Friday, January 21, 2011
Looking ahead to the California Elite Showcase
By Sean Ceglinsky
For those interested in watching some high school boys’ basketball played at the highest of levels, we have just the thing for you on Saturday.
The University of La Verne will be the sight of the inaugural California Elite Showcase and the one-day event is shaping up as one of those must-see type of events. Here is an inside look at the programs, as well as a few of the more high-profile players, that are expected to be in attendance for the festivities.
Diamond Ranch vs. Ayala @ 2 p.m.: When it comes to Ayala, pick your poison: Jared Ponce, Matthew Ponce or Tyler Ponce. Game in and game out, the triplets play a major role for the Bulldogs. If the Panthers hope to prevail, they had better be mindful of where the Ponce brothers are at all times.
Eisenhower vs. Richmond Salesian @ 3:30 p.m.: Plain and simple, stop Dominic Artis and you stop Salesian. Problem is, the 5-foot-10 junior point guard is a handful to deal with. Suppose that best explains why Artis is being recruited by schools such as Georgia Tech, New Mexico and Stanford.
San Diego Hoover vs. Corona Roosevelt @ 5 p.m.: A battled tested bunch already this season, Roosevelt has yet another tough task ahead in the form of Angelo Chol. ESPNU ranks the 6-9 unsigned senior as the No. 12 center in the nation and the No. 65 prospect overall. Chol will get the ball early and often.
La Verne Lutheran vs. Price @ 6:30 p.m.: We have talked about Price’s Norvel Pelle and Askia Booker plenty thus far. That said, it is time to shed some light on the Trojans’ trio of NCAA Division I-bound recruits. Keep an eye on the senior tandem of C.J. Cooper and Bruce English, who are heading to Texas El Paso (UTEP) and Loyola Marymount (LMU), respectively. Another individual to watch is junior Grant Jerrett, who gave a verbal commitment to Arizona in November.
San Diego Lincoln vs. Sacramento @ 8 p.m.: This match-up had the potential to be the quintessential show-stopper, thus the prime-time slot much later in the evening. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Arizona-bound Josiah Turner decided leave Sacramento a couple weeks ago for Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. Pac-10 Conference followers fear not, UCLA-bound Norman Powell will be uniform for Lincoln and sticking around for the nightcap will be well worth it.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.