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Play in the NBA semi-finals for the San Antonio Spurs.  Dewayne Dedmon.


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After getting his BA degree on scholarship from Southern University in Louisiana, Kobe Shannon now works full-time for the federal government and is a leader in a community program leading activities that assists Baton Rouge youngsters to become men who we all can be proud. 

Dewayne3Remember this is the guy who didn’t play basketball in high school.  When he joined Antelope Valley College, he had no idea the difference between Division 1 college basketball and NAIA basketball.  He had no bad basketball habits at all, in fact, no basketball habits period.  A clean slate.  A body not beaten by many years of early basketball trauma. 

He learned a lot about academics and basketball at AVC.  Same at USC.  Same when he was in the D league/ Philadelphia 76ers/Orlando Magic.  When he was signed with the San Antonio Spurs we said, “Oh my, just think what Pops could do with this young man!” 

Playing behind Pau Gasol, he soaked up more and more basketball savvy…and then Pau went down with a serious hand injury, Dewayne stepped in and WOW!  He exploded!

So what did Dedmon’s head coach say about his last game? 

Dewayne Dedmon had 17 points and 17 rebounds, both season highs, in the win over Detroit. Dedmon is filling in for center Pau Gasol, who is out with a broken finger on his left hand.

“He (Dedmon) hit the boards hard, he ran the floor, his energy, his aggressiveness, his defense — he was fantastic in that regard,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Dewayne and MomDedmon has shown that he may be the kind of player that a team could build a winner around.  Dewayne is 7’0, 255 and runs the floor like a wing and is a double-double man, what team wouldn’t want him?  Add to that a grounded personality that allows him to come home every year and, along with his Mom and Sisters, puts on an all day basketball camp for the local kids at Antelope Valley College.  He remembers his roots. 

Next year, Dewayne Dedmon can become a free agent and his Spurs teammates are very nervous about losing Dewayne.  The money that will be waved at Dedmon could be breath taking. 

One thing I am not worried about is Dewayne’s decision.  It will be the right one.   He has good common sense, is well grounded in what is important in life,  along with this basketball skills.

Should be a fun thing to watch. 


Tony Parker has funny quote about Spurs teammate’s breakout game

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 2/11/17

Jan 24, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon (3) during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.  Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Another promising San Antonio Spurs role player has his teammates thinking deja vu.

Dewayne Dedmon put up 17 points and 17 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons on Friday. That same Pistons team has signed big men Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic away from the Spurs the last two seasons, and point guard Tony Parker half expects Dedmon to be next.

“They take all our big guys,” Parker joked, via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. “He needs to calm down. We want to keep him.”

Parker is obviously kidding around, but Detroit may be done with Spurs imports. In fact, they might not be long for the organization anymore. That said, Dedmon can become a free agent during the summer, and don’t be surprised if he cashes in on that someplace. The 7-footer out of USC is averaging 9.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this month.

After the season started with a dreary 1-4 record, the Antelope Valley College team looks to have turned the corner with a 5-1 run in its last six games.  Added to that, two of those five wins were revenge wins against teams…Ventura and Riverside…who had beat them early in the season.  Good signs all. 

In a conversation with last year’s AVC star, JJ Moorer at Western Georgia University, he said, “They have the pieces and they are just young but once it comes all together no one can  match them.”  Love JJ’s thoughts. 

In the JUCO Coaches Poll of December 12, 2016 AVC slipped back into the ranking at #14 in SoCal.  Expect them to move up if they play as a team and up to their potential. 

As the readers of this blog know, we love to travel and watch AVC basketball.  Last year we did a D-2 driving trip from California to Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and all states in between to visit AVC players who were on full ride scholarship at a D-2 university and even one former player who was successfully  working on his real life career and out of basketball.  Great trip.

Now we are headed off on another trip that has a bit of Antelope Valley College basketball involved.  We are heading to Austria.  AVC players have played on two Austrian professional teams;  Allianz Swans in Gmunden and Furstenfeld Panthers.  Talk about gorgeous places to live and get paid to play basketball.


Reggie ArnoldLets start with Gmunden.  Reggie Arnold, 6’6″, 215 played his first year of professional basketball(currently entering his 6th year with Greek A-1 team).

Not too far by train from our apartment, we will be heading to visit this beautiful city and tour where Reggie hung out.  Should be a great day trip.  High in the Alps, wonder how cold that lake would be?

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Dwan Po Caldwell tournament 4The second AVC player pro site is Furstenfeld, Austria where “Po” Caldwell, 6’8”, 235 played last year. 

Visiting this site is a challenge to get to as it is 5+ hours one way by train from our apartment.  We will just have to play this one by ear.

Wonder if Po stayed in that castle on top of that mountain?

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Will let you know how our trip goes o Austria.  Must get the house sitter, neighbors train the “killer cats” for our absence.  My guess, the killer cats won’t even know we are gone.

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Dewayne Dedmon, preparing for his fourth year in the NBA.  Just signed a $6 million contract with the NBA’s Spurs. Dewayne played his university basketball on full ride with USC after Antelope Valley College.


 

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AVC honors graduate Lawrence White traveling in Costa Rica with his D-1 UC Davis basketball team on full ride scholarship. 


lawrence White2AVC’s Lawrence White leads D-1 University of California  with team high 16 points on tour to Costa Rica.  UC Davis beat Canadian team Brock University 68-65.


Aug. 20, 2016

DAVIS, Calif. – By the time most people woke up and jumped out of bed on the morning of August 20, UC Davis was already in the air traveling to Costa Rica. What started with a 4:30 a.m. arrival to Sacramento International Airport ended later that night when the team cleared customs at Juan Santamaría International — the primary airport serving San José, Costa Rica’s capital city.
Less than 24 hours after they landed, the Aggies will face Brock University in the first of three games scheduled to take place throughout the upcoming week. This is the inaugural opportunity for the team to showcase all the hard work that took place on the court, and in the weight room, throughout its two-week training camp.


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MBB: @UCDavisMBB 68, Brock Univ. 65 (F) #Aggies win 1st game played during #CostaRicaForeignTour. Lawrence White scores team-high 16 pts.

Lawrence white1This Video gives you an inside look at UC Davis Senior Lawrence White working with his long-time trainer Jordan Lopez. The way they go about things is anything but conventional, but that is also why White is a highly touted overseas prospect.

This Video 2 gives you a view on how AVC graduate Lawrence White is working to dominate at the D-1 level and in the future professional basketball.

AVC is looking for a big year at UC Davis this year.