Posts Tagged ‘AVC Basketball’

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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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


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.


June 27, 2017  Facebook


“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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You bet it is…teams with team chemistry win and those that don’t lose.

If you are a sports fan, every year you pore over the stats of the team you follow.  One on the hardest things to evaluation is how the “team chemistry” will be this year.  Up to now, team chemistry measurement was none existence.  Good observers of human nature often can watch a team in action and tell if how good the team chemistry is.  When teams are under stress…like losing a game to a team with far less talent…it is often a good time to evaluate team chemistry. 

Team chemistry is a very important aspect for a successful basketball program.  Team chemistry can make an average team better, an outstanding team average and in a crisis situation pull a team through to success or just the opposite.

As the article below says, “Of course, not even the best chemistry can compensate for a lack of talent.”  As James said, in the case of a superstar, “You will put up with whatever he does and work around it.”

Now, professional baseball has decided to get involved and see if they can make the evaluation of team chemistry less subjective.  Here is is the article;

Baseball Tackles Workplace Mystery: How to Build Team Chemistry?

The sport is desperately trying to answer an age-old question, whether something as nebulous as “chemistry” be quantified—and then weaponized

A recent study concluded that certain teams, like the St. Louis Cardinals, consistently outperform the individual statistical contributions of their players.

A recent study concluded that certain teams, like the St. Louis Cardinals, consistently outperform the individual statistical contributions of their players. Photo: scott kane/Reuters

By Jared Diamond, The Wall Street Journal

Updated July 12, 2017 12:16 p.m. ET

This season, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have embarked on an ambitious experiment in an effort to solve one of the deepest mysteries in sports. They received permission from the San Francisco Giants to put GoPro cameras in the dugout of the franchise’s San Jose minor-league affiliate. With that access, they will monitor players’ interactions, expressions and behavior during games to determine how they relate to production.

The study is part of a growing push to understand and quantify one of the most elusive and tantalizing concepts not just in baseball, but in workplaces everywhere: the true effect of team chemistry.

There was a time in baseball’s not-too-distant past when the game’s brightest minds dismissed the very notion of chemistry. The analytics revolution of the early 2000s valued only what could be proven with empirical evidence and cast aside anything predicated on intangible qualities as a charming anachronism evangelized by out-of-touch old-timers.

Fast forward nearly two decades, and the thinking has changed. In a sweeping shift, many of the industry’s wonkiest stat-heads now acknowledge that how players get along with each other likely can affect how they perform on the field over a six-month season.

“Chemistry is absolutely critical, but very few teams or managers or general managers know how to create it or even have any idea how to create it,” said Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, the leader of perhaps the most data-driven front office in the majors. “You know it’s important, but you don’t know what the levers are to change it.”

But what if they did? Corporate managers and armies of consultants have wrestled with this question for decades, and now baseball is tackling it head-on: Can something as nebulous as “chemistry” be quantified like on-base percentage or ERA, and if so, can it be weaponized?

Increasingly, forward-thinking franchises think it’s possible not only to measure the impact of chemistry, but to cultivate positive chemistry in an intentional and systematic fashion. That belief has sparked an information arms race in an area often discussed but rarely analyzed in a scientific way.

And whoever solves the riddle first will have earned a competitive advantage over their peers that could come with far-reaching ramifications.

“We know that our general satisfaction in our job and with the people that we work with probably has an impact on our job performance,” Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns said. “There is a quest within the industry to figure out and learn a little bit more about that interaction and whether there’s any predictive ability in that interaction.”

The problem with trying to comprehend chemistry is the inherent challenge of separating it from talent. Teams that win have chemistry. Teams that lose don’t. It’s easy to assume that the best way to generate chemistry in a clubhouse is simply to fill that room with the best baseball players possible. Any differences they may have will be cured by success.

Research across various disciplines is underway designed to cut through that noise. The ongoing study in San Jose is one manifestation of that. The Giants, who didn’t commission the study and will not have special access to the results, declined to comment. The researchers also declined to comment until the study is complete.

Meanwhile, at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March, two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and an assistant professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University presented a paper on quantifying chemistry.

Houston Astros teammates Carlos Correa, left, and Jose Altuve are one of baseball’s most dynamic duos.

Houston Astros teammates Carlos Correa, left, and Jose Altuve are one of baseball’s most dynamic duos. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

Using a mathematical model, they concluded that certain teams, like the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, consistently outperform the individual statistical contributions of their players, a phenomenon they attributed in part to chemistry. They also found players that consistently showed up on teams that seemingly overachieved, including David Ross, a recently retired catcher known for his leadership qualities.

