Frank Knight: “Congratulations is in order for @MoreauCatholic basketball player @dflight_5 on his signing with Lake Forrest College in Illinois! Hard work pays off! Great kid, great family, great team.”
A 6-foot lefty, Donovan Tynes is headed to the northern section of Chicago.
Verbal Commits: “Former UC San Diego G Tyrell Roberts is transferring to Washington State.”
Kyle Smith lands another shooter. The 5-foot-11 Roberts is out of Woodcreek High and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Amir Mamdani: “BREAKING NEWS: Danilo Djuricic will graduate from Harvard and transfer to WCC school Santa Clara. The senior forward showed his effectiveness as a 3-and-D big man in the Ivy League, and after much Power 5 interest, prioritized finding the best opportunity to continue his career.”
The 6-foot-8, 215 Djuricic is originally out of Canada and averaged 6.1 points plus 4.3 rebounds a Harvard junior while shooting 46%, 36% and 86% respectively.
Chris Murray: “AJ Bramah, a transfer from Robert Morris written about here, was expected to pick a school on March 20 but has since pushed that timeline back with a decision potentially coming in May. That’s a long time away! I don’t think he’ll turn pro, but he has kept that open as an option (probably if he can’t get ruled immediately eligible at his next school). Gonzaga and Loyola Chicago have made a push. Arkansas, via the stewardship of transfer-loving Eric Musselman, is in the mix, and schools like Nevada, Cincinnati, UConn, Wake Forest, Arizona, UNLV, San Diego State, Tennessee, St. Bonaventure, Western Kentucky and Washington have reached out. It’s not going to be easy to beat out a team like Gonzaga or Arkansas, but Bramah’s originally from San Leandro, Calif., which is 3.5 hours away from Reno. I’m not sure a favorite has emerged yet, as it’s going to be a long process unless Bramah changes his timeline. Nevada doesn’t have years-long ties to Bramah like it did with Grant Sherfield and Will Baker, which makes the Wolf Pack a long shot. But might as well give it a try. He’s an impact player.”
2020-21 All-WCC Men’s Basketball First Team
Joel Ayayi Jr. G Gonzaga
Alex Barcello Sr. G BYU
Jamaree Bouyea Sr. G San Francisco
Kessler Edwards Jr. F Pepperdine
Corey Kispert Sr. F Gonzaga
Colbey Ross Sr. G Pepperdine
Eli Scott Sr. G/F LMU
Jalen Suggs Fr. G Gonzaga
Drew Timme So. F Gonzaga
Josip Vrankic Sr. F Santa Clara
2020-21 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Second Team
Brandon Averette Sr. G BYU
Matt Haarms Sr. F BYU
Logan Johnson Jr. G Saint Mary’s
Andrew Nembhard Jr. G Gonzaga
Khalil Shabazz Jr. G San Francisco
2020-21 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Freshman Team
Jalin Anderson G LMU
Oumar Ballo C Gonzaga
Caleb Lohner F BYU
Mitchell Saxen C Saint Mary’s
Jalen Suggs G Gonzaga
2020-21 WCC Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention Selections
Ahmed Ali Sr. G Portland
Jeremiah Bailey Sr. F Pacific
Joey Calcaterra Jr. G San Diego
Dameane Douglas So. G/F LMU
Daniss Jenkins So. G Pacific
Keli Leaupepe So. F LMU
Dzmitry Ryuny Jr. F San Francisco
Jalen Williams So. G Santa Clara
“Trio from same junior college now helping Seattle U men’s basketball exceed expectations” Aaron Levine
Has this ever happened before?
Marc J. Spears: “Ex-Warriors center Festus Ezeli tells @TheUndefeated he signed with Knicks’ G League Westchester. Ezeli hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2017 NBA Finals. “I’ve put so much into this process but this is my dream. Chasing your dreams is worth every inch of the cost,” he said.”
Ezeli is out of Yuba College.
Sportando: “EJ Rowland and Ike Diogu sign in Iran with Chemidor”
The 37-year-old Rowland is out of Palma High, Hartnell College and St. Mary’s. He’s proving indestructible.
Not hearing much at all regarding the Portland coaching search. One name likely to be considered (if he is interested) is Shantay Legans at Eastern Washington. He played as a point at UC Berkeley and then Fresno State followed by eight years as an Eastern Washington assistant, the last six with well-regarded Jim Hayford. Legans moved over from associate head coach to the top spot when Hayford left to take over Seattle’s program.
