Monday, January 30, 2017

Going longform on Bakari Hendrix

"St. Patrick-St. Vincent High grad Bakari Hendrix waits on Hall call" -- Thomas Gase

Excellent, excellent feature.

Osayande coming on

"Defense carrying surging Bobcats entering home weekend" -- Parker Gabriel

From the article: "...A key second-half stretch against Idaho also featured a new lineup combination featuring emerging junior forward Benson Osayande. The Casper (Wyoming) College transfer averages about 13 minutes, but entered with 17 minutes, 15 seconds remaining and didn’t come out until the 7:24 mark.

For stretches, Fish used Osayande at the five with sophomore Sam Neumann at the four and junior Zach Green the three. Those two start at the five and four, respectively, and until Saturday had played those spots almost exclusively.

“I think that was the first time we had that lineup in all year,” Neumann said. “I thought we rebounded really well and we were able to get some matchup problems offensively. It was good to have.”

Osayande, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, had four put-backs during that second-half stretch and MSU out-rebounded PSU by 13 in the final 20 minutes.

“I like his progress, I like (Devin Kirby’s) progress,” Fish said. “Sometimes games are better fits than other games, and that was a good fit for Benson and he was very effective.”

Added Neumann, “Benson’s super quick and he’s improved a ton since the start and he’s going to keep improving. He’s got the talent — he’s always had the talent — and it was just a matter of getting comfortable...”

"Oops, hope they don't do it again"

"Oops – Sheldon boys basketball coaches forgot something" -- Joe Davidson

The latest from Coach Bob Walsh


Two out of five isn't bad

JUCORecruitingdotcom: New Top 5 in Cali JUCO -

1. Compton (21-3)
2. San Francisco (21-2)
3. Yuba (21-2)
T4. Saddleback (20-3)
T4. San Bernardino (20-5)

This week's Massey rankings


John Crumpacker on the West Coast Conference

"Crumpacker - What We Learned - 1/31/17"

Maupin on the West Coast Conference

"Week 12 WCC Power Rankings and Team of the Week" -- Will Maupin

Saturday: SHC 62, Serra 59

"Serra falters to Sacred Heart Cathedral in overtime" -- Terry Bernal

Saturday: UC Santa Cruz 72, Cal Miramar 56

At home on Saturday, UC Santa Cruz defeated California Miramar 72-56 as Adam Marlow led with 14 points and Tre Weston tallied 12 points plus a team-best eight boards. The Slugs shot 21-34 at the foul line versus CM's 4-7.


An interesting categorical analysis

"The Backlash Comes for Every NBA Star Eventually" -- Jason Concepcion

Stats & Analytics

"Advanced Basketball Stats are Here!"

Fairchild honored

"Folsom Athlete of the Week: Chris Fairchild" -- Matt Long

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Phil Fayne update

Illinois State stands 18-4 overall, 10-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference and one major reason for such remarkable records is 6-foot-9 newcomer Phil Fayne. Out of Franklin High and Western Nebraska, he is averaging 9.9 points plus 6.1 rebounds this season while shooting 60% and 57%. Also count in swatting away 27 opponent shot attempts thus far. Remarkably, Fayne is just a sophomore.

A Troy Thompson update

Troy Thompson is a junior at Prairie View A&M this season and has come on strong since conference play has begun with all of his numbers rising dramatically.

Currently, the former Oakland Tech and City College of San Francisco talent is averaging 22.1 minutes and 13.6 points per game in league while shooting 50%, 44% and 71% respectively. He is also grabbing 2.7 rebounds an outing with seven steals in seven games.

Introducing Kendall Stubblefield

"Kendall Stubblefield • C/F • Bellarmine Bells | Class of 2018" -- GetSportsFocus

Jackson with interesting interest, including locals, regionals

The NorCal Report: "2018 6-2 CG #ConnerJackson of Dublin HS is drawing interest from Nevada, USF, San Jose St, UC-Davis. Averaging 18 ppg this season"

Tention drawing interest

The NorCal Report: "2017 6-4 PG Miles Tention (@MTention22) of Palo Alto HS / Midnight AAU has interest from Rice, USF, San Jose St. True PG. Son of a coach."

Rodney Tention is currently an assistant coach at San Jose State University.

Clifton moving forward

"Calaveras coach grateful for return" -- Thomas Lawrence

Sharpshooter Singh

"Singh shoots lights out for Lutheran" -- John Hull

Sheldon nabs another victory

"Rolling Hills Prep State Preview Classic" -- Devin Ugland

"Sacramento Sheldon 64, Orange Lutheran 63

Elishja Duplechan's layup with 15.2 seconds to play capped the Huskies comeback victory over the Lancers.

Duplechan finished with a game-high 20 points as Sheldon (19-2) battled back from a 16-point third quarter deficit to earn the victory.

Orange Lutheran's Chris Williams, who finished with a team-high 19 points, sank two free throws with 37 seconds to play, giving the Lancers (11-13) a 63-62 advantage before the game deciding bucket.

Cade Potter missed a fadeaway 15-footer at the buzzer.

L.J. Williams, Drew Cobb and Isaiah Duplechan rounded out the scoring for Sheldon with 14, 11 and 11 points, respectively..."

The Predator strikes again

"Impact of Donald Trump’s immigration ban on Thon Maker and other overseas-born NBA players" -- Olgun Uluc

Sunday: Cal 66, Stanford 55

Host California bettered cross bay rival Stanford 66-55 on Sunday as Ivan (Bishop O'Dowd) Rabb produced 25 points plus 13 rebounds and teammate Jabari (Salesian Prep) Bird contributed 17 points.


Sunday: Washington St. 91, Arizona St. 83

Powered by 22 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds from Ike (Franklin High) Iroegbu, Washington State went into Tempe and took a 91-83 victory on Sunday.


Sunday: Illinois St. 69, Evansville 59

On Sunday, Illinois State nabbed a road victory over Evansville 69-59 as frontcourter Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska) Fayne notched a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double in 26 minutes. He also rejected a pair of shot attempts.


Saturday: TAMI 54, UAFS 53

On Saturday, Texas A&M International edged UAFS 54-53 as Denzel (Oakland Tech/Merritt College) Bellot compiled a line of 20 points, six rebounds, five assists plus four steals for the victors. He shot 7-13, 4-8 and 2-2 overall.


