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The University of Antelope Valley just announced their third head coach in three years. Will he be the one who stays?

Former NBA Star Darwin Cook Named Pioneers Men’s Basketball Head Coach.  Men’s Basketball – Fri, May 19, 2017

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Friday May 19, 2017

Lancaster, California – Today University of Antelope Valley President Marco Johnson announced the hiring of retired NBA Star Darwin Cook as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach. The Pioneers basketball team made its first CalPac post season tournament appearance in the school’s history last year and is laying the foundation for an even brighter future with the hiring of Cook as the head coach. "Adding coach Cook to our staff is a huge step in the right direction. Our goal at UAV is to produce quality young men and women, Darwin has clearly demonstrated that he possesses the qualities needed to accomplish both. Knowing what it takes to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically will be transferred to our basketball players daily. We expect to compete at a high level immediately" said President Johnson.

Darwin Cook, a Southern California native, had a legendary basketball career which began in Los Angeles as a prep star Crenshaw High School. Upon graduating from Crenshaw High School, Cook played collegiately at the University Of Portland where he was a four-year starter and earned many honors for his on-court performance (1977 & 1980 Team MVP, Portland’s Co-Athlete of the Year 1980, All-West Coast Conference Team 1979, 1980, Honorable Mention All-American)  while also graduating with his BS Degree in Secondary Education. Cook graduated from the University of Portland as the school’s all-time leader in assists, steals and points scored. In 1991 Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.

Cook was drafted in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and would go on to play eight seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets. During his six seasons with the Nets Cook became the franchise’s then all-time leader in steals (875) and was second in assist (1,970) in franchise history upon the completion of his NBA career. Playing with the Nets, Cook was a part of one of the biggest upsets in NBA Playoff history as the Nets defeated the defending NBA World Champion Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs. Cook also played four years professionally on the international level in Italy for Scavolini where he won Italian League Championships in 1988 and 1990. Playing in 84 games for Scavolini, Cook scored 1646 points and became an international legend to the people that cheered him on during his career abroad.   Upon completion of his professional career he was an assistant coach at UNLV under the legendary Rollie Massimino where he coached 1993 All-American and 1993 NBA Lottery Pick Isaiah "J.R." Rider as well as being an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.

Cook’s experience of playing at the highest levels of basketball collegiately, professionally and internationally will provide the players the opportunity to gain an infinite amount of wisdom not only about basketball but about life. The fact that Cook has firm roots planted in the Antelope Valley makes his hiring that much more meaningful to the UAV Men’s Basketball Program. Cook has worked with the youth in this community in the school system as an Athletic Director at AV Christian School and also by serving as the director of the AV Champions youth program for boys and girls. Success on the basketball court and a continuing relationship with the community is what Cook is extremely passionate about. "I am very excited about being the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at UAV. I am looking forward to being a part of the success stories as we continue to reach our goal of the sports programs and to lead our young men that represent our university. Let’s Go Pioneers!"

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David Jordan Jr
Sports Information Director
University of Antelope Valley

Charles Hall4Antelope Valley College announced yesterday, that the fourth of five of its graduating sophomores have been offered a full ride university scholarships or signed with professional agent .  Combo guard Charles Hall accepted a full ride to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.  The NAIA university looks to be a good fit for Hall.

Hall will bring basketball skill in the back court along with leadership and academic prowess.  Congratulations to Charles and to his family on this step toward a successful life/career. 




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.” 

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…Reggie Byers is currently concentrating his efforts on his academics.

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AVC’s Cory Dollarhide, 6’0”, 175 combo guard signs with Lewis-Clark College a NAIA program located in Lewiston, Idaho.  Lewis-Clark College played in the NAIA National Tournament last year and had an overall record of 23-11.

Cory, team captain, led AVC to to the California State Tournament and shot 42.0% from beyond the arc.  He was the second leading scorer for his team putting in 12.3 ppg. 

Dollarhide who graduated a semester early with his AA degree, worked out yesterday and he looked to be 100% physically.  “I’m finally back to full strength since my playoff injury.”  “I can’t wait to get back to basketball at Lewis-Clark.”  Dollarhill missed the last several games for AVC in the playoffs and the State Tournament with a hamstring injury.  Cory who was a very durable athlete at AVC says he will never forget how bad he felt not being able to compete in the key games of last season.

Image result for photos of lewis clark activity centerHead Coach Brandon Rinta made a great pick to rebuild his NAIA power house.  In his fifth season at the helm of the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team, Brandon Rinta led the Warriors to their highest winning Rintapercentage in program history while winning 20-plus games for the fourth straight season.  For the third time in Rinta’s tenure the Warriors won the Frontier Conference regular season title, while capturing a second straight tournament title. With a 29-5 record, LCSC earned a No. 1 seed in its 11th trip to the NAIA National Championship for the first time in program history and finished the season as the 12th best team in the NAIA.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Trailing 42-37 in Saturday’s championship game at the Big West Tournament, UC Davis scored nine unanswered points and held its lead for the rest of the game as the Aggies left the Honda Center as the league’s tournament champs and representative at the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament thanks to their 50-47 victory over UC Irvine.

