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Izaha Doyle2Izayah Doyle at 6’5”, 195, from West Ranch High School joined AVC last year.  He played the power forward and post at times during his freshman year and was a beast on the boards. 

Izayah is academic qualifier who is looking to major in Administration of Justice. His short term goals are a University scholarship and degree. His long term goals are a well paying job and a happy life.

Doyle’s role could change this year based on the in coming class.  He is working hard on his mid-range shooting and ball handling.   Quiet hardworking student athlete.   Very important summer for Izayah.

Shelton boykin shotJust got off the phone with Shelton and it definitely was, is and gonna be…Angelo State University.  He was completely confused by the rumors otherwise. 

Congratulations. 

Before I posted my last article, I had multiple sources that provided me that Shelton signed with Angelo State University.  Since I posted the article that I now have two strong sources saying may not be.  LOL.  Anyone else want to vote?

More as it comes up! 

Shelton boykin driveIts official, Shelton Boykin signs with Angelo State University.  When Boykin flew into San Angelo, Texas last week-end, the weather channel was warning that a line of tornadoes were heading into the San Angelo area.  The weather stayed fine…except for a few thunderstorms…but Angelo State picked up a F5 tornado on The Enhanced Fujita scale for its basketball program. 

Most experts agree that  Boykin was the top physically talented JUCO player in the  State of California this year.  The 6’6”, 218 guard was named to the first team All-State team with his 18.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG and led Antelope Valley College its second straight conference championship, into the state playoffs and a 24-6 record. 

head coach angelo stateCinco Boone, the head coach of Angelo State, left no stone unturned in  Shelton’s recruitment.  Coach Boone and his staff pointed out that Angelo State University’s sports teams participate in the NCAA DII Lone Star Conference. .  Attendance and support of ASU athletics is high.  ASU has ranked in the Top 20 schools in the nation 15 times in the last 20 years in attendance.

Shelton then toured Junell Center one of the most recognizable buildings on the Angelo State University campus and is home to one of the finest playing courts in NCAA Division II – Stephens Arena that accommodates up to 5,600 fans.san angelo basketball

Shelton felt that the complex was definitely D-1 quality and is looking forward to having this available to him in the next two years. 

Finally Shelton met the college president who made it clear that Angelo State Universities’ vision was to help student-athletes be successful on and off the court, assist them in getting their diplomas and then propel them to successful careers in whatever they might choose to do while also competing for championships.  No stone unturned.

Angelo State University made it to the “sweet 16” in NCAA D-2 tournament this year and is hoping with Shelton’s help to go even further. 

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Congratulations to AVC’s head coach John Taylor who worked so diligently with Shelton over the years to guide him to this next level. 

I expect that I will be following Shelton over the next decade documenting his success at the university and professional level. 

Congratulations Shelton!

 

ava Shelton mvp

From:  Richard Ventura  @refhekler 

How hard is it to get a basketball scholarship?  With 4,511 college basketball rosters spots from a pool of 6 million, there is a 1 in 1330 chance of playing college basketball.

To current and soon to be JUCO players:  Do everything you can to succeed at this level as there are 1329 people standing in line to take over your slot.  Lack of talent is not the main reason players fail or do not reach their potential in college basketball.  It is smoking dope.  College basketball and academics is tough enough when your are sober.  Let alone stoned.

Here are two that are doing the right way.


In less than a month Lawrence White 6’4 200 guard will be heading to D-1 UC Davis where he received a full ride scholarship.  He is taking summer classes there of course.  Would you expect less from the top academic male athlete at Antelope Valley College? 


Tim Gilmore, 6’3”, 200 two guard for Antelope Valley College/Palmdale High School is heading out next Friday to to join “Athletes in Action” on their yearly Puerto Rico College Basketball Tour.  The Dean’s List student athlete has wrapped up all of his classes early with his professors.  Tim has signed a full ride with D-2 Texas A & M International.  This young man has it all together.  AV Jim sure was right about him the first time he saw him play.

alex ledford dunkThe double-double man from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, CA is a quiet hard working and extremely smart player.  Last year he explored a number of national JUCO scholarships and carefully evaluated other Cal JUCO’s before decided that Antelope Valley College offered him the best opportunities in the long run. 

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 now is back at practice. 

Some interesting observations;  He has lost about 10-15 pounds and is much quicker on the floor, especially on the defensive end.  He has learned the AVC system and looks to be a step ahead of many players.  Alex has a nice mid-range and three ball shot and is not adverse to banging with the “bigs” for rebounds.

Ludford did not drop his classes after his injury as so often happens at the JUCO level.  He completed his academics successfully last year and will complete his under graduate requirements by the end of the year.  A true student athlete. 

A man to watch this year at AVC.