Saturday: Salesian 73, BOD 71

"Akinjo leads Salesian past Bishop O’Dowd in double OT thriller" -- Harold Abend

Saturday: Cal Maritime 64, UC Merced 53

Daniel (Columbia College) Radford tallied 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Cal Maritime's 64-53 win over UC Merced on Saturday.


Saturday: Pacific Union 80, Embry-Riddle 58

Ben (Napa Valley College) Jazuk scored 18 points and Greg (Chabot College) Brown 16 -- both shot 4-7 from long distance -- in Pacific Union's 80-58 victory versus Embry-Riddle on Saturday.


Saturday: The Master's College 79, William Jessup 65

Chris (Kennedy High/West Valley College) Murry scored a team-best 19 points on 6-11 long distance shooting in William Jessup University's 79-65 loss to The Master's College on Saturday.


Saturday: Hope International 80, Westmont 71

Bolstered by 20 points plus 12 rebounds from Liam (Drake High) Hunt, Hope International bested Westmont College 80-71 on Saturday.


Saturday: Campbellsville 76, Wilberforce 70

Erik (Sacramento High/Cal State Bakersfield) Kinney posted a 15 point ,11 rebound double-double and teammate Jalen (Burbank High/Yuba College/Montana Tech) Coates added 13 points in Campbellville University's 76-70 victory over Wilberforce on Saturday.


Righting the ship at Yuba

"NATIVE SON: Cornelius has Yuba College men back at the top" -- Jimmy Graben

NCS hoops tidbits

"NCS boys hoops: Quick hits from the week that was" -- Nate Smith

"Vallejo High's Bright Future"

 "Vallejo High's basketball tradition runs deep, as many talented athletes have played for the school. From New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and DeMarcus Nelson to former NBA 1st rounder Brandon Armstrong, Vallejo High has always been able to produce great basketball talent. However, despite the rich tradition, Vallejo High's basketball program has not been able produce talent or wins over the last two seasons. In two seasons, Vallejo has only won one league game and has not had a player make the all-league team. With the struggles of the program of late, there is a level of excitement with the upcoming players..."

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Saturday: Butte 81, Shasta 43

"Butte College men’s basketball team shuts down Shasta at home" -- Sharon Martin

Saturday: Merced 105, Fresno 93

On Saturday over in the San Joaquin, Merced College downed Fresno City College 105-93.

For the Rams, Christian (Golden Valley High) Carroll had an impressive shooting night at 9-13 overall plus 5-8 from long distance and finished with 23 points. He added seven rebounds and seven assists. Teammate Cole (Clovis East High) Morgan tallied 19 as well as six assists.


Saturday: Feather River College 83, College of the Redwoods 70

"Redwoods gives Feather River another run for its money, but Golden Eagles prevail down the stretch" -- Danny Penza

Saturday: CM-S 73, Pomona-Pitzer 67

Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch shot 8-16, 5-10, 7-7 respectively on his way to 26 points (plus six boards) and Micah Lick-Wilmerding) Elan tallied 10 points as well as six boards but Pomona-Pitzer fell 73-67 to host Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Saturday.


Seaside's Finest Tryouts

"Seaside's Finest will be holding basketball tryouts Feb. 19 and 26 for grades 6th-8th from 5-6:30 p.m. Tryouts for high school girls will be March 5 and March 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. High school boys tryouts will be conducted March 5 and March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. All tryouts are at Seaside High. Fee is $25. Contact boys director Jason Hieb at 831-915-5362 or, or girls director Erin O'Hare at 520-977-2630 or"

Saturday: Chico St. 69, UC San Diego 64

Host Chico State downed UC San Diego 69-64 on Saturday as Corey Silverstrom and Michael Bethea Jr. scored 14 points apiece for the Wildcats.

"Wildcats claim sole possession of first place with second-half comeback vs. UC San Diego" -- Joseph Shufelberger


Saturday: Humboldt St. 72, CS Monterey Bay 70

On Saturday in Seaside, Humboldt State edged Cal State Monterey Bay 72-70 as Tyras (Sheldon High) Rattler Jr. had another strong effort with 26 points. He shot 8-16, 5-10 and 5-5 respectively.

Gregg (San Ramon Valley High) Polosky led the Otters with 20 points and teammate Kevin (St. Mary's High) Warren tallied 14.


Saturday: CS SB 66, Stanislaus 64

In Turlock on Saturday, Cal State San Bernardino edged Stanislaus State 66-64 as Ramon (Sheldon High/Pepperdine/North Carolina Central) Eaton went for 13 points plus six rebounds.

For Stanislaus, Kyle (Calaveras High) Gouveia totaled 10 points and eight boards.


Saturday: CPP 67, CS East Bay 60

In Hayward on Saturday, Cal Poly Pomona took down Cal State East Bay 67-60 as Jeremy (St. Mary's High) Dennis tallied a team-best 15 points as well as seven rebounds for the victors.

Jalen (Santa Clara) Richard paced the Pioneers with 20 points.


Saturday: Cal Baptist 63, Notre Dame de Namur 445

On Saturday in Riverside, Cal Baptist took care of business 63-45 against Notre Dame de Namur. Michael (El Camino High) Smith finished the night with 15 points, six boards and six assists for the victorious Lancers.


Saturday: Hawaii 78, UC Santa Barbara 56

On Saturday in the islands, Hawaii had no trouble handling UC Santa Barbara 78-56 as Noah (Palma High/UCLA) Allen led with both 34 points and eight boards.


Saturday: San Francisco 81, Pacific 60

In Stockton on Saturday, USF handily took care of Pacific 81-60. The Dons shot 48% from the floor, 43% (13-30) from long distance.

Ray (Modesto Christian) Bowles scored 16 points for the Tigers.

Kelly Jones game reports.


Saturday: Nevada 82, New Mexico 65

In Reno on Saturday, Nevada handled New Mexico 82-65 as Cam (Grant High) Oliver provided 26 points, eight rebounds and a trio of steals.

Chris Murray checks in.


Saturday: Sac St. 80, Portland St. 77 OT

Eric (Casa Roble High) Stuteville scored a team-best 17 points in leading Sacramento State to an 80-77 overtime road victory over Portland State. The Hornet scored nine consecutive points to tie the game in regulation.


Saturday: UTEP 91, Marshall 68

Texas El Paso blew away host Marshall University 91-68 on Saturday with Dominic (Salesian High/Oregon) Artis notching a 24 point, 11 rebound, three assist line.


