Here is a note from AVC’s sophomore Big Man, Antone Warren, 6’10” 265 to his team mates.

“First day of our journey to success begins on Monday.  The grind start now preseason game in three weeks.  Lets put in the work and put on a show when it comes game time.”

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From NoCal, AVC has recruited one of their most talented HS basketball players from last year.   Osinachi Nwachukwau, San Leandro High School.  He is following in the foot steps of his former team mate Ismail Ali also from San Leandro HS who led AVC to a 52-11 record(two state playoffs) in his two years at the point guard at AVC.   Ismail received a full ride D-1 scholarship to Bowling Green State University.

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On July 4th 1997, Osinachi was born in Lagos, Nigeria.  He and his family moved to Fremont, California in June of 2003 when he was 6 years old.  By the time he reached high school he played basketball in San Leandro High School where he led his team to a number of great years as  well as playing AAU basketball with the Oakland Rebels and Lakeshow.  Part of Osi’s success is due in part to his unique physical attributes; 

  1. Wingspan: 6’10"
  2. Total Reach: 8’3"
  3. Vertical Jump: 30"
  4. Lane Agility Speed: 12.3 sec.

Antelope Valley College has been watching Osi for a number of years.  However he decided he would give a Prep School, DME Academy, in Daytona Beach, Florida a try when graduated.  Leading his team in 19 games at DME, he had PPG = 28.6, RPG = 8.6, APG 3.0.

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AVC received a phone call from Nwackukwau this spring and Osi had decided that he wanted to play basketball for Antelope Valley College. 

Osi’s goal is to get his AA at AVC and his University degree at a D-1 university.  After that, his goal to play professional basketball that the highest level possible. 

Versatility is what Osi brings to AVC with his strength, scoring, ball handling and rebounding in any of three positions as the need arises.  Welcome Osi. 

Surprise, Surprise!

 

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John Calipari broke his silence on Kentucky Wildcats small forward Derek Willis Thursday morning.

At a press conference, the three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year updated the public for the first time since news broke of Willis’ June arrest for public intoxication.

Calipari told reporters that Willis not miss any playing time for the upcoming season.

The Kentucky coach did admit that “[Willis] knows he’s under a different eye now than he was.”

Calipari refused to develop the portrait of Willis’ punishment any further, saying he “doesn’t throw people under the bus.”

Willis was found on the ground June 11, laying out the driver’s seat door; you can see the original dash-cam video here.

There’s no doubt the 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior is lucky to be in the position he’s in currently given the circumstances of what happened that June night.

Kentucky kicks off its season on Oct. 30 when it takes on the Clarion University Golden Eagles in an exhibition game.

Photo Credit: Kentucky Athletics, Twitter

As the readers of this blog know, we love to travel and watch AVC basketball.  Last year we did a D-2 driving trip from California to Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and all states in between to visit AVC players who were on full ride scholarship at a D-2 university and even one former player who was successfully  working on his real life career and out of basketball.  Great trip.

Now we are headed off on another trip that has a bit of Antelope Valley College basketball involved.  We are heading to Austria.  AVC players have played on two Austrian professional teams;  Allianz Swans in Gmunden and Furstenfeld Panthers.  Talk about gorgeous places to live and get paid to play basketball.


Reggie ArnoldLets start with Gmunden.  Reggie Arnold, 6’6″, 215 played his first year of professional basketball(currently entering his 6th year with Greek A-1 team).

Not too far by train from our apartment, we will be heading to visit this beautiful city and tour where Reggie hung out.  Should be a great day trip.  High in the Alps, wonder how cold that lake would be?

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Dwan Po Caldwell tournament 4The second AVC player pro site is Furstenfeld, Austria where “Po” Caldwell, 6’8”, 235 played last year. 

Visiting this site is a challenge to get to as it is 5+ hours one way by train from our apartment.  We will just have to play this one by ear.

Wonder if Po stayed in that castle on top of that mountain?

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Will let you know how our trip goes o Austria.  Must get the house sitter, neighbors train the “killer cats” for our absence.  My guess, the killer cats won’t even know we are gone.

Is Coach Monson listening to the grumbling of the fans over the last few years about CSULB lack of skilled big men?  Especially with the plethora of 7 footers overwhelming the UC Irvine team and recently the Bigs at U of Hawaii. 

Monson brought aboard experienced assistant coach Senque Carey who is known as a tireless recruiter and developer of Bigs.  Does this mean that Monson will give Coach Carey the approval to bring in JUCO Bigs liked the ones they passed up on who went D-1 elsewhere and are now playing Professional Basketball?

This should be worth watching!


June 28, 2016

Long Beach, Calif. – Long Beach State Men’s Basketball has hired Senque Carey to fill its vacant assistant coaching position. Carey spent last season as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast, helping lead the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited to add Senque to the Beach family,” said head coach Dan Monson. “He comes to us with a wealth of Division I experience as well as west coast ties. I first met Senque as a player at the University of Washington and have admired his career ever since.

“He combines great people skills with a high IQ for the game of basketball. I am very excited about the positive impact Senque can have on not only our players, but on our entire program.”

Carey is a veteran of west coast coaching and recruiting, having spent time at New Mexico, Portland State, Loyola Marymount, Hawai’i and Fresno State.

Carey spent five years at Fresno State, recruiting and developing a number of NBA-Caliber players, most notably Paul George, who has gone on to become an All-Star with the Indiana Pacers. Dominic McGuire and Greg Smith have also gone on to NBA careers following their time with the Bulldogs and Carey.

After finishing his collegiate playing career at New Mexico, Carey stayed on with the Lobos as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach, and then took his first full-time position in Division I as an assistant coach with Portland State. He spent one year with the Vikings before moving to Fresno State.

Following a five-year stint with the Bulldogs, Carey went on to start his own business, The Basketball Experience, a coaching program that provided training for players at all levels while serving as the head coach of Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park.

Returning to Division I coaching in 2013-14, Carey worked alongside LBSU assistant coach Myke Scholl at Loyola Marymount, and then went on to spend one season at Hawai’i before taking his last position at Florida Gulf Coast.

With the Eagles, Carey was responsible for the team’s low-post development, helping Marc-Eddy Norelia earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun honors as well as an NABC first-team All-District selection. Norelia had 16 double-doubles in 2015-16, and set multiple program records as the Eagles averaged 38.7 points per game in the paint.

The fourth seed in the Atlantic Sun tournament, Florida Gulf Coast went on a run to win the tournament, and then defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Four at the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament.

Carey’s playing career started at Washington, where he was a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection before transferring to New Mexico. In 2001-02, Carey started 20 games for the Lobos but had a career-ending injury just after the beginning of the 2002-03 campaign.

imageThe AVC basketball team members got into into their classes, filled out sheaves of paperwork and are getting into their new routines.  The team is great fun this year at they run from 17 year old freshmen all the way up to 22 year old men.  Looks to me like the coaching staff will allow about six sophomores and thirteen freshmen on the floor Monday.  They haven’t been able to bring in the 30+ year old studs like some of the OC teams did the last couple of years.  LOL.

Because the AVC gym is not quite ready yet for workouts or classes(this coming Monday) it was fun to watch the players walking around the locked up gym and pull on the doors periodically.  Go to class and head back to the gym and concentrate there for awhile and then pull on the doors again.  You can tell where they want to be.

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Dewayne Dedmon, preparing for his fourth year in the NBA.  Just signed a $6 million contract with the NBA’s Spurs. Dewayne played his university basketball on full ride with USC after Antelope Valley College.


 

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AVC honors graduate Lawrence White traveling in Costa Rica with his D-1 UC Davis basketball team on full ride scholarship.