Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We moved to a new website today!

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Kevin McCarthy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Osayande is the Positive Example

During this time within the basketball world where player movement in high school and college captures so much attention, Benson Osayande is the ultimate anachronism. His hoops résumé is one of commitment and loyalty: one high school (Franklin High), a single travel team (Team Sage), a solitary community college program (Casper College) and a sole four-year school (Montana State).
How so? Attribute this to a combination of his personal character plus the decision-making process utilized by the 6-foot-9 talent.
It all began with Team Sage out of Sacramento, a travel squad albeit with an emphasis on academics. “Coach Wornel Simpson saw me playing in a middle school tournament. We talked afterwards and just clicked. My parents loved the organization and Coach Simpson. He took care of me for four or five years.”
Here’s Benson Osayande Sr. on the Team Sage experience: “I liked the goal setting by Coach Wornel that all his scholar-athletes were expected to maintain at least a 3.30 grade average throughout the academic school year. Benson maintained 3.50 and above throughout. In addition to academics, Team Sage enhances its players’ social accountability. Team Sage provided educationa
l tools and training to its student-athletes such as tutoring, peer and professional mentoring, educational workshops and more.
This was also the time Osayande was attending Franklin High in Elk Grove and playing for Coach Jesse Formaker.
Osayande chose to attend Casper College in Wyoming, a program headed by Coach Dan Russell. “A lot of California JCs were after me but one of the coaches at Nevada knew of the program at Casper and recommended it. I took an official visit in March with my parents and made my decision to go there about a month later.”
Why the Thunderbirds? “I liked the coaches and the environment, my overall role and fit thet they had the major was looking for.”
“My wife and I went to Casper College with Benson during his official visit just to know the town, see the school, discuss with the academic advisor and meet the coaches,” Osayande Sr. recalled. “Ultimately, the decision as to where he went was his since he was the one who would have to live there for the next two years.”
Experiencing daily life similar to that of a four-year school, Osayande resided in a dorm and and was provided with three meals a day in a campus cafeteria.
One interesting element to the Casper program involved community support. “You live in the dorms but each player has a host family. You could go visit them and hang out, watch TV, play with the kids and they would also provide some meals.”
About the notorious weather (at least in winter time), he offered, “it was windy and snowed a lot but you get used to it.”
After two years at Casper College, Osayande entered the recruiting process once again. He liked the coaching staff at Montana State and eventually went with the Bobcats, a move of about 415 miles north and west to Bozeman. “They told me they would work on developing me and Coach [Chris] Haslem is 6-foot-11 with a lot of experience (13 years) playing overseas.”
This was a decision Osayande made on his own as his parents felt he was experienced enough to do so.
Again, Osayande Sr: “We had no concern about Benson being in Casper, Wyoming or Bozeman, Montana. While still in Casper College and before he told us, Benson signed with Montana State. I told Benson he is an adult so he should be making decisions for himself.”
In 31 games this season, Osayande averaged 12.9 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and shot 54% overall, 71% on free throws. His boardplay broke down with 35 at the offensive end and 48 defensively. About that, he explained, “I just have a knack for the ball on the offensive end. If it’s a three-point shot, I expect a long rebound and position myself outside the key. If a shot is taken from the left side, I position myself on the right side.

What’s next for him in Bozeman? “I’m working on my game, putting on some pounds and continuing to get better.”
Osayande was one of two Montana State men’s basketball players named to Big Sky winter academic all-conference list. He is a community health major and wants to work in the health field although he isn’t sure in what endeavor as yet but he first wants to play overseas.
His recruiting advice to high school upperclassmen? “Don’t rush your decision. By your senior year, know who really is recruiting you and who wants you the most. Don’t choose the biggest name just because it’s the biggest. You want the best for you.”
Here’s Coach Haslam on the returning senior big: “Benson has been such a great addition to our program here at Montana State both on and off the court. We are excited about his improvement this year and are expecting him to have a great senior year.”

Stallworth experiencing aloha

Yuba College guard Jaaron Stallworth is visiting Hawaii and Brian McInnis has the details.

Kinney kept his eye on the prize and now is a college grad

Erik Kinney: "Never felt better. Thank you Lord, and you know this for you Mamma!"

