by Kevin McCarthy
Starting May 1, 2018, we will intermittently post player, team and coach feature articles in this Daily Dose area.
From Lassen Coach Will Freedman: Demario Newman has signed with Brescia University. Newman is 6-foot-6 and out of Rancho Cordova High. He averaged 6.8 points plus 6.2 boards last season, shooting 46%, 47% and 72% respectively.
The University of Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio, has brought Ryan (Napa High) Imhoff on board as graduate manager for the basketball team. Link
In the third game of Cincinnati’s pre-season tour of eastern Canada, freshman Logan (St. Francis High) Johnson played 17 minutes in a 79-52 Bearcat victory and tallied six points, four assists and two rebounds.
Del Oro Men’s Basketball: “New leader for Del Oro Boy’s Basketball. Luke Vaughn hired as next Varsity Head Coach. Luke is a DO alum (c/o 2006) and played for outgoing coach, Geoff Broyles. Luke has been coaching in the program for the last 4 years”
The Kircheim Knight team is based in Germany
Former Justin Sienna High and DIII Wesleyan University basketball talent Nathan Krill is now listed as a graduate student on the USF roster.
The 6-foot-7 Krill averaged 12.2 points plus 8.6 boards last season while shooting 42%, 38% and 73% respectively. He will be eligible immediately.
Verbal Commits: “2019 St. John Bosco (CA) F Jonathan Salazar has committed to Pacific.”
Salazar is a 6-foot-6, 235 power forward praised for his effort on the court
The NCAA certified All American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 took place on July 28-29 in Las Vegas and featured a talented northern California contingent. Chabot’s Keenan McMiller coached a team in the event, the sole northern California head coach to do so and the gathering of 2019 prospects included:
How did McMiller’s participation, as well as that of the players, come about?
The All American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 engagement is currently operated by Brendan Walker and Scott Golden but began under the leadership of Brad Winton who has since become a player agent. “Brad took some of my guys in the past and he connected me with Brendan.” McMiller explained. “Brendan said he liked the way Armon Economou played in Dallas and also saw me there (a July JUCO showcase hosted by Jerry Mullen). He offered me a coaching spot for his Las Vegas event.”
Walker issued multiple player invites based on both what he saw in Dallas and feedback from Mullen and the Bay Area’s Gerry Freitas.
That plays into an important guideline for all student-athletes: regardless of score or team makeup, going all out 100% of the time is critical because you never know who is watching and what influence they possess.
Findlay Prep: “Welcome to the family, @raymondhawkiins
Raymond will join the Findlay Family from East Oakland for his senior season. Let’s get it!”
Castlemont High was short-lived.
Concordia University Irvine: “SIGNED: Austin Clarke”
Out of Campolindo High and Citrus College, the 6-foot-6 Clarke averaged 10.9 points plus 3.7 rebounds while shooting 48%, 43% and 89% respectively.
A 6-foot guard out of Louisiana, White averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals last season.
“Roadrunners Add Assistant Coaches to @MSUDenverMBB Staff
…Brandon Cole Bring History of Success to MSU Denver”
“…Cole, in his one season at Central Wyoming, helped the Rustlers to a 20-win season while competing in the difficult Region 9. Cole also spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Fresno Pacific (Calif.) and five seasons at Sierra (Calif.) College, a two-year school where he was promoted to associate head coach in 2015. The Wolverines reached the playoffs each year during Cole’s tenure.
During his playing career at Ashford (Iowa) University, Cole was named an NAIA Division II Academic All-American. Previously, he was an all-conference player at Sierra and then spent one season at Dakota State (S.D.)…”
Players from northern California on the 2018-19 Metro State roster:
Marc J. Spears: “Dominic Artis has signed a one-year deal with Italy Serie A Pesaro, his agent Calvin Andrews said.”
Keshad Johnson: “Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Cincinnati. Go Bearcats”
Johnson is a 2019 small forward attending Envision Academy.
Kareem Clark: “blessed to receive an offer to play for former NBA All-Star Josh Howard at Piedmont International University!!”
The 6-foot-3 Capital Christian High guard is a 2018 graduate.
Verbal Commits: “2019 Woodstock Academy (CT) G/F Mikal Gjerde has received an offer from UC Davis.”
San Diego, San Francisco and Montana State have also offered.
Dominican men’s basketball and Coach Booker T. Harris are excited to announce the Inaugural Dominican Basketball Coaching Clinic Sept. 15 from 12-5 p.m. PDT at the Conlan Center on the campus of Dominican University of California.
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams will headline the event as the keynote speaker. Adams completed his fourth year as an assistant on Steve Kerr’s staff, helping the Warriors capture their third NBA Championship in four years. Coach Adams has been an assistant and head coach for over 40 years. His resume includes stops in the collegiate ranks at Fresno Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UNLV and Drake. While in the NBA, Adams has worked for the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics before his current stop in the Bay Area.
“We are excited to have Coach Adams be the keynote speaker at our coaching clinic,” Dominican head coach Booker T. Harris said. “His success with the Warriors the last four years, combined with the various coaching experiences he has had over the span of his career, makes him a great resource for coaches to learn from.”
The entire series of speakers will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Cost of admission will be $50 for an individual coach or $40 per coach for more than one member of a coaching staff. You can register at http://dominicanathletics.com/coachingclinic at your convenience. Check-in and on-site registration for the clinic will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the Conlan Center located at 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901.
2018 Nor Cal Clash Rosters
Sunday August 26 at Chabot College (3:00 PM)
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Some call it ‘paying your dues’ when an apprenticeship is served in any occupation but ‘becoming prepared’ is the more accurate description in the case of Derrick Jones. He spent eight years as associate head coach to Coach Steve Coccimiglio at Diablo Valley College and now is in charge of the men’s basketball program at Merritt College in Oakland.
