Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SC Generals Guard Jeff Amazan Commits to Fresno Pacific

The SC Generals are pleased to announce that 6'4" guard Jeff Amazan has committed to play for NCAA D2 Fresno Pacific and head coach Chris Wright.  Jeff, a Boston native, played a big part in the success of Generals basketball this past season, helping Sheridan College to a 27-6 record.

Jeff started 16 games this season for the Generals while averaging over 20 minutes a game.  As a bigger guard, 6'3.5" and 205 pounds, Jeff used that size advantage averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.  Jeff had multiple games with double digit points and 8+ rebounds, including a 17 point and 9 rebound effort against Eastern Wyoming.  Jeff also had 14 points and 8 rebounds (6 offensive) in a home victory over Gillette College.

Coach Smiley's comments: "Jeff was an extremely multi-dimensional player in our system this season, playing anywhere from the 1-4.  His primary position is on the wing, but he can create for others, and his strength allows him to play a 3 or 4 at the next level as well.  He has the ability to get to the rim and finish, and also shoots well from 3.  He's also a great rebounding guard and really is good guarding on the ball."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

SC Generals Sign Shamir Rolle from the Bahamas

The SC Generals are excited to announce the latest addition to General Nation in Shamir Rolle, a 6'7" 210 pound standout post man from CI Gibson in Nassau, Bahamas.  Shamir played AAU for the New Providence Storm, and head coach Kevin Johnson.

This past season Shamir was the National MVP in the GSSSA regular season, averaging 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks a game.  Shamir was also named the MVP in the National Championship game, as he led his team to the title with 9 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks.  As a member of the Providence Basketball Club, Shamir led the team in rebounding and blocked shots in 2014.  While playing in the D Squad Basketball Tournament, Shamir was named to the 1st-Team All Tournament Team as he led the tournament in rebounds and blocked shots.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Shamir: “This is a big signing for our 2014-15 class, as Shamir is an athletic post that can play either the 5 or 4. I had the chance to see Shamir live a couple years ago and was really impressed with his size, strength, and most importantly, his motor. Shamir plays extremely hard, is very active on the glass and is very mobile for his size. He’s been coached extremely well by Kevin Johnson in both High School and AAU, and should have an immediate impact on our program.” 

Monday, May 19, 2014

SC Generals Soph Post Taylor Millay commits to Mt. Marty!

The SC Generals are pleased to announce that 6'7", 260 post Taylor Millay has committed to NAIA school Mt. Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota to play for coach Andrew Baker and the Lancers.

Millay had an integral role for the Generals, amassing a combined 51 wins during his two-year career at Sheridan. As a Freshman, Millay elected to remove his redshirt during the conference season after key players Tate Stensgaard and Isaac Oeltjen went down with season-ending injuries, and helped SC claim a share of the Region 9 North Regular Season Title. As a Sophomore, Taylor helped SC win 27 games and advance to the Region 9 Final Four before the Generals were knocked out by the host school, NJC.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Taylor: "We're really happy for Taylor and his commitment to play at Mt. Marty. This has been a long and at times frustrating process for Taylor, because he didn't get to consistently play the minutes that he deserved during his time on campus. Taylor was worthy of playing big minutes, but was stuck in a position with 3 other post players and at times there just weren't minutes available. Even with that as a hindrance, Taylor was always a team-first guy, and was always ready when his number was called upon. I told Taylor that this year would be his most frustrating year, and I truly believe he will have a huge impact at Mt. Marty and play big minutes his last two years."

Millay is the 6th General to move on this year, joining Iakeem Alston (St. Bonaventure), Fred Dure (Arkansas State), Kaileb Rodriguez (Nevada), Josh Adeyeye (Jacksonville U), and Tate Hilgenkamp (Black Hills State U).

Matt Hammer Accepts Generals Head Assistant Spot!

Matt Hammer comes to Sheridan College from Saginaw Valley State University (MI) where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach to both the men's & women's basketball coaching staffs. While at SVSU, Hammer helped lead the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back GLIAC Quarterfinals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Also at SVSU, Hammer helped coach two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference "Freshman of the Year" award winners in Emily Wendling and CJ Turnage.

Prior to his time at SVSU, Hammer spent two years at Aberdeen Central High School in South Dakota where he wwas the assistant coach to Brent Norberg. Before that, Hammer was a Graduate Assistant for two seasons at his alma mater of Northern State University under coaching legend Don Meyer.

Prior to entering the coaching field, Hammer played professionally for FSU in Selfoss, Iceland for one season after completing his outstanding career at Northern State. While at NSU, he was named to the 2005 Daktronics DII North Central Region First Team. He also became just the second member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to be named Player of the Year and NSIC Tournament MVP in the same season. He left Northern State ranked 13th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,686 points. Hammer prepped at Elkton High School in South Dakota where he was named Mr. Basketball in 2002. Matt received his Bachelor of Science and Physical Education from Northern State in 2007, while also completing his Masters in Health, Physical Eduation, and Coaching at NSU in 2010.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Matt: “Matt has been a personal friend and former teammate of mine, and I’ve followed his career ever since he finished his playing days years ago. He has a wealth of knowledge to share with our guys from both a coaching and playing perspective, and his enthusiasm and professionalism will be infectious amongst our team and in our department. He also will be able to bring new ideas to the court, and a new network of recruiting from his overseas experiences and his connections in the Midwest from recruiting around the Detroit – Cleveland – Indianapolis – Cleveland areas recently. When our Assistant Position opened up, Matt was the type of person and coach that fit into all of the criteria that I was looking for.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Generals Sign Elite Forward Pablo Rivas out of Phoenix, AZ!