Saturday: Bakersfield 74, UMKC 63

Shon (Heritage High/Casper College/CCSF) Briggs scored 14 points and recorded five rebounds in aiding the Cal State Bakersfield's 74-63 defeat of UMKC on Saturday.


Saturday: UC Davis 74, UC Irvine 65

Aided by 12 points plus five assists from Darius (Sacramento High) Graham, host UC Davis used a 47-32 second half to beat UC Irvine 74-65 on Saturday.

Jonathan (Salesian Prep) Galloway corraled 13 rebounds for the Anteaters. He grabbed 13 in the previous game, 12 before that one.

Bruce Gallaudet game reports.


Saturday: Colorado St. 78, San Diego St. 77

Colorado State edged host San Diego State 78-77 on Saturday despite Malik (Lagina Creek High) Pope going for 19 points plus seven boards. He shot 7-12, 1-2 and 4-6 respectively. Teammate Dakarai (Sheldon High) Allen totaled 11 points and five rebounds.


Saturday: Boise 80, Wyoming 65

On Saturday in Laramie, Boise State upended Wyoming 80-65 as Bronco sophomore guard Paris (Bishop O'Dowd) Austin scored 15 points on 6-10 overall shooting.


Saturday: SJSU 76, UNLV 72

San Jose State University staged a comeback behind 23 points and 15 rebounds (plus five rejections) from Brandon Clarke and edged visiting UNLV 76-72 on Saturday. Teammate Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown started and, although he didn't shoot all that well, tallied 14 points and went to the foul line eight times, sinking six.


Saturday: Grand Canyon 85, Chicago St. 77

On Saturday in the Land of Lincoln, Grand Canyon defeated Chicago State 85-77 as freshman Oscar (Moreau Catholic) Frayer finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.


Friday: San Jose CC 55, Cabrillo 53

In a close one in Silicon Valley, San Jose City College edged Cabrillo College 55-53 on Friday.

For the Seahawks, Linton Acliese totaled 16 points, Tynan Velasquez 14 and Brett Reed posted a 12 point, 17 rebound double-double.


Friday: DeAnza 80, Monterey 76

On Friday, visiting DeAnza College topped Monterey Peninsula College 80-76. For the Dons, Ifeanyi (Porspect High) Ekechukwu scored 14 points followed by 13 apiece from Michael (Clovis West High) Orlich, Marquel (Overfelt High) Hodge and Chris (Pioneer High) Turner.


Friday: Ohlone 85, Cañada 79

Host Ohlone College defeated Cañada College 85-79 on Friday. Jack Macdonald led the victors with 17 points, Blake McGlenchy tallied 15 and Rob Uwaechie 14.


Friday: American River 68, Santa Rosa 57

"American River 29 39 – 68
Santa Rosa Junior College 23 34 – 57

SRJC: Erik Poulsen 18,Jordan Graves 12, Cetrick Yeanay 7, Kiel Long 6, Justin Frazier 6, Alex Mostafavi 3, Gabe Knight 3, Marcus Poe 2

AR: Chris Reed 35"

Friday: Fairfield 76, American Canyon 63 3OT

"American Canyon High boys basketball loses to Fairfield in three OTs" -- Matt O'Donnell

Friday: Prolific Prep 99, Aspire 39

"McDonald’s All-American Trent Jr. leads Prolific Prep to big win" -- Harold Abend

Friday: SCC 93, Sierra 73

On Friday in the state capital, Sacramento City College bested Sierra College 93-73. KJ (Kennedy High) Duronslet shot 11-12 and led SCC with 26 points while teammate Jhalen (Florin High) Lumpkins tallied 25 alongside eight boards and seven assists.


Friday: CRC 85, Modesto 75

On Friday in the Sacramento area, Leondre (Monterey Trail High) Lintz exploded for 38 points on 13-17, 3-5, 9-11 overall shooting in leading Cosumnes River College to an 85-75 win over Modesto Junior College. He also distributed four assists with nary a turnover.


Friday: Manteca 70, East Union 56


Friday, January 27, 2017

Meet Spencer Spivy

Spencer Spivy attends University. High, that is. He's not yet attending college but he will be and the school that signs him will be getting a 6-foot-5 2018 backcourter with extensive experience at the point and a mindset of making his teammates more effective.

But such wasn't always so. "In my freshman year, I played on the JV team as a point and an off-guard," Spivy recalled. "Now I’m still a scorer but more of a playmaker. Give the ball to me and I'll take care of it and create opportunities."

He continued, "In the eighth grade, I had a low release [on my shot] and got blocked a lot, so I changed my form. I was 5-foot-10 entering high school but I grew seven inches in the last two years."

Quick to give credit for his hoops advancement, Spivy gratefully offered, "my Dad has been a big influence because he got me started, and has always been right there for me. My middle school coach pushed me and the University coaching staff has been just as important. [University High Coach] Randy Bessolo saw potential in me that I didn't see in myself at the time."

Spivy sees a couple of elements as his top talents. "My shooting because I've worked on it a lot  and, outside of the fundamentals, my willingness to improve." Plus, "I try to be a smart player on the court." The effort behind his basketball IQ includes "watching the Warriors, the NBA and a lot of YouTube videos plus playing in open gyms." Leadership is another aspect. "I try to lead by example and set the tone for the team."

As for his best moments on the court, his answer was more generic than specific but still very telling. "It's being with my high school team in the summer playing four games in a day. I love the grind. Our team loves to work."

University is 19-2 overall thus far this season, 3-1 in the Bay Counties West League. The breakdown is 4-1 at home, 7-1 in away games plus 8-0 on neutral courts. The success of the team is predicated on pushing tempo, finding open shooters and shooting threes. Those ingredients have Spencer Spivy's name written all over them.

More on the subject of scouting

"'Moneyball' author Michael Lewis explains why professional sports teams need to reinvent the role of scout" -- Richard Feloni

Question: don't scouts in any professional sport dig into who someone is and why they are that way? This seems so basic.

Former CCSF guard now at Prairie View A&M honored

"National Player of the Week: Troy Thompson"

Friday: Chico St. 87, CS SB 70

On Friday up north, Chico State took care of Cal State San Bernardino 87-70 as Jalen (Castro Valley High) McFerren's 24 points and nine boards just missed double-double status. Teammate Justin (River City High) Briggs contributed 19 points plus six rebounds.

Chico State game report


Friday: Humboldt St. 82 CA East Bay 79

Tyras (Sheldon High) Rattler Jr. exploded for 27 points in leading Humboldt State to an 82-79 victory over Cal State East Bay in Hayward on Friday.