“I’m excited,” Jones offered. He teaches in Oakland and called his new job a case of “being in the right spot and being ready.” Asked about the pressure of moving into a head coach position, the seat a proverbial 18 inches over from an assistant role, he explained, “it’s not too much different. Coach Coccimiglio gave me a lot of freedom and that helped prepare me. My goal is to raise quality young men and give them mentorship. I’ve been an educator for over 12 years and that will continue.”
Jones is currently immersed in assembling his squad. “We’re off to a really good start at putting a team together. I know a lot of people and it feels good when they believe in you.” He expects that process to be completed very soon.
So what will Thunderbird fans see on the court? “Our style may change from year-to-year because we’ll play to the strengths of my players. We don’t want to pre-determine,” noting that bringing in a certain style of play won’t mean success if his players aren’t a good match for such a style.
Regarding his new location, Jones said, “after I left my interview, I sat in my car in the parking lot for 40 minutes just looking at the views. I could almost see the entire Bay Area.”
“I want to thank everyone who has contributed to my success: definitely my parents, my wife and daughter who are my support system, Coach Coccimiglio, (Coach) Miguel Johnson at Contra Costa College who has been a mentor and all my coaching colleagues and young men who played for and trained with me.”
Kenneth Roy: “Hot off the Press : Nation Wide Academy has just Committed 6’6 G/F frm Sacramento, California Rick Barros III…He is an OUTSTANDING PICKUP ! EXCELLENT ATHLETE , W/HIGH IQ, ALREADY HAS PACIFIC & SDSU on him ! Coaches don’t miss out!”
Nation Wide Academy is located in Oklahoma City.
Verbal Commits: ” Former Howard G Kai Tease is transferring to Blinn College (JUCO).”
Tease is a 6-foot guard out of Antelope High. He injury redshirted his first year at Howard and played in 10 games last season.
The 6-2 Shabazz was named the Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference last season as a freshman as he averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 boards and 2.2 steals. He shot 45%, 42% and 78% respectively.
Neal Begovich: “Blessed to earn an offer from Cornell University!”
Thus far, Dartmouth and UC San Diego have also offered the 6-foot-9 2019 St. Ignatius prospect.
Cash Fulton: “Thank you to Coach Horner and Truman State for my first offer!”
Fulton is a 6-foot-4 guard out of San Dominico High. He averaged 18.5 points, 7.7 boards, 6.5 assists and 3.6 steals as a junior.
Gerry Freitas: “1st annual Nor Cal Skills Clinic will be Sat August 11 at Las Positas College in Livermore 10:30am-3:30pm. A teaching/development event for boys grades 7-12. Cost is $65 per player. Discount rate is $50 each for 3 or more from same family/school/team. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Placer High guard Kai Huntsberry has decided on San Diego City College as his next destination. LINK
Nor Cal Skills Clinic- August 11 at Las Positas College
1st annual Nor Cal Skills Clinic will be Sat August 11 at Las Positas College in Livermore 10:30 am-3:30 pm. A teaching/development event for boys grades 7-12. Cost is $65 per player. Discount rate is $50 each for 3 or more from same family/school/team. email@example.com
Chris Murray on Jordan Brown: ““Incredibly coachable,” Musselman said of Brown. “Just a coach-player click right away. Some guys it takes a while to get to know them. I feel like I really know him well and he knows me well and he knows the style I’m trying to run. It was a good learning lesson for me, too. When you recruit a guy for so long, it rolls right out onto the floor as opposed to a transfer that you talk to for two weeks and you feel each other out for a month before you get to know them. He’s been incredible. He’s so quick around the rim and his lateral footstep is phenomenal. He’s really well liked. He’s an underrated passer, an incredible passer.”
Coleman Hawkins: “Very proud to say I’ve received an offer from Rutgers University”
Southern California also offered the 6-foot-8 2020 Antelope High prospect recently.
Reddit USF Dons has news that 6-foot-9 Erik Poulsen is transferring to Western Oregon.”
Gregg Rosenberg: “2019 7-0 C @JimmyBellJr15 from @BellaVistaHoops received offers from #SantaClara and #Oakland.”
Here’s a 2017 feature.
Here’s a July 2018 feature on the 6-foot-6 Robinson.
Verbal Commits: “2019 Woodstock Academy (CT) F Mikal Gjerde has received an offer from San Francisco.”
Gjerde is out of Norway and stands 6-foot-5. Montana State has also offered.
Neal Begovich: “Blessed to earn an offer from Dartmouth College!”
Neal Begovich: “Blessed to earn an offer from UC San Diego!”
A 2019 talent, he’s 6-foot-8 and attending St. Ignatius.
Jhaylon Martinez: “Blessed to receive my first official Pac 12 offer from Washington St University!!”
He’s 6-foot-10 and out of Vanden High. UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Montana have offered the 2020 prospect.
John Bynum Jr: “Former Signal The Light Basketball NorCal Player of the Year Rohndell Goodwin (Cañada) has signed with the Kirchheim Knights (Pro A- 2nd division in Germany). Goodwin was our 2015 NorCal player of the year after averaging 17.0 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Colts.”
Goodwin is out of West High in Tracy.
John Bynum Jr: “Derrick Jones has been named head coach at Merritt College.”
Jones is a long time Diablo Valley College assistant. Here’s a 2012 Jones feature.
Coleman Hawkins: “Blessed to say I have received an offer from the University of Southern California”
He’s a 2020 6-foot-8 prospect out of Antelope High.
Keshad Johnson: “Blessed to receive an offer from Georgetown”
A 2019-er, he attends Envision Academy and has offers DePaul, Washington State, New Mexico, Portland, UTEP and Fresno State.
Chris Murray: “Nevada’s season-ticket base steadily increased in each of Musselman’s first three years but this summer has brought a massive jump. The Wolf Pack distributed 5,931 season tickets last season but has already surpassed 8,000 season tickets for next year, hitting that mark for the first time since 2008-09…”
And to think some ADs in California didn’t bother to interview Eric Musselman before he accepted the Nevada position.
