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Very concise post from HS & College Basketball Central aka Nor Cal Basketball.

There may not be print telling the tale at this point but a picture is worth a thousand words:

Took some time off from basketball.  Now here we go back to work.  Placement of graduating players, returning players and new players to the team should be the main topics. 

Rothstein | CSU Northridge’s Kendall Smith commits to Oklahoma State

By Jesse Borek

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Cal State Northridge guard Kendall Smith handles the ball against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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Cal State Northridge grad transfer Kendall Smith will transfer to Oklahoma State for the 2017-18 season, Smith tells FanRag Sports. He will be eligible to play one season with the Cowboys immediately.

Smith ended his junior season with the Matadors as the team’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game.  He scored in single digits on just three occasions over the course of the season. He also added a career-high 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest, as he averaged more than 33 minutes on the floor on a nightly basis.

Coming out of high school in Antioch, Calif., Smith had committed to UNLV as a 3-star point guard in the class of 2013. Smith did not see much time off the bench for the Runnin’ Rebels during his first two years. His sophomore season resulted in just 14 minutes played and a single point. His UNLV tenure ended early due to injury, later deciding to transfer.

He then transferred to CSU Northridge, where he led the team in scoring each of his two years on campus. After he was limited to just 21 games in 2015-16, he played in all 30 for the Matadors this past season. The team finished the year 11-19 overall, missing the NCAA Tournament.



According to “Verbal Commits”, sophomore shooting guard, Noah Blackwell is leaving Long Beach State.  The 6’2”, 190 shooting guard averaged 8.1 ppg points and 24 minutes per game, while shooting 38%-3 ball shooting for Long Beach this past year.  No word yet why he is leaving or where Noah is headed.

CSU Fullerton and CSU Northridge each lost a player by transfer to NAIA, U of Antelope Valley. 

Shelton Blockwell, 6’6”, 205, Senior, G/F, CSUF

Miles Nolan-Webb, 6’0”, 200, Junior, PG, CSUN

Both players transferred to the University of Antelope Valley and are expected to be the center piece of the NAIA team who has a completely new coaching staff. 

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I received a note from Zack Hollis that he has decide to transfer to D-2 University of Tampa  from D-1 Lamar University.  Zack, a Dean’s list student athlete at AVC,  was recruited heavily by Lamar when the NCAA punished them for academic issues. 

Zack had limited playing time  in his junior year at Lamar but did very well as expected academically and will be graduating with his degree this coming spring.

University of Tampa is a member of the nine-school Sunshine State Conference, considers themselves the  "Conference of National Champions". Student/Athletes are given opportunities to excel both athletically and academically. The University of Tampa is the home of numerous All-Americans, all-region and all-conference players each year and is among the top schools in the SSC numbering student/athletes who are named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Enjoy your last year of undergrad college big man at U of Tampa.  Best to you. 

ruffin shotBack home at last.  Out of Santiago High School High school, Corona, CA, Brandon Ruffin decided that Antelope Valley College was the place for  him.  In AVC’s state tournament 2012-13 year, he grey-shirted at AVC as he was playing behind D-1 bound Jason JJ Johnson at the two guard position. 

The next year, Ruffin decided, for a number of reasons, that he would transfer to a JUCO that had been recruiting him heavily ever since high school, Irvine Valley College.  Brandon did not start at IVC in his year there,  but did get some playing time.  Irvine Valley is known for it’s “grinder” style of basketball and it looked as if Ruffin’s more athletic style of playing did not fit well. To follow NCAA rules on transferring college players, Brandon sat out the past year at AVC.

Last year, he worked hard on his basketball game and academically and is ready to help the AVC team in any way he can. He comes back to AVC a mature hard working young man.  He still is as athletic as ever with monster dunks but much more under control.  He has become a dangerous long range shooter, slasher into the middle, plays intense defensive, and brings high energy when he is on the floor. 

Ruffin looks to be a strong addition to the Antelope Valley College team.

Brandon Ruffin who transferred to AVC from Irvine Valley College landed very awkwardly in practice last week and was initially diagnosed with a possible ACL injury.  Ruffin received great news Friday from two orthopedic specialists that the injury was NOT a ACL injury but stretched ligaments. 

Ruffin who will be sitting out this year due to NCAA rules on transfers, will be back on the floor in one to two weeks.  Brandon ran the clock and was the “assistant coach” at the scrimmage for the grey team.  He couldn’t stop smiling with the good news