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This Site represents the 2013-2014 Season for Findlay Prep

 


Welcome to the former Coach Jerome Williams website for the 2013-2014 Findlay Prep Pilots!!

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Findlay Prep students at Village of Hope... Photo By: Jose Lopez

2013 – 2014 Findlay Prep Pilot Single Season Record Breakers

This season a lot of Findlay Prep Pilots broke or placed on the Findlay Prep all time program record board..

Kelly Oubre Jr. – moved into 1st on all time Findlay Prep Single Season PPG average                                   with 22ppg & 2nd place on the Findlay Prep record for guards/wings with 7 reb average per game on the season

 

 

 

 

 

Rashad Vaughn – moved into 6th place on the Findlay Prep records for single season 3pt FG % in shooting 43% on the season

Broke a program record with 74 made 3pt FG in a single season

Second on all time Findlay Prep Single Season PPG average with 19.9ppg

 

 

 

Justin Jackson – moved into 5th place on the Findlay Prep records for guards/wings in shooting 59% FG on the season

Moved into 5th place on the Findlay Prep records for guards/wings with 6.1 rebs average per game on the season

One of only of 8 Findlay Prep Pilots ever to average over 7 ppg, 6 rebs, 3.5 assists, 1 blk, and 2 steals in a single season  

 

 

 

Craig Victor II – moved into 7th place on the Findlay Prep records for post men in shooting 61% FG on the season

Moved into 3rd place on the Findlay Prep records for post men with 8.6 reb average per game on the season

 

 

Derryck Thornton Jr.  – broke a single season sophomore assist record for Findlay Prep sophomores with 255 total assists

Moved into 1st place on the Findlay Prep records for most charges taken in a single season with 14 on the season

 

 

 

Horace Spencer III – moved into 5th place on the Findlay Prep records for post men in shooting 62% FG on the season

Broke a program record with a 2.8 blocks per game average

 

 

Dillon Brooks – moved into 6th place on the Findlay Prep records for guards/wings in shooting 58% FG on the season

 

Renathan Ona Embo – moved into 5th place on the Findlay Prep records for single season 3pt FG % in shooting 49% on the season

 

 


This season a lot of Findlay Prep Pilots broke or placed on the Findlay Prep all time program record board..

 


Findlay Prep Pilots Rashad Vaughn and Kelly Oubre Jr. Named 2014 Jordan Brand Classic All Americans

 

Rashad Vaughn and Kelly Oubre Jr were selected for the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic All – American game.  The game will be played April 18th at Barclays Center.  Rashad and Kelly become the 8th and 9th Jordan Brand All-Americans in Findlay Prep history.  Rashad and Kelly were also Selected for the 2014 McDonalds All-American game. 

 

Findlay Prep Pilot Kelly Oubre Jr. Selected for the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

 

Findlay Prep Pilot Craig Victor II Selected for the 2014 Ballislife All American Game

The 4th annual Ballislife All American Game will be held at Long Beach City College on May 3rd.  Craig is the 5th Findlay Prep Pilot selected to the Ballislife All American Game. 

Findlay Prep Finishes the Regular Season 30 – 4

 

Findlay Prep Improves to 30 – 4 on the Season with a 55 – 51 Win Over Bill Crothers School in Toronto, Canada at The Air Canada Center on Sunday, March 2, 2014.  This was Findlay Prep second trip to Canada this season. 


Junkyard Dog mentors top high school players and defends prep academy tactics

One might wonder why retired NBA player Jerome (Junkyard Dog) Williams would jump at the opportunity to work as a modestly paid high-school basketball coach.

The veteran of nine NBA seasons returned to Air Canada Centre Sunday, where he was a fan favourite as a Toronto Raptor from 2001 to 2003. He is now the first-year head coach of Findlay Prep, one of the best high-school basketball teams in the United States, one that routinely attracts top Canadian players and helps them land scholarships to U.S. colleges. He was in town for the inaugural JYD Classic, an exhibition game he initiated between his Las Vegas high-school team and one of Toronto’s finest, Bill Crothers Secondary.

The game, which finished 55-51 for Findlay – closer than anyone imagined – combined many of Williams’s passions: developing talent, building a team just as an NBA general manager might and rebuffing allegations that top athletes don’t earn their grades. He’s also passionate about helping to grow basketball in Canada, and the JYD Classic is an event he plans to run every year.

Some 1,000 fans showed up for a 10 a.m. meeting on NBA hardwood between two squads jam-packed with teenaged talent. Both schools are very non-traditional: both centred on helping elite athletes pursue their sport beyond the high-school level. Both teams barnstorm around North America, playing ambitious schedules full of the finest competition.