It opens with:
The 9th Annual Nor Cal Summer Tip Off was held Friday and Saturday July 13-14 at Las Positas College, Mountain House High School, Livermore High School and the Livermore Community Center. Fifty -five teams from throughout the West Coast participated. Here is a report on the players that caught our attention in the 17U division.
Top Prospects:(*indicates highest consideration)
Head here for more.
That’s Simon Enciso of Terra Nova High, Skyline College and Notre Dame de Namur University.
Tyler Gerrard of Colusa High is headed to Napa Valley College. At 6-foot-8, he averaged 9.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots last season.
Damian Dunn: “Blessed to receive an offer from San Francisco!”
Dunn is a 6-foot-4 2019 backcourter out of North Carolina
“Four Men’s Basketball players commit to play at next level”—Diablo Valley College athletics
That’s Ben Wood and Steven Daily to Cal State East Bay plus Victor Mijas and John Dong to Humboldt State University.
Jesuit High’s Elias King is moving on to IMG Academy (Florida) for a post grad year.
Bobby Santos: “Excited and appreciative of the opportunity to continue my basketball career and education at the College of Sequoias next year”
Santos is a 6-foot guard out of Valley Christian High who spent last season at Cal State East Bay.
Isaiah Hawthorne: “Thankful to receive an offer from Cal State Fullerton”
Riverside offered the 6-foot-8 Tracy High forward earlier.
AJ Bramah: “Blessed to receive my 10th D1 offer from California Polytechnic State University”
Then: Stephen F. Austin and Austin Peay followed suit.
Lakeshow Hoops: “Lakeshow 17’s Elite Chance McMillian earns OFFER from D2 Powerhouse Saint Martin’s!”
Isaiah Hill: “Blessed to receive an offer from UC Davis”
He’s a 2019 guard out of Bakersfield.
“Celtics Coach Jerome Allen Is Said to Have Taken Bribes While at Penn” —Michael Smith, David Voreacos and Eben Novy-Williams
There’s creative and then there is this. Haven’t heard of this activity previously.
Mike Marcial is the new head coach at College of San Mateo. He worked at Fresno City College and Lassen College plus others earlier and played at Sacramento State. CSM is re-starting its men’s basketball program. The word so far is that the Bulldogs won’t field a team in 2018-19 but start play the following season. Here is his latest official bio.
It’s official: Terrell Brown is walking on at New Mexico State
Verbal Commits: “Former Santa Clara G Evan Wardlow is transferring to Cal State East Bay (DII).” Wardlow is a graduate transfer and, according to this article, he’ll enjoy one and a half seasons of eligibility.
Ronnie Flores: “two NorCal prospects looked on point at Cream of the Crop: Xavion Brown (Sheldon/Lakeshow 16s) 2020 Pg & Keshad Johnson (Envision Academy/The Truth 17s) 2019 6-7 F ; Keshad has a bit of Kenny Wooten (Manteca/Oregon) to his game.”
Verbal Commits: “Loyola Marymount and Western Illinois offered 2019 Sheridan College (WY) F A.J. Bramah.”
Bramah is out of San Leandro High and has eight offers to date.
The Coach’s Insight, featuring Chico State Assistant Coach Mark Darnall Coach Mark Darnall, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Chico State, discusses the evolution of of utilizing the ball screen and the intricacies involved in using it effectively (including details on the handlers, space guys, and bigs).
“Men’s Basketball Adds Four Freshman to the Fold”—Cal Maritime athletics
“Nathan Bond of Elliot Christian High School in Lodi, CA, Matt Essien out of Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Roman Dimapilis from Chaparral High in Temecula, CA, and Nikhil Shastri of Miramonte High School in Orinda, CA for the upcoming 2018-2019 season…”
Clackamas (OR) Men’s Basketball: “Congratulations to 2017 Cougar Forward Ryun Gibson @Prince Ryun on his commitment to Cal Maritime and coach Brendan Rooney.”
Ryun is a 6-foot-7 forward.
Out of Alabama, h e’s headed to Lassen College to play for Coach Will Freedman.
Gladiator Basketball: “At the showcase today Armon Economou displayed tremendous defensive pressure solid 3 pt and outside shooting!
Armon 3 game performance statline for Dallas Showcase:
Get excited Gladiator Nation!!!”
At 6-foot-6, he’s out of Grant High.
Verbal Commits: “2019 Modesto Christian (CA) F Aaron Murphy has received an offer from UC Davis.”
Pierce is a Santa Clara graduate who played at Yerba Buena High in San Jose.
Lakeshow Hoops: “Commitment Alert‼ De Anza Senior Jalen Chandler (@jchjch32) signs with NAIA Powerhouse Hope International! GREAT fit for JC. Super proud of him!”
“Team Arsenal dominates Nor Cal Summer Tip Off “—Harold Abend
Tommy Luu: “College of the Sequoias Forward Andy Isokpehi has committed to Pacific University (OR).
The 6-foot-6 Isokpehi is out of Woodside Priory and played at Utah State Eastern before transferring to College of the Sequoias.
A few more high school updates on who is going where:
SI point Darrion Trammell is moving on to Prolific Prep (edit: make that Golden State Prep, Prolific Prep’s post-grad team)
Sheldon’s Ronald Agebsar will be at Fresno City College next season.
Cosumnes Oaks guard Greg Milton III is staying near home and rep Sacramento City College.
Landis Spivey of the Aspire Langston Hughes Academy (Stockton) has chosen Columbia College as his next hoops address.
Clovis High guard Anthony Martinez has signed with Holy Names University.
Las Lomas’ guard Rob Prince will not be playing college basketball next season.
Coleman Hawkins: “Blessed to say I have received an offer from the University of Detroit!”
Mike Davis, formerly of Texas Southern and Indiana, is the new head coach in the Motor City
Gavilan College MBB: “SO PG Ibn Zaid (6’1”, 185) has been invited to the Mullen’s JC Showcase (invite only) in Dallas, TX. Ibn is a standout student and will be one of the premier guards in California this coming season.”
