Albany CIty Rocks Orange: My Site News

Thursday, May 24
Dobbs & Philip to play in Division I at Mississippi Valley State
Cameron Dobbs heard essentially the same question — phrased a little differently — over and over since the end of the Guilderland High boys' basketball season: "Where are you going to play in college?"Dobbs, a senior point guard, finally can now provide a definitive answer.Dobbs is headed to Mississippi Valley State University, a member of the Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference, to play for new coach Chico Potts.He provided Potts his oral commitment to complete for the Delta Devils, who lost to Western Kentucky 59-58 in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio."I don't even know what to say. I'm so excited," said Dobbs, a first-team Large School All-Area selection by the Times Union in April.The Suburban Council's Most Valuable Player in 2011-12, Dobbs averaged 21.9 points and 4.0 assists per game for the Dutchmen.Dobbs is not heading to MVSU alone. Albany High senior center Wesley Pluvoise-Philip, a first-team Big 10 Conference all-star, is also set to become a Delta Devil."We got it done," said Antwan Morrison, who has worked with both players during their time with the Albany City Rocks.Dobbs and Pluvoise-Philip, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward, had drawn interest from Division I and II schools.Dobbs, in fact, thought his size (5-11) would ultimately limit his shot at Division I basketball."Division II is where I figured things would be," said Dobbs, who plans to major in sports management. "I went day by day waiting to see what would happen. I started to get some Division I offers. It is really humbling."

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Friday, February 3
Daquan "Day-Day" Johnson getting offers
With all of the news media that went on locally about ex Albany star Daquan Johnson, in other cases it could have damaged a kid's life. But this did not matter for the 6'0 lefty guard because it only made things better for him. After leaving Albany for new prep school Breux Bridge Academy (LA), Daquan had offers from Doninican College- Div 2 CACC conference, Div 2 College of St Rose NE 10 Conference, Delaware State- Div 1 CIAA conference. Now with exceptional play he has gained interest and offers from Tulane University, LSU, & Northwestern & Odessa Community College- Div 1.  Daquan is currently averaging 19ppg, 8 asst, 5 steals, & 2 blocks.

Friday, January 27
Kingston's 6'6 forward Jovan Coffey Joins The Rocks
Earlier this week Coach Morrison had a phone conversation with Jovan and his mentor about possibly playing for the Rocks 17 Orange team. With Jovan being a senior, he has made his mind up to enroll into a prep school for the fall which is being worked on by Coach Morrison. Jovan is the youngr brother of former Lady Rocks star and now Syracuse star Rachel Coffey.  

Thursday, January 26
Lewis Jackson & Green Tech Getting Shine

ALBANY — In a sequence covering less than 30 seconds Saturday, Jamil Hood Jr. drove by two defenders and scored, Maurice West converted quickly off a turnover and Kris Clark bulled his way to the bucket and finished with authority. Such scenarios for the fledgling Green Tech boys' basketball team have been quite common.

"We are building something good here and I'm real happy to be a part of it," West said.

"We're trying to make something special," Clark said.

In just its second season as a varsity program, Green Tech is ranked No. 25 in the state Class A poll. Despite the success, the Eagles are hardly satisfied. In fact, the team emerged from a disappointing fourth-place showing at the Hilliard Tournament in December committed to defense.

Green Tech lost to both Schenectady (65-43) and Newburgh Free Academy (62-59). The Eagles (10-3) face NFA again Sunday at Times Union Center.

"Those two losses woke us up. We were on a high horse and the losses knocked us off of it," Green Tech coach Jamil Hood said. "We battled Schenectady through three quarters and just had a very poor shooting night. Newburgh Free Academy came right down to the end. The boys took it really hard and they have refocused. We've gone back to really working hard on defense."

"They both came out more intense than us, they shot the ball well and we did not," said Hood Jr., who is the coach's son and leads the team with averages of 13.5 points and 8.0 assists per game. "That tournament showed us we need to play better defense. Everything starts with defense."

"We have a little chip on our shoulders now," West said.

Hood Jr. competed for the Albany Academy JV squad during the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard has enjoyed playing for his father and vice versa.

"I love it. It has been a really good experience," Hood Jr. said.

"Jamil is a leader. He is making things happen for other players and himself," Hood said. "We can have a conversation at home or on the way to school. It has been a nice gift to have here at Green Tech."

West, who averages 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, helped lead Bishop Maginn to the Section II Class AA final in 2011. "He has cat-like instincts. I made him a captain right away," Hood said.

Clark, a hulking 6-5 junior center, grabbed 25 rebounds Saturday and averages 9.8 points and 17.3 rebounds per game.

"I tell him this all the time: 'Your time is running short. You can be one of the best big men in the Capital Region, but you have to play hard every night. You can't take nights off.' Coaches are looking for consistency," Hood said. "He is a beast."

"When Kris is going, he is definitely unstoppable," West said.

"I need to work harder down low. I want to be more dominant," Clark said.

Green Tech has seven other players who have scored at least seven points in a game, led by 6-6 sophomore David Clark (14 vs. Cornwall), 6-4 junior Jafari Coleman (10 vs. South Glens Falls) and 6-4 senior Lewis Jackson (10 vs. NFA).

"The kids are all having fun and expressing themselves," Hood said. "We're excited about the possibilities ahead."

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Wednesday, January 18
City Rocks Tryouts

Boys City Rocks Tryouts.

February 25-26 ages 14u-10u

March 10-11 ages 17u-15u

Times & Place to be announced

Thursday, January 5
Daquan Johnson Off To Prep School
This morning our own Daquan "Day-Day" Johnson boarded his flight to Louisianna to attend prepschool. Day-Day who started the season with Albany High School will return in May and will rejoin our team.

Friday, December 2
Welcome to The New Albany City Rocks 2012 Boys 17u Team

Players & Parents, Coach Morrison would like to welcome all of the new & returning players to this year's team. We are excited to get started in just a few months.

Friday, December 2
2012 Commits to the Albany City Rocks Orange Team

We are excited to announce commitment from Shaker High School Casey Hall 6'7. Casey is a longtime veteran in the City Rocks program and will be a big part of our team this year.

We are glad to announce commitment from Desonte Welch 5'8 from Green Tech Charter School. Desonte is a strong two guard with great shooting ability. He will be counted on to make some big shots.

We are glad to announce a returning commitment from Ben Mesuda 5'8 from Worchester Academy Prep. Ben is a sleeky guard who can shoot it from many spots all over the floor. He has great court vision and can pass very well. Ben played very well for us last season and we're excited to have him back.

We are glad to announce commitment from Jackson Shea 6'1 from Shenendahowa High School. Jackson is a strong combo guard who can light it up on a consistant basis. He has a tough mentally and is one of the hardest workers we have seen in the area. He will be an immediate impact for us.

We are glad to announce commitment from Chaz Lott 6'0 from (CBA) Christian Borthers Academy. Chaz is one of the smartest point guards around. He has a strong build and can shoot really well. For his size, he has the ability to post other guards.

More Commitments Soon