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Posted On: 12/4/17 12:32 AM
Battle Zone: Breakthrough Performances
CORONA, CA—It’s quite the trek to get out to the city of Corona via the 91 freeway, especially on a weekday in the afternoon. However, catching glimpses in my mind of a tantalizing hospitality room and an outstanding slate of games would spark the interest of any basketball fan. Here is a breakdown of the highlights of the 4th Annual Battle Zone.
Jordan Starr (Santa Clarita Christian)
2018, WF, 6-foot-7, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: Starr is arguably the best passer in Southern California region—although Mater Dei stud Spencer Freedman would have an argument. Starr delivers passes with either hand and they always land in the shooter’s pocket. His head is always up monitoring the defense and his decision making is impeccable. His finishing has improved and he tossed in a few Dirk Nowitski (Dallas Mavericks) one-step fade-away shots as well.
Andre Ball (Chino Hills)
Joel’s Take: Andre Ball has always been in the shadow of his infamous cousin trio of Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo. However, that shadow is disappearing as he is beginning to carve out his own legacy. The high-flying wing is much more than an occasional spectacular dunk now as he tossed in a number of 3s, pushed the ball hard in transition, and rebounded at a high-level.
Derrick Carter-Hollinger (Foothills Christian)
2019, WF, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: He hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like, but this kid can score. He has a knack of finding ways to get his shot off at all three levels. He is a good athlete, has a high motor, and his frame is ideal for the college level.
DJ Davis (Centennial)
2020, SG, 5-foot-11, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: Davis has absolutely no conscience when it comes to launching his shot off—and most of the time is goes in. Deep 3s and runners in the lane are part of the package. He needs to facilitate and think pass more often to play the 1 at the next level, but he can get buckets.
Ofure Ujadughele (Chino Hills)
2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Tenacious is the first description that comes to mind when describing Ujadughele. Touch defender, rebounding, attacking off the dribble, and knocking in open 3-point shots are part of the package. He plays a bit too fast at times, but his competitive nature and athleticism should warrant more scholarship offers.