For the Pioneers, Jalen (Santa Clara) Richard, Micah (Notre Dame de Namar) Dunhour and Druce (Tracy High) Asah each totaled 18 points.

HSU game report


Friday: Diablo Valley 75, San Joaquin Delta 66

"Delta suffers sweep at hands of Diablo Valley" -- Kevin Niendorf

Friday: Mendocino 80, Contra Costa 69

"Eagles come up big with the game on the line" -- Joe Langstaff

Friday: Vallejo 71, Benicia 62

"Vallejo High boys basketball upsets Benicia at home" -- Times-Herald

Friday: St. Mary's 54, Lincoln 50

"St. Mary's boys prevail in a thriller at Lincoln" -- Thomas Lawrence

Friday: Beyer 73, Gregori 57

"Beyer, Perry burn Gregori with barrage of 3s in fourth quarter" -- James Burns

"Bethel's Strong Sophomore Class Storms Past Vallejo"

"After losing a starting lineup that featured all seniors a year ago, Jesse Bethel (Vallejo, CA) has reloaded with four sophomores and a few juniors that have started the rebuilding process for the Jaguars. Sophomore Jacob Sharpe who transferred from Salesian High School, has been Bethel's leading scorer for the season. The other three sophomores are Jori Taylor, Jovon Jackson, and Julian Manasala. Manasala and Jackson came up big in their win against crosstown rival Vallejo High School, as Manasala scored 17 points off the bench, and Jackson was able to provide excellent point guard play. Dion Moore, Craig Holden and Markus Daniels, are the juniors that have made an impact for the Jaguars..."

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Thursday: Concordia 79, Dominican 74

Ryo (Ohlone College) Tawatari led Dominican University with 16 points but the Penguins fell 79-74 on Thursday in Irvine to Concordia.


Thursday: Rogers St. 72, TAMI 56

On Thursday, host Rogers State downed Texas A&M International 72-56 in the Sooner State despite Kenny (St. Ignatius College Prep/Cañada College) Hatch totaling 17 points for TAMI.


Thursday: Western Washington 81, Montana St.-Billings 68

Jeffrey (Salesian Prep) Parker scored 18 points in 25 minutes as Western Washington bested Montana State-Billing 81-68 on Thursday in the Big Sky State.


Thursday: Arizona Christian 79, San Diego Christian 69

On Thursday, Arizona Christian bested San Diego Christian 79-69 in part due to receiving 21 points, six rebounds and four assists from Chris (Delano High/San Jose City College) Sterling.


Wednesday: SJCC 65, Gavilan 49

On Wednesday in Silicon Valley, Josh (Willow Glen High) Underwood scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on San Jose City College's 65-49 defeat of Gavilan College.


Thursday: Pomona-Pitzer 83, Whittier 63

Four talents with northern California connections scored in double figures on Thursday as Pomona-Pitzer topped Whittier College 83-63. Corbin (Sacred Heart Prep) Koch went 13-14 at the foul line in scoring 21 points, James (Leland High) Kelbert and Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum each totaled 16 and Mica (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan tallied 12 as well as a team-best four steals.

Game report


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday: De La Sale 51, Dublin 45

"De La Salle holds off Dublin in EBAL showdown" -- Darren Sabedra

The CalHi Sports (Nor Cal) State Stats Stars of the Week

* Andre Kelly (Lincoln, Stockton)
In his next game back after the Trojans lost a game at the buzzer to West of Tracy, the 6-foot-7 junior racked up 32 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and handed out six assists in an 89-61 triumph against Tokay of Lodi.

* Elias King (Christian Brothers, Sacramento)
One of the top juniors in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section (which has more than a few of them), King went over the 30-point mark in back to back games last week. He scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds during a 62-57 loss to Vista del Lago of Folsom and two days later had 34 points and 12 rebounds when the Falcons defeated Mira Loma of Sacramento 69-63.

* Josh Singh (Lutheran, Elk Grove)
He had three games of at least 40 points last week, including 45 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the Panthers past Freedom Christian of Fair Oaks 85-61.

* Tydus Verhoeven (Manteca)
The leading returnee off of Manteca’s 2016 CIF Division III state championship team, Verhoeven came one block short of an impressive triple-double in a 81-61 win vs. Lathrop. Despite Lathrop having a stat star regular of its own in Junior Ballard, Verhoeven put up 24 points with 19 rebounds and nine blocks. The 6-foot-8 post player can play on the perimeter as well but the Buffs need him more inside this season.

Los Gatos hanging in there

"Krulevitch leads Gatos scorers, but Cats can’t avoid split" -- Dick Sparrer

Ballin' in Marin County

"Tam boys tighten MCAL race by beating Branson" -- Danny Schmidt

The Nor Cal Top 25 teams

"MaxPreps Northern California Top 25 high school boys basketball rankings" -- Joe Davidson

Burns on five more Modesto area talents

"5 players on the move while teams are stuck in neutral" -- James Burns


"Modesto’s Central Catholic mum on missing boys basketball players" -- Joe Cortez

Thursday: SF St. 85, CS San Marcos 78

On the road Thursday and bolstered by a 58-44 second half, San Francisco State handled Cal State San Marcos 85-78. For the Gators, Nick  (Marin Catholic) Calcaterra scored 17 points and Warren (Cabrillo College) Jackson finished with 14.


Thursday: LMU 79, Pacific 73

Host Loyola Marymount turned back Pacific 79-73 on Thursday despite the Tigers getting a strong game of 22 points (11-11 at the foul line) from Ray (Modesto Christian) Bowles.


Thursday: Montana St. 94, Idaho 91 2OT

Benson  (Franklin High/Casper College) Osayande scored 13 points in Montana State's 94-91 double overtime victory over visiting Idaho on Thursday.


Thursday: UMKC 83, Grand Canyon 77

Visiting Grand Canyon fell 83-77 to UMKC last night although freshman Oscar (Moreau Catholic High)  Frayer produced 10 points plus eight rebounds in just 13 minutes. He shot 4-5, 1-1 and 1-2 respectively.


Thursday: Western Kentucky 65, UTEP 62

Host Western Kentucky edged Texas El Paso 65-62 on Wednesday despite the Miners receiving 14 points, nine boards, nine assists and two steals from Dom (Salesian Prep/Oregon) Artis.

Game report


Thursday: Michigan 90, Indiana 60

D.J. (Capital Christian High) Wilson provided 11 points, five boards, four blocked shots and three assists in Michigan's 90-60 walloping of visiting Indiana.


