Jon Rothstein: “Columbia transfer Gabe Stefanini has committed to San Francisco, per his Instagram page.”
Jon Rothstein: “Duke transfer Patrick Tapé has also committed to San Francisco, per the Instagram post below. Big AM for Todd Golden and the Dons.”
Sean Paul: “And yep, Tapé appears to be joining Stefanini. Two major adds for Todd Golden, a lot of fun connections here. Tapé & Gabe played at Columbia together — and Golden was an assistant at Columbia (not at the same time those two attended the school though)”
Stefanini is 6-foot-3, 210 while Tapé is 6-foot-10, 220. The former sat out last season due to injury and the Ivy League didn’t participate in 2020-21 but he averaged 13.8 points and 4.1 assists as a sophomore. The latter also sat out two seasons ago because of an injury and played little in 2020-21 with Duke as a grad transfer.
Then, Kevin Sweeney: “A great day for San Francisco continues as the Dons add big man Yauhen Massalki, a transfer from San Diego. Averaged 9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 10 games this year at San Diego.”
Massalki is 6-foot-10, 245 and from Belarus who played in 10 games this season with five starts and at 22.5 minutes per contest.
The Dons need greater productivity at the five spot and it appears that need has been filled. Stefanini will be a major plus.
San Joaquin Delta Men’s Basketball: “We are proud to announce that Dillon Autrey has committed to CSU East Bay. Dillon averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in 2019-2020″
The 6-foot-8 Autrey is also out of Calaveras High will be playing for Bryan Rooney, one of the best coaches and human beings in and out of sports.
Yaru Harvey has de-committed from Eastern Washington. Will he follow Shantay Legans and head to Portland? He’s 6-foot-2, currently at the Southern California Academy and formerly of Sheldon High.
Harold R. Kuntz: “Can confirm former BV Northwest and Mizzou player Parker Braun is headed to Santa Clara. Chose the WCC school over Oklahoma and Creighton.”
Braun is a 6-foot-8, 220 sophomore.
6-foot-4 shooting guard Kane Milling is moving from Nevada to UC Davis. link
Over half of his 104 shots were beyond the arc with 37% accuracy.
Jeff Goodman on Thursday: “Arizona interviewed Damon Stoudamire today and will interview Miles Simon tomorrow, source told @stadium. No decision has been made yet on a successor to Sean Miller. Gonzaga associate head coach Tommy Lloyd is also in the mix”
Jake Lieberman: “SIUE transfer Philip Pepple tells me that he has heard from Cal Baptist, San Jose State, Eastern Michigan, UIC, Boston U, Northern Arizona, and Cal State Fullerton since entering the portal. 6’10 big who averaged 7.8 PPG and 5.0 RPG this season.”
The Spartans need major help upfront and Pepple Jr. has intriguing potential. He played in four games with three starts and 24.7 minutes an outing. His 10 shot blocks is impressive.
Jake Lieberman: “Pacific transfer Broc Finstuen tells me that the following schools have contacted him since entering the portal: Montana, Montana State, San Jose State, Idaho, UT-Martin, North Dakota, NDSU, UMKC, UMass Lowell, SIU. Averaged 11.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG.”
Finstuen is a 6-foot-4 senior.
“Norcal Players Who Have Entered the College Transfer Portal” Carson Cook, Simply Basketball
“Barret Peery Moves To Associate Head Coach Position At Texas Tech” Portland State athletics
The Vikings job is open once again — will anyone from northern California be in the running?
“Matthew Dellavedova‘s return has given Cleveland the backup point guard it has been lacking all season, Fedor writes in a separate story. Dellavedova, who missed 47 games due to a concussion, whiplash, and an emergency appendectomy, is averaging a modest 2.3 points and 5.5 assists through four games, but his plus-minus rating is at plus-29 in 70 minutes. “Delly really does a great job of playing with his brain,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “He understands how to set the table for other people. His game isn’t based on himself. When your game is based on the team and making your teammates’ job easier, it makes … your comeback a little bit easier.” – Arthur Hill
“Our Coach Should Still Be Our Coach” Jordan Coffin
For far too many, the Confederacy never ended.
“NCAA Tournament fall didn’t kill referee Bert Smith. It saved his life.” Greg Doyel