Archive for the ‘High School Basketball’ Category

JL0_7190It was a homecoming of sorts when NorCal freshman point guard Surako Follings, 6’0″, 170, arrived at Antelope Valley College.  The Fremont High School freshman met with NoCal players Osinachi “Osi”Nwackukwau, 6’4″, 205 from San Leandro HS and  Miles Wise, 6’3″, 185, from Liberty HS, currently sophomores at AVC.   Also, he has been following AVC graduate and now D-1 Bowling Green State University graduate, Ismail Ali, point guard who is currently is working to sign a professional contract.  Ish was also is a graduate of San Leandro HS.

Surako was a athletic star at Fremont High School playing both quarterback for football(early high school years) and point guard for the basketball team.  Follings brings the toughness and leadership from the football side of athletics and looks to have great floor vision and shooting ability on the basketball court.

I spoke with Surako and he says he has decided to dedicate his athletics to the basketball court now that he has reached the college level.  He had several D-2 basketball scholarship offers, is an academic qualifier and averaged 18 points per game and five+ assists in his senior year in High School.  He believes that he has a good shot of being offered a D-1 scholarship down the road now that he has joined the Antelope Valley College’s program and is dedicating himself to that goal.

The following highlight video gives you a view of Surako Follings’ skill set.  Welcome to AVC basketball.


Based strictly on rumors from a number of sources but generally from long standing SoCalHoops, looks like Paraclete High School in the Antelope Valley, is getting some real talent from local players who transferred out of the Antelope Valley and are are “now returning home.”  These young men transferred to high schools out of the Antelope Valley and like so many AV commuters, they just got tired of the commute every morning and every night.  “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” These young men could certainly make Paraclete better next year.

With its new second year head coach, Newton Chelette, it looks like Paraclete might just be very competitive in the monster Gold Coast League next year. Chelette who retired from Antelope Valley College is a college level head coach;  D-1, JUCO Hall of Fame seems to be enjoying his new challenge in bringing Paraclete HS to the top the beast of a conference the Gold Coast League. 

The Gold Coast League is a high school athletic conference affiliated with the CIF Southern Section. Its members are all independent schools located from west Los Angeles to the high desert of Los Angeles County, California.

Here is some information about Paraclete HS  from SoCalHoops. 

Remember, always take info from this site with a grain of salt. 

In Reply to: Re: Paraclete High School posted by Observation on March 31, 2017 at 13:25:57:

: : : : Paraclete lost to Brentwood by 40 and decided that enough is enough. They took Jack Pollon’s favorite players from the meth labs of Heritage and Village Christian. Jonathan Daniels and Elijah Scranton. Paraclete might be interesting to watch next year.

: : : Jonathan & Elijah are cousins. Elijah should’ve went to Heritage from the start. Paraclete is going to compete next year.

: : : Paraclete coach is good recruiter. Can the cousins both play their senior year? :
: Those that can’t coach….Recruit!

Not in all cases. Paraclete got kids that should work good with each other. They upgraded at the guard & forward spots. Idk if they can play as seniors but they’ll be good next year. Idk if Elijah’s a sf tho. He looked like a athletic power with Magic last year.

All of Paraclete’s players except one senior from last year could be coming back as well.

High School Basketball/JUCO Basketball/Fan Attendance

I have been attending High School basketball games as of late and have been enjoying them, not so much for the quality of the play, but for how hard they play and the stands filled to capacity with raucous fans. 

JUCO basketball fan participation seems to be slowly but surely decreasing. Sad but true.  AVC’s home attendance is by far the best of the teams we play but has decreased some also.  I know winning brings in fans but what else can JUCO’s do to boost fan participation?

NoCal Shocker…Fresno City Goes Down


On Saturday over in the San Joaquin, Merced College downed Fresno City College 105-93. For the Rams, Christian (Golden Valley High) Carroll had an impressive shooting night at 9-13 overall plus 5-8 from long distance and finished with 23 points. He added seven rebounds and seven assists. Teammate Cole (Clovis East High) Morgan tallied 19 as well as six assists.

AVC Women’s Basketball Wins 5th Straight and Leads Conference

GLENDALE – The Antelope Valley College women’s basketball team beat Glendale 71-47 on Saturday on the road.

Deja Smith led the way with 18 points, while Brienna Perkins had 15 points and Katilin Stevenson contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Marauders head coach Barry James said the team did a good job executing its defensive game plan.

"They are a dribble penetration team," James said of Glendale. "We held their better scorers under their averages."

AVC will host Barstow on Feb. 4.

AV Press

Dee Jones1Fall has shown that D’Mauria Jones is going to be special basketball player.  Scoring 27 points per game as a high school senior he arrived at AVC with the size and athletic D-1 level teams are looking for.

The freshman at Antelope Valley is adding four key skill sets that are absolutely key to his long term success. 

Academics…Dee is enrolled in a full load of college classes, attending mandatory study sessions with the rest of the team and being monitored regularly on his progress.  Jones knows he must have a 2.5 GPA and an AA degree to move up to his goal of playing basketball at an elite D-1 university.

Half court control…Making the step from most high school programs to a college level program is huge, especially in learning 40+ defensive/offensive sets in the half court.  Dee is making good progress in this area.

Improved Shooting…AVC is known for its emphasis on shooting and Dee has improved rapidly in long range shooting.

Smart defense…With Dee’s physical gifts, he came to AVC with good defensive skills but now is learning team defense and smart defense which will make him into an outstanding defensive player.

I predict that Jones will improve every game this year.  Watch out AVC opponents.

final scoreWith the South team(North San Fernando Valley) pulling out a winsamson family1 over the North team(Antelope Valley) with free throws in the last 90 seconds, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, the game was a big success. 

College coaches were in the stands looking for talent for their team.  Families were cheering on their favorites and the play on the floor was intense. 

Isaiah AjiboyeThe MVP for the game and the south squad was Isaiah Ajiboye, Fairfax High School who put in 33 points for all over the floor. Jefferey Mc Clendon

Jefferey Mc Clendon from East High School was the north squad MVP and slam dunk contest winner.  Mc Clendon is heading for D-1 Loyola Marymount University. 

Chris Daniels and Jefferey Mc Clendon show off their basketball dunking skills. 

chris daniels

 jeffrey Mc Clendon

Photo album of All-Star Game

The men’s basketball teams, the South( Northern San Fernando Valley) and the North(Antelope Valley) were as closely matched as two teams could be.  They battled all the way to the end when the South team won by shooting free throws in the last 90 seconds.  Was this a serious game?  You bet,  even technical  foul on one of the coaches!

Final Score – The South 112  North 107 

MVP for the Game and team South(Isaiah Ajiboye, Guard, Fairfax High School)

MVP for the North Team AND Slam Dunk contest winner(Jefferey Mc Clendon Guard)

Details and Photo’s tomorrow.

imageIt’s a Sunday in the Antelope Valley and at 4 p.m., the second annual Battle of the 14 Freeway will begin.  The high schools in the northern San Fernando Valley at the bottom of the 14 freeway will send their men’s HS All-stars up to Antelope Valley.  They will be taking on the All-Stars from four High school conferences in the vast geography of the Antelope Valley.  The game will be played at Antelope Valley College. 

Some years, the competition between these two geographic area’s can get pretty intense as it is known that “poaching” occurs among these area’s HS’s.  If you need your fix of HS basketball, minus team defense, great weather up here today in the Antelope Valley today  Come on up the 14 freeway.