Despite a .229 lifetime batting average, Ross lasted 15 years in the major leagues, consistently finding work because of his perceived—but unquantifiable—clubhouse presence. He appeared in the postseason five times between 2010 and 2016.

“It suggests if there are other guys like him and teams can identify them, there is a competitive advantage for them,” said Scott A. Brave, who authored the paper with R. Andrew Butters and Kevin Roberts. “You’ll get them at an undervalued price on the market.”

Brave and his colleagues decided to investigate this subject as a way to understand the reigning champion Chicago Cubs, who put an unusually heavy emphasis on chemistry and character. Whether the Cubs have had a breakthrough in measuring it remains unclear, but there’s no doubt that their front office believes that chemistry is crucial, creating a loose environment and welcoming individuality.

“That is the next thing that everyone is trying to measure, how that’s brought to a team and how you put that in the formula to building a good team,” said Ross, now an ESPN analyst. “That’s something that the Cubs definitely pay attention to.”

When the Cubs opened a new home clubhouse at Wrigley Field last season, they built the locker room in a circular formation as opposed to the typical rectangle in part to encourage interaction among players. Their manager, Joe Maddon, is steadfast in his belief that chemistry matters and is known for his efforts to try to create it. The Cubs recently parted ways with catcher Miguel Montero, despite a strong .805 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, after he publicly criticized a teammate.

“Because we lack an organized understanding of this issue does not mean that we have zero knowledge or zero understanding in this area,” Bill James, the godfather of statistical analysis in baseball, said in an email. “A lot of the stuff that Joe Maddon does that people think of as stunts and jokes is actually a very sophisticated way of managing the chemistry of his locker room.”

Of course, not even the best chemistry can compensate for a lack of talent. As James said, in the case of a superstar, “You will put up with whatever he does and work around it.”

Where quantifying chemistry can help a team is on the fringes of the roster—players like Ross, for instance. When teams look for their final pieces, they are often picking from a vast pool of players with relatively similar ability.

Former major-league catcher David Ross, center, lasted 15 years in the major leagues, consistently finding work because of his perceived clubhouse presence.

Former major-league catcher David Ross, center, lasted 15 years in the major leagues, consistently finding work because of his perceived clubhouse presence. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

But if a team knows, with hard data, that one of those players elevates his teammates with his clubhouse presence—and the rest of the league lacks the ability to recognize it—that team has an enormous advantage. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that a theoretical chemistry quotient statistic would be “a great tiebreaker.”

The margins of a roster might not seem all that important, but in 2017, they can make all the difference between winning and losing. These days, everybody is using advanced analytics to evaluate talent. In that area, all 30 teams are far more alike than they are different, which wasn’t the case, say, 15 years ago.

As a result, teams are actively looking for any edge they can find, recognizing that even a minor breakthrough in a previously unexplored area can have an outsized benefit. In other words, the race to figure out chemistry is on.

“If you can create an advantage, you might be able to sustain it for a long period of time,” Luhnow said. “It’s going to be hard for anybody else to figure out what you did or what your formula is or why it works.”

Write to Jared Diamond at


Copy of JL0_5711Steve moved to the Antelope Valley to be with his father after he graduated from Norcross High School, Atlanta, Georgia in 2015.  After he became a resident, he started college at AVC.  He heard about the quality of the Marauder team and decided give himself a chance to make the squad. 

Johnson’s first and foremost goal is to make the AVC team and learn what his role will be.  Secondly, he wants to get a university scholarship after he graduates from AVC.

Without a doubt, Steve’s strengths are his outside shooting and energy level.  He says he needs to improve in a number of area’s but especially in floor basketball IQ especially in the half court.

JL0_5777Welcome aboard Steve.    

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, 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 AVC basketball culture is winning basketball games , university scholarships and university degrees and it leads to success. 

For the average college student in the United States, according to the San Francisco office of the Federal Reserve, a university degree is worth $830,000 dollars over a life time.

AVC does everything it can possibly do to prepare the student for the next level.  One of the first things the student athlete hears when they arrive at AVC; “No classes and grades, no play.”  That expectation is part of the the culture of the program and it works.  Here are three graduates of Antelope Valley who received university scholarships and degrees this year.  Congratulations to the following three AVC alumni. 

Ismail Ali, 6’1”, 175, AVC’s two year all-star point guard received a full ride scholarship to D-1 Bowling Green Statue University in 2015 after two years with Antelope Valley College.  816

Adrian Francis, 6’1”, 185, guard signed with D-3 California Lutheran University in 2015 after two years of starring with Antelope Valley College.


Laurence White, 6’4’, 205 guard, signed with  D-1 University of  California Davis on a full scholarship after two all-star years with Antelope Valley College. 


More information forth coming on all players in the near future.