Archive for the ‘Professionals’ Category

Zack Hollis, Pro

Antelope Valley College’s 20th graduate in the last 10 year just signed a professional contract.  A graduate of Knight High School in the Antelope Valley, Zack played two years for Antelope Valley College and was awarded a full ride scholarship to D-1, Lamar University and then transferred to D-2 University of Tampa where he graduated with his university degree. 

Zack signed with Capitaines, Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico.  Congratulations to Zack and his family. 

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Chris Brdiges II, a 2014 graduate from Antelope Valley College who received a scholarship to NAIA Lindsey Wilson University family announced that he joined a long list of players who have signed a professional basketball contract.  Chris currently is on a short term professional contract in China and is expecting to come home with a long term contract. Keep up the good work young man.

 


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“Well baby boy it’s back to doing ya thing in China … I absolutely love the MAN you have become.. You are definitely living your dream and for that I am definitely PROUD of you.. Praying for safe travels.. You coming home this time was the BEST surprise ever.. Keep the Faith and stay Focused.”

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Dewayne Dedmon has come a long way from his hours before practice with AVC’s assistant coach(also lead high school math teacher) learning the in’s and outs of algebra. 

Dewayne believes in ““Always try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

General” Dwight D. Eisenhower

  Its taken him along way and I expect its just a start for him. 

San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Dewayne Dedmon reportedly agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year deal with Atlanta Hawks, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the deal contains a second-year player option and is worth $14 million in total.

Dedmon spent the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs backing up Pau Gasol. He averaged 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.

While Dedmon didn’t provide a ton of offense, he delivered exactly what the Spurs needed on defense. According to NBA.com, San Antonio had a 97.5 defensive rating when he was on the court compared to a 102.7 “On the Hawks, Dedmon will potentially step in as the starting center on a retooled team. They’ve lost stalwarts like Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, over the past two seasons. It’s now a team led by Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and a handful of young pieces. Dedmon will work as an anchor for these players on the defensive end, looking to increase his production and get an even bigger contract in the 2018 offseason.defensive rating when he was on the bench.

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The rumor is floating out there that Dewayne Dedmon is being coveted by the World Champions Warriors.  Dewayne played for them in his first year out of college and their D-League team.  The article below shows that the San Antonio Spurs are not going to give him up without a fight!!!  What a tough choice for the big man!


San Antonio Spurs: 4 Reasons Dewayne Dedmon Could Re-Sign

by Rob Wolkenbrod1 day agoFollow @RealRobWolkey

San Antonio Spurs, SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 01: Dewayne Dedmon

Dewayne Dedmon is still a free agent, but all hope shouldn’t be lost on him re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs.

Nearly one month ago, Dewayne Dedmon opted out of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. He had a player option for a second season with the five-time NBA Champions, but chose to enter NBA free agency.

Dedmon played a backup center role for the Spurs, even playing some games as the starting center. It led to a career season for him, which could mean a bigger contract in the open market.

However, Dedmon has yet to sign in free agency. It’s still early in the process, but that might bode well for the Spurs. So what reasons could lead him back to Gregg Popovich and co.?

The Desire to Keep a 60-Win Team Together

The 2016-17 NBA season was consumed by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. They were deemed the automatic favorites to win it all in June, and both made the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season.

The San Antonio Spurs stood a chance of making the NBA Finals, but an ankle injury to Kawhi Leonard essentially ended their hopes, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors swept them and won the NBA championship.

However, lost in everything was the Spurs having the second-best record in the NBA, and by eight games. They finished at 61-21, six games behind Golden State.

The Spurs already started retaining the look of this team. They re-signed Patty Mills to a four-year, $50 million deal, and still have cap space left. So could this and a desire to keep this 61-win team together lead to San Antonio pushing to keep Dewayne Dedmon?

Dedmon became a defensive spark for the Spurs, emerging as a backup rim protector for the team. He was a good change of pace from Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, whose games have moved away from the basket.

If Dedmon sticks around, he could fill this role again and continue keeping things looking similar. It wouldn’t be the worst fit and even makes sense for him to come back to.

“Wonderful workout today with the Milwaukee Bucks, great experience.”  said Antone Ace Warren. 

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Image result for robert reggie arnold basketball photosReggie Arnold, 6’6”, 215 shooting guard has just finished his 6tth year in professional basketball.  I had a long talk with Reggie who stopped over to say hello at the Antelope Valley College workout yesterday.  He has worked his way up to be one of the top ranked professional players in Europe.  He played for the Greek league this year and was in the top ten of scoring in the elite league with the A-1 level AGO Rethymno Aegean team and led his team to the playoffs this year. 

The Greek League has been one of the most competitive basketball leagues in Europe through the years, and it is widely regarded as the second best national domestic league in the world, after only the NBA.  It currently ranks among the best national domestic leagues in the world (excluding the NBA), such as Liga ACB in Spain and VTB United League (counts as the domestic league for Russian clubs). The average salary for the Greek League is $250,000, far from the NBA salaries, but for someone who has been very fiscally responsible like Reggie, he looks to be “slipping by” just fine thank you.  Smart young man planning for the future when basketball ends. 

Six straight summers, Robert “Reggie” Arnold, 6’6” 215 shooting guard who graduated from Antelope Valley College(Lancaster HS) has come home to AVC  from Europe..  After two outstanding years at AVC, he received a full ride to Boise State University where he led them to the NCAA national tournament.  He has played six years in professional basketball in Europe;  Austria(two years), Finland(two years) and Belgium(one year, Greece(one year)

Image result for photo of dewayne dedmon, spursJUCO players not that good.  No JUCO players make it to the NBA/Professional basketball.  Bull!  Take a look at Dewayne Dedmon who is playing for one of the best NBA teams in the playoffs.  So how did he do last night?

Dewayne Dedmon:

17 points (season high)
17 rebounds (career high)
2 blocks
1 steal

Take a look the AVC website and you will see that 19 Antelope Valley College basketball graduates are or have played professional in the last 14 years.  LIke I said before, JUCO players not good?  BULL!