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This is one of the smallest SoCal Summer JUCO Shootouts I have seen in years.  At its peak, the shootout covered three days and had to be played in two gym.

In talking to JUCO coaches, many teams do not have their players yet and have not worked out hard with the players they have.  That is true for AVC as well but with a yearly goal of placing 100% of their players with university scholarships, it is worthwhile in have their players in front of as many university coaches as possible.  

Expect a huge turn out of teams in the Fall Shootout(September) when all the players have fully committed to the teams and are in classes.

Here are the four games that AVC will play in this weekend in the tournament.   These four teams should give AVC a look at different styles as well. 



FRIDAY  21 July 2017

Time    Home Team   Away Team          Court

1230     AVC             LA Trade Tech         3

1430     AVC             Chaffey                  2
Time    Home Team   Away Team          Court

1030        AVC                  San Diego Mesa      3

1330         Sequoias        AVC                           2

Bracket Summer 2017 Changes


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.” 

Charles Hall Summer

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

Interesting!  So where do your basketball players come from?


Its an all SoCal JUCO Championship this year at Las Positas College!  Fullerton verses San Diego City at 1 p.m. this afternoon.  Yesterday, Fullerton rolled over Feather River 84-60 and San Diego shocked San Francisco 79-77.

The Antelope Valley College team who lost in the first round of this State Tournament was one of the top eight teams in the state’s 93 JUCO teams. Now the team will finish its academics this semester and universities will be recruiting with the five sophomores who will be moving up.  An exciting time.  The six returning freshmen will be working on their academics and now will take leadership on next year’s basketball team. 

Been a great season for AVC.

team photo3

  STATS Comments    
Points per Game 12.9 Team Leader
Rebounds per Game 7.3  
Shooting % 61.2% #9 in California

“Coming to Antelope Valley College gave me the chance of fulfilling a dream I have had as long as I can remember…getting a D-1 scholarship.” “The first in my family.”  “The coaching staff improved my shooting and basketball skills, gave me the chance to play at the power forward position.”  “That gave me the package that Division 1 Universities were looking for, said Jailen Gill.”

Jailen Gill2AVC’s Jailen Gill provided D-1 University of Tennessee, Martin a verbal commitment to play basketball with them the next two years.  The school’s team currently competes in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jailen Gill,

“I chose the University of Tennessee, Martin for two main reasons, “They were the first team of quite a number of D-1 schools who wanted me to play for them.” “They stuck with me throughout the season and I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff.”  “Secondly they play against really good teams in the the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Gill.

Last season the Skyhawks posted their second straight 20-win campaign, notching the program’s first-ever OVC West division title. UT Martin also advanced to the OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history in 2015-16 before amassing another win in the Postseason Tournament – its fourth in the past two years.

Anthony StewartAnthony Stewart was appointed head coach of the UT Martin men’s basketball program on April 21, 2016.
Stewart’s promotion came after he served two seasons as an associate head coach under Heath Schroyer at UT Martin. Since Stewart joined the Skyhawk program, the team has compiled 41 victories (tied for the most in a two-year span in school history) – including four in the postseason. UT Martin also was the only Ohio Valley Conference school to win at least one postseason game in each of the last two seasons.

Currently, UT Martin has 17-10 record and is in second place in their conference.

Head Coach John Taylor stated, “I think it was a great decision as he had a lot of D-1 schools talking to him.”  “Now he can focus on his game and his academics knowing he will be playing at a great D-1 university program.”

University visits continue at Antelope Valley.  Vanguard University is looking to add size and athleticism to next year’s squad.  A special thanks to Coach Kelly for taking the time to visit AVC

Taylor Kelly Image

Taylor Kelly, Assistant Coach, 3rd Season

Former VU men’s basketball starter Taylor Kelly returned to his alma matter in the Summer of 2014 to take on top assistant coaching duties under head coach Rhett Soliday.

"I am extremely excited to join Coach Soliday in leading this team and am looking forward to building on the success which the program has had in recent years," Kelly said. "Vanguard had a tremendous impact on molding me into the man that I am today and I consider it a blessing and a privilege to return and be able to give back to the community which I care so much for."

Kelly’s duties with the Lions include coordinating recruiting endeavors, leading guard development, running opponent scouting efforts and assisting with in-game coaching and strategies.

Kelly obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2013 and graduated with his Master’s Degree in Physical Education Administration at Cal State Dominguez Hills in May of 2015.