Findlay Prep often appears on ESPN and has had five players drafted to the NBA in seven years, including first-rounders Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson, both Canadian. This year’s team has a 30-4 record and boasts three more stars it landed from the Toronto area: Dillon Brooks, O’Shae Brissett and Justin Jackson.

“I’m proud to be playing a part in helping Canadian basketball players thrive, it’s a responsibility I take very seriously,” Williams said. “From Cory Joseph to Tristan Thompson to Myck Kabongo to Anthony Bennett, those Canadians paved the way for the basketball success we’ve had at Findlay Prep. We haven’t forgotten that we won on the backs of those Canadians, and we wouldn’t be where we are without them, so we want to come back to show our thanks and respect and keep building Canadian basketball.”

Findlay Prep’s 12 basketball players are their school’s only high school students, a setup that often draws criticism. The teammates live together in a private residence and their studies are affiliated with Henderson International School, an elementary school. While some question the validity of their education, Williams stresses they are “fully academic” and his players don’t fail to qualify to play in college.

“We take pride in our education, I stand behind that,” said Williams, in a postgame gathering with media members, where he looks remarkably comfortable behind a microphone. “We’ve achieved the highest GPA in team history – 3.3. And, no, that doesn’t include gym.”

While on opposite sides of the border, the teams hear similar criticisms. Many often charge that such an emphasis on sports in a high-school setting tips the scales of academics and athletics in a dangerous direction.

Crothers head coach Charles Hantoumakos said his players were neither happy just to be in the game nor delighted by the four-point outcome against a powerhouse U.S. team. They were genuinely crushed that they didn’t beat Findlay Prep. Hantoumakos believes in the not-so-distant future, the trend could turn – top Canadian high-school talent can stay north of the border and play for schools such as Crothers rather than feel the only way to get noticed is to move to a U.S. prep school.

“I do feel that way, I wouldn’t have started this program if I didn’t,” Hantoumakos said. “When JYD reached out, we jumped at the opportunity to have them visit. Playing top teams like Findlay Prep is imperative for our program. A lot of people were in the ears of my guys, saying Findlay Prep would kill us, but my guys aren’t intimidated. Showcases like this, organized by JYD, show what Canadian teams can do, too.”

Ever the NBA professional, Williams patrols the sideline wearing a dark suit and polished black dress shoes. He’s 40 now, but the 6-foot-9 once-unyielding rebounder is still trim and youthful, and he stands eye-to-eye with the towering, chiselled teenage phenoms under his tutelage. He maintains the gregarious manner that endeared him to fans wherever he played, from Detroit to Toronto, Chicago to New York.

“It’s not like it’s a triple-figure job,” laughed Williams, who was a volunteer assistant coach at Findlay Prep for five years before being offered the head coach’s gig, which reportedly pays $60,000. “I do it for the love of it.”

Williams, who had his first ties to Henderson International School because his own children attended there, has started teaching a “Global Citizenship” class centred on the business of the NBA, teaching his players about the business of the league and the marketing of pro athletes.

“JYD has been a great mentor to me,” said Jackson, Findlay’s 17-year-old Mississauga player, who is being pursued by the likes of schools such as Florida, Arizona, Illinois and UNLV. “At Findlay Prep, we’re showing that Canadian players have heart, and we’re not soft.”

Williams has his players mirroring things the NBA Cares program does – reading to school kids and doing various charity work. He blushes when asked if he aims to work in the NBA some day, if he’s using this time to build skills to run a pro franchise.

“Wherever the Lord puts me,” Williams said. “Right now, I just want to give these kids a foundation.”

Findlay Prep Pilot Rashad Vaughn Ties Single Game Findlay Prep 3pt Field Goals Made Record

 

Findlay Prep Pilot Rashad Vaughn hit 9 three pointers in the Pilots most recent game vs. Planet Athlete Academy.  Vaughn, recently committed to UNLV, tied former Findlay Prep Pilot and current San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph with 9 three pointers made in a single game. 