Gavilan College MBB: “SO F Xander Bowers (6’7”, 210) has been invited to the Mullen’s JC Showcase (invite only) in Dallas, TX. Xander is a premier athlete and coming off averaging a double-double his FR campaign.”
Ezra Manjon: “All glory to god! Blessed to receive my first division 1 offer from UC Davis.”
He’s a 5-foot-9 2019 guard at Heritage High.
Dominican athletics: “Dominican men’s basketball was named as a recipient of the 2017-18 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award as announced by the NABC Thursday.
Dominican has received the honor since the inception of the award following the 2012-13 season, making this the sixth such award earned by the Penguins. Dominican finished the season with a 3.17 GPA…”
Beau Keeve of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) had closer options to continue his education and college basketball experience than moving 1,750 miles away but his desire to see more of the United States and to join a successful program won out and now he is headed to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The 6-foot guard, formerly of Terra Linda High, averaged 11.2 points per game (second best on the Bear Cub squad) this past season while shooting 46%, 39% and 64% respectively alongside producing 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists a contest. He posted a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, nabbed 2.1 steals an outing and earned All Big Eight Conference honors.
So what will he be bringing to his new program? “I’m an veteran point guard who is experienced with two different college systems (he played both football and basketball as a freshman at Chapman University in southern California) and I’ll be bringing that to a young team. I see myself as a threat from the outside and a strong ballhandler who can find guys for shots. On defense, I picked up the opposing team’s best player this season.”
On his three-day trip to Sioux Falls, “I was pleasantly surprised. I had never heard of Augustana before they started recruiting me and I thought it would be a desolate place but Sioux Falls is the biggest city in South Dakota.” Close to 185,000 residents make up the city with 250,000 living in the metropolitan area. The Sioux Falls Skyforce is a member of the NBA G League.
“The school, the people and the businesses in town are really well-connected and Augustana has great fans,” Keeve said. Coach Tom Billeter’s team averaged just under 2,500 fans this past season, third best nationally among DII schools. “It’s also a very sound, decorated program” seeing that the Vikings won the 2016 DII NCAA national championship.
Impressed by what he saw and experienced, Keeve made the call on the final day of his visit. “I wanted to get out of California and experience something different.” He is heading to a program that graduated its second leading scorer and top assists producer.
Billeter has assisted at Arizona, Rice, St. John’s and Texas A&M and ran the DI North Dakota State for five years, earning four Big Dance appearances. Augustana has reached the NCAA tournament in five of the last seven seasons.
There is a connection in play here. “I was on the staff at Arizona when Craig McMillan, Santa Rosa’s head coach, played for the Wildcats,” said Billeter. “We have remained friends throughout the years and he highly recommended Beau. He knew we were looking for a tough defender and said Beau was one of his best he has had.”
Keeve earned his A.A. in business at SRJC and will continue in that direction, seeking a B.A. in business management.
Besides his recent signing, Keeve’s recited three other best basketball moments. “Growing up playing youth basketball, I played on a really good AAU travel team. In sixth and seventh grade, we would get together before school and play for an hour. I really cherish those moments.” He added, “the first time I dunked during the summer going into my senior year in high school” and “going 25-5 with SRJC and reaching the Elite Eight in Ventura last season. We lost to Yuba starting out, went 4-4 but then turned it around and won 21 games in a row. Everyone played to their full potential and we got the best from each other. Choosing Santa Rosa was a great fit.”
“It’s been a long journey to get where I am,” Keeve offered. His hoops odyssey is not yet over.
From Bay Area Warriors Coach Randy Bessolo:
“Please note the Bay Area Warriors will be playing in the three NCAA sanctioned events in July:
We will have one or two teams in each event. Here are the players on our roster you should check out. All of the them are good academically. If you want more information on any of them, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Coach Randy Bessolo
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Gold Roster (2019 unless noted):
1. Marlon Short, Monte Vista HS, 6’5″ – super athletic wing who can really slash and score. Great defender and great motor.
2. Max Fried, University HS, 6’4″ – big, strong and athletic point guard. Fills up the stat sheet with points, assists, rebounds and steals.
3. Charley Moore, University HS, 6’5″ – long and athletic wing who can score. Athlete who gets dunks and buckets
4. Christian Pitcher, Berean Christian HS, 6’6″ – big and strong with good athleticism. Can play 2 through 5 positions and shoot with range
5. Marshall Lott V, California HS, 5’10” – super athletic guard who gets dunks and went to State Meet in High Jump. Can score and ball hawk on defense.
6. Chime Ugbaja, Riordan HS, 5’10” – super strong and very skilled. His older brother played D1 basketball at Sac. State. Classic point guard who can change the game with defensive pressure on the ball
7. Charlie Raisin (Class of 2020), New Hampton Prep, 6’7″ – big body and soft touch. Great shooter. Can play inside or on perimeter
8. Jackie Luong, Washington HS, 6′ – very skilled guard who can really shoot it. Great feel for the game. Can create his own shot
9. Johnny Yu, St. Ignatius HS, 6′ – shooter and skilled guard
10. Eric Donaldson, Antioch HS, 6’4″ – Strong versatile player who can play all 5 positions. Note Eric is playing overseas with the 18U National Team for England in July. If you want to connect with Eric please let me know.
