“Cal fires basketball coach Wyking Jones after two seasons  The Bears won just eight games in each of Jones’ seasons” Jeff Faraudo

Berkeley High grad Ben Baker-McCann, a 2019 prospect, played at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire this season. The 6-foot-3 guard impressed as part of a squad that won the National Prep championship by defeating IMG Academy, Woodstock Academy,  Massanutten Military Academy and finally Scotland Campus.

On March 7, Zack Sandberg tweeted: “LM schools looking for a combo guard should be all over @BrewsterHoops post grad Ben Baker-McCann. Played huge minutes down the stretch thus far for Brewster as they lead by 19 with under 4 to go @PrepNational.”

About the post grad’s play in the semi-final pairing with Massanutten Military Academy, Adam Finkelstein wrote: “…Ben Baker-McCann provided a major spark off the bench in the second half…”

He enjoyed a team-high 17 points versus Rocky Hill back in December.

NCAA Big Dance (Sunday)

Oregon 73, UC Irvine 54—Aided by Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten’s 11 points, eight boards and seven blocked shots, Oregon expanded on a 35-23 halftime lead and handled the Anteaters of UC Irvine. For the latter, Jonathan (Salesian Prep) Galloway provided 11 rebounds and nine points. box

Duke 77, South Florida 76—Aubrey (Palo Alto High) Dawkins tallied 32 points but Central Florida still fell by one to Duke. Dawkins shot a very efficient 12-18, 5-7 and 3-3. box

NCAA Big Dance (Friday)

Oregon 72, Wisconsin 54—In 33 minutes, Kenny (Manteca High) Wooten produced an efficient nine points (4-5 shooting, three dunks), six boards and four blocked shots. box

Signal the Light Basketball: “Skylar Chavez (Santa Rosa) has been named the Signal The Light NorCal Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.


Signal the Light Basketball: “Justin Labaugh (San Francisco) has been named the Signal The Light Basketball NorCal Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.”

“Las Positas Star Michael Hayes Soars To All-State Honor  Freshman guard out of West High-Tracy finished No. 3 in state scoring for Coast-North runner-up Hawks” Matt Schwab

“Meet the Bay Area News Group player of the year James Logan’s Brett Thompson got under opponents’ skin, led Colts to league, regional titles” Darren Sabedra

“Steve Compagno out as Redwood coach after 11 years  Longtime coach ‘was asked not to return’ after guiding Giants to Northern California playoffs” Danny Schmidt

“(Rusty) Smith announces retirement after eighteen seasons at the helm” Nick Giannandrea, COS athletics

“Sacramento Kings Sign Cody Demps to 10-Day deal” Dario Skerletic

Coaching Changes: “We are hearing SDSU’s Rod Palmer is the choice at Cal Poly. Rod is a good dude and I’m not aware of anyone who matters in SoCal that doesn’t like him”

If true, this seems like a good choice as the Cal Poly roster currently has zero players from the Southland.

“St. Martin’s hits a high water mark, reaching Sweet 16 of NCAA tourney” Dave Weber

An excerpt: “…Alex (Pribble) has put together the best Division II program in the Northwest,” he said. “He’s done it the right way, with kids who come in and graduate, good citizens, good representatives of the program. He’s re-energized the program. Not just on our campus but in our community…”

“Klay Thompson lobbies for USF’s Kyle Smith to get Washington State job” Connor Letourneau

Will Thompson throw some serious coin at WSU to help ‘facilitate’ the hire?

“Tom Izzo defended berating a player by saying he wasn’t doing his ‘job’  There’s one problem with Izzo’s defense of screaming at his player” Ricky O’Donnell

“Stop Excusing Tom Izzo’s Assholery” Drew Magary

I’m sure Izzo would be fine with it if his boss publicly reamed him out in such a manner. Right.

When you have to banshee scream and be held back by others, your emotional shortcomings are obvious.

2019 Nor Cal Spring Showcase

The 8th annual Nor Cal Spring Showcase will be held Saturday and Sunday March 30-31 at James Logan High School (Union City), Dublin High School, Foothill High School (Pleasanton), Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton), Livermore Community Center and Las Positas College (Livermore). The event will run from 9:00 an to 7:00 pm each day.

130+ teams will be entered in Northern California’s top event of the spring.

For more information, contact the tournament co-director, Gerry Freitas at 408-998-1327 or email: gerryfreitas@hotmail.com.

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