Updated: Aug 29, 2019
This Fall Murray Athletic Development has found itself in the enviable position of having a host of its young trainees enter the ranks of NCAA Basketball. From Medford/Somerville Mass., to the Southside of Chicago, to the Queen of the Pacific Northwest, MAD trainees Riley Grigsby, Eric DeBrine, Brandon Beckman, and Matt Redmond have entered their freshman years at colleges across the U.S., continuing their educations, and taking advantage of the opportunities to play their way onto their respective college's basketball teams. Additionally, two other MAD athlete's, Andre Campbell and Jack Coulter, are continuing their college basketball careers as they enter their junior years. Darrion Trammell, a recent graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep. who has been training with MAD since his sophomore year, has decided to take a year off in order to better prepare for college, and he has been chosen to participate in Golden Prep's inaugural Fifth Year Basketball Program, a significant accomplishment.
MAD follows up with these scholar athletes as they and their teams prepare for the upcoming 2018-2019 NCAA Basketball season.
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Riley Grigsby was a force of nature in his basketball career at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. MAD Head Coach Ryan Muñoz found working with Riley to be a real pleasure, "He has natural athleticism that cannot be coached. However, he also works incredibly hard. when you combine the two, you’ve got a D1 athlete." In each of his last two seasons, the W.C.A.L. named him its Player of the Year. In his junior year he lead the Monarchs to the C.C.S. Championship, and in his senior year, he spearheaded Mitty's campaign to repeat as C.C.S. Champions, coming up just short in the title game. Last spring Riley accepted a full scholarship from Seattle University where he will major in communications and play basketball for the Redhawks.
Riley has been working out with MAD since his junior year at Mitty, and he is a legacy trainee. MAD Director John Murray also trained Riley's dad, Al Grigsby, who starred at Cal from 1991-1997, and then continued on to a professional basketball career in Japan. Along with Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, and Darrall Imhoff, Al Grigsby is one of only four players in the history of Cal Basketball to have his jersey retired.
Although both father and son have been blessed with an abundance of natural ability, both realize that talent is not enough; they believe that success on the court requires lots of work and preparation off the court. When it comes to nature and nurture, Riley has benefitted from both his father's basketball genes and the example of his father's tremendous work ethic. MAD Director John Murray recalls working with Riley's father,"On the court, Al was a ferocious competitor, and off the court, when training, he was a beast."
Early in the preseason, Coach Bringas and MAD Director John Murray took advantage of the opportunity to see their younger Grigsby trainee compete with the Redhawks against Stanford. "It was great to see him playing at Stanford a couple weeks ago," said Muñoz. "He looks like he belongs at that level both physically and talent wise."
All of Riley's preparation and hard work seem to be paying off for him this season as he is logging significant minutes for the Redhawks in his freshman season. Currently Seattle is 3-2 with a big win over the Pac-12’s Washington State on November 14. Riley is averaging 14 minutes, 2 points, and 3 rebounds per game as a true freshman. There is lots of excitement on campus for the upcoming W.C.A.C. season.
Eric DeBrine Junior Year Highlights
Eric DeBrine is an exceptional athlete. During his high school career at Sacred Heart Prep. in Atherton, he started on both the basketball and baseball teams in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. In his senior year, he was first team all-league in both sports. He has been training with MAD since his junior year of high school. During the summer of 2017, he and Riley Grigsby trained together while playing West Valley Basketball.
This fall Eric is currently a freshman at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where he is majoring in Economics and playing Varsity Basketball. Eric believes that with his MAD strength and conditioning, he is up to the challenges of collegiate basketball.“Having to adjust to college basketball, I knew I needed to be bigger, stronger, and faster. MAD training prepared me for the next level!”
After winning their first two games, the Jumbos have stumbled as of late, losing four in a row to post a 2-4 record. Although basketball is a team sport, individually, Eric is playing well. In his freshman season, he is getting plenty of run with the Jumbos, averaging 14 minutes, 4 points, and 4 rebounds per game. Eric and his Tufts teammates have plenty of time to turn things around before the start of the upcoming N.E.S.C.A.C. season.