Thursday: Eastern Wash. 72, Montana 60

Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett shot 5-11 on his way to 11 points plus contributed five rebounds and four assists as Montana fell to visiting Eastern Washington 72-60 on Thursday.

Game report


Wednesday: Cabrillo notches sixth straight win

"Cabrillo flying away in Coast Conference South" -- Jim Seimas


Wednesday: College of Alameda 69, CCC 63

On Wednesday, College of Alameda defeated Contra Costa College 69-63. For CoA, Keilan Nixon led with 17 points, Geronimo (Lowell High) Walker tallied 15, Kristian Zjak 14 and Jordan (Skyline High) Wright 13.


Wednesday: NVC 92, Merritt 86

Napa Valley College grabbed a 92-86 victory over host Merritt College on Wednesday. For the Thunderbirds, Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn led with both 31 points and five assists while teammate Tim (Freedom High) Jordan tallied 19 plus a team-best seven boards. Obie (Northgate High) Richard scored 14 points bolstered by 4-8 three-point shooting.


Wednesday: Yuba 97, Los Medanos 76

Host Yuba finished 10 points and then 11 points better than Los Medanos College in each half and won 97-76 on Wednesday. Guard Brandon River City High) Ruaro continued his hot streak with a team-best 24 points, Jihad (Vanden High) Woods finished with 21 and Xavier (River City High) Francois 19.

"49ers squads roll in BVC matchups against Los Medanos" -- Appeal-Democrat


Wednesday: Feather River 94, Butte 81

Host Feather River College turned away Butte College 94-81 on Wednesday by using a 59-37 first half to maintain an insurmountable lead.

For Butte, Josiah Wood led with a 22 point, 14 board double-double followed by Darae Elliott's 16 and 11 numbers in scoring and rebounding.


Wednesday: Manteca 69, Central Catholic 60

"Better late than never: Verhoeven sits early, sparks Manteca’s win at CC" -- James Burns 

Tuesday: William Jessup 62, Menlo 59

"Warriors battle to final buzzer to secure sixth-straight win" -- Brianna Campbell

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Bells are ringing

"Bellarmine edges St. Ignatius in WCAL thriller" -- Darren Sabedra

SJND open to Open

"St. Joseph Notre Dame raises bar  One year after winning Division V state crown, St. Joe’s has sights on playing in Open Division" -- Darren Sabedra

Wednesday: CCSF 69, Ohlone 65

On Wednesday, City College of San Francisco edged host Ohlone College 69-65. Zach (Berkeley High) Copeland's 19 points paced the Rams, Eddie (Archbishop Riordan) Stansberry totaled 14 points and Armani (Stuart Hall/Portland State) Collins contributed 11.

Wednesday: Fresno CC 81, COS 55

Tyus (Oak Ridge High) Milhollin led with 26 points and Cole (Clovis East High) Morgan shot 7-9 on his way to 15 points in Fresno City College's 81-55 win versus College of the Sequoias on Wednesday. A 43-26 second half scoring margin provided the main difference in the final score. FCC also earned a 42-22 rebound differential.

Isaiah Johnson scored 20 points to pace COS.


Wednesday: Mendocino 83, Marin 68

"College of Marin can’t overcome 17-0 hole in loss to Mendocino" -- Ian Ross

Wednesday: MPC 97, Hartnell 90

Host Monterey Peninsula College took a 97-90 win over in-county rival Hartnell College on Wednesday. John Rich shot 10-11, 2-2 and 7-8 overall in scoring 29 points for the Lobos. Marcus (Heritage High) Wallace added 18 points, Elijah Nesbit 16 as well as 10 assists and Jalen (The Kings Academy) Carson produced a 12 point, 11 board double-double.


Wednesday: Cabrillo 66, DeAnza 54

In Aptos on Wednesday, Cabrillo College turned away DeAnza College 66-54 as Linton Acliese went for 21 points plus 10 boards, Tynan Velasquez enjoyed 16 points, 10 assists plus six steals and Brett Reed produced a 10 point, 17 rebound double-double.


Wednesday: Bethel 55, Vallejo 44

"Bethel High’s sophomores help beat Vallejo in boys basketball" -- Matt O'Donnell

Wednesday: Palma 72, Monterey 55

"Palma ends Monterey’s record win streak at 17" -- John Devine

Wednesday: Nevada 76, Boise St.57

In Idaho on Wednesday, Nevada grabbed a solid road victory 78-57 versus Boise State as Cam (Grant High) Oliver scored 17 points, grabbed 15 boards and rejected four shot attempts.


Wednesday: Northridge 78, Santa Barbara 57

Kendall (Deer Valley High) Smith produced 12 points, six assists and five rebounds in aiding Cal State Northridge's 78-57 Wednesday victory over UC Santa Barbara in The Thunderdome.


Wednesday: Illinois St. 71, Indiana St. 66

Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne totaled 19 points plus five rebounds in Illinois State's 71-66 victory over Indiana State on Thursday.


American Canyon stronger this season

"Wolves off to best SCAC start ever" -- Andy Wilcox

Tuesday: American River 84, Sac City 68

On Tuesday in the state capital, American River College bested Sacramento City College 84-68 despite K.J. (Kennedy High) Duronslet totaling 20 points plus 16 boards for SCC.


Tuesday: San Joaquin Delta 81, Cosumnes River 65

On Tuesday, in Stockton, San Jpaquin Delta College defeated Cosumnes River College 81-65. Mustang Jovian (Heritage High) Cormier shot 8-10 on his way to 19 points and he also grabbed 12 rebounds. Teammate Darrin (Chavez High) Gentry shot 7-8 in scoring 16 points and he added a team-best four assists.

CRC was led by 22 points from Jordan (Cordova High/Reno International Prep) Roberson who shot 6-11, 3-4 and 7-7 overall..


Tuesday: UC Merced 58, UC Santa Cruz 53

UC Santa Cruz had three players in double figure scoring with Ben (Aptos High)  Dorfman at 13 points, 11 for Kyle (Whitney High) Creighton and Will (Casa Grande High) Crain's 10 plus an enormous 16 rebounds from Tre Weston but the Banana Slugs still fell 58-53 to visiting UC Merced.

The victors were led by freshman guard Cole (Kennedy High) Taira's 15 points who also collected a team-best eight assists.


