Big, big news:

“San Joaquin Memorial star Jalen Green is transferring to prep school in Bay Area” Anthony Galaviz

Pacific Prep is his next hoops destination.


High School State Championship games

La Jolla Country Day 67, University 39—“University boys fall in Division III state title game to La Jolla Country Day” Ryan Gorcey

Foothill-Bakersfield 78, Mt. Shasta 66—“Foothill’s long road ends with second state title in program history” Trevor Horn

Chino Hills 69, James Logan 63—“James Logan’s rally falls short; Chino Hills repeats as state D-I champ  In a foul-marred game, Logan cuts deficit to two in closing minutes but can’t get over the top” Darren Sabedra

“Boys BB: CIF Friday Finals” CalHiSports


NCAA

Pepperdine 68, Loyola Marymount 65—Jade Smith provided 16 points, five rebounds and three assists for the victors who face USF on Saturday evening. full box

San Diego 62, Santa Clara 45—Isaiah (Placer High) Pineiro posted a 15 point, nine rebound line as San Diego and the Southlanders now take on BYU on Saturday night. full box

UC San Diego 72, host Cal State East Bay 68—Juwan (Bishop O’Dowd) Anderson scored 23 points (5-7 shooting from long distance) and dished out six assists while teammate Ant (San Lorenzo High/Cañada College) Navarette contributed 19  (8-13 shooting). Tyrell (Woodcreek High) Roberts tallied 13 points and Chris Hansen grabbed 12 boards for the victorious Toreros who shot 14-31 on trey attempts. full box

Cal Poly Pomona 102, Cal State Los Angeles 99 four OTs—Phoenix (Vanden High) Shackelford totaled 18 points, three  boards and three assists as CPP edged Cal State Los Angeles in Hayward. It’s UC San Diego versus Pomona tonight for the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship. full box


Dinos Trigonis: “Happy Birthday to Basketball Writers Hall of Famer ! Frank is the pioneer of prep hoops basketball coverage since the 1970’s & serves on the McDonald’s AA Game, NBPA Camp & selection committees. Follow him on Twitter & at

He’s also a nice human being, very down to earth and accessible. Hope many more birthdays come Frank’s way.


Nor Cal basketball figures earned three of the top four California Collegiate Athletic Association honors according to the league coaches:

2018-19 CCAA Men’s Basketball Awards

  • Player of the Year: Chris Hansen, UC San Diego
  • Newcomer of the Year: Tyrell Roberts, UC San Diego
  • Freshman of the Year: Alex Garcia, Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • Coach of the Year: Bryan Rooney, Cal State East Bay

Plus:

All-CCAA First Team

  • Juwan Anderson Sr. G Cal State East Bay Oakland
  • Christian Bayne Sr. G UC San Diego Bakersfield
  • William Christmas Jr. G Cal Poly Pomona Oceanside
  • Justin Everett Sr. F Humboldt State Clovis
  • Chris Hansen Jr. C UC San Diego Lafayette
  • Colten Kresl So. G Cal State Dominguez Hills Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Jordan Ogundiran Sr. G Cal Poly Pomona Chatsworth
  • Tyrell Roberts Fr. G UC San Diego Sacramento
  • Jiday Ugbaja Gr. G San Francisco State San Francisco
  • Evan Wardlow Sr. G Cal State East Bay Lake View Terrace

More (Second Team, Honorable Mention)


Kevin McPherson: “2019 junior college big man Shawn Stith (6-8, 255, power forward/center, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, by way of Oakland, CA) has picked up a scholarship offer from Arkansas and is interested in the Hogs, his coach Andy Ground confirmed on Thursday.

“Shawn is very interested and waiting on (Arkansas) to set up a visit after (the Hogs’) season is over,” Ground said.

Arkansas associate head coach Melvin Watkins and assistant coach Scotty Thurman watched Stith play for the first time in person recently.

“Last week, they watched us play in the league championship,” Ground said. “Both (Watkins and Thurman) were at the game. Coach Thurman watched tape on him over the last two months.”

Stith, a sophomore who will have two years of playing eligibility at the NCAA Division 1 level beginning in 2019-20, has been recruited by a host of mid-major D1 schools in Long Beach State, Idaho, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Bakersfield, and Grand Canyon.

“(Stith) had a bunch that offered early but he did not take any visits,” Ground said. “He wanted to wait.”

Stith, a nimble-footed big who can play with his back to the basket and facing up, was recently named ’18-19 Orange Empire Conference Co-MVP. He averaged 15.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists for the Gauchos while shooting 61.4% from the field (including 28.6% from 3) and 77.7% free throws.”

Out of Fremont High in Oakland, Stith was the Orange Empire Conference Co-MVP this season.


“After Open loss, MC believes 2019-20 could be ‘shining, shimmering, splendid'” James Burns


“Bagley and the boys: Sheldon adds a 6-foot-8 star and gets the chemistry right” Joe Davidson


“PAST MEETS PRESENT: Ripon’s Olmo, coach Graham earn top TVL honors” Jonamar Jacinto


“Pajaro Valley junior Christian Quintero named MVP of Cypress Division” Jim Seimas

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