Legans’ overall record as the EWU head coach is currently 71-47, 52-19:
- 2017–18 Eastern Washington 20–15, 13–5
- 2018–19 Eastern Washington 16–18, 12–8
- 2019–20 Eastern Washington 23–8, 16–4
- 2020–21 Eastern Washington 12-6, 11-2 (so far)
Why would Legans make a move? It would be to a more prestigious league (Big Sky Conference to West Coast Conference) and his salary would likely close to double. But yes, it would be to a much-tougher-to-be-successful collection of members.
Besides his winning record, Legans plays an uptempo style that fans and recruits would find attractive. His current contract runs through 2022 with a manageable $50,000 buyout. Portland is not using a search firm in the hiring process.
“Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and the draft workout that changed NBA history” David Fleming
“Santa Cruz alum Chris Martin shining off bench for Olivet basketball” Ray Hacke
“Roundtable: Female NBA agents explain challenges of the job Only three women represented players on rosters at the start of the season” Marc J. Spears
San Jose State Athletics: “Today we celebrate our 40-year honoree @lawrencefansjsu His list of accomplishments is long and we are proud to celebrate!
@CoSIDAnews 2017 President’s Award
@CoSIDAnewsHall of Fame
@CoSIDAnews Trailblazer Award
@CoSIDAnews Arch Ward Award
Too many for just 1 tweet!”
40 years of service at one school!
On Saturday, 6-foot-7 sophomore Ethan (Half Moon Bay High) Menzies scored 29 points, grabbed nine boards and blocked three shots in Colorado Mesa’s 78-68 victory over Fort Lewis.
Also on Saturday, Ajay (Cupertino High/DeAnza College/Notre Dame de Namur) Singh tallied 23 points, 18 rebounds and six blocked shots in Westmont’s 117-74 defeat of Hope International.
James (Salesian Prep/Georgetown) Akinjo provided 19 points plus eight assists but Arizona fell 80-69 to Oregon.
Kevin (Pleasant Valley High/Utah) Kremer filled the stat sheet with 14 points, four boards, three steals and two assists in Chaminade’s 74-71 loss to Hawaii Pacific.
6-foot-5 sophomore Deon (San Joaquin Memorial High/UTEP) Stroud posted a 16 point, six rebound line in Fresno State’s 67-64 takedown of Boise State.
Colorado Mesa downed Chadron State 67-62 behind 19 points and 13 boards from Ethan (Half Moon Bay High) Menzies.
Jamaree (Palma High) Bouyea provided USF with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Dons downed San Diego 67-51 in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament.
The 2020-2021 College of the Sequoias Men’s Basketball Roster
- 00 Nicolas Allen Guard Freshman 6’4″ 165 Florence / Mundy’s Mill
- 01 Ryan Johnson Guard/Forward Sophomore 6’5″ 210 Hanford / Hanford
- 03 Conner Jackson Guard Sophomore 6’2″ 175 Dublin / Dublin
- 04 Ryan Troutman Guard Freshman 6’3″ 160 Cordele / Kerman
- 05 Mohammed Adam Guard Sophomore 6’1″ 185 Marina / Monterey
- 11 Seth Dawson Guard Sophomore 6’5″ 220 Antioch / Arizona Compass Prep
- 15 Amil Fields Forward Sophomore 6’6″ 200 Hayward / Moreau Catholic
- 22 Nick Trevino Forward Freshman 6’3″ 200 Visalia / Redwood
- 23 Tiveon Stroud Forward/Center Sophomore 6’8″ 220 Selma / Selma
- 25 Ayo Aderoboye Guard/Forward Sophomore 6’7″ 180 Nigeria / Woodside Priory
- 33 Tyler Harris Center Sophomore 6’10” 245 Scotts Valley / Scotts Valley
- 35 Scott Ator Forward Sophomore 6’8″ 210 Murphy / Wylie
- RS Jahmai Bartley Guard Freshman 6’5″ 185 Oakland / Central
- RS Marc Battis Forward/Center Freshman 6’7″ 210 Houston / Jack Yates
- RS Connor Gilcrest Center Freshman 6’8″ 225 Visalia / Redwood
- RS Ryan Harris Forward/Center Freshman 6’8″ 190 Scotts Valley / Scotts Valley
- RS Daemar Potts Guard/Forward Sophomore 6’2″ 165 Fresno / Edison
- RS Andre Treadwell Guard Freshman 6’3″ 175 Sacramento / College Prep Academy
- RS Lucas Willrich Center Freshman 6’11” 210 Yuba City / Yuba