Tuesday: Stuart Hall 72, University 59

"Stuart Hall fine at the line in win over University" -- Mitch Stephens

"Wood's Junior Varsity Duo Combines for 45 in Win"

"Will C. Wood (Vacaville, CA) visited Napa High School last night, as Wood's junior varsity team carried a 3-0 league record. However, they would find themselves in a tough battle as Napa kept the game close for most of the game. After a slow first half, Wood's duo of Johnathon Cobbs and Angelo Harris were able to pick up their play and carry Wood to a victory to move to 4-0 in league..."

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Tuesday: Placer 59, Center 39

"Hillmen ride fourth-quarter surge at Center" -- Jeff Nicholson/Mike Ray

Tuesday: Palo Alto 66, Los Gatos 57

"Tention sparks a rally, leads Palo Alto to hoops victory" -- Glenn Reeves

Elk Grove loses wins

"PLAYER TRANSFERRED TO EG WITHOUT PROPER PAPERWORK, A.D. SAYS Elk Grove boys basketball forfeits nine wins" -- John Hull

"Crush in the Valley" hoops event in Napa

"'Crush in the Valley' boys basketball showcase at Napa Valley College this weekend" -- Daniel Poulter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Noah Allen has gone into overdrive in UH's last three games

"Allen’s rare air" -- Brian McInnis

Tuesday: Santa Rosa JC 64, Sierra College 40

(host) Santa Rosa JC 29 35 – 64
Sierra  College 16 24 – 40

SRJC: Gabe Knight 8, Jon Montez 8 (8 rebounds), Justin Frazier 7, Danny Lewis 7, Kiel Long 7 (7 rebounds, 5 assists), Jordan Graves 4, John McMillan 4, Alex Mostafavi 3, Cetrick Yeanay 2, Erik Poulsen (4 blocks)

Tuesday: San Joaquin Delta 81, Cosumnes River College 65

"Delta sweeps Cosumnes River" -- Scott Niendorf

Jovian Cormier
scored 19 points for the victorious Mustangs.

Tuesday: Pleasant Valley 65, Foothill High 56

"Foothill boys fall to PV 65-56 in first place showdown" -- Joseph Shufelberger

Tuesday: Palo Alto 66, Los Gatos 57

Glenn Reeves: "Final Palo Alto 66 Los Gatos 57 Tention 22 Wulbrun 17"

Tuesday: Marin Catholic 67, Redwood 61

"Prep basketball: Calcaterra, Marin Catholic beat Redwood to escape four-way tie for second place" -- Danny Schmidt

33 points for Joey Calcaterra.

Tuesday: Ripon High 79, Hilmar High 49

"Throwback Tuesday: Sisk, Ripon boys make most 3s since 2004" -- James Burns

"Armijo's Elijah Johnson Comes Up Big Against Napa"

"For the Armijo Indians (Fairfield, CA) the 2016-2017 season hasn't been great, as they came into last Friday's game against Napa High School with a 3-12 overall record, and 0-2 in league play. At halftime, Armijo found themselves down 14 when senior guard Elijah Johnson sparked a rally that forced an overtime..."

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"Wong's Successful Senior Year"

"For the St. Patrick-St. Vincent's (Vallejo, CA) Girls basketball team, this season has been a success due to the most part of their preseason record. The Bruins went 14-2 in preseason entering league play, with 13 of their wins defeating their opponents by 14 or more points. Despite the preseason success, the Bruins have gotten off to a slow 1-2 start in league, but that hasn't stopped senior guard Wanapaleia Wong from having a great senior season..."

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Walker honored

"Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week
Kyree Walker (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) Fr.

We were among those who braved the stormy weather last Friday night to get to a game and the one attended was to see the Mariners against league rival Newark Memorial of Newark.

We were rewarded with an outstanding performance as this highly regarded freshman tied his season-high with 30 points during a 78-47 win. Going 11 of 16 from the floor, he also had four assists and three steals and looked like a complete player.

Our own Ronnie Flores before the season started had Walker as our No. 1 player in the state for the Class of 2020. That’s looking like a good call."

Bellarmine versus St. Ignatius, with the Bells hosting

"Top NorCal teams set to collide Wednesday night" -- Darren Sabedra

Saddleback at #1

Saddleback Secures Sole Possession of No. 1 Ranking

"Losses by San Francisco, defending state champions and last week’s co-No. 1, and East Los Angeles created a bit of a shake-up in this week’s poll. Some teams, which were perfect last week, found themselves falling a spot or two as coaches tried to assess where to move No. 20 Las Positas (upset co-No. 1 San Francisco), Mt. San Antonio, unranked (beat East LA), Santa Rosa (fell to unranked SJ Delta) and where to drop East LA and how far San Francisco should fall as well as should Delta and Mt. San Antonio climb into the Top 20. In the end, it left some good teams out of this week’s poll.

State Poll

2. San Francisco (19-2) — Despite falling out of a tie for the state ranking, San Francisco managed to maintain its hold on the north’s top ranking, edging Yuba. The Rams’ 91-90 loss to Las Positas at home snapped a 11-game win streak. This week, San Francisco continues a four-game road swing with stops at Ohlone (15-6, No. 11 in the regional poll) and at Chabot (4-16). The Coast-North has six teams (out of seven) with 11 wins or more and is looking to be a one of the best races in the state.  

3. Yuba (19-2) —Yuba, winners of 10 straight, nearly overtook San Francisco this week. Perhaps a stronger Bay Valley Conference would have swayed pollsters. The conference has just three teams with above .500 records, and one — Los Medanos — just moved into the red last week. The 49’ers have opened a 2 ½ game lead on Los Medanos headed into — ironically, a home game against Los Medanos on Wednesday. Yuba will also host 7-13 Solano this week. Los Medanos has quietly won six in a row, and a victory over Yuba would look awesome on its seeding sheet. Unfortunately, their last meeting resulted in a 20-point Yuba victory (90-70, Dec. 29).

6. Fresno (17-4) — Don’t look now, but the Fresno players have discovered scoreboards have three digits. The Rams have been on a tear — scoring over 100 points in four of their last six games, including hanging 125, a state-high, on Cerro Coso. Tyus Millhollin had 31 points off the bench as Fresno played its reserves extensively. This week, Fresno, which begins a three-game home stand, against its three biggest conference championship hope threats —Sequoias (No. 13 in the north) and No. 20 Merced. The last time Fresno and Merced got together, the Rams dropped 119 points on the Blue Devils, which began Fresno’s run on 100-point games. 

