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Dougherty Valley player signs with UOP

Jasmine Jenkins, a 6-foot-2 forward from Dougherty Valley High, has given an oral commitment to University of the Pacific.

Jenkins, daughter of former Oakland Raider Robert Jenkins, is a three-year all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League player and a major factor in Dougherty Valley’s two DFAL titles and a North Coast Section Division II championship. 

The past three years she has averaged over 12 points per game. Jenkins received multiple offers, including from Navy, Nevada, Loyola Marymount, and UC Santa Barbara.

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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 20): Hot in the valley

Another day, another league. Today, the big one.

What’s new in the East Bay Athletic League?

Off the top, let’s address what isn’t new. De La Salle remains the prohibitive favorite to win the EBAL. After I get a chance to get over to Winton Dr., I’ll have a more in-depth preview of the Spartans. For now, you know the guys coming back. It should be extremely hard to score on DLS this year. Nothing new there.

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Bird, Gordon added to Under Armour Elite 24

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird and Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon were among the final 12 players selected to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 competition Aug. 24-25 at the Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles. The two-day event features a slam dunk contest, which will air at 4 p.m. PST on Aug. 24 on ESPNU. The game is Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and also airs on ESPNU. ESPN ranks Bird the No. 20 overall player in the 2013 class and his five official finalists are Cal, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado, although it’s basically down to Cal and Washington. Gordon is ranked the No. 6 player in the country by ESPN. Both players led their teams to California Interscholastic Federation state titles, with Gordon taking Mitty to the Division II crown and Bird leading Salesian to the Division IV crown.

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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 15): Who will run the Town?

It’s the midway point in our 30 Questions to Kickoff feature and so why not dive into taking a look at the Oakland Athletic League. Before the comments fill up the thread with the inevitable “When will the OAL join the NCS?” questions, just stop. It’s not going to happen, at least any time soon. I suppose the possibility does exist depending on who takes over as commissioner with Michael Moore Sr. having stepped aside, but too many high ranking Oakland Unified School District people have no interest in that happening. And there reasons for it are some valid ones. But I’ve ranted on that too many times and don’t want to again today. So let’s just look at this year’s OAL football.

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