Woods puts pen to paper

Yuba Mens Hoops: "It's official.... CSU LA gets steal of the year!! Jihad Woods signs his full ride to be a Golden Eagle!!"

Kimble with an official suitor

Davis Kimble: "Blessed to revive my first offer from the University of Alaska Fairbanks"

The 6-foot sophomore guard out of Hayward High averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals for Cañada College this season.

UC Davis offers a 2019 point

Gerry Freitas: "The League: Jovan Blacksher 5'11 pt gd (2019) of Shadow Mtn HS (AZ) & Compton Magic offers: Northridge, UC Davis, N Dakota, Nor Colorado, Fresno"

Simpson now in Venezuela

"Diamon Simpson heads to Trotamundos de Carabobo"

Don't forget

Gerry Freitas' Bay Area Memorial Day Classic: Sat-Mon May 27-29 at Jamtown in Oakland and Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek

Get your behind prepared for some serious sitdown.

Morgan returning home

Per Verbal Commits, guard Malik Morgan is transferring from Humboldt State to Western Oregon University.

He's originally from the Beaver State

Vigil honored as top player

"Dedication to basketball pays off for Fall River's Vigil" -- Matt Chapman

The hoops honorees up Redding way

"All-Record Searchlight boys team selected" -- T.J. Holmes

Hockey be damned

"Canada is now one of the world’s top sources of elite prep basketball recruits" -- Michael A. Fletcher

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sidhu signs with the Keelhaulers

Jason Hitt: "Elliot's Onkar Sidhu officially signs with CalMaritime today! So excited for my little brother!"

Cameron Niven to the Urban Knights

Ohlone College Men's Basketball: "Earlier this week, Renegade Sophomore Post Cameron Niven from Castro Valley signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Academy of Art University (D-2) in San Francisco. We wish Cameron the best of luck for his final two years in the PAC West Conference!!"

Standing 6-foot-8, 240, he played for the NorCal Jump Squad and Castro Valley High.

Butterfield is Mr. Trey

"Spencer Butterfield was unstoppable on the perimeter 
Perhaps reflecting the overall evolution of the game into a more perimeter-oriented one, the record for most three-pointers made in a single game changed hands the most times this season, settling down with Spencer Butterfield of Nanterre.

The 24-year-old marksman made 11-of-13 three-point attempts against Muratbey Usak Sportif in the Quarter-Finals en route to equaling the FIBA Europe Cup scoring record of 39 points, breaking the 10 three-pointer mark set by John Roberson of Elan Chalon just a week earlier."

Robinson & Eleraky earn their degrees

CCSF Mens Basketball: "Congrats to our guys on graduating with bachelors degrees:
  •  Sami Eleraky-Pacific
  • Dulani Robinson-Texas Southern"
Click the link to see the photos.

Jarrod Nodar moving down the Peninsula

CCSF Mens Basketball: "Congrats to @jnodar_33 on signing with Menlo College to finish his college career"

Warren transferring to Chico State

Former St. Mary's High guard Kevin Warren is transferring from Cal State Monterey Bay to Chico State. He averaged 12.7 points plus 3.8 rebounds as a freshman this season.
Otter Coach Bob Bishop was let go in early March and a replacement has yet to be name

Brandon Alston: Another Tiger possibility

"Pacific has offered Lehigh transfer wing Brandon Alston; immediately eligible with two years to play" — Corey Evans

A prediction for Clayton Valley High guard Pascoe

Richard Isaacs"Tonto silver ball has the pasty hooper Garrett Pascoe on his way to the majestic confines of UCSB under the direction of Joey P and D.Mill!"

Background on Paris Austin's transfer

An excerpt: "My family and I talked about it and we just decided that a transfer was best for us,” Austin told the Idaho Press-Tribune in a phone interview. “My family thought about it after the season and mentioned it to me. I was set on coming back to Boise State, but my family continued to talk to me and gave me different reasons and basically said we think this would be the best idea for us, transferring...."