8. Feather River (15-3) — Feather River got in just one game last week due to the weather in California. And it was a nail bitter! The Golden Hawks needed double overtime to dispatch Shasta, 97-89. Feather River is faced with having to play five games over the next 13 days, luckily three will be at home. This week will be a normal week with games on Wednesday (vs. 12-7 Butte) and Saturday (at Redwoods, 7-10). However, next week, the Golden Eagles will play three games over eight days — weather permitting (never thought I would string those words together in a basketball poll). Feather River begins the week with a ½ game lead on Shasta.   

10. Canada (16-5) — Canada is one of five teams in the Coast-North with 11 wins or more. The Colts’ 16 wins is third best — in the division! But they begin the week tied with San Francisco for first place. Next week, Canada faces games against San Francisco and Las Positas, but before we can get to next week, we need to talk about this week. This week, Canada hosts 11-9 Foothill and then visits 15-6 Ohlone. Victories this week would set the stage for Canada’s conference championship hopes.

11. Santa Rosa (14-6) —Santa Rosa tumbles four places this week after dropping a conference game to San Joaquin Delta, 86-80. Despite the loss, the Cubs open the week with a game lead on San Joaquin Delta and Sierra for conference championship. Unfortunately, there is five teams within two games of Santa Rosa in the chase for the conference title. This week, 9-11 Sierra gets a shot at Santa Rosa. Then the Cubs meet 10-7 American River in Sacramento. This is one of those scenarios where every game is key to their title hopes — and probably a top four regional seed. 

13. Las Positas (17-4) — Behind its shocking victory over San Francisco, Las Positas climbs to No. 13 this week. The Hawks, however, still remain two games back of San Francisco and Canada in the race for the divisional title. The winner, however, has to rejuvenate Las Positas which lost two of its three conference games. As we have said before, this division is a &*(%$#. So, there is no time for Las Positas to savor its upset victory. There is still plenty of work ahead. The Hawks begin a three-game home stand, where they are 6-1 this season, beginning with 11-9 Skyline and then Foothill, which also begins the week 11-9.

15. San Joaquin Delta (11-8) — Hats off to San Joaquin Delta, I don’t think anyone saw the Mustangs fighting for the Big Eight Conference title. Spurred by the play of Jovian Cormier, who is averaging 19.2 points per game in conference games and Mike Anderson, who is averaging 13.5, SJ Delta appears to be a contender for the conference title down the stretch. After losing two of its first three conference contests, the Mustangs have run off three consecutive wins. The Mustangs are a game behind front-running Santa Rosa. This week, Delta faces two teams fighting for their post-season survival in 11-10 Cosumnes River and 15-6 Diablo Valley, losers of three of its last six games.

18. Cabrillo (13-6) — Cabrillo has quietly built a five-game win streak, the Seahawks longest of the year. That win streak has Cabrillo leading the Coast-South division by a game over De Anza. And, as luck would have it, Cabrillo hosts De Anza on Wednesday. A victory would open a two-game lead for the Seahawks with six games to play. Cabrillo also visits 7-12 San Jose on Friday.

20. Merced (12-7) — Merced wrestles the final spot in this week’s poll from Ohlone, West Hills and Sequoias (each was one point behind the other this week). Merced, which currently tied for second place with West Hills and Sequoias, has won three straight since losing two of its first three conference games. This week, the Blue Devils visit 6-13 Porterville, before getting another shot at Fresno, which scored 119 points in their first meeting back on January 4.

Northern California Regional Poll

1. San Francisco (9)
2. Yuba (6)
3. Fresno
4. Feather River
5. Canada
6. Santa Rosa
7. Las Positas
8. San Joaquin Delta
9. Cabrillo
10. Merced
11. Ohlone
12. West Hills
13. Sequoias
14. Diablo Valley
15. Butte

Others receiving votes: Marin, Skyline, Foothill, Sierra" 

Checking out the CCS team rankings

"Prep2Prep CCS Rankings - week nine" -- Nate Smith

Living life in 10 day segments

"The Planes, Trains And Automobiles That Begin 10-Day Contracts" -- Jake Fischer

The Halfway Honors

"Our 2016–17 NBA Midseason Award Winners - We take a look at the players who are most deserving of the league’s year-end awards, halfway through the season. Some picks are beyond obvious; others require some imagination" -- The Ringer

Monday: MC 58, Beyer 57

"Crusaders survive scare from Beyer, state record league streak intact" -- James Burns

Monday: Cal Baptist 85, Fresno Pacific 70

Down in the San Joaquin on Monday, Cal Baptist handled Fresno Pacific 85-70 as Michael (El Camino High) Smith led with 23 points on an efficient 6-10, 5-6 and 6-6 overall shooting and teammate Casey (Newark Memorial/Ohlone College/LMU) Norris added 10 points plus a team-best seven assists.


Monday: Chaminade 92, Holy Names 79

On Monday in Honolulu, Chaminade defeated Holy Names 92-79 as Rohndell (West High/Cañada College) Goodwin led with 29 points on 10-16, 4-8 and 4-5 shooting respectively.


Monday: Butte 73, Siskiyous 47

"Butte College men’s basketball team shakes off rust in big win against Siskiyous; women fall to Eagles" -- Joseph Shufelberger

Saturday: Manteca 81, Lathrop 61

"Buffaloes' seniors show there's no let up" -- Scott Niendorf

Saturday: Elliot 57, Benicia 42

"Elliot beats Benicia in non-league showcase" -- Lodi News-Sentinel

The latest from Coach Bob Walsh


Monday, January 23, 2017

Out of the top 15 scorers in the state JC ranks...

...nine have connections to the Bay Area and northern California. They are:

* Demarre (Vanden High) Walker, Chabot College, 25.4 points

* Anthony Smith, Feather River College, 21.6 points

* Trevelin Queen, College of Marin, 21.3 points

* Ronald Turkvan, Mendocino College, 20.6 points

* Tyrell (El Cerrito High) Alcorn, Merritt College, 20.3 points

* Richard (Laguna Creek High) Reed, American River College, 20.1 points

* Lance (St. Mary's - Stockton) Coleman II, Irvine Valley College, 20.0

* Jonah (Willow Glen High) Underwood, San Jose City College, 19.9 points

* Jabriel Allen, Napa Valley College, 19.6 points

Can I assist you?

