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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

Here is an interesting article to High School players from Nor Cal Basketball about using your local JUCO Basketball coach to give you a truthful critique of your current game. 

Utilizing your area’s community college coaches


Here’s a suggestion that would benefit countless high school basketball players:

* Befriend your local community college coach and ask him to critique your game, no holds barred. Find out what you do well, what you need to work on and about the mindset necessary to compete at the college level. Get a ‘current’ sense of your collegiate basketball future whether it be NAIA, DII or D1 and what level within those strata.
Granted, you could possibly end up playing for this person at some point down the road and thus any feedback could be tainted to curry your favor but why would such a coach blow you up if you won’t be able to help him win games and thus keep his job?
So why community college coaches?
Because they are the overall best truth-telling option.
Just look around the Bay Area/northern California and see the abundance of quality and experienced coaches at the two-year schools. These are guys who know their craft and are connected with staffs at four-year schools of all levels. They are called upon by DI, DII and NAIA college head coaches and assistants to make recommendations about their own players as well as those of opponents.
The suggestion of connecting with college coaches is because most parents are not equipped to make such determinations (whether they realize such or not).
This is not a knock of high school coaches. Some are tremendous at what they do but determining college talent level isn’t their primary job.
Plus, some travel team coaches may not be fully honest because of the financial arrangement if the truth might cause a switch to another program and thus a loss of revenue.
Ditto with some basketball trainers although many are excellent at what they do as well as being forthright.
Again, not disparaging any trainers or travel team coaches — just making an observation.



No more games(UC Long Beach) for me till Monson is gone!”,  CS Long Beach graduate and supporter.

Justin Bibbins Latest To Transfer From Long Beach State Men’s Basketball

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  • Photo By Kevin Oules

LBSU coach Dan Monson and point guard Justin Bibbins have a conversation during a loss at home to CSUN.

At this point it’s easier to list the players leaving the Long Beach State men’s basketball program than the players returning next season. Sources confirmed Sunday that All-Big West point guard Justin Bibbins became the latest 49er to request a transfer. He’s the fourth player to depart this offseason, and more are expected.

LBSU 10th-year coach Dan Monson said he’ll try to give every player his release to transfer without penalty, and that he’s still trying to look at this systemic shift in personal as a positive.

“We didn’t want him to go and its a huge blow talent wise but like I’ve said before if guys aren’t happy or feeling their role than we’re better off letting them go,” Monson said.

Bibbins was second team All-Big West for the second season after leading the Big West in assists (5.3) and free throw percentage (89%) while scoring 12.6 points per game. He also lead LBSU in steals and was second in 3-point percentage.

“Reportedly, Justin Bibbins is leaving. He’s a senior-to-be, by the way. Hard to spin four transfers since the season ended, but Monson’s attempting to do that.”

BREAKING: San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher Retires

  • 10 Apr 2017

San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher retired Monday after 18 years with the program, per Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Assistant Coach Brian Dutcher will be named as the program’s new head coach. According to the report, Fisher had one season remaining on a three-year extension that paid him just over $1 million per year. The contract has no penalty for retirement. Fisher’s squad finished 19-14 (9-9 Mountain West) this past season. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow. More on this one when it becomes official.

Two top SoCal point guards!  They were thrilled to meet each other for the first time.  Congratulants to basketball coach Rios from Antelope Valley College.


The Antelope Valley College Men’s 2016-17 Basketball program shocked the JUCO experts when they fought their way into to the State Tournament.  With only one player returning from the 2015-16 elite 8 team, no one expected this team to come nearly this far.  However the AVC coaching staff did an outstanding job of recruiting and putting together a team who sported a 22-11 record(6th straight years of 20+ wins).  Congratulations!

The staff is current working to finish scholarship placement of the five graduating sophomores on the team.  Two of the five players have already made their decision where they will be playing next year.

Five freshmen players for the 2016-17 teams will be eligible to return to AVC this coming season.  All five players have extensive experience and they may be the best defensive core of players AVC has had returning for some years. More on this later. 

Add to that, AVC has a number of red-shirt players who have a shot at strengthening this year’s team.  Of course, AVC will add additional very talented players to the team as well.  Stay tuned, this looks to be a very interesting team.

AVC will be starting team workouts this coming week. 


With UC Davis and UC Irvine looking to continue as the crème dela crème of the Big West Conference, it looks like UC Santa Barbara is going all out to join the UC elites in the Big West.  Where will this leave my alma mater Long Beach State?Image result for photo, bob williams basketball coachUC Santa Barbara did not renew head men’s basketball coach Bob Williams’ contract.  Williams is the program’s all-time winningest coach.

"I informed Coach Williams today that the University will not be extending his contract beyond the current term. As I am attending the Big West Tournament and related league meetings in Anaheim I was not able to inform Bob in person. Public speculation and the potential impact to our men’s basketball team members have prompted me to make this announcement now. I hope to meet with team members on my return to campus but will have no additional comments at this time," athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement released by the school.

Williams, 63, had taken the Gauchos to three NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure — in 2002, 2010 and 2011. He entered this past season with a 307-238 overall record.

UC Santa Barbara was 6-22.

Arizona basketball: UCSB reportedly to name Pasternack head coach

Arizona Wildcats in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

  • Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller talks with associate head coach Joe Pasternack.

UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack is reportedly heading back to the head coach’s chair, with multiple reports saying he’ll take over for Bob Williams at UCSB.

While Pasternack also interviewed for the UNC Wilmington job, the UCSB position appears to be a better fit for his West Coast recruiting ties. The Gauchos are also an attractive program as the major sports team in that area and as members of the Big West, in which they have historically had success.

Pasternack is a New Orleans native who attended Indiana, but launched his career at Cal before taking over New Orleans as a head coach. That program flirted with downgrading itself to Division II and Division III status in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and Pasternack left in 2011 to take Archie Miller’s spot on the UA staff when Arch went to Dayton.

Pasternack is known as a dogged recruiter who helped pull in many of UA’s California and international players. UA coach Sean Miller mentioned him Thursday for helping in the recruitment of Lauri Markkanen. Pasternack also has been given the scouting assignment for many of UA’s toughest opponents.