Los Angeles Preps: Jared Ponce

Citrus Belt, Sierra and Sunkist previews

January, 10, 2012

League openers: Wednesday night – Fontana @ Redlands; Yucaipa @ Eisenhower; A.B. Miller @ Redlands East Valley.

Last year’s finish: Eisenhower (10-0); Redlands East Valley (8-2), Redlands (6-4); Yucaipa (4-6); A.B. Miller (2-8); Fontana (0-10).

Players to watch: Marvelle Harris (Eisenhower), 6-3, Sr. G; Terrance Sims (Eisenhower), 5-10, Sr., G; Toriano Harris (Eisenhower), 6-1, Sr., G; Evan Pea’Ches (Redlands), 6-7, Sr., F; Jamal Ellis (Redlands East Valley), 5-11, Sr., G; Daylin Billingsley (Yucaipa), 6-6, Sr., F; Adam Stanford (A.B. Miller), 6-3, Jr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Eisenhower, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Yucaipa, Fontana, A.B. Miller.


League openers: Wednesday night – Ayala @ Chino Hills; Damien @ Claremont; Charter Oak @ South Hills.

Last year’s finish: Damien (9-1); Chino Hills (7-3); Ayala (7-3); Claremont (5-5); South Hills (1-9); Charter Oak (1-9).

Players to watch: Chris Reyes (Damien), 6-7, Sr., F; Clayton White (Damien), 6-0, Sr., G; Jared Dizon (Damien), 6-3, Jr., G; Josh Ramirez (Ayala), 6-4, Sr., G; Jared Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Matt Ponce (Ayala), 5-10, Sr., G; Tyler Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Mike Navar (Chino Hills), 6-7, Sr., C; Deion Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Deandre Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Bishop Mency (Chino Hills), 6-4, So., F; Kyle Maloof (Claremont), 6-1, Sr., G; Korey Serna (South Hills), 6-9, Sr., C; Kody Brown (Charter Oak), 6-7, Sr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Damien, Chino Hills, Ayala, Claremont, South Hills, Charter Oak.


League openers: Wednesday night – Jurupa Valley @ Summit, Patriot @ Bloomington; Norte Vista @ Kaiser.

Last year’s finish: Summit (10-0); Patriot (8-2); Jurupa Valley (5-5); Bloomington (3-7); Kaiser (2-8); Norte Vista (0-10).

Players to watch: Devon Alexander (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Darrick Arnold (Summit), 6-3, Sr., F; Isaiah Taylor (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Thomas Folsom (Patriot), 6-10, Sr., C; Stephon Bryant (Jurupa Valley), 6-2, Jr., F; Sam Parks (Jurupa Valley), 6-1, So., F; Steven Avila (Jurupa Valley), 5-10, Jr., G; John Moss (Bloomington), 5-10, Sr., G

Predicted order of finish: Summit, Jurupa Valley, Kaiser, Patriot, Bloomington, Norte Vista.


Baseline, Mountain Pass, Southwestern and Sunbelt leagues

Big VIII, Mojave River and Mt. Baldy leagues

Desert Valley, Inland Valley and San Andreas leagues

Looking ahead to the California Elite Showcase

January, 21, 2011
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.