 

 

 

Article and link below on Findlay Prep win vs. Planet Athlete in the Las Vegas Review Journal..

http://nevadapreps.com/sports/boys-basketball/vaughn-hits-nine-3-pointers-pilots-roll?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

 

Vaughn hits nine 3-pointers, Pilots roll

 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Rashad Vaughn poured in 42 points on Monday to lead Findlay Prep’s boys basketball team to a 116-71 victory over Planet Athlete Academy at Henderson International. Vaughn, who committed to UNLV last week, tied a Findlay record with nine 3-pointers. He added six rebounds and four assists. Derryck Thornton had 19 points and nine assists, and Kelly Oubre, Craig Victor and Dillon Brooks each scored 15 points for the Pilots. Victor grabbed 13 rebounds, and Justin Jackson had six rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots for Findlay, which was 42-70 (60 percent) from the field and 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) on 3-pointers.

 

                                         Findlay Prep Updates

 

 

                     Game Recaps

Findlay Prep beats (9-5) Pinnacle at Rancho Solano on Friday, January 3, 2014 at The Meritas Rancho Solano Duel in the Desert. 

Findlay Prep improves to 17 - 3 on the season.

Findlay Prep 79

Pinnacle 46

Stats from Findlay Prep game.. Derryck Thornton Jr 7pts & 7 assists; Kelly Oubre Jr 27pts, 4 Rebs, 3 assists; Horace Spencer 9pts, 6 Rebs, 3 blocks; Craig Victor 7pts & 9 Rebs; Justin Jackson 11pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists; Dillon Brooks 14pts & 4 Rebs; Renathan Ona Embo 4pts, 2 Rebs, 4 assists; Chidozie Nnamene 1 Rebs; Rashad Vaughn DNP; Oshae Brisset DNP

 

Kelly Oubre Jr dunk of the game was one of many highlights for the Findlay Prep Pilots

Link below..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxYBCvv3d04&feature=youtu.be

 

Article from Richard Obert from AZ Central on Findlay Prep win over Pinnacle.

Link and article below...

http://www.azcentral.com/insiders/richardobert/2014/01/03/findlay-prep-dunks-all-over-pinnacle-on-way-to-easy-victory/

Findlay Prep dunks all over Pinnacle on way to easy victory

Even after national basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep had Phoenix Pinnacle in a 30-point hole midway through the final quarter, most of the standing-room only crowd at Scottsdale Rancho Solano Prep remained Friday night.

That is how riveted it was to see the the display of alley-oop dunks, put-back dunks, fast-break dunks and a total domination of the lane by the Henderson, Nev., team of high school all-stars.

Pinnacle clearly was intimidated by Findlay Prep’s superior athleticism and physicality, but at least it played the Pilots, who rolled to a 79-46 victory in the Duel in the Desert.

Findlay Prep (17-3) will see if it can keep the parade of dunks going on Saturday at 6 p.m. when it returns to sister-school Rancho Solano to play top-ranked and two-time defending Division I champion Tempe Corona del Sol.

“It’s pretty phenomenal,” Pinnacle coach Charlie Wilde said. “Even when you get blocked by the third guy coming by … it’s kind of intimidating with their length.”

Wilde figured this to be a no-lose situation. This will only help the rest of the season.

Pinnacle (9-6) won’t face another team – maybe ever – with this kind of size, quickness, skill, explosiveness.

 

Every player that has come through Findlay Prep since it began playing in 2006 has gone on to play in Division I college basketball.

Findlay even was without two of its top players for Pinnacle, and still asserted its power after falling behind 10-5 early.

Dorian Pickens, Pinnacle’s only major-college-bound player, started the game with a 3-pointers and tried to keep Pinnacle in the game in the second quarter with a three-point play and another 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to 29-23.

Kelly Oubre, Findlay’s top scorer at 22 points a game, kept gtting loose inside, either scoring or getting fouled. He finished with 23 points.

Dillon Brooks added 14 points for Findlay.

Pickens led Pinnacle with 21 points.

“This definitely helps, going up against the best athletes,” Pickens said. “We’ll use this to move forward for the rest of the season.”

In the earlier Duel in the Desert game, junior guard Sammy Barnes-Thompkins scored 38 points, leading Phoenix Sunnyslope to a 68-63 win over Gardena (Calif.) Serra.

Sunnyslope (13-1) led 60-45 on Thompkins’ layup with 5:08 left, before letting up down the stretch.

Serra outscored Sunnyslope 10-5 in the final 2:21.

“It’s human nature,” Sunnyslope coach Ray Portela said.

Sunnyslope’s 6-foot-9 senior center Michael Humphrey disrupted Serra’s offense in the lane with his length. He blocked four shots and had three steals.

Thompkins made four 3-pointers, showing off an ability to score from inside and outside with quickness and creativity.

“I write with my left hand but I’m much stronger with the basketball with my right,” said Thompkins, who used both hands to score points, driving hard to the basket for reverse layups. “I love this kind of competition. It makes me play better, going up against better players.”

