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According to Gazzettes Sports, Long Beach State University has made Image result for photo coach monsonmajor changes in their 2017-18 pre-season schedule. “Since we’re integrating so many new players, it was important to us to create a schedule that would help improve our chemistry and allow for growth as a team while continuing to give us a challenge and provide national exposure for both the university and the program,” said head coach Dan Monson. “I think this schedule provides a better balance than last year’s schedule in that regard, and places us in a middle ground where we can accomplish both goals.”

After losing nearly all of their top players to transfer after the season ended last year, it looks like Monson had little choice.  He will be starting the year with nearly a completely new group of players.  Not unusual for JUCO teams but VERY unusual for a mid-major D-1 team.

Looks like this will be the most important year of Monson’s coaching career.

Spring semester is done.  Summer weeks off have finished.  Now it time for serious basketball to begin.  The photo’s below show Antelope Valley’s past, present and future stars

 Past, Present, and Future Stars

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 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.