Los Angeles Preps: Dwayne Polee Jr.
Like father, like son?
Well, not just yet.
If, however, the past is any indication of what the future might have in store for Klay Thompson, the Santa Margarita High graduate who has emerged as a budding star at Washington State could possibly end up following in the footsteps of the family's patriarch.
His dad, mind you, is none other than Mychal Thompson.
Yes, the same Mychal Thompson who was the top pick in the 1978 NBA draft and enjoyed a rather successful 12-year professional career, including a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers for five seasons during the late 1980s and early '90s.
Make no mistake, the younger Thompson appears to be heading in the right direction. The 6-foot-6 junior leads the Pac-10 Conference in scoring, averaging 21.2 points for the Cougars (16-7 overall), who host Stanford on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“I have high aspirations for Klay,'' his father said this week. “My son has all the talent in the world, I tell him that all the time. He can be an NBA player some day. It's all about making the most of your opportunities and he understands that.''
Klay Thompson did not become a sensation overnight.
He made a name for himself as a freshman when he started 33 games at Washington State. Thompson led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.412) and free-throw percentage (.902). He was also third in scoring (12.5 points per game).
2. Damien (22-2) is a win away from claiming its first Sierra League title in 10 years. There's great balance on this team, which heads into the final week of the regular season ranked No. 3 in the CIF-SS Division 3A poll behind Harvard-Westlake and Crespi. Senior guard Gian Demano is the spark plug; highly touted forward Chris Reyes is the scorer. Don't be surprised if the Spartans make a deep run in the playoffs.
3. Here's an interesting tidbit: Price was not the only school to benefit from a meager showing at the Oaks Christian Tournament in late December. Price's three losses at the end-of-the-year invitational have been well documented. So were the Knights' eight subsequent victories -- that is, before they fell Saturday night at highly rated Mater Dei. The other team is Pasadena (18-6), which went through hardship at Oaks Christian and, like Price, is better because of it. The Bulldogs have won 12 straight -- all in Pacific League play -- and could claim the crown outright with a win Tuesday night. Funny how that whole "playing against tough competition thing" works.
4. There's life beyond Poly and Lakewood in the Moore League, you just have to look past the gridiron and hardwood to find it. The Millikan boys' soccer team captured its fourth straight league title with a 5-1 win at Compton on Friday. The Rams are ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division I poll heading into the final week of regular-season play. Millikan has scored 103 goals in 28 games.
5. The return of former Westchester standout Dwayne Polee Jr. didn't go as he had hoped Saturday, as St. John's fell to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Polee, a freshman, had six points and four rebounds in 19 minutes, and never seemed to get going as he dealt with the Bruins' Tyler Honeycutt. Polee, ranked in the top 30 at his position coming out of high school, scored in double figures in his first two collegiate games but has only two double-digit games since.