Posted On: 03/31/18 12:30 AM
Francisco’s Finest: Class of 2018 (Best two-sport athletes)
Summary: In this era of athletes specializing on one particular sport early on in their career, I thought it would be a good time to investigate those high school seniors who showcased their skill in two sports—thus the rare two-sport athlete.
Blake Burzell (Laguna Beach)
2018, WF, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds
Joel’s Take: Burzell broke out his shooting prowess last season during his junior campaign and each season he became a better all-around player. He can come off a pin-down screen and nail the deep 3-ball or cut to the basket for an easy lay-in. Although he is a potent scorer, he is an outstanding high-IQ basketball player which is evident on how he can manage an offense. Burzell is a Division 1 prospect in basketball, but his bread-and-butter as we say is baseball as he is taking his pitching talents to Arizona State.
Jeremiah Martin (Cajon)
2018, PF, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds
Joel’s Take: This Texas A&M football recruit is one heck of a basketball player as well. The beastly 4-man is a menace on the glass and his thunderous dunks could be heard all over So-Cal. He has soft hands, great feet, and although he is raw, he is a walking double-double. On the gridiron he has a chance to be an NFL Defensive end as he was one of the best sack specialists in the country.
Kevin Kobrine (Corona Del Mar)
2018, WF, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds
Joel’s Take: Kobrine always caught our eye due to his bouncy nature. Not surprising, he is headed to UCLA on a volleyball scholarship. However, during his senior season he showed signs he could be a college basketball player as well. He can slash his way to the rim in transition, knock in open shots, and his feel for the game is underrated. However, when you are as long and explosive around the net like Kobrine, volleyball seems like a perfect fit.
Thomas Marcus (San Diego HS)
2018, SG, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: This Arizona football recruit is also a jack-of-all-trades hooper. The rangy athletic guard impacted the game mostly in the scoring department, but he also plays with a high motor and has the athleticism to score in a variety of ways. On the football field Arizona will be bring Marcus in as a running back/receiver, but he has the tools to play safety as well.