Final JUCO Basketball Thoughts on 2017-18 Season

Posted: March 15, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

The 2017-18 season ended in the State Tournament and as most experts predicted;  San Francisco City beat San Diego City.  Both teams are well coached and deep in talent.  Their players came as D-1 kick backs, out of state players, some of the best local HS talent who had some academics to contend with.  Nothing new here, the teams fell into place again this year.

Where there  was a big change this year was SoCal minus the San Diego geographic  area.  In the past two years, three new JUCO’s with  basketball  programs have opened their doors and have gotten into the JUCO recruitment arena big time;  Copper Mountain, Santiago Canyon and  Cerro Coso.  These schools and add special recruiting this year by Orange Coast College,  took some excellent talent away from teams who would have normally gotten them.  For example, Saddleback, Chaffey, Irvine Valley and  Compton did not even make the regional playoffs.  Other teams that did not have the year they expected were Mt. San Antonio and Mt San Jacinto.  Just not deep enough talent.

Finally three of last year’s SoCal State Tournament teams, AVC, East LA and Fullerton did not make it out of the regional playoffs this year.  All three teams needed one more top player in a key position to make it to the State.

Finally in my opinion, four teams this year  were by far the biggest surprises of the season;  Orange Coast, San Bernardino Valley, Cerritos and Alan Hancock .  Orange Coast and Alan Hancock recruited an excellent group of players that fit their head coaches basketball style this year and for the first time in decades, both teams made it to the State Tournament.  Great work!

Cerritos had a deep talented team that was one of the most consistent teams all season long and finally made it back to the State Tournament.

San Bernardino Valley was loaded with deep talent that fit their coach’s style.  I really felt that they had a great shot at winning it all but, a key late injury and several players who did step up to fill this loss kept this loaded team from making it out of the regional playoffs.

More later on what I expect this year.






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