Its way too early to make a determination on how good AVC will be this year as , all of the players have not yet arrived, we don’t know how anton warran12dedicated the new talent will be in the classroom, and team chemistry still a question mark.  However, Monday’s basketball class was impressive and if this continues and improves it could be a very competitive year for the Marauders.  So far here is my early evaluation;

  1. Good balance in size, athleticism, depth and skills.  
  2. The “Bigs” at AVC this year should make an impact and are competing hard.  Rebounding was a weak area last year for AVC. 
  3. The power forwards have skill sets that are going to be a problem for defenders.
  4. Shooting forwards have good size, athleticism, skills and upside.
  5. The shooting guards run deep and talented and there is intense competition here. 
  6. AVC will be very strong at the point again this year as usual.

jjThe AVC guys are looking forward to showing off their skills at the 17, 18 July 2015 Summer Shootout.  It is an excellent place for the coaching staff and players to test themselves against the best teams in the state, it gives them a realistic view what needs to be improved and weak areas.

Last year AVC lost all four of their games in the July…an excellent test and lesson for the team.  By September, AVC regrouped and won all four of their Fall Shootout games.

Jalin pass

HARD WORK/REWARD

Really impressed how hard some players who could be taking time off are working their butt off to stay in shape and improve. 

Tim Gilmore, 6’3”, 195, Full ride to D-2, Texas A and M International

Lawrence White, 6’3”, 208, Already enrolled at D-1 UC Davis on full ride

Shelton Boykin, 6’6”, 215, Full ride to D-2 San Angelo State U

Dwan “Po” Caldwell, 6’8”, 235, Graduate AVC, D-1 Tennessee Tech…pro signing expected this year. 

Jason “JJ” Johnson, 6’4”, 215, Graduate AVC and Cal State San Marcos…pro signing expected this year.


EIGHTEEN DAYS TILL SUMMER NCAA APPROVED SHOOTOUT

The summer 2015 shootout is 18 days way at Cerritos College July 17-18, 2015, Friday, Saturday.  So Cal Juco Shootout at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California July 17-18 Gerry Freitas   Don’t have teams or times yet available.

Just a reminder, Many JUCO’s will not have the majority of the teams available for this summer workout. 


DOPE DON’T WORK

The majority of states that approved marijuana usage did so for “medical usage.”  Of course everyone knew that was just a joke.  New article out verifies what a joke it was. 

Medical Marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.

imageIt’s tough enough to run a college sports program without have having a parent of a player’s assault an assistant coach and staff.  However, according to the Daily Mail.com, P. Diddy’s son Justin Combs only made it onto the UCLA football team because of his famous father, claims the university coach that recruited him.  Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel revealed on his Sirius XM radio show ‘the fact his father was an influential guy played into my decision’ to recruit the teen, in the wake of Diddy’s alleged attack on assistant coach Sal Alosi.  He admitted that Justin, at 5ft 9in, was too small to play competitively and that his famous father was the deciding factor.


According to BruinReportOnline, the incident began early Monday morning when Justin Combs, Diddy’s son, was participating in an off-season workout on UCLA’s field. According to sources, Combs, who will be a redshirt junior defensive back this fall, had missed some recent workouts and wasn’t giving a great effort Monday morning, so UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi kicked him out of the session.

Diddy allegedly attacked UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi in UCLA’s athletic facility and then swung a kettlebell (a type of weight that resembles a cannonball with a handle) at football personnel. This happened a few hours after Alosi kicked out Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, from a morning workout.

It’s anticipated that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office will pursue felony charges against music mogul P. Diddy, according to sources. Police reports and the security camera video of the incident were reviewed by the LADA’s office today. The charges are three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. Diddy says he was protecting his son and himself. 


This incident kinda reminds me of a D-1 level player who played one year at AVC and then transferred to another college.  He took a swing at the head coach at the new college and has never been seen on a college basketball floor since.  Coaching staff’s take their safety very seriously and know that one player can be a cancer that can kill a whole team. 

There are some differences here especially that Justin Combs dad is P.Diddy who has more money than —. 

Alex Ledford, 6’5″ 215 Freshman

alex-ledford-dunk_thumb.jpgThe double-double man from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, CA is a quiet hard working and extremely smart player. 

After a successful summer and early fall with AVC last year, in October he injured his elbow and was unable play for the rest of the year.  Alex worked with his physician, rehabbed and was  back at practice.  He has lost about 10-15 pounds and is much quicker on the floor, especially on the defensive end. 

The quiet forward met with Coach Taylor and thanked him for all his support but he was changing direction.  He has signed up for the military.  Best of luck to Alex.  He will succeed where ever he goes.

The word is out that two AVC players are really opening up eyes at the Drew!  With 7 current and former players playing in the big boy league,  these two guys really impressing their peers.

jason8Jason JJ Johnson, AVC and Cal State San Marcos graduate dominating at both ends of the court.  Warming up for his pro-team?

Shelton boykin driveShelton Boykin, AVC graduate who is joining San Angelo University on a full ride is  wowing the fans and players.  No boys here. 

They are taking each other on Sunday around noon.

Coach Bob Huggins predicts 40 free throws a game with the new NCAA rules in place.  If that is true, does that imagemean that the first thing a college basketball team does when it is recruiting is to check the players free throw percentage?

Won’t 40+ free throws slow down the game, just the opposite of what the NCAA wants…speed up the game…get rid of the grinders?


The one rule, in particular, that Huggins zeroed in on was the new rule moving the shot clock back to 30 seconds from 35, where it has been since the 1993-94 season. The change to 30 seconds will focus more on speeding the game up, but is something that West Virginia‘s head coach believes could hurt the quality of play on college basketball offenses.

"We have a great game. I don’t know why we’re doing what we’re doing," Huggins said Monday. "The greatest coaches in the world really controlled the game with great offense. The more and more we reduce the shot clock, the more the best players are going to win.

"You can’t run a real offense. It’s going to come down to a quick hitter off a ball screen or spread everybody out. Everybody is tired of watching 40 free throws per game, but that’s where it’s going to end up at."

Since AVC joined the Western State-South conference two years ago, three head coaches in the conference have left;  Citrus College, West LA College and Glendale.  Only Glendale has replaced their coach.  Tough in the middle of recruiting season.  Will the new recruits they already have brought in stay?? 

Below is a note from Coach Victor and we wish him the best in his new position.


Citrus College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Victor has stepped down from the Owls’ top spot and accepted a position on the staff of NCAA Division I Eastern Washington University.

Citrus College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Victor has accepted a position on the Men’s Basketball staff at NCAA Division I Eastern Washington University it was announced on Monday. Victor will join a program that is coming off a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season championship and Big Sky Conference Tournament championship, as well as the Eagles’ second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

"I am extremely grateful for the incredible experience I have had at Citrus over the last five years. I am thankful for the amazing support the program has received, from President Dr. Geraldine M. Perri to all of the Owl faithful," Victor said. "I want to personally thank Jody Wise (Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics), the athletic department faculty and staff, our assistant coaches and basketball alumni for their efforts in continuing to make Citrus Basketball something that we are all proud of."