11. Zach Galvin, Southridge HS, 6’4″ – Zach moved back to Oregon. If you want to connect let me know.
Blue Roster (2019 unless noted):\
1. Brandon Radu, Redwood HS, 6’3″ – very athletic scorer. Can get to rim or shoot 3’s
2. Zac Quanico, Riordan HS, 5’8″ – super quick point guard who can create or score from NBA range
3. Marquez Costiniano, Jefferson HS, 5’10” – super quick point guard who can create or score. Ballhawk on D.
4. Chance Farrell-Martin, Redwood HS, 6’2″ – big, strong and skilled point guard
5. Jeylen Slaton, Newark-Memorial HS, 6’3″ – strong, skilled and versatile
6. Leo Tillson (Class of 2020), St. Mary’s HS, 6’4″ – versatile player who can shoot 3’s and get to rim. Good athlete.
7. Jake Matthews, Redwood HS, 6’1″ – strong, skilled and tough point guard
8. Ryan Daly (Class of 2020), St. Francis HS, 6’5″ – very strong athlete who is can shoot it and is tough and smart.
9. Dean Watson, Redwood HS, 6’5″ – strong and skilled forward who can play the post or on the perimeter
“Coach Bracy Joins College Staff”—Brandon Bracy
Bracy is now part of Coach Steve Ball’s Napa Valley College coaching staff.
Per Inside The Spartans, San Jose State University point Nai Carlisle is transferring to Cal State East Bay. (scroll down to last two posts)
“San Francisco State adds four freshmen for 2018-19”—Gator athletics
Try 6-foot-10 and a 4.23 grade point average.
NBBA: “2017-18 @sfchronicle North Bay POTY, Viktor Rajkovic, is poised for a big July after a June that included trips to Penn, Princeton, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, UCSD. He is seeing interest from high academic D3s and Ivy League schools.”
Here is new Coach Keenan McMiller’s initial Chabot College recruiting class to date. It consists of seven talents from northern California.
Holy Names University Coach Sanchez: “Excited to announce the signing of @VCHSAthletics Cameron Fini. Welcome to the Hawk Family!!!”
The 6-foot-7 lefty should really help Holy Names.
“Mavericks Ink Duplechan for 2018-19”—Omaha athletics
“Aaron Gordon to re-sign with Orlando Magic”—Jean Racine
Let’s hope Gordon is finally going to be situated correctly on the floor and in a system that best utilizes his top talents.
Coleman Hawkins: “Proud to say I’ve received an offer from the University of Illinois”
Hawkins is a 6-foot-8 2020 prospect attending Antelope High.
6-foot-3 Serra High talent Colin McCarthy is listed as a freshman on the 2018-19 Cal Poly roster.
Nevada Basketball: “Congrats to former Wolf Pack player Cam Oliver (@SpaceCamm ) on signing a summer league contract with the Philadelphia”
Verbal Commits: “Former Minnesota C Matz Stockman is transferring to California.”
Stockman is 7-foot, 240 and from Sweden. He played three years at Louisville with minimal effect before transferring to the Gophers (moving from Pitino to Pitino) and redshirted in 2017-18. He earned his degree and should be able to play right away in Berkeley.
“J.C. men’s basketball route different for ex-WCAL teammates — After leaving St. Francis, Curtis Witt wins state title at CCSF, while Peter Hewitt goes from UC Davis, to Las Positas, to Tulsa”—Vytas Mazeika
Josiah Wood is sitting out this season at Nevada as an Alaska-Anchorage transfer. He played at Butte College and twice earned First Team All-Golden Valley Conference honors.
“It’s a big week for Magic forward Aaron Gordon”—Marc J. Spears
Sean Cunningham: “Sacramento native (Laguna Creek HS) & San Diego State star Malik Pope will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers for Summer League, according to sources. That means he’ll be playing in his hometown during the California Classic – before heading to Vegas.”
“The Greatest Draft Class”—Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Last bought a pair of Pumas back in my high school days, 1877 I think it was.
“Black Wall Street: The African American Haven That Burned and Then Rose From the Ashes”—Victor Luckerson Not sports related but an informative piece on a historical event not to be found in high school texts.
Tydus J. Verhoeven: “Glory road bound 🤙🏼⛏ #UTEP #ElPaso”
Originally Pittsburgh (Duquesne), now El Paso. Let’s see how new Miner Coach Rodney Terry plans on using him which appears to be the salient point for his move.
Las Lomas’ Nathan Robinson has signed with South Dakota.
“Coyotes add California prep star Robinson”—South Dakota athletics
Yuba Men’s Hoops: “Congrats to @DirtyDup_1 for his commitment to D1 U of Omaha/Nebraska! BVC MVP, 1st team All State! Another Yuba player signs D1. Crazy that If you work hard, go to class and do the right things good things happen!! 3.8gpa and just served a church mission in Bahamas!”
Elishja Duplechan is a 5-foot-11 guard originally out of Sheldon High with three years of eligibility remaining. Nebraska-Omaha is a member of the Summit Conference.
That makes seven newcomers for Chabot Coach Keenan McMiller thus far.
Neal Begovich: “Blessed to earn an offer from Columbia University!”
Begovich is a 6-foot-8 senior-to-be at St. Ignatius.
“In an effort to kill off AAU basketball and the influence that AAU coaches have over prospects, an NABC Ad Hoc committee is expected to recommend to the Commission on College Basketball that is chaired by Condoleeza Rice to make drastic changes to the summer live period that will include barring coaches from attending AAU tournaments and shoe company sponsored events in July, sources told NBC Sports…”
What about the face time for the college prospects who will be four-year student-athletes?
Out of Portland, prepster Khalil Chatman makes it official with Coach Damon Stoudamire and Pacific.
“Gaels welcome five newcomers to campus”—St. Mary’s athletics
Call it the ‘Passport Class’—each is from a foreign country.
Yuba Mens Hoops: “Congrats to Yuba College sophomore Josh Daht (River Valley HS) for signing his basketball scholarship to Cal State East Bay today!! They got a steal signing this 6’5 “fill the stat sheet guy”. Look forward to watching him compete in the best D2 league in the country!”
Report on 2018 Bay Area Memorial Day Classic
The 8th Annual Bay Area Memorial Day Classic was held May 26-28 at Jamtown in Oakland and Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek. 64 teams in four divisions (17U Gold, 17U Silver, 16U, 15U) participated. Here is a report on the event. Players are listed alphabetically by last name.
