lawrence white jumperFor the second straight weekend, AVC’s Lawrence White, 6’4”, 200 two guard/wing, is heading out on an official visit.  This weekend “L” is heading to University of California Davis.  Few JUCO players have the academic potential to be recruited to UC Davis(only 44% of applicants accepted) but White’s 3.7 GPA puts him into that category.

With two visits from Head Coach Jim Les and another two visits from Assistant Coach Chris Davis, this is no question that the UC Davis’ brain trust feel that White would be a key recruit this year.

UC Davis looks to be very competitive this year in the Big West Conference and will be graduating four of their starters.  Lawrence White looks to have the D-1 skill level and academics to step right in plug a key hole for the Aggies for the next two years. 

Looks like a very important visit for UC Davis and Lawrence White. 

 

 

Julius bilbrew dunkWant someone to lead the break?,  How about blocking shoots and and playing defense?  How about drilling long three-balls?  Julius “Juice” Bilbrew is your man.  He is calm this year and knows his role. You never want to leave Juice alone or you will pay.  He will never let you alone. 

Just warming up for his next two years at D-1. 

 

The Associated Press

October 29, 2014

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii announced Tuesday it has fired basketball coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana.

In his first Division I head coaching job, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55 over four years, including 20-11 last year.

The school has been under investigation by the NCAA since March. The university earlier this year self-reported Jan. 9 situation in which "a men’s basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes," according to information obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

School officials did not list reasons for the dismissals of Arnold and Akana, a four-year assistant.

A statement issued by Arnold said he was being fired "without cause," which means that the university did not have to prove a reason to fire him.

Athletic director Ben Jay named associate head coach Benjy Taylor as acting head coach.

Read more here:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/29/3455071/university-of-hawaii-fires-head.html?sp=/99/104/#storylink=cpy

dewayne desmondThe question that people ask me most thisDewayne Dedmon3 time of the year is “How good is the AVC basketball team?”  My answer to that is, “ Give me a couple of weeks and I will let you know.”

The second most popular question is “Did Dewayne sign a contract with the NBA Magic and how much does he make?”   Here are answers for the second question on Dewayne Dedmon.  According to SPOTRAC;

Dewayne Dedmon signed a 3 year / $2.06 million contract with the Orlando Magic, including $300,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $687,919.

Contract: 3 yr(s) / $2,063,758 Average Salary $687,919 Guaranteed: $300,000 Signed Using: Cap Space Free Agent: 2016 / Unrestricted
Year Base Signing Bonus Incentive Cap Hit
2013-2014 $300,000 - - 300,000
2014-2015 $816,482 - - 816,482
2015-2016 $947,276 - - 947,276
2016-2017  $1,215,696

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- 1,215,696
2016-2017 UFA

 

I have a couple of comments o about Dewayne. 

  1. Not bad for a 25 year old JUCO player.
  2. He knows that it is not how much he makes but how much he doesn’t spend.  He is working with financial pro’s to insure long term financial success.
  3. Dewayne is expected to be in the NBA for a long time due to his “motor” and size. 
  4. Ten Antelope Valley College players in the past ten years have played or are playing professional basketball.  Dewayne is the first in the NBA.  They were a driven bunch who didn’t cut practice or class.  Does that tell you something?

Car’s, “job’s”, cash, grade tampering in the D-1 Syracuse basketball program?  Please Lord let it not be. 

I am depressed.  This is the third serious NCAA D-1 basketball investigation I am reporting on in the last two weeks. 


According to an ESPN Report, the Syracuse University basketball program is in serious trouble with the NCAA.  Here is just a partial look at their problems. 

Syracuse, N.Y. — The NCAA’s investigation into the Syracuse men’s basketball program includes allegations involving extra benefits and academic impropriety that date back about 10 years, according to a report by ESPN.com on Thursday night.

Syracuse will go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Oct. 30-31 in Indianapolis, sources told syracuse.com.

Details emerging this week show that the investigation is broader than earlier reports that focused on academic problems in the athletic department.

The most serious allegations involve the men’s basketball program, and the scope of the investigation dates back about 10 years and is as recent as the 2013 season, according to the ESPN.com report.

It is not clear what "extra benefits" means in this case. Violations of the "extra benefit" provision can cover any special arrangement not allowed under NCAA rules, from major gifts such as cars, jobs and cash to smaller benefits such as discounts, meals or tickets.

larence stuffIt was “old home” week for Lawrence White, 6’4”, 200 guard at D-1 Florida International University this past weekend on his official visit.  One of the first persons he met was AVC’s Daviyon Draper, 6’7”, 225  guard/ forward, who arrived at FIU in late summer.  According to Lawrence, Draper has been loving the past couple of months at FIU and is really “cut” from weight room work and full of confidence on how good this team will be.  Next, White ran into Cal State Long Beach transfer, Chris Gulley 6”7” 195 guard/forward who also is very happy at FIU. 

Lawrence’s impressions of Florida International University;

  • Huge university(third largest in the United States).
  • Great facilities(each player has private room in dorms).
  • A truly international school with students from all over the world.
  • Treated exceptionally well by coaches, players and residents.   
  • Very talented and big team.(Front line 6’11”, 6’9”, 6’9”)

Lawrence would like to thank the Florida International University coaching staff and all of the players he met for treating him so well and offering him a scholarship on his visit.

AVC’s power forward at D-1 Lamar University looks to have muscled up over the summer.  6’8”, 251, with a nice mid-range jumper.  Now that’s a power forward.

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imageAVC’s Vadal Faniel, 6’7”, 210 senior forward is going to be expected to take a leadership roll this year with all the new players that have joined D-2, Texas A & M International.  Look for a big year from Vadal.

 



Thank goodness the start of the pre-conference season is only nine days away.  If the AVC team gets any more keyed up for competition they will have to set up  fire extinguishers around the court!