Archive for the ‘AVC Men’s Basketball’ Category

With D-1 Tennessee-Martin winning 20+ games in the last four straight years, they are expecting Jailen Gill, 6’8″, 230 to step up and fill the position of one of the four players that graduated from Tennessee-Martin last year.  According to Athlon Sports, they expect UT Martin with Jailen’s help to win over 20 games again and finish in the top four of the 12 team Ohio Valley Conference.  Show them what you got Jailen!

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Wesley De Jesus3AVC’s freshman Wesley De Jesus, 6’3″, 185, is a long way from home getting his education and playing basketball.  It’s been a tough for him the last  couple of weeks.  His home is in Puerto Rico the island possession of the United States, which has been hit by two hurricanes in the last month.

The first hurricane that hit Puerto Rico was a glancing blow and his loved ones were safe and communications were intact.  The last hurricane, Maria, completely shut down the Island with massive force.  Wesley is nervous but is hanging in there as, without any electricity in Puerto Rico,  there is no communication coming out of  the country.

We are praying for the safety of Wesley’s family, friends and fans(and there are many following him). As soon as we receive follow up information about his family we will let you know.

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Playing Time

It was a tough past weekend at the Fall 2017 JUCO Jamboree for the health of the AVC players.

Jamar Kemp

Jamar Kemp, 6’8″, 300 Center arrived at AVC with a tender knee from his freshman year playing at State Fair Community College.  He was able to workout and play the first two games before his knee became very painful.  Jamar sat out the last two final games and currently is scheduled for a MRI testing in the near future.

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Julian Payton, 5’11”, 160, Point Guard arrived at AVC after two years out of basketball due to a shoulder injury/surgery/rehab.  It is expected that it will take a period of time to get his body back into basketball  shape.  Julian started the battle back and was doing very well until his foot was stepped on by one of his teammates during a workout.  He missed two games in the Jamboree this weekend and was under treatment/observation by the medical staff at AVC.  P.S.  Back on the floor Thursday.

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Osinachi Nwachukwa, 6’4″, 210, guard/wing received a hard foul and fell on his shoulder in the second game of the Jamboree this weekend.  He currently is improving but still off the floor.

I will up date the readers on the player condition in the near future.

After working out with three NBA teams and being offered a number of contracts after graduation from Antelope Valley College, it was time for Ace to make a decision.

Congratulations to Antone, his family and to the AVC coaching staff who did a phenomenal job in working with Warren.

Finally, this is Antelope Valley’s 23 player who has signed a professional contract in the last 10 years.  PS….Three AVC players have signed their first contracts this year;  Zack Hollis, 6’8″, 235, Mexico, Chris Bridges II, 6’3″, 215 China, and Anton Warren, 6’10”, 265 Argentina.  Rumors that up to three more possible signings could happen.

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Jamar KempAntelope Valley College has added some experience and size to it 2017-18 basketball team.  Jamar Kemp, 6’8″, 300 PF, C  joined AVC after playing his freshman year at State Fair Community College in Sedilia, Missouri.  According to Jamar, he was injured on and off during his 2016-17 season at State Fair.  His State Fair CC stats show, he played an average of 4.5 minutes per game scoring 3.9 ppg and pulled down 4.1 rpg .

Kemp who grew up in Washington, played basketball at O’Dea High School and prep basketball at Moravian Prep in Hudson, North Carolina, where he averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

Jamar is said to have a good feel for the game, can play with his back to the basket and has a nice touch on his shot out to about 15 feet.  AVC will look to have Kemp provide an inside presence.  He is also a good passer with the ability to find cutters; Jamar is said to “just knows the game.”

Being that Jamar just arrived at Antelope Valley College, it will take some time for him to integrate into the AVC team and to get into basketball shape.  He will be working in the post with sophomore Jesse Burns, 6’8″, 275 and freshman John Hamilton, 6’6″, 210 and Freshman Simon Hilby 6’5″, 200.

If the name Kemp reminds you of an NBA star of the past, Jamar is the son of Shawn Kemp, a National Basketball Association All-Star who played 14 seasons.

TeamOver the three days of the 2017 Fall JUCO Jamboree, 1000’s of basketball aficionado’s followed the AVC Basketball website, Twitter and Facebook.  These followers include friends and families of the AVC players but also, former AVC players now playing professional basketball,  university coaches and professional team recruiters. These followers came from all over the world in the last three days;

  1. USA
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. France
  4. Spain
  5. Australia
  6. Argentina
  7. Italy
  8. Germany
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Canada
  11. Malaysia
  12. Brunei
  13. Mexico
  14. India
  15. Finland

A special thanks from the AVC players to their fans, supporter and future partners.