Assist averages should probably be paired with assist-to-turnover ratios for a broader sense of understanding as well as noting offensive tempo and, maybe most importantly, the number of teammates who can make shots but good luck compiling all those measurements. Here are the Bay Area and Nor Cal-connected assist leaders in the state JUCO ranks:

* Albert (St. Ignatius) Waters, Los Medanos College, 8.7

* Elliott Nesbit, Monterey Peninsula College, 6.8

* Caleb (Washington High) Baskett, Las Positas College, 6.5

* Lewayne Grant, Columbia College, 6.4

* Michael (Clovis West High) Orlich, DeAnza College, 6.2

* Day Day Green, College of the Redwoods, 6.1

* Tynan Velasquez, Cabrillo College, 5.5

* Jamel White, Feather River College, 5.5

The Rejectionists

The Bay Area and Nor Cal-connected players heading up the Top 10 in the state in shotblocking numbers seven and only three count as bigs:

* Donald (Center High) Mims, Las Positas College, 4.2

* Jonah (Willow Glen High) Underwood, San Jose City College, 2.6

* Mohammad (Analy High) Halaweh, Mendocino College, 2.6

* J Willingham, Merced College, 2.4

* Lamous Brown, Feather River College, 2.2

* Nylek Cobb, College of Marin, 2.1

* Darae Elliott, Butte College, 1.7

A Davone Oliver Jr. update

Davone (Castlemont High/Santa Rosa Junior College) Oliver Jr. is at Great Falls - Montana and averaging 8.9 points plus 1.5 assists this season. He has played in 12 games, started six, at 16.8 minutes an outing. Oliver Jr. is shooting 37%, 31% and 83%.

University High were Warriors style before the Warriors were

"University set to face rival Stuart Hall" -- Mitch Stephens

Important matchup on Wednesday

"Palma-Monterey hoops" -- John Devine

THe top prep squads in and around Sacramento

The Top 10 (of 20) in and around Sacramento per Joe Davidson this week:

1. Sheldon (1) 16-2

2. Woodcreek (2) 18-2

3. Burbank (4) 16-2

4. Capital Christian (6) 11-7

5. Folsom (3) 15-5

6. Grant (9) 14-5

7. Jesuit (5) 10-9

8. Vista del Lago (7) 15-4

9. Christian Brothers (10) 10-8

10. Placer (8) 17-3

The Bay Area Top 20

"High school rankings: Movement among WCAL teams" -- Mitch Stephens

Will Maupin looks at the West Coast Conference

"Week 11 WCC Power Rankings and Team of the Week" -- Will Maupin

Saturday: SP-SV 79, CB 59

"St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball defeats Christian Brothers" -- Times-Herald

"The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team defeated Christian Brothers, 79-59, on Saturday in the Adidas Challenge at Sheldon High.

The Bruins (15-4) were led by Tavian Henderson, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Marquel Johnson had 20 points, Romeo Mays had 12 points, while BJ Standley had eight points and eight assists..."

Saturday: CM's Daniel Radison with 30 points

"Cal Maritime men’s basketball team beats Simpson" -- Times-Herald

"Simpson men can't catch Cal Maritime, fall 77-67" -- T.J. Holmes

Banana Slugs slime Bethesda

Granted it's surely not anywhere near the first time the headline above has been utilized but a first for us, if that provides some leeway. 17 was the favorite number as Kyle Creighton scored that number of points (plus 14 boards) and Tre Weston grabbed the same in rebounds (plus 11 points) when host UC Santa Cruz turned away Bethesda 73-66 on Saturday.

Game report


"Fat Mark Creating a Lane For the North Bay Area"

"Back in 2012, "Yay Area's Finest" was popular in the Bay Area for their highlight tapes of the top high school players in the Bay Area. They even had an all-star game amongst the top players in the Bay Area. In that all-star game, Tajai Johnson, Larry Wickett, and Rodney Cook, represented Vallejo and the northern part of the Bay Area. Since then, the Northern Bay Area which features Vallejo, Napa, Benicia, Fairfield, Vacaville and more, hasn't had too much spotlight on their players. Some believe the talent hasn't been the same, others believe the talent has been slept on compared to the other cities around the Bay Area. Today, Mark "Fat Mark" Insixiengmay has been able to provide the North Bay Area some attention due to his film production..."

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Not the best messenger for this point

"Steve Masiello's dishonesty recalled after Manhattan coach says youth 'fraudulent'" -- Tom Gatto

Mike DeCourcey: "What always gets me about coaches blaming team's problems on society: Society is producing players whose teams are kicking your team's rear."

Twining popular culture and hoops

"Court Vision In many ways, Kurtis Blow’s classic song "Basketball" was directly responsible for tying the NBA’s growth in popularity to the rise of hip-hop in America" -- Dave Zirin



An excerpt: “All the tactics that he used to get elected are the very things that someone like me, who works with youth on a consistent basis, are the things that we try to talk our young folks out of being,” West said. “We try to talk our young people out of being bullies. We try to talk our young men out of disrespecting women. We try to talk our young people into being accepting of other people’s opinions and other people’s walks of life.

“And he is the complete opposite of all of that.”

Grind Season Dream Camp 2017

Jayson Obazuaye and Keith Rucker
Boys and Girls 5th through 8th grade $60
Basketball skill work and athletic training
Saturday, February 11 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Andrew Hill High
3200 Senter Road
San Jose

Register on-line at

For more information contact Coach Jayson 209-896-5244 or email

Very interesting


Murphy coaches in Glendive, Montana.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

"Vandell Shaw's Great Start"

"In high school basketball today, it is hard to find players who are willing to commit to the defensive end first. Most high school players define their success on the court as good as the amount of points they score, or how many highlight plays they make. However, for Fairfield High School senior guard Vandell Shaw, committing to the defensive end has made a name for himself. Shaw takes pride in guarding the top guards in his league such as Vanden's Phoenix Shackleford and Benicia's Trey Pugh..."

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"Wood's Future Duo"

"Will C. Wood High School (Vacaville, CA) has been able to maintain success with their basketball program as many players have went on to play college basketball at a high level. In 2008, Wood had a duo that featured Bennie Murray and Mike McChristian, who both went on to play Division 1 basketball. Today, Wood's junior varsity team features a young promising duo by the names of Angelo Harris and Johnathon Cobbs.

Angelo and Johnathon are both sophomores and are showing amazing growth in their game. Johnathon has averaged over 25 points per game, while Angelo has averaged over 15 points a game. Many believe they can contribute at the varsity level this year, but with the large amount of returnees Wood's varsity has, the coaches decided to keep the two on junior varsity..."

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