Following the Aggies’ tournament victory, Big West officials announced Brynton Lemar’s selection to the All-Tournament Team and Chima Moneke as the event’s Most Valuable Player.

UC Davis, the Big West Tournament’s No. 2 seed, will discover its next opponent once revealed by NCAA officials during Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. Selection Show, and enter that game with a 22-12 overall record. UC Irvine, the top seed at this weekend’s event at the Honda Center, will return to action at the National Invitation Tournament with a 21-14 record.

"I could not be more excited for this group of young men who have been a joy to coach, and have allowed [the coaching staff] to push and challenge them," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.

"We weren’t always pretty defensively, but our defense won these games. Defense is underrated and overlooked, but the players brought their hard hat with them for every game."

Thanks to their swarming defense, the Aggies entered halftime with a 24-16 lead, holding the Anteaters to the fewest points scored in any half, of any game played, this season.

Seven lead changes took place before UC Davis took the lead for good thanks to that late scoring burst. Lemar’s layup cut his team’s deficit to three; three free throws from Big West first team selections Lemar and Moneke pulled the Aggies even at 42-42 — the only tied score that took place in the second half.

Another layup and back-to-back free throws from Lemar pushed the Aggies’ lead to four with 1:30 remaining in the game, stunning Anteater supporters who comprised most of the 5,085 fans in attendance.
A deep three from Luke Nelson brought UC Irvine within one, with nine ticks remaining, but back-to-back shots from the stripe from Lemar brought UC Davis’ advantage back to three at 50-47, the game’s final score.

Moneke ended his first Big West tournament with nine points at seven rebounds, Lawrence White posted six points and in addition to shutting down UCI’s post players all night long, J.T. Adenrele grabbed four rebounds.

Siler Schneider led all Aggie reserves with seven points, Mikey Henn scored two points, in addition to collecting four rebounds, Garrison Goode ended his night with six boards and Arell Hennings scored four points and earned a team-high three assists.

"Last night’s overtime game took a lot out of us," said Les, "after that battle, I was not sure what we were going to have in the tank today. But we, as a staff, went to our bench and said `you guys need to buy us some minutes, come in, play with confidence, and do it on the defensive end.

"They made hustle plays and gave us unbelievable life; they let us rest our starters who played heavy minutes last night so they could make that stretch run in the second half."

Added Les, "big credit for this championship goes to those bench players who really stepped up."

For the latest information regarding UC Davis’ upcoming NCAA Tournament run, follow the team on its Twitter handle, @UCDavisMBB.

According Kevin McCarthy even with a completely new coaching staff and only in its second year of CALPAC NAIA basketball, U of AV is ranked in top three of Coaches pre-season poll to win their conference.  Could it be the D-1, NAIA and JUCO transfers?

California Pacific Conference Men’s Basketball

Coaches Preseason Poll

  1. Benedictine-Mesa (5 first place votes)
  2. Cal Maritime (3)            
  3. U of Antelope Valley                                                    
  4. UC Merced                                               
  5. Simpson
  6. Pacific Union
  7. La Sierra
  8. Embry-Riddle

ANTELOPE VALLEY (2015-16 Cal Pac: 7-5; Overall: 14-13)

The Pioneers have a new head coach with BJ Porter taking over the helm in Lancaster, Calif., but UAV will be relying on some very familiar players to carry the team deep into its first season of postseason eligibility.  Heading the list of returnees is Franky Teran, who led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage last year and earned All-America Honorable Mention.  The senior guard poured in 17.5 points per game while draining 71-of-139 threes (.511).  Also back are sophomore guard Miles Nolen-Webb and forward Jacob Bowman.   Add to that mix Sheldon Blackwell, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, Argad Abramian, a transfer from Hope International, and Terrence Blum, who moved over from Santa Ana JC, and the Pioneers are restocked to make a run at the title.

imageThe main “push” this year is to reducing physicality — especially in the post.  The hope is to make physical defense less effective and allow more scoring?

Small but significant rule changes are coming to college basketball this season, tweaks to the system that every fan should know about. I spoke with head of NCAA officiating J.D. Collins this week to discuss the changes, why they were made and the NCAA’s overall push to get this information out there as general knowledge in advance of the 2016-17 regular season.

