Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coach K's Northern California Pre Season Juco Rankings

Will start with the Top 2 on my list and add teams daily, so stay tuned as this is time consuming!

*Okay, the California Community College Men's Basketball season begins next week, so their is no longer any excuse for me to continue my blogging sabbatical.  (I never knew hosting a blog was so much work!)    Based on the information I have received or seen in the fall showcases, here is how I would place the Northern California Top 15.   The Fall Showcases were very exciting, but I can't wait to see these teams in regular season form!

Coach K's Northern California Pre-Season Top 15 Rankings (with last years record)

1 - Santa Rosa (24-8)

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When you take home the State Championship I feel you always deserve to be the pre-season favorite.  Taking down Fresno, on the road, then Chaffey and San Bernardino on the way to the State Title was not a walk in the park and congratulations is still in order for a great 2013-14 season.
Now, onto 2014-15........
Always loaded with shooting and great team chemistry, Santa Rosa should be a team to worry about this season.  Incoming names to note: Markel Leonard, a speedy transfer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and former Salesian standout, 6'5 skilled wing Siann Rojas from Concord, and 6'7 all-around player Jordan Hickman from St Pats St Vicks.  Returning speedy PG Davone Oliver (10 pts per game), 6'6 big man Corey Hammel (8 pts) and  redshirt Jajuan Hammond (10 pts as freshman) should be heavy contributors this season as well.  The loss to freshman All-State guard Matt Hayes, who took his talents to Loyola Marymount University, will undoubtedly hurt, especially early in the season.  But Santa Rosa has shown to take it's bumps early in the season well, after starting the season 3-6 last year before their run to the State Crown.   They will start their season again with a tough schedule by facing Southern California power, Mt. San Antonio, on Nov 7th in the CCSF tournament that features a heavily loaded bracket of 8 teams.
Santa Rosa 2014-15 Roster Can Be Found here

2 - Chabot  (25-8)
photo courtesy of David Soriano

Making the Final 4 after taking down the State's #1 team, CCSF, on the road is enough to keep Chabot a pre-season Top 2.  Against SBVC in the Final 4 game Chabot almost had the comeback of the year after cutting a 15 point deficit to only 3 with 1:02 to remain. But the Gladiators couldn't get any closer.
In what could a 'changing of the guard' in Northern California and the Coast-North Conference, Chabot has an impressive class of newcomers to compliment an experienced group of returners.  Last years team was heavy with ball-handlers and slashers, but this years team seems to be more balanced.  The loss to leading scorer Leo Smith (now at Merritt) would seem to hurt the Gladiators early, but after the fall showcase it seems they have reloaded, particularly with Angelina College transfer DeCarlos Frank and Rae Jackson Jr. from El Cerrito. Starting PG, Khalil James, is also back as floor general.  Manning the paint are the physical trio of 6'6 Chris Patterson, 6'8 Jadarius Davis and the returning 6'7 Adrian Crump.  6'7 newcomer Shanquel Watson also looks to mix things up along with transfer Kellen Sweetwyne.  The high flying 6'5 Raymond Baldwin (11 pts & 8.5 rebs) returns along with Noel Briones that should add needed experience to another deep roster.
Chabot begins the season on November 13th as they host the Chabot Tip Off Tournament and face Siskiyous, in a rematch of last years 2nd round playoff game.
Chabot 2014-15 Roster Can Be Found here courtesy of Kevin McCarthy

3 - Fresno City (30-3)

FCC is no stranger to the top of the list.  The Rams always seem to overachieve based on what you see 'on paper'.  Unfortunately for the opposition, the Rams look really good on paper this year!
Back from last years Final 8 team are key returners 6'0 Dejon Budreaux (9 pts, 85% FT) & 6'3 Jermaine O'Neil (7.5 pts).  6'9 returning post Kyle Ingram (4pts, 58% FG) is expected to be a big contributor this season for Ed Madec's squad. The incoming prospects look impressive with Merced Player of the Year 6'8 Josh Sykes from Golden Valley, 6'6 Liam O'Reilly from Sacred Heart Cathedral, and high flying 6'4 BJ Shelton from Bakersfield,   With the remaining core looking solid and the Madec system in place, this year's Ram squad is looking to be very competitive.  Look for a great opening weekend in San Francisco as Fresno faces Yuba to begin the season on November 7th at 4pm in the first round of CCSF Tip Off tournament.
Fresno City 2014-15 Men's Basketball roster can be found here

Friday, September 26, 2014

Chabot College 1st Annual Fall Juco Showcase game schedule

The Chabot College 1st Annual Fall Juco Showcase is set for:
Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th in Hayward, California at Chabot College.