Brandon Beckman 2018 Highlights
Brandon Beckman finished his high school basketball career in strong fashion earning an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Chronicle for his senior season at St. Ignatius. Brandon graduated from S.I. last spring, and he now attends the University of Chicago where he is working on his degree and playing varsity basketball. Brandon has been training with MAD since his Sophomore year at SI.
MAD Head Coach Eric Bringas, who has enjoyed working with Brandon for the past three years, admires his training approach, “Brandon lets his hard work speak for itself." From coaching the young Wildcat since his formative years at St. Ignatius to helping him transition to the collegiate ranks, Coach Bringas has never seen Brandon have a bad day in the weight room, "No matter how long the training sessions were, or how far we were into the season, he always kept grinding." From a quiet sophomore, just brand new to the varsity team, he later became a leading presence in locker room. According to the MAD Head Coach, "He should be proud of
the work he has put in the past seasons. I’m really excited to watch him at the next level.”
This season, at the University of Chicago, the Maroons have gotten off to a respectable 4-2 start in preseason play . Unfortunately for Brandon, their rotation runs about nine deep and it consists of upper division, veteran players. On the bright side, Brandon leads the freshman players in minutes played averaging a little over 4 minutes per game. Having played in five of the Maroons' six games, he has also played in more games than any of his other freshman teammates. To date, he has grabbed 5 rebounds and scored 5 points. As Brandon becomes more acclimated to his new teammates and the U.C. program, no doubt there will be more playing opportunities as Midwest Conference play approaches.
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Matt Redmond is another player who raised his game to another level as he completed his high school career. In his final season of basketball at St. Ignatius, Matt received an Honorable Mention from the S.F. Chronicle for his outstanding play. Matt has been training with MAD since his Sophomore year at S.I., and his success came as no surprise to MAD Director John Murray who trained Matt for three years.
Murray refers to him as a blue collar, lunch pail lifter. "Matt always showed up, and he always showed up ready to work hard." Murray remembers that on days when his teammates just didn't seem to have it, Matt picked them up. "Matt was never a rah rah guy, but he was always a leader, and he always lead by example."
Matt graduated from St. Ignatius last spring and is now attending Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he is pursuing a degree and his passion for basketball. Matt made the Denison Varsity Team, and both Director Murray and MAD Head Coach Eric Bringas believe that the Big Red have hit paydirt. This past summer, Matt accompanied the S.I. Varsity Basketball Team on their trip to Argentina, and both Murray and Bringas were struck by Redmond's maturity and leadership skills. "It was like having another coach on the staff," Said Coach Bringas. "Matt is one of those rare players whose presence off the court is just as impactful as his presence on the court, and he's definitely somebody you want on the court."
The Big Red have been slow out of the gate this preseason, struggling to secure wins with a 1-4 record. Unfortunately for Matt and his freshman teammates, they aren't getting many minutes so far. The only freshman to see the court in each game are the two tallest players on the team who have still only played a handful of minutes apiece. Nevertheless, the MAD staff are confident that Matt is contributing in other ways, and in the meantime he can watch fellow S.I. Wildcat Jack Coulter light it up from beyond the arc.
2018-19 Denison Men's Basketball Preview
Jack Coulter graduated from St. Ignatius in 2016 and is now in his junior year at Denison University. He was an integral part of S.I.'s Varsity Basketball squad in his junior and senior years, and he has been a key contributor to Big Red Basketball for the past two seasons. Last year he set a new Denison record by hitting 10 three pointers in a single game.
Jack first came to MAD to rehab some medical issues with his knee. During that process, the young Wildcat realized that his MAD regimen had applications beyond rehab, and that within certain parameters, his athletic aspirations were largely limited by the amount of work he was willing to put in. Jack saw that his dream of playing college basketball was within reach, and he went to work. "I have never seen a more determined or harder working high school athlete." said MAD Director John Murray. "Jack reminds you of that saying about the size of the dog in the fight. I can tell you that there is huge fight in Jack Coulter, and that dog will definitely hunt."