Tragic player death

"Dad recounts events leading up to young basketball player’s death" — Darren Sabedra

A D.J. Wilson update

"D.J. Wilson nursing a pulled quad, is not working out at NBA Draft Combine" — Brendan F. Quinn

Gooden a college graduate

"Drew Gooden Fulfills Promise to Earn his College Degree" — Marc J. Spears

WJU signs Fresno area standout

"Men’s Basketball Signs Norcal Standout in Johnson" — William Jessup ath

Soldiers at EYBL Session III in Atlanta this weekend

Game One: Meanstreets 76, Oakland Soldiers 63, Taeshon Cherry posted a 19 points, 16 rebound double-double with Amadou Sow tallying 16.
Game Two: Pro Skills 66, Oakland Soldiers 58, James Akinjo scored 14 points but required 17 shots to do so while Amadou Sow totaled 13 as well as a team-best eight boards.
Game Three: Playaz Club 70, Oakland Soldiers 56.
 Game Four: PSA Cardinal 56, Oakland Soldiers 37
Junior Toure scored 13 points and Amadou Sow posted a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double.

Standley to the Evergreen State

Lakeshow Hoops: "Congratulations to St. Pats State Champion BJ Standley for his commitment to Saint Martins. Great sign for Coach Pribble!"

Alexander has another suitor

Austin Alexander: "Blessed to receive another offer from UTEP"

Holy Names lands a backcourter

That Man Coach Taylor"Compton College G Kyvonte Davis @l0veandho0ps Has Committed To Holy Names Uni. He avg 10pts 4.2rebs 4ast 1.3stls Back To Back All-Conf."

Pascoe has an official suitor

Garrett Pascoe: "Blessed to announce I've received an offer from UC Davis"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dark until Monday

The lights are out until late Sunday/early Monday.

Jolting news

Evan Daniels: "Sophomore guard Paris Austin just received a release from Boise State, per a source. Averaged 12.3 PPG."

After a sophomore season in which he averaged in double figures and shot much better from the floor (except 7-33 from long distance), this change of address and its timing are a mystery.

The 6-foot Austin likely would have been a full-time starter at the point with Boise being a title contender in the Mountain West Conference so nothing seems amiss there.

So why leave?

Based purely on gut feeling and no inside scoop whatsoever, California is certainly in need of someone with his experience, even though Austin will have to redshirt the upcoming season. If proven true, that still leaves the now part of the decision unexplained.

Logan Johnson offered by the Spartans

Logan Johnson: "Blessed to have received an offer from San Jose State"

Lintz to WJU

"Welcome Leondre Lintz, Consumnes River College MVP, to our William Jessup University family!"

At 5-foot-9, Lintz averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists this season, shooting 43%, 36% and 89% respectively.

William Jessup adds a big

"Welcome PJ Posey to the Jessup Warrior Basketball family!"

He's 6-foot-8, 260 and has previously played for Cal State Bakersfield.

The Gators land a point

Full-Time Hoops: "2017 Orange Glen G Michael Diaz signs with San Francisco State."

Full-Time Hoops: "San Francisco State is getting perhaps one of the top 5 on-ball defenders in SoCal in Michael Diaz. Explosive athlete and playmaker."

Diaz is a 6-foot-1 prep point out of Escondido.

STLB with its Nor Cal honorees

Signal The Light Basketball has named its Nor Cal CCCAA honorees

The Aggies looking for some beef upfront

Ani Umana: "David Nzekwesi has been offered by UC Davis"

The 2018 frontcourter is 6-foot-8, 235 and originally out of The Netherlands. He has a bevy of offers from Texas schools as well as a number of others outside the Lone Star State.

William Jessup's basketball graduating class

Lance Von Vogt: "We have 10 men's basketball players earning their degree today. Best day of the year. This is what it is all about!

* Darius Clement
* Guillermo Nunez (Sierra High) 
* Chris Murry (Kennedy High/West Valley College)
* Brian Simmons (Capital Christian High)
* Anthony Morton
* Micheal Patterson 
* Kelton Newman (Franklin High) 
* Darrell Polee (Global Youth Charter/Yuba College)
* Carlos Jimenez
* Elijah Lewis"


"Elijah Hardy showed off his FULL ARSENAL at the Match-Up City hosted by KP's Class of Hoops. Everyone knows Elijah for his great passing ability but this weekend he showed off a great pull-up jump shot and athletic ability by dunking 6 times in one game. He currently holds offers from USC, University of Washington and more....."

