In Netflix’s 2021 iteration of “Last Chance U,” the members of the 2019-20 East Los Angeles College (ELAC) basketball team, as well as Coach John Mosley and assistants Rob Robinson and Kenneth Hunter, are featured over eight hours.
Random “LCU” thoughts:
- How far/long does a coach go with the misbehavior of a player before deciding no more? This subject arises in every episode and is one of the most critical/difficult decisions facing a coach.
- Community college coaches are extremely underpaid (Mosely started on a 15k stipend and apparently his two assistant are volunteers)
- A lot of players/teams would benefit from utilizing a sports psychologist/mental health counselor (a safe person to unload one’s fears/concerns and learn different behavioral responses/approaches). Mosley has some young men who certainly could be helped by this.
- It’s readily apparent that Coach Mosley could succeed at the D1 level so why hasn’t he moved there — has Fullerton or Northridge been too successful to consider him? Let’s see who goes first, Mosley or Fullerton College’s Perry Webster?
Here’s where various ELAC players moved on to and what they accomplished in their initial seasons at four-year schools:
- 6-foot-9, Malik Muhammad transferred to Central Michigan and in 19 games/14 starts and 21.3 minutes this season, he averaged 5.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 54% and 63% (no three attempts) alongside a team high 27 blocked shots.
- 6-foot-8, Joe Hampton transferred to Long Beach State and in 18 games/17 starts and 21.7 minutes this season, he averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 boards and tied for team best 15 blocked shots while shooting 45%, 22% and 65% respectively.
- 6-foot-8, Marquis Copeland transferred to DII NYACK College in New York City and in nine games, seven starts and 25.1 minutes, he averaged 4.7 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 57% and 57% (no three attempts), as well as blocking 17 shots.
- 6-foot-6, KJ Allen signed with USC but doesn’t appear on the Trojan 2020-21 roster.
- 6-foot-2, Deshaun Highler transferred to Sacramento State and in eight games/one start and 19.5 minutes this season, he averaged 5.0 points on 41%, 33% and 69% shooting respectively, alongside 1.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds.
- 6-foot-6, Jordan Polynice and 6-foot-1 LJ Zeigler (whose hometown is Oakland) joined up with Chicago State which chose not to play this season.