CCSF Mens Basketball: “Big S/O to Michael Wright who signed his @NLIinsider this morning to attend @PVAMUPanthers”

DeShawnte Collins: “Blessed to say I have officially committed and signed to Sonoma State University. Thank you to the @MPCBasketball1 coaching staff, my family and friends for supporting me through these past two years. Also Thank you to the Sonoma St coaching staff for giving me this opportunity.”

LaShanti Brown: “Congratulations to my son Deshawnte Collins for receiving a scholarship with Sonoma State University. Today he signed his letter of intent and at the end of the month he will be graduating with his AA from MPC. I swear God Blessed us when he made us his parents. We are so proud of him and all the hard work he put in. I thank GOD for being with him every step of the way as he went through this process. Its bitter sweet because he was a little sad that his Uncle David couldn’t see him. But I told him he is watching over him and would be very proud and bragging to everyone…lol. Thank you to all of the people who helped and supported him along the way. I truly appreciate it.”

Kenny Olsem: “Blessed to say I just signed my commitment to play basketball at Sonoma State on a scholarship! So excited to start this next chapter in life.. Shoutout my people, you know who you are❤ ”

The 6-foot-4 freshman is out of El Camino High and averaged 15.0 points per game this season on 49%, 39% and 71% shooting plus 6.0 rebounds at Sierra College.

“@UNCO_MBB Adds Tre’Shon Jones-Smoots to Recruiting Class”—Northern Colorado athletics

Earl Allen Jr: “Another Dragon hooper getting his Master’s Degree! Congrats James Townsend!!! Well done!!!!!” The former UC Santa Cruz talent is teaching in Sacramento while he was earning his advanced degree.

Verbal Commits: “Former Sacramento State G Jiday Ugbaja is transferring to San Francisco State (DII).” He earned his degree as a Hornet and will play one more season in The City.

Verbal Commits: “2018 Yuba College (CA) G Elishja Duplechan has received an offer from North Dakota. Qualifier w/three years to play.”

Raymond Hawkins: “Blessed To Receive my 9th Offer To Loyola Marymount University”

John Bynum Jr: “Tynan Velasquez (Cabrillo) has committed to Bellevue University. Velasquez averaged 16.6 points and 6.0 assists last season for the Seahawks.”

CCSF Mens Basketball: “Congrats to former Ram Gabe Bealer on graduating with his bachelors degree from the @uofutah” Out of Antelope High and CCSF, Bealer buried 50 treys for the Utes this season.

Merritt Basketball: “6”7 Freshman qualifier Tommy Faustka put some quality work in on the court today on his official visit to Western Washington University today. Thank you to Head Coach Tony Dominguez and Western Washington University coaching staff hopefully good news to come!”

Verbal Commits DII: “Alaska Fairbanks G Davis Kimble (JR) is leaving the program.” Out of Hayward High and Cañada College, the 5-foot-11 Kimble averaged 11.1 points per game and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Chris Murray: “Happy Sunday morning…Jordan Brown took a third unofficial to Nevada…”

“Las Positas star Anand Hundal signs with Div. I Seattle—First Team All-State pick who averaged a double-double last season going from LPC Hawks to Redhawks”—Matt Schwab

“Report on 2018 Southern California Hoop Review”—Gerry Freitas

There are a number of northern California talents who participated, including:

“*6’5 SF Kyle Brown of Dublin HS 2018 (Lakeshow Seniors)

Strong, physical player with good athleticism, is very tough and finishes through contact whether attacking the basket or grabbing a rebound to put it back up. Post-up game is pretty good has nice moves with a gentle touch around the rim.

*6’0 PG Xavion Brown of Sheldon HS 2020 (Lakeshow 17’s Elite)

Athletic, quick point guard with nice skill set, confident shifty ball handler with great moves, fearlessly attacks the cup and finishes over and through defenders, great 1 on 1 moves and gets the angle he wants to score, has long arms which helps with getting deflections and steals.”


The 8th annual Bay Area Memorial Day Classic will be held from Saturday to Monday May 26-28 at Jamtown in Oakland and Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek. The event will have teams in four divisions: 17 Elite, 17 Varsity, 16/Junior Varsity and 14-15/ Frosh. Championships in all divisions will be held on Monday, May 28 at Jamtown.

MVP awards will be given in each division. A report on the event will be done by the Hoop Review scouting service that will be sent to college coaches and various internet sites.

Each team will play three pool play games and then single-elimination playoffs. Cost is $495 per team with discounts for 3 or more teams. To register go to and click on registration at the top.

Teams participating in the Memorial Day event will have first priority for the July 13-14 Nor Cal Summer Tip Off live period event.

For further information contact Gerry Freitas at 408-998-1327 or email:

O Cauchi: “French forward Remi Barry has signed a deal for the remainder of the season with Pro B side Poitiers Basket 86, the team announced. Barry recently played in Croatia with KK Jazine, where he averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.”

Barry attended (but never played at) Del Oro High before moving on to New Mexico State. He did play for the YBA Dawgs.

Some background.

“Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant Won’t Back Down From Parkinson’s Disease”—Chris Ballard

This is the real grind, living with a debilitating and ultimately fatal illness.

“Why do we have hot takes about new NBA coaches when we don’t know how to judge them? Why do we act with such certainty that a coaching hire is good or bad?”—Tom Ziller

The same applies to college coaching new hires as well as newly signed college recruits. We all have our opinions but none of us can foresee the future. But that doesn’t stop us from praising or ranting.

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