he was out.

Maybe nothing could have been done differently but Collins is no longer a community college head coach, Thom is scrambling to hold on to what Collins set up as well as build additional prerequisites just to have a season. The COM hoops student-athletes have experienced certain aspects of the business world. Good luck to all.

Hopefully this will put an end to using the "e" word in comjunction with college basketball

"College basketball's transfer 'epidemic' has an easy solution: shut up about it" -- Mike DeCourcey

The 2016-17 Santa Rosa JC roster

Santa Rosa Junior College Coach Craig McMillan doesn't return a lot of experience on the frontline but Erik Poulson will provide help after redshirting last season and there's also a certain 6-foot-6 forward with great bloodlines new to the roster. Sophomore guard Danny Lewis has transferred in from Butte College plus frosh backcourters Gabe Knight and Jordan Graves will help as both were named league MVPs during their prep careers.

Justin Frazier Guard Freshman 5'10" 150 Long Beach/St. Anthony's

* Alex Mostafavi Guard Sophomore 5'11" 160 San Mateo/San Mateo High

* Cetrick Yeanay Guard Freshman 5'8" 175 Petauma/Casa Grande High

* Danny Lewis Guard Sophomore 5'11" 175 Marysville/Marysville High

* Jordan Graves Guard Freshman 6'0" 180 Castroville/North Monterey County High

* Kiel Long Guard Sophomore 6'4" 190 Santa Rosa/Montgomery High

* Justin Botteri Forward Sophomore 6'5" 180 Santa Rosa/Cardinal Newman High

* Gabe Knight Guard Freshman 6'4" 210 Windsor/Windsor High

* John McMillan Forward Freshman 6'6" 200 Cloverdale/Cloverdale High

* Marcus Poe Forward Freshman 6'6" 200 Cloverdale/Cloverdale High

* John Montez Forward Sophomore 6'6" 215 Willits/Willits High

* Erik Poulsen Center Freshman 6'11" 235 Santa Rosa/Montgomery High

The 2016-17 Ohlone College roster

Chabot College will have a new head coach for this season as well as a predominately brand new team. Coach Aaron O'Brien, who was at Mt. Eden High last season, has but three sophomores on his roster.

* Elliot Harris Fr 5-8 170 James Logan High, Union City

* Raj Dhanoa Fr 6-9 195 Mission High San Jose High, Fremont

* Elamin Awadalla So 5-10 170 Mt. Eden High, Hayward

* Nick Seals Fr 6-0 200 Fremont High, Oakland

* Donald Howard Fr 5-10 170 McClymonds High, Oakland

* Demarre Walker Fr 5-11 175 Vanden High, Vacaville

* Marcus Booker So 6-2 200 Newark Memorial High, Fremont

* Dalvin Guy So 6-4 190 McClymonds High, Oakland

* Jordan Corbino Fr 5-8 175 Berkeley High, Berkeley

* Jabari Harris Fr 6-2 165 Vallejo High

* Jack Melvogue Fr 6-1 165 Newark Memorial High, Fremont

* Derrick Bekkendal Fr 6-0 170 Colorado

* Blessin Merriweather Fr 6-6 190 DeAnza High, Richmond

The 2016-17 Skyline College roster

Skyline College Coach Justin Piergrossi will lack height this season as his two tallest are 6-foot-4 freshmen but the Trojans always play disciplined and tough.

Soren Carpenter So. Guard 6' 170 Lowell High

Jeremiah Batiste Fr. Guard 6' 175 Washington High

Jacob Salinero Fr. Guard 6'1" 190 Half Moon Bay

Clayton Ladine Fr. Guard 6'1" 175 Burton High

Romel Greene Fr. Wing 6'3" 170 S. San Francisco High

* Justin Gutang So. Guard 6'3" 185 Burlingame High

Nate Riley Fr. Guard 6"1" 165 Galileo High

* KeDraun Buckner Fr. Wing 6'3" 195 Piedmont Hills High

* Ben Johnson So.  Guard 6'2" 185 West Ranch High

* Kylan Jones  Fr. Wing 6'4" 170 Lincoln High

* Lamar Anderson So. Wing 6' 195 Balboa High

* Antonio Hughes So. Wing 6'3" 175 Lowell High

* Ralph Rianda Fr. Forward 6'4" 185 King City High

It's dwindling but who cares?


