Saturday, January 8, 2011
Inland Empire: Byron Wesley is Etiwanda's latest jewel
By Dan Arritt
ETIWANDA -- Etiwanda has been churning out talented boys’ basketball players for the last several years.
Darren Collison, the starting point guard for the Indiana Pacers, and Jeff Pendergraph, a back-up forward for the Portland Trail Blazers who is on injured reserve, are the school’s most well known alumni.
The head of this season’s class is Byron Wesley, a 6-foot-5 senior who can play both small forward and shooting guard. Wesley signed with USC in November, choosing the Trojans over UCLA, Wake Forest, Cal, Nevada Las Vegas and Pepperdine.
He has led Etiwanda to a 15-0 start this season, averaging a team-high 19 points. He matched his season high with 29 points Friday night in a 77-64 victory against Rancho Cucamonga in a Baseline League opener.
Here’s some highlights from Wesley’s game against the Cougars. Afterward, he spoke with ESPNLA about his season’s goals, his decision to attend USC and which NBA player he enjoys watching the most. Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner also provides some insight into his latest standout player.