One of the top D-1 point guards in the nation last year signs a pro contract.  AVC’s Mike Scott heading to Lithuania.  The following article is from the University of Idaho where he led the D-1 school the past two years.
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Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
Former Vandal Inks Pro Deal
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations          

MOSCOW, Idaho – Former Vandal point guard Mike Scott will be playing in a different venue in 2015-16, as he signed with BC Siauliai of the Lithuanian Basketball League on Tuesday.

A true point guard, Scott’s greatest strength was as a distributor.  He led the Big Sky Conference with 5.3 assists per game, while his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.33 was the best in the league and fifth best in the nation.  For his efforts, Scott earned All-Big Sky Conference Second Team honors.

“It’s a great deal for Mike Scott, I couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” said head coach Don Verlin.  “It’s a lifetime dream of his to play professional basketball.”

Scott’s 160 assists last season are the fifth most in a single season in program history, while his 235 career helpers are 11th most.  Scott dished out a career-best 10 assists against Portland State on January 17, 2015, becoming just the 11th Vandal in program history to record double-digit assists in a game.

A senior captain in 2014-15, Scott started 29 games and finished second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per contest.  He scored in double-figures 22 times, the second highest mark on the team.

“As Vandal fans know, Mike was an excellent player here, a very good point guard and was one of the best in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio,” Verlin said.  “Again, we just couldn’t be happier for him and his family for his opportunity to play after college.”

Scott played in all 34 games for the Vandals during his junior season, averaging 8.7 points and 2.2 assists per game.  He earned the team’s George Greene Award, given annually to the most unselfish player.

Prior to his time at Idaho, Scott played for Antelope Valley College, where he earned California All-State honors as a sophomore.

Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Scott played his high school ball for George Washington Prep in Los Angeles, where he earned two league MVP and one All-Los Angeles City honors.

BC Siauliai plays in the Lithuanian Basketball League, where it finished last season in seventh.  Siauliai also competes in the Baltic Basketball League, where it is the two-time defending Elite Division champion.

For more information on Idaho Athletics, visit GoVandals.com.  Fans can also find Idaho on Twitter and Instagram, @Idaho_Vandals, or on Facebook by searching Idaho Vandals.

Fans can stay up-to-date on all things Idaho men’s basketball by following the team on twitter, @VandalHoops

Its been a good week for AVC basketball players, the coaching staff and the program as three players have signed professional contracts.

  1. Mike Scott, Lithowana BC Siauliana, Lithuania
  2. Jason JJ Johnson, Poland
  3. Shanara Clark, UC Baschet feminin, Romania

More details coming soon.  Congratulations to the players, the coaches and the AVC program. 

AVC’s Zack Hollis is going to be playing in a new home this year.  He is leaving Lamar University in Texas after giving the team what they so desperately needed(they are on academic suspension);  academics(Hollis is Dean’s List Athlete) .  Here is an article on the arrival of Zack at the University of Tampa and the Tampa coach wants more;  academics and rebounds . 



Zach Hollis is a transfer senior for the imageSpartans, after spending his junior season at Lamar University. At Lamar, Hollis earned action in 21 games, as he racked up 30 points and 51 rebounds. Prior to Lamar, Hollis spent time at Antelope Valley College, where he averaged 6.0 points per game, 4.0 Zack hollis8rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. He helped guide AVC earn the top overall seed in the Southern California Playoffs. His team advanced to the Semifinal of the playoffs. He also helped guide the team to a 27-5 record, as the 27 wins marked the fourth most in school history. In high school, he averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game, as he ranked as a top-50 player in California. His most memorable athletic achievement was when he recorded a 30-point and 30-rebound game, as well as a triple-double in a game. At UT, he will be majoring in Communications, with aspirations of becoming a professional basketball player, a college basketball analyst, or a high school teacher.

Coach Pecka’s thoughts: “Zach comes to us with a ton of playing experience. He is big and strong and a great rebounder. We are counting on him to fill an immediate need in the front-court.”

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They fly all the way in from Dallas to see Jalen Etiene,  AVC point guard played in the All-American Tournament in Vegas this weekend.  Jalen’s Mom told me that her son was definitely the best point in the tournament.  It looked like there was a few D-1 universities who felt the same.  Great tournament for everyone.

As the rumors had it, Patrick Johnson was named Citrus College head coach.  Congratulations coach all the hard work is paying off. 



 
Former assistant coach Patrick Johnson has been named the program’s 11th head coach. Action Photo By: Ricky Lin.

Glendora, CA — The Citrus College Athletics Department is pleased to announce that former assistant Patrick Johnson has been named the program’s 11th head coach in the program’s 64 year history. Johnson comes back to Citrus after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Irvine, and replaces former Head Coach Chris Victor who took a position on NCAA DI Eastern Washington Universities staff.

The tournament wrapped itself up with a lots of excitement and a happy group of tired players.  Lets start with the Sunday games prior to the all-star game. 

Joseph JJ Moorer, 6’1’’ 185, played his third outstanding game in a row pounding in 24 points, 4 assists.  He averaged over 20 points a game during the tournament and was a shoo-in to be named to the Top 20 All-Star game.

Jalen Etienne 5’10” 170 first two games were outstanding and he looked like he was headed for the Top 20 All-Star game as well.  With family in from Dallas watching it was obvious that he was really pressing in his third game that he was pressing to make the Top 20 All-star game.  He started gangbusters shooting, assists and leadership when his shooting went cold.  He started pressing and the rest is history.  You need three outstanding games in a row to make the top 20 all star game.

Anton Warren, 6”"10”, 265 had his best game of the tournament with 14 points and 7 rebounds.  He was not happy with his shooting percentage but felt that he opened some eyes with this game. 

Kashiff Williams, 6’5”, 249 again played the post against a 6’10” big and did a solid job considering all things.  I believe “Chief” is happy that he is playing at AVC with two post players at 6’10” and 6’9” which allows him to play his nature positions.

Now about the all-star game with the best of the best 20 players.  IF these twenty players do their academics, stay healthy and don’t do anything stupid, they will will have D-1 scholarship and at least two should have NBA contracts.  Safe bet here.

They played like beasts.  They actually worked the ball in to the bigs and  played defense.  Unbelievable size and athleticism.  Great fun to watch as it moved so fast.  JJ Moorer fit right in with the beasts and put in 9 points and played the two and the point.  He was not satisfied with his performance.   I’m sure he wanted 25 points, 10 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds. 

Finally I believe that two additional SOCAL players made the list of elite 20 all-star, “not sure of player” from East LA and Dock Gooch, 6’8” post player from San Bernardino Valley.  Oh yes, a heads up;  Both of these teams will be playing in the Antelope Valley College Tournament the first week end of December.  Coach Taylor just loves to test his team!

Great recruiting venue. 

 

Only 20 are chosen from the 80+ elite players.  Joesph JJ Moorer was named to the best of the best to play in the all-star game.

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More on other games later.


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