This is an interesting look back

"Bossi's Best: Looking back at top 10 NBA players as HS prospects" -- Eric Bossi

Cal adds to Coach Cuonzo Martin's contract

"Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin receives contract extension" -- John Wilner

Ruminating on Jack Wilson's commit

Some fans apparently think the commitment of Serra High's Jack Wilson to Oregon State is some sort of affront to the game of basketball while others are taking more of a wait-and-see attitude. The gist seems to center around the sense that the 7-foot Wilson isn't ready, currently lacking Pac-12 level skills plus the physical prerequisites other than being very tall.

OSU Coach Wayne Tinkle obviously disagrees with what he envisions down the road for Wilson and he's the inividual who counts the most in this equation since he is the dispenser of athletic scholarships in Corvallis.

Just consider:

* Wilson is a 2018 prospect, meaning he still has two high school seasons and a spring-summer travel team segment of competition to complete first before heading off to college. He is of the subsection of bigs who aren't naturally-gifted running and jumping athletes so both his physical attributes as well as his skill set remain a work-in-progress but there is plenty of time to do just that. Serra Coach Chuck Rapp has a sterling reputation as does Kelvin Potts of Team Arsenal so Wilson is in good hands.

* Tinkle stands 6-foot-10 and, as a former pro and collegian, he knows what is required to succeed as a paint player. He also enjoyed great success with unheralded centers during his long tenure at Montana. A proven track record as both a player and coach is an enticing lure for obvious reasons.

* But do remember that nothing is official until a national letter of intent is signed which is likely to be completed in November 2017. Just to bring up one recent example, Oscar Frayer is not attending California even though he first committed there.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Bay Area ballers in Maine

The University of Maine Fort Kent basketball roster contains two new basketball players out of the Bay Area plus one from Sacramento:

* James Testa, a 6’4 Junior from Cañada College in San Carlos, California, committed to UMFK shortly after UMFK coaches made their way to California in March. Testa averaged nearly 14 points a game while shooting 43% from the field and an amazing 44% from 3-point range. Coach Bird had this to say in response to signing Testa, “We are so excited to have James join us in the fall. He’s got experience and maturity and his ability to shoot the basketball will be a great asset to us. Losing our top two shooters from last season hurt, but we expect him to step into that void immediately.”

* Bobby Syvanthong, a Richmond, California native who played last season at Contra Costa College, will also join the Bengals in 2016. Syvanthong will be the third Contra Costa Comet to play for Coach Bird. Bobby averaged a well-rounded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to go with 2 steals a game. Bobby was a first team All-State California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) selection at the point guard position, led his team to a conference championship and an Elite Eight finish in the state playoffs. Assistant Coach Fletcher Brown says “Bobby has been a winner at every level, he’s extremely well rounded as a player, a superior athlete and he’s a leader on the floor. He will make an immediate impact for us next year.”

* The final piece to the Bengal’s recruiting puzzle is Junior College transfer Will White. White, a guard, forward combo from Consumes River College in Sacramento, California, was a contributing player and leader on a team that went to the California Community College State Playoffs last season.  “Will’s leadership qualities, as well as his toughness and willingness to compete were just a couple of things we liked about him.”

Fort Kent is a town of just above 4,000 residents with 1,500 being college students.

Anthony Smith's frosh season at FRC

Here's a feature on Smith from earlier this month.

Gaucho and Aggie Big West Conference notes

Notes out of the Big West Conference:

UC Santa Barbara

"Bob Williams minces no words as he surveys a team that lost six seniors.  The 19th-year UC Santa Barbara head coach knows someone needs to assume a leadership role brought about by the departures, including last year’s Big West scoring champion Michael Bryson.

Fortunately, Williams has a couple of candidates to fill the void.

Step right up Gabe Vincent and Eric Childress.

“It’s their team,” Williams said.  “There’s no mistake about it...”

...In particular, Vincent provided a true No. 2 scoring threat as his 14.1 points per game average ranked No. 9 in the Big West.  He made 80 three-pointers, the second-highest total in school history, and his work on the defensive end (team-high tying 41 steals) solidifies him as one of the conference’s top two-way players.

“Gabe’s ready for it,” Williams said in regards to Vincent’s ability to provide leadership.  “He’s been a prime guy for us since the first day he stepped on the court.  He is so good at so many different facets of the game...”

