Archive for the ‘D1’ Category

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.

Very concise post from http://norcalbasketball.blogspot.com/2017/05/noah-blackwell-to-fresno-state.htmlNorCal 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:

Took some time off from basketball.  Now here we go back to work.  Placement of graduating players, returning players and new players to the team should be the main topics. 




Rothstein | CSU Northridge’s Kendall Smith commits to Oklahoma State

By Jesse Borek

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Cal State Northridge guard Kendall Smith handles the ball against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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Cal State Northridge grad transfer Kendall Smith will transfer to Oklahoma State for the 2017-18 season, Smith tells FanRag Sports. He will be eligible to play one season with the Cowboys immediately.

Smith ended his junior season with the Matadors as the team’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game.  He scored in single digits on just three occasions over the course of the season. He also added a career-high 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest, as he averaged more than 33 minutes on the floor on a nightly basis.

Coming out of high school in Antioch, Calif., Smith had committed to UNLV as a 3-star point guard in the class of 2013. Smith did not see much time off the bench for the Runnin’ Rebels during his first two years. His sophomore season resulted in just 14 minutes played and a single point. His UNLV tenure ended early due to injury, later deciding to transfer.

He then transferred to CSU Northridge, where he led the team in scoring each of his two years on campus. After he was limited to just 21 games in 2015-16, he played in all 30 for the Matadors this past season. The team finished the year 11-19 overall, missing the NCAA Tournament.

Another first in D-1 Basketball?????


Maryland University president: North Carolina scandal merits ‘death penalty’

Originally posted on The Comeback |  By Alex Putterman  |  Last updated 4/11/17

Maryland school president Wallace Loh predicts dire things for North Carolina amid an academic scandal. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Since 2010, the North Carolina athletic department has had hanging over it a dark cloud of allegations that threatens to rain down severe NCAA sanctions at any time.

And while everyone expects the Tar Heels’ eventual punishment to be severe, Maryland president Wallace Loh envisions a truly shocking outcome. Via The Charlotte News & Observer:

“As president I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes,” Loh said. “One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up, it blows up the university, its reputation, it blows up the president.

“For the things that happened in North Carolina, it’s abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I’m not in charge of that.”

North Carolina stands accused of broad academic fraud and misconduct that stretched from 1993 to 2011. The athletic department allegedly arranged athletes, particularly football players, to take sham classes and helped them cheat on assignments. Various university and athletic department faculty were allegedly aware of the misconduct but didn’t intervene.

It’s unclear if Loh was suggesting the NCAA would blow up the North Carolina football program or (gasp!) the entire athletic department, but no Division I program has gotten the death penalty since SMU football in 1986.

According to ESPN, a Maryland spokesman said Loh’s comment “not a reflection of personal beliefs about the university or its leadership,” which begs the question: What exactly were they a reflection of? Loh probably didn’t expect his comments, made last week during a University of Maryland senate meeting, to go national, but that’s what happens when you say something provocative about a rival school.

ESPN also sought comment from North Carolina and received this response from vice chancellor of communications Joel Curran:

“We were surprised that a sitting university president with no direct knowledge of our case would choose to offer such uninformed and highly speculative opinions.”

The North Carolina athletic department will almost certainly face some truly severe consequences as a result of its academic scandal, but if Penn State didn’t get the death penalty after covering for a serial rapist, the Tar Heels are probably safe.

This article first appeared on The Comeback and was syndicated with permission.

It was a dream come true for sophomore Jailen Gill.  When he joined Antelope Valley College last year, he had four goals;

  1. Get his AA degree.
  2. Help lead AVC to the State Tournament
  3. Get a full ride D-1 scholarship
  4. Play professional basketball after he gets his BS degree.

He accomplished three of his four goals at Antelope Valley College as he signed his scholarship offer with D-1 Tennessee-Martin University!  Don’t bet against Jailen getting his university degree and playing professional basketball.  He is a talented big man  and team player!

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Jailen with several of AVC’s next year’s stars;  Dee Jones, 6’4”, 200 guard, Osi Nwackuka, 6’4”190 guard, Jessie Burns, 6’8”, 280 PF/Post and Reggie Byers, Guard, graduating this year.

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Head Coach John Taylor with Jailen.

More on this soon.

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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.”