Devin Ugland

Devin has been covering high school and college sports since graduating from Marina high school in Huntington Beach in 2006. He began his career as a sportswriter in the features department of the Daily Pilot sports section while attending Golden West Community College. Devin then spent time as a staff writer and sports editor of the Daily 49er, a student-run newspaper on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, where he covered the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team. While a student at Long Beach State, Devin freelanced for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register, where he delved into a multitude of different sports at the high school and college ranks. After college, Devin worked full-time for the OC Register as the staff sports writer for the Tustin and Santa Ana community weekly newspapers. There he covered every sport one can think of from boys and girls basketball to football, water polo, lacrosse, baseball, softball and many more. Currently, Devin runs his basketball scouting service, HoopsByUgland, and is a correspondent for a variety of media outlets, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, LB Press-Telegram, Lindy's Magazine and Open Gym Premier. Devin played four years of basketball at Marina High and is a member of the school's Larry Doyle Hall of Fame.

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Joel Francisco

Joel Francisco attended Hacienda Heights Wilson High school from 1983-1986 and played both water polo and basketball. He won a CIF SS title in water polo in 1984 and a CIFSS and California Division II State Championship in basketball in 1986. Joel also played age group and high school basketball with North Carolina standout and NBA player Scott Williams. Following high school, Joel played water polo at Long Beach State and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Joel has been a history teacher at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera for 22 years. He has scouted high school basketball prospects for 30+ years and was the West Coast Recruiting Coordinator for ESPN from 2006-2016. In addition, Joel has written for various publications such as Hoopscoop, Basketball Times, Blue Ribbon, Westcoast Elite, and had his own scouting sevice for over 10 years called So-Cal's Finest.

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Aaron Burgin

Aaron Burgin is the founder of Full-Time Hoops, San Diego's premier basketball scouting service. In its fourth year, FTH has become the go-to sources of basketball recruiting and scouting information for coaches and basketball followers in San Diego County. Burgin, a print journalist by trade, graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication University of Southern California in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in print journalism. He has reported on high-school sports since the late 1990s, beginning with the Los Angeles Daily News while he was still in high school and including the Whittier Daily News, Porterville Recorder, Riverside Press-Enterprise and San Diego Union-Tribune, where he served as a frequent high-school basketball contributor for "U-T TV." Born in Detroit and raised in Los Angeles, Burgin played high-school basketball for Birmingham High School, where he lettered for two seasons after transferring from Palisades High. He also played high school volleyball, and was an All-League performer.

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Frank Burlison

Frank has long been considered one of the premier basketball writers anywhere, evidenced by his induction into the United State Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame during the 2005 Final Four in St. Louis. Burlison has written about high school, college, NBA and grassroots basketball since he was a teen-ager himself, getting his start at the Long Beach Press-Telegram while still attending Gahr High in Cerritos, CA. He started the Press-Telegram’s “Best in the West” selections in 1977, largely the forerunner to much of the recruiting/high school basketball coverage that we see today via both “traditional” and “modern” media outlets. He is an “original” (1977) member of the McDonald’s All-American Selection Committee and now also serves as a selection committee member/advisor for the Pangos All-American and the NBPA Top 100 camps. He was both a Lakers’ and Clippers beat writer during his stints with the Press-Telegram and Orange County Register and also covered the USC and UCLA football programs while at both publications. He also covered 30 NCAA Tournaments and Final Fours with the Press-Telegram, the Orange County Register and Fox Sports. He watched and wrote about the bulk of the best basketball players from the early 1970s on since they were in high school, notably the late Los Angeles legend Raymond Lewis, Reggie Theus, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, Ralph Sampson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. Among his basketball “mentors” are the late coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Rick Majerus, as well as Lute Olson and George Raveling. His basketball “coverage highlight” still remains reporting on the 1984 U.S. Basketball trials in Bloomington, IN, following into the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, with the U.S. Gold medal-winning efforts being led by the legendary Michael Jordan and Cheryl Miller, respectively.

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Gerry Freitas

Gerry has over 20 years in the coaching profession and has assisted at St. Mary's, UC Davis, Colorado and USC. He also assisted in the Continental Basketball Association. His coaching background sets him apart from most in the business because he's scouted and recommended players but also been on the other end of the equation -- signing kids to college basketball scholarships as a coach. He currently operates some of the most successful and tenured tournaments and showcases in the region.

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