Top Prospects: (*indicates highest consideration)
*6’2 SG Jaden Alexander of Vanden HS 2021 (Lakeshow Black 15u)
High-energy, active wing defender who picks up 94 feet. Tough defender on the ball and can rebound well for his position. Good athlete, will need to add strength to reach his potential. Developing offensive game.
*6’0 SG Callaway Allen of Redwood HS 2020 (NBBA 16u Lloyd)
Versatile shooter with range. Capable penetrator/finisher with both hands, gets to the rim. Good off-ball defender who plays passing lanes well. Knows how to play.
*6’9 PF Jay Allen-Tovar of Valley Christian HS 2019 (Team Lillard 17U)
Elite shot blocker and rebounder. Shows the ability to dribble and lead the fast break. Also shows potential as a solid three-point shooter
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Lassen Coach Will Freedman writes that 6-foot-3 Cougar guard Chailen August has signed with Great Lakes Christian College.”
Hornets Hoops: “6’3 G Akil Reese has committed to Cal St Monterey Bay! Reese averaged 8.1ppg 4.1rpg on 41.6%3FG for the Fullerton Hornets”
“Blythe to coach boys, girls at Eastside Prep”—Vytas Mazekia
“Former Redhawk Sam Kirby Named Assistant Coach”—Seattle athletics
Kirby played at Foothill High and San Joaquin Delta College.
“Paulson Adds JC Transfer Austefjord”—Carroll College athletics
Thomas Austefjord is out of Yuba College and Woodcreek High.
Hornet Hoops: “Congratulations to Fr F Ronne Readus and Fr G/F Lance Coleman on the invite to the @jerrydmullen JC camp in July in Kansas City! Both players will be top players in the country!”
Out of St. Mary’s High (Stockton), the 6-foot-6 Coleman played two years ago at Irvine Valley College and averaged 17.9 points plus 7.1 rebounds. Not sure what school, if any, he attend this past season. He is a sophomore athletically.
Salinas High Hoops: “Salinas High School has named Jerod Stewart its next Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach!”
He moves up from a varsity assistant position.
Jeff Goodman: “Nike gave Marvin Bagley’s dad his own team on the summer circuit for years. Even gave them a berth in the Peach Jam despite the fact they were 0-16 or something like that. And now Bagley (and Ayton, who bounced around the shoe circuits) have signed with Puma.”
“Younger Musselman joins Nevada staff”—Nevada athletics
Here’s a April 20 feature involving former Sacramento Hornet, Ohlone Renegade and Washington High alum Mike McKinney. He played in China this season for Chong Son Kung Fu, the developmental team of the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. in 2018, he averaged 22.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals while shooting 51%, 43% and 83%. McKinney earned Big Sky Conference Player of the year honors as a college senior.
Gladiator Basketball: “Excited to announce the 2018-2019 commitment of 6”7 Skilled athletic forward Jabari Sweet 10.5ppg 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg out of Sacramento High School!”
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Gladiator Basketball: “Excited to announce the 2018-2019 commitment of All league and optimist game selection Akili Daniels 6”2 G 14.5ppg 4.5rpg and 2.1asg out of Sacramento High School!”
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John Bynum Jr: “Tommy Nuño (Fresno) has committed to Colorado Mesa University. Nuño averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season for the Rams.”
Brian Nebo: “|LA✈BAY AREA| BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY, LETS GET TO WORK. #CHOMPCITY”
Nebo, a 6-foot-6, 195 talent, is headed to San Francisco State. He grayshirted in 2013-14, medically redshirted the following season and earned First Team All-South Coast Conference South Division honors in 2015-16. It appears he did not play for Cerritos this past season as he isn’t listed on the roster nor in the final statistics.
2018 Nor Cal Summer Preview- July 7 at Foothill College
The 2nd annual Nor Cal Summer Preview will be held Saturday July 7 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. It is open to teams from high school and AAU programs. Every team will play two games.
The event is designed to provide all teams/players an opportunity to play competitive games prior to the up-coming NCAA live period the following week. A report on the event will be done by the Hoop Review scouting service that will be sent to college coaches and various internet sites.
Cost is $250 per team. Discount for three or more teams. To register go to hoopreview.net and click on Paypal at the top. For more information contact the tournament director, Gerry Freitas at 408-998- 1327 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Brian Shaw (UC Davis), Jake Wojcik (Richmond), Riley Grigsby (Seattle), Kevin Kremer (Utah), Chris Simpson (Metro State), Chris Wriedt (Hargrave Military Academy), Souley Boum (UTEP) and Jonathan Ned (Eastern Florida) having made their ‘next address’ decisions since the last posting of this list, here is who remains alongside what we’ve been hearing:
“Head Coach Greg Kamansky inked two recruits for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team’s upcoming 2018-19 season in Sione “Ziggy” Lauese Jr…
Sione “Ziggy” Lauese Jr. 6-6, Forward Redwood City, CA Sequoia HS
Lauese, a 6-6 forward from Redwood City, CA, comes to CPP after a successful high school career at Sequoia HS where he led his team to a Peninsula Athletic League South Championship and a 22-8 overall record in his Senior season.
He was named the MVP of the Peninsula Athletic League after averaging 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game in his final year.
From the Coach: “We are looking forward to Ziggy joining our program. He will bring size, skill, and versatility to our team. His strong work ethic both on the court and in the classroom will represent our program well in the coming years.”
Chabot Gladiator Basketball: “We are excited to announce the 2018-2019 commitment of PG Isiah Jennings of Envision Academy out of Hayward, Ca! Isiah averaged 16ppg here are some highlights of Isiah in action: LINK
Jennings also ran track in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
“Isaiah Jennings 5’8 150 PG Envision Academy GPA: 2.8 SAT: 1100
Very quick PG who can attack in open floor (looks like could also run track at next level). Has good handle and made some outside shots. Looks to pass first and make plays for teammates.”