 

 

Findlay Prep beats (13-1) #17th Ranked Corona Del Sol at Rancho Solano on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at The Meritas Rancho Solano Duel in the Desert. 

Findlay Prep improves to 18 - 3 on the season with win over 2012 & 2013 Arizona State Champion and #17th ranked nationally Corona Del Sol. 

Findlay Prep 55

Corona Del Sol 35

Game Stats for Findlay Prep...Derryck Thornton Jr 7pts, 6 assists, 3 steals; Kelly Oubre Jr 21pts, 9 Rebs, 4 assists; Horace Spencer 6pts, 2 Rebs, 2 blks; Craig Victor II 12pts& 7 Rebs; Justin Jackson 9pts, 3 rebs, 3 blocks, 3 steals; Dillon Brooks 3 Rebs; Renathan Ona Embo 4 rebs; Rashad Vaughn DNP; Oshae Brissett DNP

Findlay Prep Pilot Program

Takes Flight during the Holidays

On Tuesday December 16th the Findlay Prep Pilot Program made a huge impact in the community by delivering gifts to the Village of Hope kids that attend Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV.  This program was establishedby the JYD Project to assist the Findlay Prep students in their service learning efforts to improve the community around them.  Service learning is a strong component for the Pilots that introduces the importance of community service much like NBA Cares.  Head Coach Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams was the NBA Cares Community Ambassador in 2006 and a huge community advocate that has dedicated much of his life to community projects.  This Pilot program appearance was added to the 36 hours that the team has logged so far and continues to battle challenges within the Clark County community.

 

 

 

Findlay Prep Improves to 206 – 10 since the beginning of 2007-2008 Season

Since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, the Findlay Prep Pilots have a record of 206 – 10.  The Pilots have won 3 NHSI Championships (2009, 2010, 2012) during that time and also a National Prep School Runner Up season in 2008. 

Alum Update

 

Former Head Coach Mike Peck

Former Findlay Prep Head Coach and current Idaho Stampede Head Coach Mike Peck has the Idaho Stampede in the NBDL off to a 8 – 0 start so far this season.  Coach Peck has the Stampede on an 11 game winning streak dating back to last season.   At Findlay Prep, Coach Peck’s teams accumulated a record of 157-8, including an unbeaten record of 65-0 at home during that stretch. Findlay was the consensus No. 1 team in the country after a 33-0 season in 2009, and three of the last four years, Findlay won the National High School Invitational (2012, 2010, 2009). In addition, Findlay was the National Prep School Championship Runner-Up in 2008 after ?nishing the season 32-1. During Peck’s tenure, Findlay posted a 45-game winning streak (from 2008-09) and went 14-2 on ESPN nationally televised games.

 

 

Former Findlay Prep Pilot and current Arizona Wildcat Brandon Ashley

Article below and link below…

 

http://mweb.cbssports.com/ncaab/eye-on-college-basketball/24373068/versatile-ashley-thriving-as-arizonas-unsung-presence

 

Versatile Ashley thriving as Arizona's unsung presence

By Jon Rothstein | CBS Sports

December 12, 2013 09:17 AM ET

Congrats to Jonah Bolden who Commits to UCLA!!

Video link below. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_hoYj1Hmfs&feature=youtu.be

 

UCLA has received a 2014 commitment from Jonah Bolden out of Australia.

Bolden is an athletic power forward that can stretch the floor with his long range shooting touch.  Jonah  was offered by Indiana, USC, Louisville and SMU.

ESPN ranks Bolden as the 70th best prospect in the 2014 class.

 

 

 

 

Findlay Prep Makes the Final 4 of the National High School Tournament & Improved to 223 – 14 in the last 7 seasons

 

The Findlay Prep Pilots advanced to the Final 4 of the National High School Tournament with a 67 to 59 win over previously undefeated Rainer Beach.  The Pilots improved their record to 223 – 14 over the last 7 seasons.  The Pilots winning percentage over the last 7 seasons is 94%.  The Pilots have made 7 straight trips to the postseason.  The Pilots won the National High School Invitational in 2009, 2010, and 2012.  The Pilots made the Final 4 of the Post Season Tournament in 2013 & 2014.  The Pilots were also National Prep School Runner Up in 2008.   This marked the 7th straight season the Pilots have won over 28 games.  The Pilots have won over 31 games in 6 of the past 7 seasons.  The Pilots averaged 89.6ppg this season.  Over the last 7 seasons the Pilots have averaged 89.9ppg.