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Loading up the car…getting excited it see how AVC’s five invitee’s preform and the interest they garner from the 300+ university coaches.

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Osinachi “Osi” Nwackukwau, 6’4″, 205, Guard, for Antelope Valley College is going WOW the D-1 Coaches this weekend in Las Vegas.  Osi does everything exceptionally well in basketball; great size, runs the floor, ball-handling, passing, rebounding,  shooting, slashing into the middle and defense.  Add to that solid academics, a joyful personality who loves basketball and a favorite of the coaching staff and his teammates.

This is a player who can do anything you need and needs very little attention and gives your team a winning attitude.


Sophomore guard D’Maraui Jones can be the smooth long range scorer on the floor or because of strength and size, can battle his way to the basket through multiple defenders for hand off or dunk.  One of the best rebounders for his size and shut down defender…one of the best JUCO guards in the state?

Many eyes will be on Dee this weekend in the Las Vegas JUCO Invitational.

Antelope Valley College has been considered one of the elite California JUCO colleges  for men’s basketball for the past several decades.  The 2011-12 team played its way into the State of California State Tournament Final Four and put another banner in the AVC Gym!!  Add to that, AVC’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 teams played their pay into the State tournament/Elite 8.  The AVC program has placed many basketball players in D-1 Universities with full scholarships.  These universities include, USC, Nebraska, Ol Miss, Boise State, Portland State, Wyoming, Montana State, Northridge, Pacific, Iona to name a few.

In the past 10 years, 19 of AVC’s players have signed professional contacts(nearly 2 per year) and are playing in the NBA, ABA, Europe, Asia and South America.

Antelope Valley College provides a full time athletic academic adviser to student athletes.  If the athletes follow the coaching and academic pathway provided by the program, they have the best chance available of reaching their full potential to move up to the next level.  The following table show the success of Antelope Valley College student athletes in the past 10 years.

University Type # of Scholarships % of Total
D-1 20 46.5%
D-2 11 25.1%
D-3 1 1.0%
NAIA 11 25.1%
Total Scholarships 43
Professional Contracts 19

This weekend, five Antelope Valley College basketball players will be participating in the Las Vegas JUCO Elite 80 basketball Invitational.  The five sophomores were invited because they have physical talent that could earn them to a university scholarship.  These five  student athletes were invited also because of their choice of going to classes at AVC and being successful in their academics.  Always attending workouts/practices and giving all they have and they are  living up to the high expectations set by the AVC program off campus.  The Road Up.

Now the pay-back for taking the right road is starting for these young men.

I read in USA Today about a talented college basketball player, who if found guilty, looks to have taken the other road…the Road Down.

Headline:  University of Buffalo(D-1) sophomore Quate McKinzie arrested on several charges.

buffalo player jail

The City of Tonawanda police arrested UB Men’s Basketball sophomore Quate McKinzie on several charges Tuesday night when they responded to an alleged result.
McKinzie was originally charged with second-degree strangulation (Class D felony), third-degree assault (Class A misdemeanor), obstruction of breathing (Class A misdemeanor), and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
On Friday, multiple charges were added to the case: Witness intimidation (by way of felony), criminal contempt (another felony), aggravated harassment, and disobeying a court mandate.   Quate is currently being held without bail and has been suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball team.

EDIT: Bail was originally set at $15,000. McKinzie was unable to post that sum.

The choices of which road to chose seems clear.

The “experts” on Facebook and Twitter posted loads of predictions that  this was the end of the Summer JUCO Shootouts at Cerritos College.  Not enough teams participating in the shootout.

To make it clear, I hope they are wrong because the shootout competition shows the JUCO coaches what their teams still need.  The players got a taste of reality of where they stand on the team and improvement needed.  The fans enjoyed the competition.

There is no question that many good teams did not attend and therefore, few  university coaches attended the shootout.  In reality this was the main reason for teams to come in the first place;  having your student athletes showcased in front of university coaches with scholarships.

This is going to have to be remedied in the future.  The shootout organizer is going to have to bring back the former participants. The university coaches won’t attend unless there is a large pool of teams and talented players.  Get the teams back and the University Coaches will return.

I talked to a large number of people at the Shootout and people who did not attend.  Here is  a number of reasons why the teams stopped coming to the Summer Shootout;

  1. Doing the NCAA paperwork is a true pain in the A–.
  2. The cost.
  3. The fear of other teams stealing their players.
  4. The way they were treated in the past by Shootout management.
  5. Fear of being embarrassed because their team is not complete or far enough along in workouts.

The operator/manager of the Shootout and the JUCO team head coaches are going to have to communicate and find a way to solve some of their concerns that are keeping them away from the Summer Shootout.  The only one of the five reasons that may not be solvable is the NCAA paperwork.  No one I know can negotiate with them except with for a small number of elite D-1 teams.  LOL!

Hopefully these issues can be solved as it would be disappointing if this shootout of long standing disappeared.  Everyone one would lose.




JL0_7190It was a homecoming of sorts when NorCal freshman point guard Surako Follings, 6’0″, 170, arrived at Antelope Valley College.  The Fremont High School freshman met with NoCal players Osinachi “Osi”Nwackukwau, 6’4″, 205 from San Leandro HS and  Miles Wise, 6’3″, 185, from Liberty HS, currently sophomores at AVC.   Also, he has been following AVC graduate and now D-1 Bowling Green State University graduate, Ismail Ali, point guard who is currently is working to sign a professional contract.  Ish was also is a graduate of San Leandro HS.

Surako was a athletic star at Fremont High School playing both quarterback for football(early high school years) and point guard for the basketball team.  Follings brings the toughness and leadership from the football side of athletics and looks to have great floor vision and shooting ability on the basketball court.

I spoke with Surako and he says he has decided to dedicate his athletics to the basketball court now that he has reached the college level.  He had several D-2 basketball scholarship offers, is an academic qualifier and averaged 18 points per game and five+ assists in his senior year in High School.  He believes that he has a good shot of being offered a D-1 scholarship down the road now that he has joined the Antelope Valley College’s program and is dedicating himself to that goal.

The following highlight video gives you a view of Surako Follings’ skill set.  Welcome to AVC basketball.