Character

How would you describe yourself to a college coach? Be honest. Are you a hard worker? Reliable? Do details matter to you? How about in the classroom? Would you consider yourself a good student? What would your teachers say about you? How about your coaches? Your teammates? Who are you?

As a recruit, it matters how you answer these questions. In fact, it matters a lot! Do you really want to play in college? Well, I’ve got news for you: it’s going to take more than some physical talent, to play at the next level. Much more. Sure, physical talent might get you noticed. But, if you want to put on a college uniform someday, it’s all about character!

Players involved in our programs know that we are constantly preaching characteristics that go beyond the court or field of play because it can make or break your future playing college athletics. Give us a call!

2017 Summer Select League Pre Season Primer

Catch Spokane presents, East Central Community Center Hosts… The Select Summer Basketball League. (Click for league site)

Initially created for home for the summer college players so they can have a highly competitive league in which to play during July and August. In this league players are not only given teams that will be as equally matched as possible but they will be exposed to new relationships in order to guide signing or transferring schools and prolonging collegiate careers and who knows possibly professional realities. “Networking is a large part of success in life and why not give the local basketball players the same tools in their possible field of work?” says Catch Spokane Director and East Central Community Center Athletic and Recreation Director. The league boasts players from the high school potential recruits up to current “over-seas” professional players. These higher level players are said to be part of the growing process for the younger players and to help them succeed playing against bigger, stronger, more experienced men. “Sometimes its frustrating to the kids but they are constantly reminded of how much it will help them later on, even by us”, quoted a referee that helps with the league’s vision.

Players also get a chance to be involved in the league by supporting the process of all that goes into managing a league like this. In these leagues players have access to game stats on a mobile app and website through Wooter, access to full game videos on the Catch Spokane You Tube channel as well as the ability to view any pictures or videos that are individually uploaded by players and fans, through the Wooter app and league website.

Matt Pigg is an example of a player that is as dependable and reliable for his team on the court, scoring and rebounding as he is to the organization keeping stats and cleaning up after games. Matt also helps run the score clock and video camera, in order to play games with minimum or no fees. That is part of the culture at East Central Community Center, everybody is involved and part of the rising of the new direction of the community center.

Community partners like Numerica Credit Union, All Star Sports Photography, Protein Puck, Wooter, and Moca Creations have been great additions to this year’s league sponsorship lineup. They are helping with the custom uniforms players will get to wear, action photos of games, and the ability for the league to branch out and connect players with resources to better the experience of a typical basketball league. These partners have also made it possible so the “struggling college student” can afford to play in a very detailed and professionally ran league with the sponsorships allowing the current college players to only pay half price!

Now lets talk about the teams and their players a little bit. The East Central Gold team was put together by Spokane networking giant and basketball giant, Andre Ervin. Andre has put together a team that he says is highly versatile and defensive minded. Players attached to this system include “superman” Brady Bagby who is from West Valley High School, Spokane CC, and then played 2 years at Lewis/Clark State College. Brady was Co-MVP of the Recruit League final we had during the Spring and is one of the most competitive players in the city who can do it all. They also have four players 6′-5″ or taller and six of the eight players have played up to atleast the college level. Matt Pigg, Dan Anderson, Daniel G, Matt Garcia, Jesse Hendersen, John Focht, and John Lynch round out the team.

Former Rogers High School stand out and Montana St-Northern college hooper Jesse Vaughan has put together a solid group for the Numerica CU team. This squad has size, shooting, and youth. Of the eight players including- Joseph Bodman (Regis University), Alfie Miller (Montans St-Northern) Will Stensgar(NW Indian College), Zach Nelson(Shoreline CC), Alex Allison(Shoreline CC), and Tre Boyd, they have 7 with college experience and will be a tough team to beat as they also have alot of time playing together at various schools.

 

The Catch Spokane All Stars will be running out a team headlined by Matt Brunell who is a local gone pro success story. His main role, other than being a force in the paint, is to help these younger players develop and provide a steady source of professionalism… and jokes. This exciting and stacked squad will have Levi Taylor- LC Tiger, SCC /NWACC MVP, David Kielian- a super shooter from Othello, Jacob Vargas- solid big man from the Tri Cities who played at SCC with Levi and is on his way to Walla Walla U, Denzel Brantley- Rogers HS and eventual college player still looking for his shot at a roster, Ryan Ricks- former NW Christian state B champ who will be headed to Northwest U in Kirkland, Austin Dill from University HS and currently playing at William Jessup U in CA. This train is going to be conducted by the ultra competitive point guard Ahbrae Harvey who played 2 seasons at SCC but most impressively with the ES Elite squad that has been dominating Spokane basketball leagues for years.

A NO NAME team partially put together by Everett CC bound Markieth Brown, University HS coaches, and league organizers will be another tough out with large amounts of shooting and youth. Josh Hager former U High player and current Walla Walla U sharp shooter, Ray Erwin who was once an East Central elite 3v3 league 4 time champion who played at Greys Harbor, plays anywhere anytime. Himo Bajramovic who is a recent graduate of Lewis and Clark and is looking for his chance to play at the next level. An East Valley High School duo, both headed to Blue Mountain CC next season, Jeremiah Hillard and Treyshaun Bracey, bring some more young legs and scoring punch. Post players Kenny Chandler and Lucas Evans give them some size to defend and even more athleticism, both known for their dunking ability. This team will be fun to watch as they take on the “experienced” teams.

Following that up with another young team of current college players and post high school hoopers is the squad from Medical Lake (mostly). Jaelon Stith, two-time All League performer from Medical Lake and most recently Skagit Valley CC brings with him fellow Cardinals- Donte Brown (Big Bend CC), Cole Soliday, Kevin Broadnax, Ethan Mendoza, Tyler H.   Cheney stud Jamiel Worthem and former West Valley guard and current Wenatchee Valley CC player Austin Yoakum, who is predicted to bring down the house with some serious jams, make up the roster. We should see some fireworks from this crew.

 

Another former pro (and Hoopfest Elite Champion) Bryan Rabas brings in a tough bunch with a combination of experience, versatility, and scoring. Just pick your poison with Integrity Spokane. Corey Allen(Former Hoopfest Elite Champion), Craig Hanson (Current Hoopfest Elite Champion), Anthony Brown(Shadle Park and Eastern Oregon throw back baller), Robert “Big Shot Rob” Lipman (NW Christian and Big Bend CC), the SCC players turned coaches duo of Eric Holbrook and Taylor Peterson, along with another long range 3 point shooter Zach Renner. This team will have nights where they will hit 20 NBA three pointers, watch out.

The Ballaholics which is a name known in the area as a group of all league players from Whitworth University.  They will definitely be vying for the title of Summer Select League Champs. Ross Nakamura who was an all league guard recently, has brought in teammates Dustin McConnel, Colton McGargar, and current EWU Asst Mens coach David Riley. Joining this dangerous foursome is Spokane’s perennial hoop league MVP and former Everett CC baller Dominique McClendon from ES Elite. This is going to be fun to see how he will blend all the same scoring, grit, hustle, shooting, toughness, and all around play he possesses, in with this group of already very accomplished and just purely good ball players. I cannot forget to mention do all and anything players like Mack Larkin, Kevin Bond, and Jacob Evans who give them a very, very solid team.

Lastly we have an always competitive team worthy of a spot in the Final put together by former University Titan and Spokane Community College shooting machine Jared Miller. Players for the ALL STAR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY team includes former Zags- Rem Bakamus and Mike Hart. Fellow Titans- Cameron Chase, Zech Martin, Zach Bruce(EWU football),and Seth Morgan along with Caleb Spencer and Tanner Brill.

 

Games start Thursday June 29th.

6pm game- Numerica vs Catch Spokane

7pm game- East Central Gold vs Ballaholics

8pm game- Medical Lake vs Integrity Spokane

9pm game- No Name vs All Star Sports Photo

So follow along on WOOTER – “Summer Select League”  for schedules and stats and be sure to check the games in person for free at East Central Community Center. Follow Catch Spokane Sports on the various social media channels as well as Catch Spokane You Tube.

Jacob Wiley- All American, NBA draft Prospect- Truly Inspirational. 

This is blowing us away at Catch Spokane!

 A kid who showed up half way through our first 3 on 3 league three years ago on a team spot on dubbed,  “Secret Weapon”, came in dunking on people straight from Missoula Montana…. 😳. He decided to jump on board with us and help some local Spokane high school players in a small selective camp of kids who were young, varsity players with requested work that needed to be done according to their coaches that we called August BOOST clinics.  Jake stepped up and not only showed them what the next level D-1 athlete looked like as a player but how a 19 year old could be mature, mature enough to teach 15 and 16 year olds without a stuttered word.  We knew Jake was special at that moment in 2014.  SIDE NOTE- Jake planted the seed and begged us for a Spokane Summer League for college players during this time

Fast forward… Now in 2016, while at Lewis & Clark State College and claiming NAIA ALL AMERICAN awards, he helped out our new developing summer league here in Spokane at East Central Community Center where he played AAU ball a few years prior and new the history of the center.  He proceeded to lead a group of current and soon to be college players in a great come from behind victory over some of Spokane’s best adult hoopers, including Gonzaga’s Angel Nunez and SCC and NWAAC MVP Levi Taylor.  In the final seconds, he called a timeout and brought the team together on the sidelines to devise an inbounds play. This moment not only announced his obvious future in coaching but showed, more impressively his intelligence towards the game and his lack of ego when it came to winning the game for the Catch Spokane Recruits. He DID NOT get the last shot. He planned the play to use himself as a decoy and draw a double team in order to open up the teams best mid range shooter (Will Tender of Spokane’s St. George’s HS and Redlands college) who buried the shot!  

After that game he continued to climb the life ladder having a daughter, moving up to EWU, helping kids and local players have great experiences with him on and off the court

 

and ending the season as we all know by now as the Nation’s surprising BIG SKY MVP and Honorable Mention NCAA ALL AMERICAN, getting married and now to NBA DRAFT GEM!?!?!? 

We know the fire that burns inside and the “Secret” that the NBA scouts are finally getting to see! The story is even more astounding when you are looking from the outside on in and believe what you’ve seen on film, in games, that Jake is a Post player… He played 4 years of the 4/5 spot because the bigs on his teams either got hurt or he was asked to play out of position due to his versatility, knowledge, selflessness, and athleticism. Did you notice that  “athleticism” is listed last? Athleticism, being what most people notice with Jake, is his 5th greatest trait.

FIRE, is his #1 trait.  This is what burns inside of Jake.  He can’t work hard enough or long enough.  He can’t be outdone.  He won’t let up on loose balls.  He won’t jog when a sprint is demanded.  Jake will not quit!  His passion and FIRE has allowed him to leap mountains and wrangle Titans and become an NBA prospect. 

Jacob Wiley is a man that gets life more than the typical “entitled” young man of today’s generation and he has CHOSEN and WORKED to become what he 100% believes he can be!  We are proud to call him part of the Catch Spokane family! Go get it Jake! 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xkLoXg3FiJI&feature=share

Leon Sayers-North Central

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6′ 7″ Leon Sayers has the potential to be a force in the GSL. You would think he would be spending most of his time in the paint but instead he is a force on the wing. There was a time when that would be a mistake but not in 2016. Tall players that shoot from the perimeter and can handle the ball are what college coaches want. In the GSL he is a matchup problem for most teams. When he wants to he can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim as well as knock down the open shot.
North Central couldn’t get anything going against Mt Spokane for 3 quarters and fell behind by 18. In the 4th quarter Sayers caught fire hitting 3 threes and 3 free throws in about a two minute span. And with a little help from his friends cut the lead to 6. NC ran out of time ultimately losing by 5.  Sayers finished with a game high 22 points showing what he is capable of.
Sayers has a soft touch from behind the arc and doesn’t look like a sophomore with a handful of varsity games shooting the ball. He has a nice go to spin move in the paint that’s hard to stop. Multiple times he went hard to the basket finishing with a soft touch. Also came away with more than one rebound where he was above everyone on the floor. If he wants it bad enough he could do some amazing things in the years to come.
Leon has all the necessary tools in his tool box to be all league if he puts in the time and effort to hone his God given talent.

Newport @ St Georges Hoops-Dec 2, 2016

img_37841BOYS–  Initial thoughts going into this game were, Newport is Northeast A, St Georges is B, but the Dragons have the tradition of being a top B school in the state.  So, I expected what the first quarter brought, a 13- 8 lead and a more talented StG team.

The Dragons began tough and active led by Junior Cade Peplinski.  The 6-2 wing/post man is as active as any player I’ve seen.  What I really like about Cade is his “constant”.  His constant look for shots, constant looks for stealing opportunities, constant cutting, constant fight for rebounding position, hes constantly moving!  The Dragons also became the sole proprietor of a sneaky little freshmen guard named Dan Rigsby.  This young man was the first player off of the bench and showed something instantly.  He’s quick, feisty, moves well on defense making use of his nimble feet and has a confidence that is not normally seen in freshmen.  He’s small now, but trust me….. just watch this foal eat and he’s going to turn into a thoroughbred!

For NEWPORT– soon after I saw the early game jitters or unfolding if you will, I noticed Danny Bradbury (#44 in photo) relentlessly harassing St Georges leading scorer Erik Farias and turning him into a passer and forcing turnovers.  With this he became more aggressive on the offensive side and attacked the basket numerous times with a nice left to right finish over Farias on one drive.  This kid is a strong , athletic and young player that I think might LOVE DEFENSE…… huh?

koaftNext up for the visiting Grizz was Koa Pancho (#10) as he began to control the tempo of the game.  This junior has steady ball handling, not phased by the pressure, and you actually saw the Dragon defenders back off and let him bring the ball up as they looked a little intimidated.  He spent most of the game facilitating and playing the perfect PG but soon began hitting threes and using  his strength while taking advantage of his mismatches.  He  is very in tune with whats going on during the game. Later in the fourth quarter when the game was close he closed it out with rebounds and free throws.

One more gem I noticed for Newport was Adam Moorhead, a “looks like hes gonna be 6-5”, 6-1 Soph G/F.  I see potential in this kid.  Another wait and see….

GIRLS-

higashi-knee-braceThis was our first chance to see “The Owner” Hailey Higashi after her knee injury last season.  You can still see the player that owns the court and zips passes into holes to teammates while she continues to make her comeback.

As usual, the Lady Dragons have a bundle of  talented players and should be a force throughout the season.  Whats different from most seasons is that they have 4 freshmen with one of them making a GIGANTIC statement tonight, that goes by a name you should be familiar with.  Bergquist….Lydia Bergquist.  She came out of the chute stealing passes from the less experienced Newport girls and went coast to coast on one, went in with a euro-step and got fouled while putting in the two for a 3-point play on another.  She crashes through players for loose balls, she hit threes including a 4 point play and basically dominated the first half.  Another subtle note is that she was chosen to inbound  the ball while on the court and only trusted players inbound the ball…  Yeah I’m sold!  Cant wait for the next 3 seasons.  In a lopsided game she finished with 15 points.  I’m going to save the rest of the wrecking crew (including twin frosh) for another time….

For Newport we saw a couple of things, unfortunately the inexperience and youth of the team as they start two SOPH guards, leads to their inability to handle full court pressure.  However, sophomore Cyndi Lewis is a player who leads by example and will have a good career playing with an unassuming talent that keeps her in the game.  Shes not flashy but is comfortable with the ball in her hands and able to put the ball where it needs to be while seeing the floor and feeling the game.  She was causing problems on defense as well- making 2 sneaky steals from the previously mentioned more experienced and talented guards of St Georges.  Along with her traits as a passer there is the potential of being a drive and kick creator for the 5-11 inside out Jr, Jocelin Nenema who looked like she has potential as a long range shooter with good form to be a knock down bomber.  These girls will get better as the season goes on, assuming they stay away from the Lady Dragons, which is a smart take for most teams….

Whos next???

North Central v Lewis and Clark_ BOYS

North Central looks improved in 70-47 loss to GSL favorite Lewis and Clark ncindians

 Coming off a season with zero wins last year North Central opened the season against 5th ranked Lewis and Clark.  Those not familiar with the hard work being put in at NC expected a blowout.  If you look at the score you might think it was a blowout.  The game was much more competitive than the score reveals.  NC started 2 Sophomores, 2 Juniors and one Senior (Brendan Duncan).  Duncan is the only player that has started a varsity game.  The Indians will need to rely on his experience early in the season while the younger players mature.  When Duncan went down early with an ankle injury the younger players were forced to step up.

Starting sophomore point guard Rafa Stone was on the freshman team last year.  He started the game with 3 quick turnovers but like all good point guards didn’t let it affect him.  He seemed to improve on every possession.  One highlight being a contested fast break up and under layup past 6′ 7″ Naje Smith.
Rashawn Lemry had 16 points scoring both inside and outside while battling hard on the boards all night.  Leon Sayers showed promise scoring on a nice drive and working hard on the boards.  The 5th starter is Isaiah Lockett and while he may not show up in the stat sheet he was a key contributor.  Parish Neil was a big spark off the bench with three 3 point field goals.  CJ Kamacho looked solid off the bench as well knocking down a nice three point basket.
NC improved every quarter which is a testament to the hard work being put in by the team and coaching staff.  The team first philosophy really shows when you watch them play.  If you break the game down by quarters you can see NC got better as the game progressed.  LC won the first quarter by 11, 2nd quarter by 5, 3rd quarter by 3 and 4th quarter by 4.
North Central showed an improved roster and hustled from buzzer to buzzer.  They should win some games and scare some opponents that take them too lightly.  Time will tell but it looks like they will be fun to watch.  Lewis and Clark is big, fast, and can shoot which is a coaches dream.  They will do well and be at the top of the GSL standings.
North Central looks to get their first win at home Friday against Cheney.  Leading scorers were Lemery 16, Neil 11, Stone 6
Lewis and Clark play at home Friday against North Medford.  Leading scorers were Smith 16, Underwood 11, Guillory 10

Recruiting AH-HA #44

Another reason that you may get by-passed by college coaches is the lack of community service. All things being equal, grades & game, then the one who has the right attitude and character, gets the roster spot and scholarship. Community service is how a college coach judges your character, because after all he really does not know who you are. There is a reason why  professional players like NBA and WNBA are doing it, it looks good and its good for the soul.

Did you know that we offer lots of community service opportunities?  Even better for the athlete is that we have a lot of sports and recreation volunteer projects that can be fulfilled by the potential recruits and used on college resumes.  Let us know if you would be interested in helping the community.

 

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Recruiting reality. Why you need Catch Spokane.

I know I’m a great player. Why aren’t coaches
walking into my high school to sign me senior year?
Most colleges today are cutting recruiting budgets, adding recruiting
questionnaires on their websites, and focusing more on showcases and
tournaments. Most coaches do not have the resources to visit potential recruits at
their high schools anymore. It’s extremely easy for an athlete to be overlooked by
college coaches who have thousands of athletes to scout and hundreds of potential
venues. College coaches don’t read local newspapers and most don’t attend high school games. Only the
top 3% of high school athletes are truly “discovered.” The other 97% need to market themselves to coaches
and be pro-active in the process.  Catch Spokane shows you how to do this effectively.

*article from The NHHEAF Network Organizations’
Center for College Planning

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