Chabot Gladiator Basketball: “We are excited to announce the 2018-2019 commitment of All- Metro Sacramento 6”3 G Marcus Robinson of Monterey Trail High School. Marcus averaged 14.5ppg , 5.5rpg 3.5asg”
“Dale Currie is Heading to Phelan Ave!”—Simply Basketball
Verbal Commits D2: “Former Azusa Pacific G Connor Peterson is transferring to UC San Diego.”
At 6-foot-1 and out of Archbishop Mitty, he redshirted this past season at AP after averaging 10.9 points alongside teams bests of 135 assists and 48 steals as a sophomore’
“New transfer rule eliminates permission-to-contact process”—Michelle Brutlag Hosick
JIM LES SHOOTING AND SKILLS CAMP
June 18 and 19 5:00-7:30 PM
Campers will be taught by former NBA 3PT specialist, Jim Les, and his UC Davis staff, with over 60 years experience on the art of shooting and specific fundamentals. There will be skill development segments to work on the overall player, but the focus will be on the breakdown of each individual’s shot mechanics, footwork, and mental approach. Campers have the opportunity to have their shot filmed and put on a DVD for an additional cost.
Who: This camp is open to any and all boys grades 7-12
Time: 5-7:30pm both nights
Location: Pavilion – UC Davis
Coaches: UC Davis Men’s Basketball Staff
Breakout Segments: Each day will include the usage of teaching points in game simulated situations and breakdown drills. Players will be grouped with their age group for competitive success.
Call Jody Steliga at 530.752.3501 with questions.
$135 Includes Camp T-shirt
*Optional $20 Video Add-On (Includes DVD)
Drew Cobb: “First and foremost I wanna thank God, family, friends and supporters. He has blessed me to go further on this crazy journey of mine to take my talents to Long Beach State! I’m excited start this new chapter in my life!”
Out of Sheldon High and Fresno City College, the 6-foot-4 freshman averaged 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists this past season while shooting 60%, 44% and 63% respectively.
Yuba Men’s Hoops: “Congrats to Yuba sophomores signing scholarships this week!!! Jeryn Lucas-Central Washington U, Josh Dhatt-CSU East Bay, and Thomas Austefjord at Carroll College! Love seeing the hard work and championships pay off for great kids with great grades!”
Gladiator Basketball: “We are excited to announce the commitment of (PG) Kolby Charles Castro Valley HS from Hayward, Kolby is an academic qualifier 3.0 gpa who averaged 14ppg 6asg as a hs senior this past season!”
That’s the second announced commit to Chabot College since Keenan McMiller took over.
Antony Navarrete of Cañada College has signed with Cal State East Bay. Out of San Lorenzo High, the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 14.7 points plus 7.9 rebounds this season on 56% and 61% overall shooting. Here’s a 2016 Navarette feature.
John Bynum Jr: “Fred Lavender (Fresno CC) has committed to Cal State Stanislaus. Lavender averaged 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds last season for the Rams.”
Lavender is a 6-foot-4 guard out of Weston High. He shot 46%, 31% and 65% respectively.
John Bynum Jr: “Jess Spivey (Fresno CC) has committed to Colorado Mesa University. Spivey averaged 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds last season for the Rams.” He’s 6-foot-5 and out of Sierra High and shot 47%, 39% and 85% respectively.
Verbal Commits: “Former Cal State Bakersfield C Fallou Ndoye is transferring to Santa Clara.”
Ndoye is 6-foot-11, 225 and also formerly played at Mississippi State. It appears he is a grad trans fer and thus will be able to play right away. He averaged 2.8 points plus 3.2 rebounds in 13 minutes a game last season. The Broncos also bolstered their front line by adding a 6-foot-8 recruit a week ago
West Valley Basketball Club: “Signing Announcement. After visits to Oregon State, St Mary’s, USF, and interest from Nebraska and Bradley among others, Riley Grigsby has committed to Seattle University! Very excited for this young man who has demonstrated the type of game that will be well suited for a run after college as well. The Quiet Storm makes his way Northwest. Thank you Riley for a great run. Best wishes to Dad Al and Mom Ruth.”
6-f00t-6 2018 prospect Jahbril Price-Noel has committed to Pacific, per the Northern Kings (Canada).
He’s a 6-foot-1 point out of Hercules High and Team Rampage.
Verbal Commits: “Former UC Santa Barbara G Brandon Davis is transferring to Sacramento State.”
Davis is a 6-foot-2 guard out of southern California who was recruited out of high school by the Hornets. He’ll redshirt during the 2018-19 season.
Kendall Munson: “OFFICIALLY CLEARED AS OF TODAY!!! Missed whole sophomore school season, junior and senior season is about to be a movie. Thank you to the best doctor in Sac Dr. Marder and my physical therapist Dustin at Results PT. GOD IS GOOD‼”
Munson stands 6-foot-9 and is attending Capital Christian High.
“Magic Memorial Weekend Norcal Recap”—Simply Basketball
Hoop Dirt: “I have heard from a great source that Sam Kirby will become an assistant coach at his alma mater Seattle University. He will replace Ryan Madry who departed for Santa Clara a few weeks ago.
Kirby has spent the past six seasons on the staff of former Seattle head coach Joe Callero at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has also been an assistant at Shoreline CC (Seattle), and Cañada College (CA)…”
Kirby is a Foothill High and San Joaquin Delta College alumnus.
“Zach Payne Joins Viking Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff”—Portland State athletics
Payne prepped at De La Salle followed by two years at Diablo Valley College.
“Las Lomas coach Brian Dietschy steps down”—Darren Sabedra
Plus, more on Pete Simos stepping down at Piedmont Hills.
“Woznick ready to keep Flames going”—Mike Bush
“NBA Considering Expanding Draft Beyond Two Rounds”—Peter Sampson
“Steve Kerr speaks truth to power — and his players respect him for it—‘There is no question the reaction to me saying exactly the same thing as a black athlete is taken a different way’”—Marc J. Spears
Eurohopes: “2018 class Italian big Guglielmo Caruso (’99) has committed to Santa Clara. Caruso is currently the #37 ranked prospect in our 1999 generation ranking”
Caruso is a 6-foot-9, 200 power forward.