...Scoring certainly will need come from other areas for the Gauchos to have a legitimate shot at contending for the Big West title.  They have 6-8 Jalen Canty, the 2016 California junior college player of the year, as a welcome addition to the frontline..."

UC Davis

"UC Davis benefitted from a summer foreign tour to Costa Rica that allowed the team to build togetherness and fortify its culture.  Through 10 training camp practices to prepare for the tour, and the three games they played in Costa Rica, head coach Jim Les came away feeling pretty good about two of his seniors in Darius Graham and J.T. Adenrele.

Graham, who averaged 33.3 minutes played per game last year, tops among all Big West returners, got a distinctive opportunity in the Central American country.  He ran some of the timeouts during the games, taking on the role of Coach Les.  

It made sense.  After all, this is the fifth year Graham has competed under Les.  Graham is like an extension of the coach because he knows exactly what Les wants on the floor.

“He’s my quarterback,” Les said.  “He and I think alike.  He also everyday provides an example of what a UC Davis student-athlete should look like, from an academic standpoint; from an ambassador standpoint in the community and then from a coaching standpoint what we want on the floor.”

Graham’s leadership will be needed on a team that struggled last year, following a 2014-15 campaign that resulted in a Big West regular season championship and NIT berth.

But assistance will need to come in other forms too.  J.T. Adenrele is a sixth-year senior who has missed two full seasons at UC Davis due to injury.  He also benefitted from the Costa Rica trip, given a chance to shake off some of the rust and get reacquainted with game-like situations.  Adenrele is a tireless rebounder and able shot blocker who gives the Aggies a much needed presence down low that helps balance out the losses of Josh Fox and Neal Monson – two of the league’s top rebounders last year.

“His last game he had 20 and 11 in Costa Rica,” said Les.  “That momentum has carried on with his aggressive, dominant play.  He’s a guy, for us to compete for a Big West championship; he has to be a prominent part of our basketball team night in and night out...”

Coleman down south

6-foot-6 Lance Coleman, St. Mary's High (Stockton), is at Irvine Valley College this season. It looks like he attended Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas last year.

The Wildcats join St. John's and San Jose State University

Kyree Walker: "blessed to receive an offer from University of Arizona"

Walker is a 6-foot-5 freshman at Moreau Catholic High.

The Stoudamire universe definitely has a larger rolodex

Chris Lynn: "Former NBA All-Star, Gary Payton, to speak at @PacificMensBB Tip-Off Luncheon"

It's all relative

"Believe It Or Not, Professional Athletes Are Actually Underpaid" -- Leland Faust

Faust makes a good case vis-a-vis other entertainers who generally enjoy much longer careers and without the physical ailments.

Up to three for Kelly

KP: "2018 forward Andre Kelly received an offer from University of Nevada earlier today."

Nevada joins Montana and San Jose State University, per Verbal Commits.

Payton II to the D-League

"The Rockets made the expected roster moves on Monday, with the tougher decision still to come heading to the 4 p.m. deadline.

The Rockets waived guard Gary Payton II along with forwards P.J. Hairston and Le'Bryan Nash, players who were signed for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate..."

Don't forget Russell Westbrook

"Steve Kerr picks Oakland native Damian Lillard to win MVP award" -- Connor Letourneau

Westbrook is going to post unbelievable numbers meaning the votes will be even further split.

"Dawgs Got Your Back" tourney

“Dawgs Got Your Back”
     November 12th& 13th, 2016

   Coaches, and Team Managers,

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  • 20 Min Half
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wilson chooses Corvallis

Jack Wilson: "Happy to announce that I've committed to Oregon State."

"Jack Wilson, 2018 4-star 7-footer, commits to Oregon State Beavers"

"Serra’s Wilson commits to Oregon State"

OSU Coach Wayne Tinkle enjoyed excellent success with truly unheralded bigs while at Montana and, being a big himself, he has the knowledge and experience that will make sure the ball frequently enters the paint correctly and the appropriate move/countermove is enacted.

