Archive for the ‘AVC Men’s Basketball’ Category


Play in the NBA semi-finals for the San Antonio Spurs.  Dewayne Dedmon.


After getting his BA degree on scholarship from Southern University in Louisiana, Kobe Shannon now works full-time for the federal government and is a leader in a community program leading activities that assists Baton Rouge youngsters to become men who we all can be proud. 


May 21, 2017

LANCASTER – Marauder men’s head basketball coach John Taylor and staff will host its annual basketball camp from June 8th-June 10th from 8am-noon for boys and girls ages seven to 15.

The camp, which will be held at Marauder Gymnasium on Newton Chelette Court, will focus on footwork, ball handling, free throw shooting, and much more.

Youngsters will receive instruction from Taylor, who brings 28 years of coaching experience, and staff, as well as current and former collegiate AVC men and women AVC players. They will also get individual work at the point guard position, win and post. Individual awards will be given for Best Attitude, Best Hustler and Best Listener. Additionally campers will receive a camp T-Shirt.

Discount rates are available for multiple siblings and for teams.

For more information please contact Taylor at 661-733-4640 or

I haven’t been putting out much about basketball these last few weeks as the the AVC team members are busy with their academics.  Add to that we have been doing some local traveling, San Diego, working on our house/landscaping and some major travel planning.  And I thought retirement was supposed to slow down things.  Forget that. 

If something comes up in AVC basketball that just can’t wait, you will see it first.

Image result for robert reggie arnold basketball photosReggie Arnold, 6’6”, 215 shooting guard has just finished his 6tth year in professional basketball.  I had a long talk with Reggie who stopped over to say hello at the Antelope Valley College workout yesterday.  He has worked his way up to be one of the top ranked professional players in Europe.  He played for the Greek league this year and was in the top ten of scoring in the elite league with the A-1 level AGO Rethymno Aegean team and led his team to the playoffs this year. 

The Greek League has been one of the most competitive basketball leagues in Europe through the years, and it is widely regarded as the second best national domestic league in the world, after only the NBA.  It currently ranks among the best national domestic leagues in the world (excluding the NBA), such as Liga ACB in Spain and VTB United League (counts as the domestic league for Russian clubs). The average salary for the Greek League is $250,000, far from the NBA salaries, but for someone who has been very fiscally responsible like Reggie, he looks to be “slipping by” just fine thank you.  Smart young man planning for the future when basketball ends. 

Six straight summers, Robert “Reggie” Arnold, 6’6” 215 shooting guard who graduated from Antelope Valley College(Lancaster HS) has come home to AVC  from Europe..  After two outstanding years at AVC, he received a full ride to Boise State University where he led them to the NCAA national tournament.  He has played six years in professional basketball in Europe;  Austria(two years), Finland(two years) and Belgium(one year, Greece(one year)

Three of five Antelope Valley College players who are eligible to move on to the next level have locked up full ride scholarships/or signed to play professional;

  1. Cory Dollarhide, 6’0, 175, guard, Lewis Clark University, NAIA
  2. Jailen Gill, 6’8”, 215, PF Tennessee-Martin, D-1
  3. Anton “Ace” Warren, 6’10”, 265, Professional Basketball team pending.

That leaves two sophomore graduates to be placed;

  1. Charles Hall, 6’1”, 190, guard
  2. Reggie Byers, 5’9”, 170 guard

imageI talked to Charles Hall who just competed a visit to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, NAIA.  His also is discussing his basketball future with several other Universities.  “I am taking my time in choosing where I will be playing next year.” “ It is a big decision.” 

Charles Hall Summer

…Reggie Byers is currently concentrating his efforts on his academics.

20170326_124719When the Antelope Valley College Basketball season20170415_085758 ended in the State Tournament this year, I looked around and said to myself, “Dang, I have been letting things go around here!”  The AVC players dove into their academics.  The coaching staff went into their work, and I put together a to-do list.

  1. The pro’s installed new windows in my house.
  2. Brought in experts to install a new irrigation system in my quarter acre.
  3. My son and I flew back east and spent some time with my 99 year old Dad who is a card shark and he thumped us good.
  4. Headed off on a trip to San Diego to visit family with my wife.
  5. Just finished planning a long driving trip cross country coming up very soon and another long Fall trip to Washington D.C. 
  6. Finally, couldn’t put off my civic responsibility of jury duty.  Finished yesterday.

Dang, retirement is a bear!  To get all this stuff done I have had to ignore the AVC Basketball team for awhile.  I’m Baaaack!!!


Very concise post from HS & College Basketball Central aka Nor Cal Basketball.

There may not be print telling the tale at this point but a picture is worth a thousand words: