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! 

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College Basketball for Potential Recruits 

Must read for any hopefully college player.

https://midwestelitebasketball.com/articles/college-recruiting-levels-scholarships-academics/

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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.
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Dec 6, 2016- Mt Spokane @ Rogers BOYS HOOPS

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Game review coming….

Players on the watch list include Mandela Kalu and Maks Babich of Rogers.  For Mount Spokane we are excited to see JT Smith and Kyle Draine.

Suggest a game.

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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???

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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
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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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Great Article for future college players(link)

Every young basketball player dreams of playing college basketball on the big stage, competing for or against the schools they grew up watching. We idolize these college athletes and watch their games almost as intently as we watch the pros.

Fortunately, I was able to reach the Division One level and compete against some of those schools and many NBA players. College was by far the best time of my life and I had some amazing experiences, but there are a few things I wish I would have known before getting there.

Recruiting

I can remember the excitement I first had when college coaches were sending me letters everyday. Then it progressed into handwritten notes, phone calls, attending games, house visits and then official visits. The whole process is amazing for a young athlete and it is the first time you start to truly see your hard work pay off.

The side of the business most don’t realize is that recruiting is sales. Coaches are selling you on their school with every piece of ammunition they possibly have. If that means showing you the best part of campus, only revealing the best statistics or going so far to promise you playing time. It’s all one long sell.

This leads to players committing to schools without the right knowledge ahead of time and having to transfer soon after. A recent study stated that 40% of players who attend a college out of high school end up transferring by the end of their sophomore year.

Athletes get swept off their feet because they are often not told the true facts about the school and/or they don’t ask the right questions before committing. Some questions might be:

 

  • What is the four-year plan while I am here?

  • What has the transfer rate been while this coaching staff was present?

  • How many players in my position are you looking to bring in this year and next?

  • What kind of offensive and defense will you be running?

Don’t be afraid to dive into their program because trust me they have read every stat, talked to many people and compared you to a ton of athletes before showing interest. It is a business deal at the end of the day, make sure you want them just as much as they want you before signing.  Let us help You!

 

Competition

When you think of basketball competition at the college level, you automatically assume the opposing teams. Yes, everyone can shoot, pass, dribble and dunk or else they wouldn’t be there. Athletes fail to realize how stiff the competition is going to be even on your own team.

Think about it, if you are the best player in your school, district and region, your competition so far hasn’t been very stiff. Now you’re going to compete against players every single day who have the same accolades as you and just as good for their area of the country. Any given day a teammate can get the best of you so you have to be ready to go full tilt day in and day out.

Many players are never heard from again at the college level because they could not find a way to get quality minutes for their own team. The success you had in high school does not mean a thing when you step on the court against your teammates in practice.

Another aspect athletes forget is the next recruiting class coming behind them. In college nothing is guaranteed past one year. Your scholarship is only guaranteed for a year and if you earn a spot for the season that too can be taken the following year.  Your job is to develop your basketball skills each year and become better than the previous season.

Each year brings a new batch of recruits that are looking to take your spot playing college basketball and every other veteran on the team as well. Be ready to show your skills at the highest level every day and every year before every stepping in front of an opponent.

 

Time Management

Probably the biggest key to success in playing college basketball is utilizing your time management correctly. Normal students are told: “You have school, sleep and a social life. You can only pick two.” In true college student fashion they try to incorporate all three only to inevitable sacrifice sleep at some point or another.

Athletes on the other hand have weights, class, practice, study hall, homework, social life, eating correctly, traveling, film and sleep. Not to mention games and all of the preparation that goes into that as well. A typical day may look something like this:

  • 5am – Wake Up
  • 5:30am – 6:45am- Weights
  • 7am- Breakfast
  • 7:30am- 9am- Nap
  • 9:15am- 12pm – Class
  • 12:15pm – Lunch
  • 1pm – 4pm – Practice
  • 5pm – 6:15pm – Class
  • 7pm – 9pm – Study Hall
  • 9:30pm – Dinner

That is not including extra practice on your game, an increase in class work during midterms and finals week or your beloved social life. If you want to be successful in college it is vital you use your time management wisely to enhance your performance on and off the court.

In order to stay on the right track make sure you are in constant communication with your coaches, professors and advisors. Their jobs are to help you, use them as much as possible and watch the workload get a bit easier with every semester that goes by.

 

Your Coach

Your Boss. Your Mentor. Your Trainer. Your Guardian. Your Leader. Your Head Coach.

Something to understand about a Head Coaching position is the amount of work they had to go through to get that job. Many coaches were assistants for 10+ years traveling all over the country, working for many different programs just to slowly rise in the rankings in hopes they will get the chance to run a program one day. It is not easy to become the Head Coach of a college team and the salary these men and women receive reflects that.

With that being said, players must understand these coaches have not only been doing this job for a very long time, but they have also paid many dues to run the program under their carefully honed leadership. To think you are going to step on campus and make the program your own is a long shot. In college the game is much more structured than you ever could imagine and the demand to do what the head coach wants is far greater than it is in high school.

In order to become the player you want to be you must first become the player the coach wanted you to be.

During the recruiting process they will lay out a vision for how they say your skill set fitting in their system. From the very first day in practice do whatever it takes to become that player. Be a coachable basketball player.  The better you get at your role, the more freedom you will receive to branch outside of that.

I have seen lockdown defenders become 3-point specialist just by doing their job and being prepared for another opportunity when it presented itself. It is quite simple, the more time you can buy yourself on the floor the more opportunity you will have to showoff your skills.

At the end of the day your head coach makes all of the decisions. It would be in your best interest to make sure you both are on the same page when it comes to his expectations and that you follow those guidelines every chance you get.

 

Closing Thoughts

Playing college basketball is amazing. There is no better feeling than stepping on the court with thousands of raging students yelling your name as you play the game you love and then having them recognizing you in class the next day.

The bond you make with teammates throughout the years will last a lifetime and the memories you make together will never be forgotten. It will be the best time of your life, but first you must take the necessary steps to ensure you get the most out of every single moment to optimize your experience playing college basketball.

YOUR FUTURE


player_brown_dj-e1469227347969Derek Brown is a former D1 point guard at San Jose State and Texas State.  He has served hundreds of ambitious basketball players as a basketball trainer and also as an AAU basketball coach.  Derek is a contributing writer to leading basketball blogs across the nation.  

                                

 

Four Things I Wish I Knew About College Basketball Before I Started

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Summer League stats-Game 1

Season opening win over Protein Puck and stars Levi Taylor (SCC& NWACC Champion and MVP) and Angel Nunez (GU/South Florida) 78-77.

John Lynch setting up the game winning In bounds play for Will Tender

John Lynch setting up the game winning in bounds play for Will Tender

Will Tender(Redlands)-  13 points, 7 rebs, 3 ast

John Lynch(Presentation Coll)-  12 points, 1 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl

Austin Dill(Jessup U)-  10 points, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk

Austin Yoakum(Wenatchee Valley)-  7 points,

Alvin Welch-  6 points, 2 rebs, 1 ast

Jaelon Stith(Skagit Valley)-4 points, 1 reb, 2 ast

Cody Peplinksi-  0 points, 4 rebs, 1 stl

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