Jack established his long-term goal of playing college basketball, and he pursued it tirelessly. "I assure you that whatever Jack Coulter attempts in his life, he will never fail through lack of effort," remarked John Murray about his young trainee. Jack did play for Denison University in his freshman year, however, not satisfied with merely reaching his goal, he has returned each off-season to improve his game. This past summer, after having a banner sophomore season, Jack came home to San Francisco to train more assiduously than ever, and he increased his vertical by three inches.
Although the Big Red are scuffling this preseason, Jack is playing well. He is one of three players to start in each of Denison's first five games, and he is averaging 25 minutes, 7 points, and at least one three pointer per game.
André Campbell Jr. THE URBAN SCHOOL OF SAN FRANCISCO CLASS OF 2016
Andre Campbell graduated from Urban High School in 2016 and for the past two years he has been studying and playing basketball at Oberlin College in Northern Ohio. In his senior year at Urban High where he captained the Urban's Varsity Basketball Team, Max Preps named him All-State Second Team, and the San Francisco Chronicle named him an All-Metro Honorable Mention. Andre had a great sophomore season at Oberlin. He started all 26 games for the Yeomen, and in the final game of the season Andre scored 29 points, a career best.
Andre has been training with MAD since his junior year at Urban High. He has not only worked with MAD Director John Murray on his strength and conditioning, but in order to develop his basketball skills, he has also worked with Coach Ali Thomas, MAD's Director of Player Development. In the early stages of the young Urban's training, Thomas and Murray would design drills for Andre and then solicit feedback. The young athlete would respond with insightful observations, and often the coaches would adapt the drills accordingly. The trio would work together as a sort of skills drills development team. Director Murray remembers those early sessions fondly, "In addition to his natural athleticism, Andre is a very bright player with a phenomenal temperament. Coach Thomas and I have really enjoyed working with him."
Andre is entering his Junior year at Oberlin College after training hard with MAD throughout this past offseason and increasing his vertical jump 3 inches. The Yeomen are 4-3 overall, but more importantly, they are 3-1 in North Coast Athletic Conference play currently riding a two game winning streak. Andre has been leading the charge for Oberlin averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds, and over 3 three pointers per game while averaging a blistering 70% from beyond the arc. At this rate, Andre and the Yeomen appear to be headed for post-season play.
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Darrion Trammell or “Celly,” a nickname MAD coaches gave him in his first year of training , is a very talented athlete. When he began training with MAD as a sophomore on S.I.'s Varsity Basketball Team, he was not too keen on weightlifting, but as MAD Head Coach Eric Bringas recalls, that soon changed once Darrion started throwing down windmill dunks during practice. Darrion always carried himself with a swagger that could not be denied. He worked hard in the weight room and on the court. At the outset of his senior season, he was faced with a debilitating knee tendonitis. Darrion overcame this adversity, and he completely rehabbed his knee by mid-season. In the process, he gained an impressive 450 lbs. of strength in-season.
MAD Director John Murray remembers that Darrion did not buy into the MAD training until midway through his junior year, but once he did, he became a monster in the weight room. The gifted Wildcat cager became a powerful leader both with his play on the court and his grinding in the weight room. "Pound for Pound, Darrion was always the strongest player in the game, and along with Brandon (Beckman) and Matt (Redmond), he was like another coach on the court."
Despite the setback at the outset of his senior season, Darrion still made the SF Chronicle Honorable Mention in his final season of SI. Basketball. Darrion graduated from St. Ignatius in the spring and he has chosen to take a gap year in order to better prepare for his college career. This year, he is plying his basketball skills with Golden Prep, a fifth year post- grad Men’s Basketball team. Coach Bringas has been working with Darrion since he began training with MAD, and he wishes his young, stellar trainee nothing but the best, "This young man has undeniable talent. I hope he continues to stay locked in and finds a University where he can continue to showcase his true potential.”
MAD's staff would like to acknowledge each of these athletes' exceptional efforts as well as their considerable accomplishments. Each young man pursued his passion setting a long term goal and then dedicating himself to hours of arduous MAD training over the course of several years. Their experiences should serve them both on and off the court, and help them face life's future challenges. MAD looks forward to reporting on their future endeavors.