Nicholas Podesta: “Fresno City Rams fans, follow the newest member of our men’s basketball program, Kevin Kahriman @KevinKahriman . Really excited to see what we’re going to accomplish together. Big man with a bright future.”
The 6-foot-9 sophomore is moving down from College of Marin.
Keith Smith: “Blessed to say that I’ve committed to play basketball at cal poly slo. Gotta thank all my friends and family that supported me and my decision to leave VMI. Can’t wait for this next chapter of my life to start.”
The 6-foot point is out of San Ramon Valley High and just finished his sophomore season at Virginia Military Academy where he averaged 7.0 points alongside team bests of 91 assists and 40 steals.
Jake Stanbrough: “6’6” WF Riley Grigsby of Archbishop Mitty HS (2018) has picked up an offer from Cal Baptist, a new D1 school and member of the WAC”
Grigsby recently visited CB. He owns offers from Presbyterian and North Dakota.
Mendo Coach Billy Offill is building an Alaskan pipeline.
John Bynum Jr: “Gabe Howard (Mendocino) has committed to Greenville University (Illinois). Howard averaged 6.0 points, 5.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season for the Eagles.”
Darren Sabedra: “Piedmont Hills basketball coach/AD Pete Simos tells me he has resigned from both positions to explore interests outside of athletics. Said school, where he’ll continue to teach, has been nothing but supportive”
This is certainly a loss for South Bay basketball.
Ryan Madry is back in the Bay Area as a Santa Clara University assistant coach.
Bay Area Memorial Day Classic results:
15u Finals: Oakland Soldiers Green 50, Lakeshow 15 Select 45
MVP: Houston Mallette of Oakland Soldiers Green
16u Finals: Lakeshow 15 Black 81, Lakeshow 16 Black 65
MVP: Yaru Harvey of Lakeshow 15 Black
17 Silver Finals: Stanco Stampede 72, West Coast Xtreme 70
MVP: Cam Sherwood of Stanco Stampede
17 Gold Finals: SF Work Hard Play Hard 72, Splash City Blue 65
MVP: Brahjon Thompson of SF Work Hard Play Hard
Evan Daniels: “Aaron Menzies is transfering from Seattle and has signed with St. Mary’s, he tells @247Sports. Averaged 11.3 PPG & 8.9 RPG”
Menzies is 7-foot-3, 290 and also provided 2.3 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game. Here’s a January 2017 feature.
Rob Hoyt: “Al Burge signs his full scholarship with Arizona Christian University.”
Burge is a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard out of Columbia College who averaged 12.1 points plus 7.8 rebounds as a sophomore.
Chico State Men’s Basketball: “We are excited to announce the new signees that make up our 2018 recruiting class! These four young men add more size, quickness, leadership, playmaking, rebounding, shooting, character and great personalities to our program. Welcome to the #WildcatFamily!”
Matt McAndews will quickly become a favorite next season.
Delta Mens Bball: “Today our Darnel Harris committed to Cal State Maritime! Thank you to Coach Rooney!”
The 6-foot-3 Harris, out of McNair High, averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds this past season.
BHS Boys Basketball: “Congratulations to @_patrickfisher on his commitment to play college basketball at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. Go Rams!!”
Patrick Fisher is a 6-foot-1 guard out of Bloomington, Illinois.
Aaron Murphy: “I am blessed to have received my first scholarship offer from Cal Poly SLO 🐎! #GoStangs 🤟🏾”
Murphy is a 6-foot-6, 2019 recruit who averaged 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds for Modesto Christian.
A couple of weeks ago, Nevada Coach Eric Musselman achieved the unattainable: landing 6-foot-11 five-star player Jordan Brown. Such a lauded recruit wasn’t supposed to even be in the realm of possibilities for the Wolf Pack as Brown surely would certainly not settle for the Mountain West Conference as well as the limited exposure that brings.
So why and how did this marriage happen?
The answers are multiple but, simply put, it was a confluence of the following factors:
Fans complaining about ‘their’ coaches being unable to land a five-star recruit need to understand the reality behind such an achievement. A winning team comes first, one that hopefully has already made some Big Dance noise. To his credit, Musselman swiftly turned his Wolf Pack program in reaching those benchmarks. Without this ‘base’ as a jumping off point in the continued pursuit of Brown, forget it. Plus, he did it his way, trailblazing primarily with transfers from four-year schools which makes the Wolf Pack success all the more remarkable.
Jon Rothstein: “San Francisco transfer Souley Boum has committed to UTEP, per a source. Nice get for Rodney Terry.”
Isaiah Halsey: “Been a long process, but I finally got to sign that paper today. Happy to say I was able to commit to Cal State University Maritime. Thank you to my family at Monterey Peninsula College for helping me to continue my academic and athletic career.”
Halsey is a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard out of Liberty Ranch High.
“Patience and Perseverance”—Gavilan College athletics
Gavilan’s Ken Modica Jr. makes it official with Simpson University.
Congrats to the class of 2018! Special shoutout to our three Cougar Grads:
MPC Basketball: “Marcus (Heritage High) Wallace, Isaiah (Liberty Ranch High) King-Halsey, Deshawnte (Freedom High) Collins, & Ifeanyi (Pittsburg High) Udoh 2018 MPC Graduates!!! Congratulations!!!!!”
Daily Dirt: “It sounds like Columbia Director of Basketball Operations Jonathan Safir is headed to the University of San Francisco, where he will reunite with head coach Kyle Smith. Safir joined the Columbia staff back in 2015 when Smith was the head coach there. I have heard that Safir will assume DBO duties for the Dons”
“McMiller Brings Enthusiasm, Success Formula To Chabot Men’s Basketball”—Chabot College athletics
John Murphy: “Skyline High of Oakland is seeking a boys basketball coach.”