Spot on

"Stop using basketball as a Band-Aid for racial progress  The Grizzlies, or any NBA team, can’t fix what systemic racism created" -- Wendi C. Thomas

A good argument laid out

"Let’s talk about how ridiculous redshirting is" -- Joseph Nardone

"It's exactly why he came to Golden State — to be an option, not a priority"

"NBA playoffs 2017: We're seeing exactly why Kevin Durant came to the Warriors" -- Nick Birdsong

Very interesting and informative

"The Warriors' Deadly Combo Of Hustle And Flow" -- Lee Jenkins

6th Annual Bay Bridge Classic

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6th Annual "Bay Bridge Classic"
SF Rebels
~ Events by Select Collaboration
May 20-21 / San Francisco CA

Directors & coaches, this SF Rebels ~ Events by Select collaboration has quickly become one of the most organized & competitive events in Northern California; featuring top competition from various regions.  Our mission is to provide a fun, healthy & different experience for families; while creating a competitive & safe platform for our youth to showcase their talents.  Don't wait to register as this event sells out every year.



> 8u-Varsity Boys & Girls / level 1, 2 & 3 divisions
We will have appropriate competition for ALL teams
> Multiple team discounts available
$275 per team / $250 (3 or more teams) / $225 (5 or more teams)
> HS divisions covered by PremierBall & CheckBall Magazine
Player, game & MVP reports sent to college coaches NATIONWIDE
> 1st & 2nd place awards
Team footage & individual player footage provide by PLAYMAKER upon request!!!  PLAYMAKER will record your games throughout the event to create TEAM highlight reels and/or INDIVIDUAL PLAYER highlight reels.


HUB Power 10 Championship Qualifier
RUBEN GARCIA / 925) 367-3912

NATE FORD / 415) 445-5487
"Empowering and Strengthening Inner City Youth" 
"Foundation for Excellence; On the Court, in the Class Room, in Life"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Duronslet to the Bluegrass State

John Bynum Jr: "K.J.Duronslet (Sacramento) has committed to Union College (KY). Duronslet averaged 16.7 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Panthers last year"

Duronslet is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Kennedy High. He averaged 20.7 points and 11.2 boards in conference play.

Union is coming off a 35-3 record as well as the 2017 NAIA Division II National Championship.

The recruiting mantra for the Providence-based university program is ... what can brown do for you?

Sasha Harris-Forbes: "S/O to @mason_forbes25 for his Official Offer from Brown University! #GoBears 🐻🏀 @mmartinbrown @BrownUniversity"

Kudos to James Burns -- Nice to see off-season coverage in a newspaper

"On the rise: Washington St., Navy interested in Modesto Christian’s Murphy" -- James Burns

In the parlance of today, Coach Jones need to lock him up


Good news for Bealer

Kyle Goon: "Utah basketball heard back on Gabe Bealer's request for an additional year last week: He's good to play next season."

Faruq-Bey came on with a vengeance

The offensive efficiency of Western Oregon's Ali (San Lorenzo High) Faruq-Bey dramatically improved once conference play began in the 2017-18 season.

Take a look:

His scoring went from 15.0 to 16.0 but it's his gain in shooting accuracy was remarkable: 44%, 31% and 72% early in the season to 48%, 39% and 77% in league despite the latter being a time when you play opponents twice and defenses are much more cognizant of sets, tendencies and such.