The way it works is, every two years the NCAA has a chance to adopt big changes to its rule book. (That’s why we had the change from a 35-second to a 30-second shot clock last season, for instance.) But it’s a non-rules change year, in fact, so widespread legislation isn’t on the table. However, points of emphasis and alterations to current rules are allowed. The rules committee did just that.

There are four focal points the NCAA and college basketball are honing in on. First and foremost, reducing physicality — especially in the post — is pivotal. Things like body-bumping the ball handler, outward bumps on screens, freedom of movement for offensive players with the ball, and "offensive-initiated" contact for legal defenders are also going to be strictly legislated on the floor.

The NCAA wants more offense, less brute force and better flow to its game. It saw gains in this last year but there is plenty of work to be done. Here’s what to know and look for this season.

1. Coaches got some of their calling-timeout capability back

Last season, the most common lament from coaches was how they could not call a timeout in any live-ball situation. That is still the case … mostly. Now, coaches will have the ability to call a timeout when a ball is "live" after a made basket on an inbound situation.

The idea behind getting rid of coaches calling TOs in live-ball situations came down to a lot of guys just yelling "timeout!!" when a ball was in a scrum and possession wasn’t determined.

"We got rid of it, it’s effective," Collins said.

This is probably going to be the rule from here on out, a compromise between total autonomy with a coach calling timeout while still allowing them to stop the game during important, pivotal moments when the ball is not yet inbounds.

2. Double-foul calls are going to rise dramatically this season

Post play physicality and "rebounding displacement" are two huge points of emphasis. The latter is mostly about officials’ placement on the floor, but the former is going to take teams and coaches time to adjust. To put it frankly, when a guy with the ball is in the post, he can "shape up" by bending his elbows. He cannot use his arms to prevent a defender from getting around him, though. If that happens, it’s now an automatic foul.

Alternatively, when a defender in the post "lays" on an offensive player or attempts to put a hand through or go under the offensive player’s arm — it’s called "swim-stroking" — that’s a foul. The legal way to defend is to get around the player, to front him or to "three-quarter" him. A single forearm is legal in post area, but a defender can’t use a forearm and a hand.

"Fifty to 60 percent of the time, both of those actions happen at the same time," Collins said. "So it will be a foul on both players, the offense retains the ball and the shot clock is not reset."

3. Travels are also going to spike

Collins calls it a "focus on obvious travels on the perimeter and post travels — picking up the pivot foot."

It’s become normal basketball movement to accept a pass and then take a tiny hop to set/square one’s self. That’s technically a travel. It will now be called as such. Players in the post who use that ever-so-slight adjustment to their pivot foot to set before dribbling the ball to make a move will also be whistled.

"They seem incidental, but it’s a huge advantage to be able to reset his feet like that," Collins said.

4. Charges should continue to go down, and the Big Ten and MAC are going to conduct an unprecedented review experiment

This is the item getting attention because the NCAA announced the Big Ten and the MAC will now have the ability to review block/charge plays and overturn calls when applicable in the final two minutes of a game. The decision has come with some speculation and pushback, but it’s important to note this is only going to be applied in those two specific leagues’ conference games. They are guinea pigs to see if reviewing block/charges proves worthwhile — and if so, would be something that is adopted throughout Division I in a year from now.

"If it shows that 15 games that could have had outcomes changed, let’s make it a sport-wide rule change for next year," Collins said.

Collins also said college basketball’s average time to complete a game was faster last year, the efficiency of using monitor reviews was up, and the sport is finishing games, on average, in under two hours.

"During the majority of the game, get in and get out, because people don’t want to be delayed in watching their games," Collins said. "But when the game is in the balance, you have to take the time necessary to get the play right."

Reviews on block/charge calls can be prompted by a coach’s protest (if wrong, the coach/his team would lose a timeout) or at the discretion of the officiating crew.

In terms of charges, the NCAA is encouraging defenders to jump, to use their athleticism. When starting inside the semi-circle near the hoop, if a defender jumps straight up and his hands continue to "wall up" by staying vertical, the defender will have the right to that space and not be called for a foul. Also, if a defender is sliding into a spot to draw a charge at the last second, charges will not be called unless forward momentum by the offensive player is egregious.

"You’ll have more plays where a guy on offense creates contact, perhaps incidental," Collins said. "Could it be a charge? Yes, but he would have to come in too hard. The opposite side is when a defender remains grounded, feet on the floor, and any contact for a foul it has to be a blocking foul. The original purpose of the arc is to get people out of there, so there’s not all these crashes at the hoop. This new rule is going to allow players to be in there but they are encouraging good defensive players to wall up there. We don’t want player standing in there to create contact or draw charges."

A byproduct of this: By getting defenders out of the circle, flagrant-elbow calls should also drop this season.

College hoops will have important tweaks in the post this season. USATSI