As November came to an end last weekend, the first month of the 2014-2015 junior college has came to a close. Mt. San Antonio emerged as a top team in southern California and is one of the only two undefeated teams left down south. The Mounties have been great, played some stiff competition and Coach Clark Maloney’s coaching job has been amazing. Mt. San Antonio is great on both sides of the floor and if they continue to improve, the Mounties should go deep into the post season. The south has some quality teams as Saddleback, Cuesta, and state runner up San Bernadino have only loss one game on the season. Chaffey started off strong and despite losing two of their last three games, the 7th ranked Panthers are still 7-2. East Los Angeles has been another stand out team so far, as the Huskies have lost to Cuesta and to San Bernadino early in the season. We also cant forget about Antelope Valley who many see as a state championship contender with a solid roster. It was a November to Remember, and in our first month covering news in the regular season, we hope we brought you a different prospective from what you were used to seeing. Below you can read our first Signal The Light Players and teams of the month for Southern California. We have listed an all freshman team for the month of November. Please remember that this feature does not have any involvement with the California Community College Athletic Association and it is a personal blog.
November Player of the month
Sam Williams “6-8” (So) Mt. San Jacinto: The player of the month for November averaged 26.0 points, and 8.5 rebounds. Williams scored over 30 points twice in the month, including a 36 outburst against Canada on November 7th. The sophomore has scored over 20 points, 7 times of the 8 times he has stepped on the floor. Williams also has the ability to stretch the floor as he has made 38% of his three pointers (13-34), and shot 57% from the field. He is also averaging 8.5 rebounds and the Eagles have a 5-3 record in the month.
Signal The Light Basketball Southern California All November Team
G: Rafael Casanova “6-5” (So) Cuesta
G: Kimani Lane “6-3” (So) Victor Valley
G: Caleb Singleton “6-6” (So) San Diego City
F: Sam Williams “6-8” (So) Mt. San Jacinto
C: Connor Clifford “7-0” (So) Saddleback
Casanova has been one of the best guards in Southern California. Casanova is averaging 21.5 points and is shooting over 50% on the season from behind the 3 point line. He is a key reason why Cuesta is off to a 7-1 record and in the Signal The Light Basketball top 5 rankings in Southern California. Caleb Singleton is one of the best shooters in the state, and his ability to stretch the floor makes him a threat at all times. Singleton made 31 three pointers in the month of November and shot over 50% as well from behind the three. Kimani Lane had a solid November as well for Victor Valley. In case you missed it, Lane made 9 three pointers en route to a 45 point performance against Moorpark over the weekend. Lane is shooting a mind blowing 60% from behind the three point line (YES 60%). Lane is averaging 22.3 points on the season along with his 4.3 rebounds a game. Conor Clifford has been a force for the 9-1 Gauchos all season. The UC Irvine transfer has averaged 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds (reported) and has shot 69% from the field. Sam Williams has been phenomenal in the first month and the “6-8” forward is talented and has been solid for the 5-3 Eagles.
2nd Team Signal The Light Basketball Southern California All November Team
G: Jordan Pellum “6-1” (So) College of the Desert
G: Novian Cherry “6-5” (So) San Diego Mesa
F: Kyle Benton “6-7” (So) San Bernadino
F: Shannon Flower “6-8” (So) Mt. San Antonio College
F: Deandre Dickson “6-9” (Fr) Bakersfield College
Jordan Pellum started November off blazing and the College of the Desert guard had a great November. The “6-1” guard averaged 21.6 points for November and shot 43% from behind the arc. He also had over 30 points twice and scored over 20 points six times. Cherry got better as November went along and averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in the month of November. Cherry needs to improve his low free throw percentage. Kyle Benton has led San Bernadino to a solid start. The sophomore has averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in the month of November. Shannon Flower has been a stand out for the top ranked team in the south. The “6-8” forward averaged 12.8 points, and 6.8 rebounds for November. Flower exploded for a 30 point and 15 rebound effort against Chaffey in four overtimes. He is shooting 63% from the field and is off to a hot start. Deandre Dickson rounds off the second five in the Signal The Light Southern California All November team. Dickson came out of nowhere it seems and put a footprint on the junior college in his first game. Dickson exploded for 29 points and 25 rebounds in his first game, and two nights later had a 37 point and 21 rebound effort against Victor Valley. On the season the freshman is averaging 21.3 points and 13.9 rebounds for the Renegades.
Other Standouts in the month: Shelton Boykin (So) “6-5” Antelope Valley, Charles Callison (So) “6-0” San Bernadino, Drew Peterson (So) “6-4” Miramar College, Justin Cobb (So) “6-1” Los Angeles Southwest, Reggie Fields (So) “6-6” Los Angeles Southwest, Blake Hamilton (So) “6-6” Mt. San Antonio, Mufaro Murinda (So) “6-6” Chaffey, Marcus Romain (So) “6-2” East Los Angeles, Antonio Singleton (Fr) “6-4” Los Angeles Trade Tech, Chris Spencer (So) “6-3” Long Beach
Freshman of the month:
Deandre Dickson “6-9” Bakersfield: The Freshman has been a force since his first game of the season. Dickson has helped lead the Renegades to a 5-2 start by averaging 21.6 points and 13.9 rebounds. Dickson has versatility to play on the perimeter and has been great so far this season.
Signal The Light Basketball All Freshman November Team
G: Victor Joseph “6-0” Chaffey
G: Joshua Brooks “6-2” Moorpark
G: Terrance Nunnery “6-3” Oxnard
F: Deandre Dickson “6-9” Bakersfield
F: Antonio Singleton “6-4” Los Angeles Trade Tech
Other Freshman standouts: PeeWee Gardner “5-7” (Mt. San Jacinto), Keith Langston “6-5” (Pasadena), Brandon Baker “6-0” (Santa Monica), Robert Hunt “6-2” (Ventura), Deshawn Hayes “6-4” (Victor Valley), Jameik Rivere “5-9” (Bakersfield), Marquis Salmon “6-7” (East Los Angeles), Richard Bivens “6-9” (East Los Angeles), Larry Bush “6-1” (Moorpark), Jaryn Taylor “6-6” (Pasadena), Dusty Baker “6-4” (Saddleback), Jordan Fleck “6-4” (Cypress), Nolan Kelly “6-3” (Cypress), Maleke Haynes “6-0” (Saddleback).