Thought basketball was character-building

"Lin remembers many racist remarks hurled at him in NCAA" -- William Lou

Beyond sad

"How Jim Kiick Fell Through the Cracks   The devastation the former Dolphin’s family feels as it watches his gut-wrenching decline is matched by the frustration and confusion they’ve experienced in tryiBeyond sadng to get him the care he needs" -- S.L. Price

We need them more than they need us

"Where did you get these refs?" -- Rick Lewis

The Gaels in 2017-18

"FRS CBB Saint Mary’s in prime position to steal the national spotlight" -- Joseph Nardone

The Stretch Five

"Al Horford and the Rise of the Stretch 5    If you just look at his stats, the Celtics’ big free-agent signing hasn’t lived up to his price tag. But in truth, what Horford does for Boston’s offense goes beyond the box score, and it tells us a lot about where the center position is going in the age of small ball" -- Kevin O'Connor

"Nobody plays basketball in Cameroon"

"Cameroon Calling   More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball" -- Jackie MacMullan

Not news at this point but good background

"SFSU loses hoops coach to housing crisis" -- Jacob C. Palmer

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Noah Blackwell & Fresno State

The talk was that Noah Blackwell primarily departed from Long Beach State because he wanted to be positioned more at the point. So does the Bulldog roster make this a strong possibility now that he has selected Fresno State?

Deshon Taylor averaged 2.1 assists this season and will have one season of eligibility remaining when Blackwell can take to the court again. But nobody else on the current roster looks to have point guards skills which would earn them major minutes.

As to recruiting, two offers have been extended to high school points in the 2019 class and one, Logan Johnson, in the 2018 grouping. A 2017 point has also been offered but as yet remains undecided.

So the one element nobody knows about as yet is who Bulldog Coach Rodney Terry will bring in with his next recruiting class and if any will be points during Blackwell's redshirt season.

By the way, the 6-foot-2 Blackwell enjoyed a 53/33 assist-to-turnover ration this season while averaging 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds a contest. He shot 42% overall, 38% on threes and shot 6-7 from the foul line. All this in 24.4 minutes per game.

Mize to the Seawolves

coachmacj: "Congratulations to Davion Mize on his signing with Sonoma State Men's Basketball...another Contra Costa Comet gets it done!"

He played high school ball at Salesian Prep.

The 'Fro gets a Malibu offer

Sasha Harris-Forbes: "S/O to @mason_forbes25 for his Official Offer from Pepperdine!"

Akinjo with offer from back East

Josh Gershon: "2018 Oakland Soldiers PG James Akinjo picked up an offer from #UConn."

A bit on D.J. Wilson and the NBA draft

Q. I just wanted to get your sense of the Michigan trio, Derrick Walton, Senior, along with Mo Wagner and D.J. Wilson. What can they do at the combine, and again, the two underclassmen not signing with agents, maybe the look for them to come back for their senior seasons?

Jeff Goodman: Yeah, the NBA guys I talked to said, Mo Wagner, come back. Great that he played well at the end of the year, but it was a small sample size, and they said, he’s got good upside, come back, become a better rebounder, become a better defender, but go back to school. D.J., same thing for the most part, but they felt like he did more to justify what he did and testing the process. They felt like he could be a 25 to 40 type guy at the end of the day, but again, almost everyone I talked to said both should come back, Wagner 1,000 percent, and Wilson, if he comes back, they felt like he could really play his way into the first round for sure next year.

Fran Fraschilla: Yeah, I would agree with Jeff on both counts. Neither one of those guys is physically ready for the NBA. And to Jeff’s point, if you take away the 26 points versus Louisville and the good game against Minnesota late in the year, he did not play great the rest of the postseason. D.J. is really interesting because he is the quintessential 3 and D big guy right now. He shoots threes, and he’s got great length to defend. But even he got bullied inside. So both of those guys are not physically ready in my opinion to be in the NBA right now.

D.J. could get drafted in the first round late, but he ain’t playing in an important NBA game for at least a couple years...


John Carrier: "Great piece on transformational coaching by, surprise, @CoachSamAllen!"

More on Cam Oliver

"Cameron Oliver looking to raise stock at NBA combine" -- Chris Murray

A family's basketball history

"Mason Forbes looks to carry on basketball bloodline" -- Daniel Oyefusi

Bracy's Skills Combine

"Team Rampage head coach and trainer Brandon Bracy will be hosting a skills combine for high school boys on June 28th-30th. The combine will feature fundamental skill work, agility and conditioning drills, player evaluations from coaches, media coverage and more.

During this combine players will have the opportunity to improve their skills, while also gaining exposure in front of college coaches and scouts. The combine will take place at Nor-Cal Courts in Martinez, California from 10am-1pm. To register, click this link  or call Coach Bracy (707) 816-1196."

