John Bynum Jr: “Derrick Jones has been named head coach at Merritt College.”

Jones is a long time Diablo Valley College assistant. Here’s a 2012 Jones feature.

“With Bright Future on the Hilltop, Smith Earns Multi-Year Extension”—USF athletics

Coleman Hawkins: “Blessed to say I have received an offer from the University of Southern California”

He’s a 2020 6-foot-8 prospect out of Antelope High.

Keshad Johnson: “Blessed to receive an offer from Georgetown”

A 2019-er, he attends Envision Academy and has offers DePaul, Washington State, New Mexico, Portland, UTEP and Fresno State.

Chris Murray: “Nevada’s season-ticket base steadily increased in each of Musselman’s first three years but this summer has brought a massive jump. The Wolf Pack distributed 5,931 season tickets last season but has already surpassed 8,000 season tickets for next year, hitting that mark for the first time since 2008-09…”

And to think some ADs in California didn’t bother to interview Eric Musselman before he accepted the Nevada position.


It opens with:

The 9th Annual Nor Cal Summer Tip Off was held Friday and Saturday July 13-14 at Las Positas College, Mountain House High School, Livermore High School and the Livermore Community Center. Fifty -five teams from throughout the West Coast participated. Here is a report on the players that caught our attention in the 17U division.

Top Prospects:(*indicates highest consideration)

  • 6’1 PG Miles Amos of University HS 2019(Bay City Select 2019)
    Amos is a strong and athletic one man with solid skills. He’s a confident ball handler who attacks in transition consistently. He is a very good driver who goes hard to the hoops and finishes with authority. He is tough-minded and is a capable defender. Amos must prove himself as an outside shooter and this will determine what level he ends up at ultimately.
  • 6’8 C/PF Jay Allen-Tovar of Valley Christian HS 2019 (Team Lillard)
    Allen-Tovar is a big-bodied combo post man who can score on the block. He knows how to dribble operate, has a nice turnaround shot and a solid up and under move. He is a decent ball handler and he can pass it. Tovar is a solid rebounder in his box and he can block a shot. His biggest issue is his effort is inconsistent. He needs to learn to play hard all the time.
  • 6’1 CG Kyree Davis of Oakwood HS 2019 (Lakeshow 17 Select)
    Davis is a transfer from Tennessee who is new to the Nor Cal scene and made a very favorable impression in this event. He’s an athletic combo guard who makes a lot of plays with the ball in his hands, both in transition and in the half court. He is an effective penetrator/driver with a real nice first step. Davis does need to prove himself as a perimeter shooter.

Head here for more.

Enciso draws Compton praise for filling void left by Banchero”—Rueben Terrado

That’s Simon Enciso of Terra Nova High, Skyline College and Notre Dame de Namur University.

Tyler Gerrard of Colusa High is headed to Napa Valley College. At 6-foot-8, he averaged 9.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots last season.

Damian Dunn: “Blessed to receive an offer from San Francisco!”

Dunn is a 6-foot-4 2019 backcourter out of North Carolina

“Four Men’s Basketball players commit to play at next level”—Diablo Valley College athletics

That’s Ben Wood and Steven Daily to Cal State East Bay plus Victor Mijas and John Dong to Humboldt State University.

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