The Generals are pleased to announce the signing of elite forward Pablo Rivas to the 2014-15 Recruiting Class! Pablo is a 6'6" combo forward out of Phoenix, Arizona, prepping at Cesar Chavez High School and playing on the AAU Circuit for Team Zona and Coach Sal Garcia.

Pablo was one of the most decorated athletes in all of Arizona during his prep career, averaging a double-double for 3 consecutive seasons, being named to the All-Arizona team (top 5 players in the entire state) as a Junior and Senior (2nd Team), All West Valley Player of the Year as a Junior, the 2014 "Promotion Athletics All Star Game MVP" in one of the state's top all star games, and helping his team to a state Final 4 Appearance as a sophomore, and a State Title Game Appearance as a junior.

As a sophomore, Rivas averaged 14 ppg, 11 rpg, and 4 bpg on a State Final 4 Team.
As a junior, Rivas bumped his scoring up to 16ppg to go with 11 rpg on a State Title Runner-up Team and broke the school record for blocks with 172.
As a senior, Rivas averaged 18 ppg, 11rpg, 2apg, 2spg, and 3bpg for Cesar Chavez high school.

For his career, Rivas amassed school records for points (1,500+) and rebounds (900+).

Coach Smiley had this to say about Pablo: "This is a big signing for our team next year, not only because of Pablo's obvious talent, but more so because of the need on our team that he fits into and because of his intangibles. Pablo is a tremendous kid with a great motor and he's very mature and worldly for his age, moving away from his home in Panama 5 years ago to pursue his dreams in the States. He'll be able to help us both on the perimeter and on the inside if needed, and will help fill the void left by sophomores Fred Dure (Arkansas State) and Josh Adeyeye (Jacksonville U) who played a similar position. Pablo fits exactly into our vision of what this position needs to entail, and we're thrilled that he's making the commitment to become a General."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SC Generals Sign Hawaiian Standout Chase Iwata Bartelme!

The Sheridan College Generals are pleased to announce the 3rd-member of our 2014-15 Recruiting Class as Chase Iwata Bartelme of Maui, Hawaii has inked his National Letter of Intent to play for the Generals next season!

Chase, a 6'2" guard, had a standout High School career at King Kekaulike, where he was a 4-year Varsity Starter and Captain, was named as a 4x League All-Star, the 2011 Rookie of the Year, 2012 State Impact Player (as he helped lead his school to their first appearance in state tournament history), 2013 State Impact Player and League MVP and helped lead his team in 2013 to their first league title in school history.

As a senior in 2014, Chase was once again named League MVP and was named to the All-State 2nd Team, while averaging 17ppg, 6 rpg, 4.5 steals per game, and 3.4 apg. For his career, Chase amassed over 1,000 Career Points. Chase is also a multi-sport athlete, currently holding the best Triple Jump distance in the entire state of Hawaii!

Coach Smiley had this to say about Chase: "We truly believe that Chase will be a great addition to our roster for next year. He has great size, strength, and athleticism and has the ability to play many different guard positions, and he is a multidimensional player that is highly-skilled. Chase will be competing for minutes right away, and will be able to help out in many different areas on the floor."

Here are some of Chase's hihglight films:
Sr Year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muAmCD7kz3Y&feature=youtu.be
Jr. Year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G39MXh20mfI&feature=youtu.be

Generals Add Douglas, WY standout Greg Vandeventer to next year's roster!

The Sheridan College Generals are pleased to announce the addition of Douglas, Wyoming standout Greg Vandeventer to the 2014-15 Roster.

Greg had a standout High School career, capped off by a senior season in which he averaged 16 ppg and 6 rpg. Some of his accomplishments during his time at Douglas HS are as follows:

  • 3-year starter
  • 3X All-Conference
  • 2X All-State 3A
  • Lead 3A East in Scoring & Rebounding during his Junior Year
  • 3-year Team MVP
  • 2-year Team Captain
Coach Smiley had this to say about Greg's addition: "Greg's addition to our roster is another big piece of building our team for next year. Greg can do a lot of things, but he can really shoot the ball and is a threat to score everywhere on the floor. He's been to several of our Elite Camps throughout his career, so he's very familiar with our program, and in turn, we're familiar with what he can bring to the table for us." 

Greg is the 4th addition to the Generals 2014-15 recruiting class, joining Jevon Griffin (Denver East), Terrell Butler (Arbor View, Las Vegas) and Chase Iwata Bartelme (King Kekaulike, Hawaii) in this year's current class. More additions to the class are expected to follow in the very near future. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sophomore Forward Josh Adeyeye signs with D1 Jacksonville U (FL)!

The Sheridan College Generals staff is pleased to announce that Sophomore Combo Forward Josh Adeyeye has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his career at NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville University (FL) of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Adeyeye, who transferred in this past season from Washington Adventist (DC), was an integral part of the Generals successful season, averaging 11.5 PPG (3rd best on team) and a team-leading 7.6 RPG before a season-ending leg injury in late January.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Josh: "We're really excited about Josh's signing to Jacksonville. Josh embodied everything positive about college athletics, as he was a great player, teammate, student, and member in our community. Josh has had to battle through various challenges throughout his career, including his most recent setback with the leg injury, and he's always been resilient. I have no doubt that Josh will have a great final two years at Jacksonville, and will have an impact on their program, just as he did with ours."

Josh is the 5th General to sign a National Letter of Intent this year, including Iakeem Alston (St. Bonaventure, NCAA D1), Fred Dure (Arkansas State, NCAA D1), Kaileb Rodriguez (University of Nevada Reno, NCAA D1), and Tate Hilgenkamp (Black Hills State University, NCAA D2).