Informative and interesting

"Beauty and the Basketball  The postseason has prompted debates about what exactly makes good basketball. And in the absence of Russell Westbrook, no player prompts more passionate arguments than MVP rival James Harden" -- Chris Almeida

Let's all learn from this


Make this into a movie

"Oprah, Popeyes and late-night vacuuming: that time Scott Brooks lived with Charles Barkley" -- Dan Steinberg

Why anyone takes up football as a youngster is a mystery

"‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti" -- S.L. Price

Monday, May 8, 2017

Noah Blackwell to Fresno State

There may not be print telling the tale at this point but a picture is worth a thousand words:

The Gaels get a nice backcourt addition

"Ole Miss transfer Cullen Neal has committed to Saint Mary’s" -- Jon Rothstein

Jake Danoff coming back home

Brett Lewis: "Congrats to my guy @BigDaddyDanhoff for committing to Stanislaus State basketball! Tough kid, long journey but he made it."

The 6-foot-7 Danhoff attended East Union High in Manteca and then played at Umpqua College in Oregon the past two years. As a sophomore, he averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting 49%, 38% and 67% respectively.

Matta to SoCal

Jacob Mata: "So excited to say that I have committed to Biola University!🏀 All glory to God"

He's a 6-foot-3 guard out of Rocklin High.

Point signs with the Hornets

Andre Owens: "Kevin Hicks has signed with Sacramento State - Big Sky Conference!!! From New Orleans to Cali.. Great kid with a great future ahead of him"

Hicks is a 5-foot-11 point out of Western Texas College.

The Pullman-ites reaching out

Chuck Hayes Basketball: "CHB 17u 2018 6'9 C Gabe Murphy (@Big_Gabe32) recruiting has picked up and Washington State is one of the latest to express interest"

The comings-and-goings continue in Stockton

Jeff Goodman: "Kenny Smith's son, KJ, has decided to transfer from Pacific, source told ESPN. Was a freshman guard."

"Support for Jackson Carbajal"

"Jackson was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. He will start Immune suppresive therapy for a month at Stanford. During this time they will be looking for a Bone Marrow match to proceed with a transplant. Jackson's dad known to most as Coach Carb has given so much to help other people's children. He is an amazing teacher and coach. Let's take some of the financial burden off of this family so they can be there for Jackson. They will have so many added expenses with traveling back and forth. Please help in anyway you feel. I know his family would appreciate prayers for Jackson as he starts this journey. Thank you so much!
Help spread the word!"

Carbajal played at Sacramento State and Fresno Pacific.

The Broncos in the running

Jon Rothstein: "Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight tells me he's considering BC, St. Bonaventure, and Santa Clara. Also visits Penn State on 5/15."

He's a 6-foot-3 high-scoring guard who is a native of Connecticut.

Moss nabs a suitor

Brandon Moss: "Blessed to receive my first offer from Lyndon State"

The 6-foot-6 Modesto Junior College sophomore played at Bear Creek High. Two Enochs High players were on the 2017 Hornets who are based in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Has great size and can shoot

The NorCal Report: "2018 SG Chris Simpson (@Simpy530) of Jesuit / @EBAPharaohs is getting interest from St Mary's, SF State, Cal Poly. Also a baseball prospect"

Playing the Winston Wolf role in "Pulp Fiction" -- but not quite

"An inside look at the stressful, chaotic lives of NBA agents" -- Alex Kennedy

Oliver prepping for NBA Draft


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Report on 2017 Southern California Hoop Review

Here are just some of the Nor Cal talents profiled in Gerry Freitas' 2017 Southern California Hoop Review report.

Plenty of other Nor Cal players are also detailed -- these are some of the ones whose names appear in print less often -- hit the link above for all the names.

* 6'0" CG Jordan Adams of Vacaville HS 2018 (Bay Area Renegades)

Adams utilizes his quickness and speed to get by would-be defenders. He plays too fast at times, but his speed is an asset more often than not while attacking the rim or slashing to the basket for the score.