All games will still be regulation time on regulation court, stopped clock with all free throws shot. Only change from regulation is a shortened half time and warm up period. We hope this will give all the coaches and scouts the best opportunity to evaluate the players talent in a game-like setting.

Teams participating: Chabot, Skyline, Diablo Valley, Cabrillo, Ohlone, Allan Hancock, Merritt and Lassen



South Gym: Skyline vs. Diablo Valley
North Gym: Cabrillo vs. Ohlone

South Gym: Allan Hancock vs. Chabot

South Gym: Skyline vs. Cabrillo
North Gym: Ohlone vs. Merritt

South Gym: Chabot vs Merritt
North Gym: Lassen vs. Diablo Valley

South Gym: Lassen vs. Allan Hancock


South Gym: Merritt vs. Lassen

South Gym: Allan Hancock vs. Ohlone
North Gym: Merritt vs. Skyline

South Gym: Diablo Valley vs. Cabrillo
North Gym: Allan Hancock vs. Skyline

South Gym: Lassen vs. Ohlone
North Gym: Cabrillo vs. Chabot

South Gym: Diablo Valley vs. Chabot

*Coaches packets will be available for purchase at the door

Parking is $2 per day

Address: 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545

CCSF NorCal Juco Jamboree Schedule

The CCSF JUCO Jamboree event is September 27-28 at City College of San Francisco. On Saturday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Sunday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

September 27th, Saturday schedule:

Alameda vs. Monterey 
Cañada vs. Marin

Cañada vs. Cosumnes River 
Sierra vs. Monterey

12:20 PM
Marin vs. Butte 
West Valley vs. Alameda

1:30 PM
Santa Rosa vs. De Anza 
Fresno vs. Cosumnes River

2:40 PM
Yuba vs. Modesto 
Sierra vs. Butte

3:50 PM
Fresno vs. San Jose 
Santa Rosa vs. West Valley

5:00 PM
De Anza vs. Siskiyous 
Delta vs. Yuba

6:10 PM
San Francisco vs. Modesto 
San Jose vs. Porterville

7:20 PM
San Francisco vs. Delta 
Porterville vs. Siskiyous 

The American River Junior College Men's Basketball Jamoboree

American River College is hosting the ARC Jamboree on September 27 and 28. Play on Saturday begins at 9am and 10am on Sunday

The teams involved:

* American River College
* College of the Sequoias
* Columbia College
* Contra Costa College
* Foothill College
* Las Positas College
* Los Medanos College
* Mendocino College
* Napa Valley College
* Sacramento City College
* Shasta College
* Solano College
* West Hills College

American River College address:

4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841

Breaking my silence...

With three Northern California fall juco showcases this weekend, I figure this is a great time to come out of my hibernation.  Looking forward to the early look at what is in store for the 2014-15 season!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Marquis Glenn (Canada College) headed to Univ of Maine-Fort Kent


From the Canada College Men's Basketball Page

REDWOOD CITY, CA - Sophomore Marquis Glenn out of Fremont High School (Oakland) accepts offer to play at University of Maine-Fort Kent on a basketball scholarship.  Marquis was a Coast-North Conference Honorable Mention player his freshman season.  In his sophomore campaign he developed and matured into a mentor and leader for a young Colts squad.  Coach Reynoso said, "he is very proud of Marquis and how he has developed."  Coach believes Marquis will be ready to make a big impact for the Bengals immediately.  He also added, "this is what our program is about, developing student-athletes for the next level both on the academic and athletic level, this is a proud moment for our program as we see one of our family members go out and strive for success at the next level." 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deion Ellis headed to Canada College in Redwood City

2013-14 Oakland Athletic League MVP Deion Ellis is headed to Canada College in Redwood City. Article on the Canada College website on August 5th reports Ellis heading to the other side of the Bay.

As the fall semester begins at most schools within the next couple of weeks I am sure we will hear many new announcements and changes from the Summer Showcase rosters at California Community Colleges.