Posts Tagged ‘AVC Basketball’

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)

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.

20170326_124719When the Antelope Valley College Basketball season20170415_085758 ended in the State Tournament this year, I looked around and said to myself, “Dang, I have been letting things go around here!”  The AVC players dove into their academics.  The coaching staff went into their work, and I put together a to-do list.

  1. The pro’s installed new windows in my house.
  2. Brought in experts to install a new irrigation system in my quarter acre.
  3. My son and I flew back east and spent some time with my 99 year old Dad who is a card shark and he thumped us good.
  4. Headed off on a trip to San Diego to visit family with my wife.
  5. Just finished planning a long driving trip cross country coming up very soon and another long Fall trip to Washington D.C. 
  6. Finally, couldn’t put off my civic responsibility of jury duty.  Finished yesterday.

Dang, retirement is a bear!  To get all this stuff done I have had to ignore the AVC Basketball team for awhile.  I’m Baaaack!!!

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Very concise post from http://norcalbasketball.blogspot.com/2017/05/noah-blackwell-to-fresno-state.htmlNorCal 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.

Something to think to think about when you set your goals high in life/or in sports.  Things don’t come easy for anyone who wants to succeed.  Even then, there is no guarantee but, chances  of success improve a hell of a lot with “No Days Off.”


Quote

“Whether you’re trying to win a Super bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach(Bill) Belichick would say, there are no days off.”

—–President Trump, during the Patriots’ visit to the White House on Wednesday