* 6’9” C Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun of Woodside Priory HS 2018 (Oakland Soldiers 17 Blue Elite)

Intriguing big man prospect who can finish with touch around the basket and also face up with touch on his set shot out to 3-point range and was especially consistent from the top of the key. Good motor and defensive instincts when contesting, altering and blocking shots.

* 5’7” PG Eric Alston of Sacramento HS 2019 (California United 16)

Nice combination of strength and speed which allows him to get into the paint and create offensive opportunities. Does a good job of getting defenders on his hip both in transition and half-court settings which allows him to probe and put pressure on the defense.

* 5’9” CG Noah Barry of Turlock MS 2021 (Stanco 15U)                                         

Quick, scorer and playmaker and has decent ball handling skills and good vision to create for others. Really good on ball defender

* 6’5” C Mason Beske of Monte Vista Christian HS 2020 (Seasides Finest)

Good rebounder, really athletic blocks lots of shots and moves feet well. Need more polish on back to the basket game. Good feel for age.

* 5’11” PG Xavion Brown of Sheldon HS 2020 (Lakeshow 16’s Black)

Plays well in open court and can shoot it with range. Can shoot deep beyond the arc with pressure.

* 6’4” SG Avery Burt of Berkeley HS 2018 (Lakeshow Seniors)

Attacks the basket off the bounce at-will and uses size and athleticism to finish through contact at the rim. Plays with a lot of toughness and energy at both ends of the floor. Can rebound both in and out of space at both ends. Versatile defender who can guard multiple positions.

* 6’4” PF Evans Charles of Monterey HS 2019 (Seaside’s Finest 17s)

Active and high motor interior presence who cleans up the offensive and defensive glass. Strong finisher in the painted area with either hand. Changes ends of the floor quickly and rim-runs with purpose

* 6'2" CG Jelani Clark of Archbishop Riordan HS 2020 (Splash City Elite 2020)

Extreme length, high motor, and superior athleticism describe this young thoroughbred. His jump shot is developing as is his mid-range scoring skills, but he's lethal in transition and in the paint due to his length, tenacity, and bounce.

* 5'11" CG Marcus Greene of Archbishop Mitty  HS 2020 (Lakeshow 15s Elite)

Greene appears to be well-coached due to his ability to affect the game at both ends. This talented combo-guard has ideal length and solid quickness. Defensively he closes out defenders and has active hands. Offensively, his head is up and he delivers the ball quickly in transition.

* 6'2" CG Miles Greene of Monte Vista HS 2018 (Lakeshow 17s Black)

Greene is a gamer. The thick-bodied combo-guard competes at both ends and isn't afraid to take the big shot. He gets in the lane due to his strength and determined mindset. He can score at all three levels, but is willing to set up his teammates as well.

* 6’4” SF Telano Hardee of Vanden HS 2020 (NBBA 15U Turner)                           
Strong and finishes through contact, above average handle, defensively can guard multiply positions.  Can score inside and out.

* 6'7" C Dishon Jackson of St. Patrick St. Vincent HS 2020 (California United 15U)

Although not as tall, Jackson has some physical attributes that remind me of UCLA big man Ike Anigbogu. He has long arms, solid timing, and he's assertive in the paint area. He can finish above the rim and he shows a soft touch as well. He rebounds well in his area and shows solid timing on the defensive end.

* 5’9” PG Walter Lum of Lick-Wilmerding HS 2018 (Bay Area Warriors 17s)

Smart and crafty point guard with a good feel for the game. Understands how to operate in high ball-screen action. Practices patience when coming off screens, probes the paint and surveys the best course of action. Has good vision both in half-court and transition settings which he uses to set up teammates.

* 5'11" PG Bryce Monroe of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 2020 (Splash City Elite 2020)

Monroe is a scoring point guard who can get in the lane and he has the quickness and bounce (can adjust in the air) to finish amongst the bigs. He possesses a ton of moxie at both ends of the floor and isn't afraid to mix it up in the paint finishing and rebounding. He needs to continue to hone his point guard skills (high screen and roll/mid-range finishes/etc.), but overall his future looks promising.