The now bi-coastal Gordons

"Family business: Aaron Gordon and his sister prove blood is thicker than basketball" -- Marc J. Spears

A spot-on choice of an absolutely first class individual and coach

NAIA Champions of Character Director Kristin Gillette announced today that Cal Maritime's head men's basketball coach Bryan Rooney was recognized as the California Pacific Conference's recipient of the NAIA's Coach of Character Award.
The Coach of Character Award is an annual award given to a head coach of an NAIA institution. The nominee must be employed by the institution for a minimum of five years and must be clearly outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, methods of teaching character through sport, and community leadership through volunteering, service or other means.

Rooney, who heads into his 10th year at the helm of the Keelhaulers, led CMA to conference regular season and conference tournament championships during the 2015-2016 season. The Keelhaulers advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the fifth consecutive year and reached the Sweet 16 with an upset win over No. 2 ranked Union College. Coach Rooney was also named the conference's Coach of the Year for the fifth time. His teams have won six conference championships and he is the school's leader in wins as his teams have averaged 20 wins per season during his tenure.

In addition to the success on the court, Rooney has led his team with a number of outreach events including free basketball clinics and organizing Cal Maritime's Coaches vs. Cancer event. Coach Rooney also serves as the school's Champions of Character liaison and is active in promoting the five core values.  In addition, the men's basketball team earned over a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom.

"The quality of coaching in our conference is outstanding but more importantly the quality of people who serve as coaches is even better," said Rooney. "With this in mind, I am humbled to represent our conference. There is no doubt that this award is a direct reflection of the people with whom I work with everyday.  Our players and our assistant coaches are very special people and I am honored to share this award with them."

Herb Sendak sounds like a very intriguing conversation partner -- liked this article

"Sendek sees possibilities at Santa Clara" -- Steve Kroner

Allen leading Hawaii

"Allen, Drammeh stand out in Green & White Scrimmage" -- Wes Nakama

"...UCLA transfer Noah Allen led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds..."

Allen went 4-7 from long distance.

Bassett injured

Dontay Bassett will miss this season at Florida due to needing foot surgery. The 6-foot-8 frontcourter played with the Oakland Rebels/Team Lillard.

Nevada wooing Kelly

Chris Murray: "Andre Kelly, a 6-8/235 PF from Stockton, at Nevada today for an unofficial visit. Scout rates him a four-star prospect (No. 22 PF overall)."

OJohnson dropped by the Bucks

Mike Scotto: "Milwaukee Bucks have waived Orlando Johnson, a league source tells Basketball Insiders."

A look at the Coast North Conference


Zach Copeland is heading to D1 but there's no Canty on the Ram roster this season.

LPC has an experienced backcourt plus major size.

The matchups between these two teams should be must-see basketball.

It's getting serious

Josh Gershon: "2017 Las Vegas Trinity post Kenny Wooten has received an offer from #Cal."

The current lineup of suitors are DePaul, Illinois, Nevada, Washington State, UTEP, Utah, USC, UNLV, San Jose State University, San Diego State, Oregon State, Arizona State and California.

Will the Gaels be all-Aussie at some point?

"Saint Mary's Australian connection keeps growing" -- C.L. Brown

It's seven and counting now.

The 2016-17 Los Medanos College roster

Los Medanos College Coach Kerry Domenichelli has a load of backcourters but not much size this season.

Jordan Walton 6'0 G FR Oak Ridge High, Texas

Albert Waters 5’9 G SO St. Ignatius High, San Francisco

Royce Henry 6'0 G SO Los Lomas High, Walnut Creek

Mark Thomas 6’3 G SO Jesse Bethel High, Vallejo

* Mario Miller 5'10 G FR Black Diamond High, Pittsburg

Anthony Marshall 5’11 G FR Ironwood Ridge High, Arizona

Paolo Ramos 5”10 G FR Liberty High, Brentwood

* Elijah Green 6’1 G SO Oakland High, Oakland

* Donovan Pope 5'11 G FR Freedom High, Oakley

Quincy Smith 5'11 G FR Liberty High, Brentwood

* Dorian Duggins 6'4 F FR Heritage High, Brentwood

* Tyron TJ Quezon 6'1 G F Concord High, Concord

Da'mien Coleman 6'8 C SO Freedom High, Oakley

* Dante Banford 6'3 G F Deer Valley High, Antioch

Willem Leeks 6'6 F/C SO Live Oak High, Antioch

* Paul Oha 6’6 F/C F Deer Valley High, Antioch