Andy Katz: “D-1 Council: Start date of college basketball season: Nov. 25; Start of practice: Oct. 14; Max number of games: 27 (reduced by 4); Minimum number of games: 13; No scrimmages/exhibitions. Recommendation for minimum 4 non-conference…”

Big, big D1 news.

Sacramento State Men’s Basketball: “The Hornets got stronger today – The NCAA approved a waiver for San Jose State transfer guard Zach Chappell, and he will be eligible to play for the Hornets this season!”

Jeff Goodman: “The nation’s best walk-on is no longer a walk-on. Congrats to Saint Mary’s @TKuhse2 on being awarded a scholarship from Randy Bennett. LONG OVERDUE, RANDY!!!”

6-foot-3 redshirt senior Tommy Kuhse averaged 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds with a team-best 124 assists versus 53 turnovers last season.

Fresno City College guard Keshawn (Burbank High) Bruner is at Bellevue University (NE) where he will play for Coach Lucas Gabriel.

Miles Byrd: “Blessed to have received an offer from Rice University!”

Byrd is a 6-foot-6 2022 shooting guard out of Lincoln High in Stockton.

Stanco Stampede: “Congratulations to Cameron Walker on his offer to Park University. StanCo Proud.”

Walker is 5-foot-11, a 2021 prospect and out of Turlock High.


Two Nor Cal talents are on Coach Eric Bridgeland’s University of Redlands roster this season:

Darne (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Duckett (Oakland, CA) is a 5-foot-11 junior-transfer from Whitman College. In the 2019-20 season, Duckett scored in double-figures in 19 of 27 games, including four 25-plus point games. He had a career outing in Whitman’s NWC Tournament Final win last season by scoring 31 points on 12-for-23 shooting.

Bridgeland: “Darne is special. On the floor he’s a complete guard – creates, scores, defends, and makes winning plays. What separates Darne from the average is his LOVE for his teammates. There is no greater teammate than Darne.”


In high school, Colin (Serra High) McCarthy (Redwood City, CA) was a four-year starter who averaged a double-double and made the all-league first team. McCarthy impressed with a 4.4 GPA and as a four-time Honor Roll recipient. He was on student government and served as a student advisor and camp counselor for middle school children.

Bridgeland: “He can do everything on the floor. Colin has a remarkable history of leadership and selflessness. He will be an elite mentor and model for our first-years, on and off the court.”

The 6-foot-4 McCarthy redshirted at Cal Poly two seasons ago and played 44 minutes in 2019-10.


The signees include Damian (Cardinal Newman High/Santa Rosa Junior College)Wallace and Simon (Irvington High/Yuba College) Ramirez.

A trio of northern Californians appear on Coach Eric Olen’s 2020-21 UC San Diego roster:

  • Tyrell Roberts, G, 5-11, 170 redshirt junior Woodcreek High
  • Justin Pratt, G, 6-3, 190, redshirt sophomore De La Salle High
  • Jake Killingsworth, G,6-5, 205, graduate student, Serra High

Roberts is the returning CCAA Most Valuable Player and a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America selection, Pratt is a conference All-Academic honoree and Killingsworth possesses an Ivy League degree from Columbia.

UC San Diego moves into the D1 ranks this season in the Big West Conference.

Five northern Californians are on Coach Greg Kamansky’s 2020-21 Cal Poly Pomona roster:

William Chavarin G 6-3 210 Fr. Oakland, CA Bishop O’Dowd HS
Tavian Henderson G/F 6-5 190 Sr. Vallejo, A St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS/St. Martin’s
Phoenix Shackelford G 6-2 180 Sr. Fairfield, CA Vanden HS
BJ Standley G 5-8 180 Sr. Vallejo, CA St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS/Saint Martin’s
Demetrius Williams F 6-6 190 So. Pleasanton, CA Amador Valley HS

Standley averaged 10.6 points per game with a team-leading 119 assists, Schackelford posted 10.5 points an outing as well as a team-best 55 steals while Henderson enjoyed 5.1 points a contest plus 3.4 boards.


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