* 6'6" SF John Nagle of Will C. Wood 2018 (Bay Area Renegades)

One of the bigger surprises of the event. High IQ/court vision. This long and rangy wing-type needs to get stronger (narrow shoulders), but he has a nice offensive package. He has a smooth shooting stroke out to 22-feet and his release is tight. He excels at facilitating in the half court set and is an excellent passer. High academic. Division 1 potential.

* 6’5” G Spencer Spivy of San Francisco University HS 2018 (Bay Area Warriors 17s)

Consistent scoring threat from multiple spots behind the arc. Has a good feel for the game and solid ball handling skills, which allow him to create off the dribble to set teammates up for scoring opportunities. Impressive transition finisher who looks to attack at all times.

* 6'6" PF Kendall Stubblefield of Bellarmine Prep 2018 (Tyler Johnson Elite)

Stubblefield is inside-out forward with a versatile skill set. He uses his body well in the paint and showcases excellent footwork. He has the frame and built to finish through contact in the paint, but also has the face-up skills and deceptive quickness to get by bigger defenders. Definite Division 1 sleeper.

* 6'7" PF Demetrius Williams of Amador Valley HS 2018 (Tyler Johnson Elite)

Williams is a potential diamond in the rough. Long arms and huge feet describe his physical attributes and he's bouncy as well. A no nonsense player that rebounds in traffic, but also has the finesse to knock in deep jump shots. His shot looks smooth overall and he has range out to 22-feet. Overall, he still quite raw, but the talent is there.

* 6’1 PG Anthony Yu of St. Joseph Norte Dame HS  2020 (Bay Area Mambas 15u Elite)

Anthony is a quick point guard with a nice stroke and very good from to be a young player. His activity off ball helps him get open. He creates very well off the bounce in two to three dribbles.

The Hornets land a wing

Cerritos Juco Hoops: "Soph Cristian Perez is a D1 player!! Committed to Sacramento St today!!"

He played in the 2014-15 season, redshirted the following season and got back on the court this year. Perez is 6-foot-7, 215 and averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 46%, 44% and 78% respectively.

Lillis goes with the Seawolves

Nor Cal Renegades: "2017 Placer HS post and Nor Cal Renegades Jeremy Lillis has committed to Sonoma State University. Congratulations"

Big Eric Nielsen and guard Luke Chavez signed earlier.

De La Salle guard heading north

Colby Orr"happy to announce my commitment to Western Oregon University to further my career and education"

Carelton heading to the Hawkeye State

Diablo Valley College's Jovontae (El Cerrito High) Carelton is heading to William Penn University in Iowa.

Carelton is a 6-foot-4 wing who averaged 16.8 points plus 5.1 boards while shooting 44%, 34% and 74% respectively for the Vikings this season.

WPU is an NAIA school which finished 33-4 this year and was ranked #4 in a national post-season poll.

Mims makes it official with Brock University in Ontario

James Giacomazzi: "Big Mims signs today! 7-foot center heading to the Northeast. Congrats Donald! Go Hawks!"

Smith to the Philippines

"After starting the season in Turkey, Greg Smith signed a deal in the Philippines at the beginning of March. After a meeting with Antonio Butch, team manager of Philippines NT, he agreed to play for the NT as a naturalized player.

“We don’t see any problem with Greg because he’s so coachable, he’s a good person and I can vouch for him. He’s a very good guy," said the board of the NT in an interview with Business World."

Praise the generosity and the values that led ot it

"Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers teammates donate $224K in playoff bonuses to team staffers" -- Arthur Weinstein

Pascoe arriving/has arrived

Two tweets from Julius V:

"Oregon St, UC Davis, Idaho St, & Princeton are all now in the mix with 2018 Garrett Pascoe 6'3 PG Clayton Valley HS"


"2018 Garrett Pascoe has 4.2 GPA & scored 1400 out of 1600 on SAT. 6'3 athletic true Point Guard!"

Oliver with an agent

Jeff Goodman: "Nevada's Cameron Oliver staying in NBA Draft. Has signed with Todd Ramasar of Life Sports Media & Entertainment, Ramasar told ESPN."

The Chuck Hayes Summer Slam

"Chuck Hayes’ career in transition – but still loves Summer Slam" -- Ron Agostini