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All-SoCal Freshmen selections, Part I

  LAGUNA NIGUEL – A couple of players who were key elements on teams that won CIF Southern Section championships are among those selected among the third-, fourth-, and fifth-teams for my All-Southern California Freshman choices for the 2018-19 season.    Benny Gealer (pictured) – one of the better jump shooters in the California Class[…]

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San Diego’s All-Sophomore Team

Sophomore of the year: Obinna Anyanwu, 6-7 PF/C, Cathedral Catholic In his second season, Anyanwu established himself as one of the premier players in the section. The beastly forward averaged better than 17 points and 12 rebounds per game, and scored the game-winning put back in the Dons 47-46 win over Francis Parker in the[…]

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San Diego’s All-Freshman Team

Freshman of the Year: Dimitrius “DJ” Dudley, 6-2 G, San Ysidro Dudley arguably had the biggest impact on his team of any of his peers. The Cougars’ leading scorer at 24.8 points per game was also the region’s leading scorer based on programs that posted their statistics on Maxpreps. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and[…]

Diamond in the Rough: Frontcourt, Part II

  NORWALK – The March 10 Fullcourt Press Diamond in the Rough Senior Showcase at Cerritos College Community College included a couple of the more significant sleepers among frontcourt prospects from the SoCal Class of 2019   Six-foot-nine Dean Keener (Marina High in Huntington Beach) remains quite slender (200-poundish, perhaps) but his down-the-road potential exceeds[…]

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Diamond in the Rough: FC, Part I

  NORWALK – The 2018 L.A. City Player of the Year was among the standouts during the March 10 Fullcourt Press Diamond in the Rough Senior Showcase at Cerritos Community College.    Six-foot-five Kaelen Allen, who led Westchester to the 2018 L.A. City title then was granted a fifth year of prep eligibility by the[…]

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Diamond in the Rough: Backcourt, Part II

  NORWALK – Part II, March 10 Fullcourt Press Diamond in the Rough Senior Showcase at Cerritos Community College:    A compelling prospect on hand was the most versatile guard – at 6-foot-6 – at the event.   Joshua Jones (pictured) was a three-year starter at L.A. City school Rancho Dominguez (which is actually located[…]

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Diamond in the Rough: Backcourt, Part I

  NORWALK – In the “better later than . . .” category, I’m going to tap into the March 10 Fullcourt Prep “Diamond in the Rough” Senior Showcase that was held at Cerritos Community College.    First, the backcourt players (the look at backcourt players will come here and in “Part II”) . . .[…]

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Pangos Jr. All-American Camp: Top Wings

Norwalk, Calif. — Cerritos College was the site for the the Pangos Junior All-American Camp, featuring more than 100 of the top 6th-8th grade players from all parts of the country. The two-day event featured camp games and skills instruction from former NBA player and college head coach Reggie Theus. We attended Sunday’s camp games[…]

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San Diego Section All-Tournament Teams

Unlike our Southern Section brethren, the San Diego Section does not award an All CIF Team based on divisions. This usually leads to a number of very good players left off the list.  Prep Hoops So-Cal – specifically yours truly – has compiled an all-division team for each of the five divisions based off of[…]

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Prospect Spotlight: Derrien Carter-Hollinger (2021)

One of the most improved wing prospects on the West Coast is Derrien Carter-Hollinger. The Foothills Christian sophomore thrived in his first season as a starter. While he compliments the team’s stars – Yassine Gharram, Jaren Nafarrete, and his big brother, Derrick Carter-Hollinger – he showed flashes of becoming a star himself. Carter-Hollinger, who stands[…]

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Pangos Jr. All-American Camp: Top Guards (Part II)

Norwalk, Calif. — Cerritos College was the site for the the Pangos Junior All-American Camp, featuring more than 100 of the top 6th-8th grade players from all parts of the country. The two-day event featured camp games and skills instruction from former NBA player and college head coach Reggie Theus. We attended Sunday’s camp games[…]

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Pangos Jr. All-American Camp: Top Guards (Part I)

Norwalk, Calif. — Cerritos College was the site for the the Pangos Junior All-American Camp, featuring more than 100 of the top 6th-8th grade players from all parts of the country. The two-day event featured camp games and skills instruction from former NBA player and college head coach Reggie Theus. We attended Sunday’s camp games[…]

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Francisco’s Takes: CIFSS/LA City Playoff Standouts/Part 2)

Francisco’s Takes: CIFSS/LA City Playoff Standouts/Part 2) TORRANCE, CA—There were many high-level games to choose from—including Fairfax/Centennial and Westchester/Rancho Christian. However, I ventured down to El Camino College with my buds Frank Burlison, Devin Ugland, and Bob Becker to check out the potentially epic match-up of Bishop Montgomery and Mater Dei. The Monarchs under the[…]

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Francisco’s Takes: CIFSS/LA City Playoff Standouts/Part 1)

Francisco’s Takes: CIFSS/LA City Playoff Standouts/Part 1) TORRANCE, CA—There were many high-level games to choose from—including Fairfax/Centennial and Westchester/Rancho Christian. However, I ventured down to El Camino College with my buds Frank Burlison, Devin Ugland, and Bob Becker to check out the potentially epic match-up of Bishop Montgomery and Mater Dei. The Monarchs under the[…]

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Prospect Spotlight: Thomas Notarainni (2021)

One of the most explosive scorers in the 2021 Southern California Class is Thomas Notarainni.  The 6-4 shooting guard from Cathedral Catholic has put up prolific numbers in his first two high school seasons. He eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier earlier this season, and scored a game-high 19 points in the Dons 47-46 win over Francis[…]

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California Southern Regional: D-II, Round 2

  A hook-up of teams that won CIF Southern Section championships Saturday night highlights the Thursday evening, second-round action in Division II of the State Southern Regional action.   Rolling Hills Prep (26-6) of San Pedro, which knocked off Santa Clarita Christian in the 3AA finals, visits Ontario Thursday to take on 2A champion Colony.[…]

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California Southern Regionals: Division I, Round 2

  The top eight seeds in the State Southern Division I regional each won first-round games Tuesday night. Should any of the top four seeds fall in the second round Thursday night, it would be almost “mild” relative to the “upset strata”.   Only one sectional champion is still involved: No. 4 seed Santa Margarita,[…]

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Final San Diego team rankings: Torrey Pines Falcons fly to first

It was one of the most unpredictable San Diego basketball seasons in recent memory. So, it’s no surprise that the preseason No. 1 team, Mission Bay, is not the No. 1 team in our final rankings.  That honor belongs to Torrey Pines, as the Falcons (25-7), claimed the Open Division title over Foothills Christian. The[…]

Foothills Christian headlines remaining SD state playoffs contingent

Foothills Christian is the top San Diego team remaining in the CIF State regional playoff field, as seven teams are in action tonight. The Knights, the fifth seed in Division 1, knocked off 12th-seeded El Camino Real Tuesday night. They face a stout challenge in fourth-seeded Santa Margarita, which knocked off Mission Bay in the[…]

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Prospect Spotlight: Jailen Nelson (2020)

Carlsbad was fresh off of a Division 3 runner-up finish, but needed a true point guard. Jailen Nelson was coming off an uneven sophomore year at Sage Creek and was looking for a change of scenery. As it turns out, Nelson and Carlsbad were a perfect fit.  After sitting out the first half of the[…]

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