Los Angeles Preps: Landon Drew

Collision XIV scheduled for Saturday

April, 19, 2012
Top graduating girls' and boys' basketball players from the CIF Los Angeles City Section and Southern Section will be on display Saturday at the 2012 Collision XIV all-star games at El Camino College in Torrance.

The event features five games, headlined by the City Section versus Southern Section games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Among those suiting up for the Southern Section boys' team will be Price teammates Skylar Spencer (San Diego State) and Khalil Johnson (Cal). Fairfax teammates Brendyn Taylor (USC) and Landon Drew (Cal State Northridge) will represent the City Section.

Alums of the event include Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Darren Collison (Indiana Pacers), Austin Daye (Detroit Pistons) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).

The City boys lead the all-time series 8-5, while the Southern girls lead 11-2.

Boys' hoops: Fairfax 73, Eisenhower 67

February, 4, 2012
SANTA ANA -- The post-halftime woes that have plagued Fairfax disappeared Saturday and the Lions held on for a 73-67 victory against a hot Rialto Eisenhower team in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.

Fairfax was strong in the third quarter, thanks to senior guard Brendyn Taylor's ability to get to the free-throw line. He scored 14 of his team-high 22 points -- including 10-for-10 on free throws -- in the second half to lead the Lions (17-9). Taylor had help from point guard Landon Drew, who scored 13 of his 17 after the break. Fairfax had lost two of three, including last week to Gardena Serra in an all-day showcase event inside its own gym.

Marvelle Harris had 25 points and Terrance Sims had 23 for Eisenhower (16-7). The Citrus Belt League-leading Eagles failed to extend their 11-game winning streak.

L.A. South: Basketball roundup

January, 13, 2012
There was a bevvy of notable league basketball games in south Los Angeles County on Friday.

In the Western League, Palisades (9-8) withstood a furious charge by Fairfax and held on for a 64-60 victory. Fairfax (10-6) trailed by 26 early in the second half but pulled to within two in the final seconds before missing the go-ahead 3-pointer. Lions guard Landon Drew scored a game-high 19 points in a losing effort.

After a three-week layoff, Long Beach Poly (12-1) opened Moore League play by routing Lakewood, 74-30. Junior forward Roschon Prince had 25 points, getting to the free-throw line 26 times.

Loyola (13-2) is back in the Mission League race after beating Harvard-Westlake, 64-54, in front of a full house at Cal State Los Angeles.

In the Alpha League, Windward (13-5) beat Brentwood, 80-72, to gain the edge atop the standings. And despite the loss, Brentwood (12-3) proved its legitimacy. Pacific Hills (14-3), the league's other contender, was idle.

In the Ocean League, Santa Monica (11-5) beat Culver City, 67-61, despite 27 points from Centaurs guard Keilan Horton.

St. John Bosco (13-2) improved to 3-0 in Trinity League play with a 78-69 win at Santa Margarita. Top junior prospect Isaac Hamilton had a game-high 30 points. The Braves get the chance to make a statement when they host Orange Lutheran next week.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

L.A. South: Boys' basketball Top 10

December, 6, 2011
Loyola, Long Beach Poly and La Verne Lutheran are ranked in the preseason POWERADE ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings, and they lead the way in our opening edition of the south Los Angeles County boys' basketball top 10:

1. Loyola (4-0)
Key players: PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, SG Justin Childress, SG Jacob Hazzard, SF Julian Harrell (Penn)
Last season: The Cubs went 25-6 and won the CIF-Southern Section Div. I-A championship before losing by two to eventual state champion Mater Dei in regionals.
Why they're here: Jackson-Cartwright, only a sophomore, is already considered the top point guard in the state. Mix in the shooting of Childress and Hazzard -- as well as the versatility of Harrell -- and the Cubs have a lineup that few can match.

2. Long Beach Poly (3-1)
Key players: SF Roschon Prince, PF Jordan Bell, PG Chris Croom, SG Reuben Strickland
Last season: The Jackrabbits posted a 30-2 record and captured the Division 1AA title in Anaheim before losing to eventual state champion Mater Dei in regionals.
Why they're here: Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer lost his top two to graduation -- state player of the year Ryan Anderson (Boston College) and Alexis Moore (USC) -- but there's more than enough talent left. Prince and Bell might be the best one-two combination in the county.

3. La Verne Lutheran (4-0)
Key players: PF Grant Jerrett (Arizona), SG Eric Cooper Jr. (Arizona), SF McKay Anderson, SG Cameron Osorno
Last season: The Trojans overcame off-the-court adversity, finishing with a 25-5 mark and a second consecutive state championship.
Why they're here: Jerrett, a long and lean power forward, is arguably the top prospect on the West Coast. Coach Eric Cooper Sr. returns nine letter-winners from last year's team, including son Eric Cooper Jr., a sharp-shooting junior who makes teams pay for double-teaming Jerrett down low.

4. St. John Bosco (4-0)
Key players: SG Isaac Hamilton, PF Anthony January (UTEP), SF Darryl Matthews, SG Daniel Hamilton
Last season: The Braves finished 21-9 and were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs.
Why they're here: New coach Derrick Taylor, who built Woodland Hills Taft into a City Section power, has the Braves thinking about the Trinity League crown. Getting past defending state champion Mater Dei won't be easy, but Bosco has Isaac Hamilton, a transfer from Crenshaw who is one of the nation's top juniors.

5. Price (3-1)
Key players: PF Skylar Spencer (San Diego State), PG Chance Murray, SG Chris Sandifer
Last season: The high-flying Knights went 24-8 and fell just short against La Caņada in the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship game.
Why they're here: Yes, Price lost guard Askia Booker (Colorado) and ultra athletic forward Norvel Pelle to graduation but don't dismiss coach Michael Lynch's bunch. Spencer is another high-soaring scorer who's lethal in fast break opportunities, and Murray, a junior, already has a scholarship offer from UCLA.

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ESPNLA top 20 boys' basketball rankings

January, 18, 2011
The boys' basketball season has been fast-paced throughout the Southland to this point and it doesn’t appear as if things will be slowing down any time soon.

That said, let’s get down to business and check out who’s who and find out how some of Southern California’s premier programs stack up against one another in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20.

1. Long Beach Poly (15-0): Jackrabbits are cream of the crop and rise to the top.

2. Etiwanda (16-0): Does not appear as if anyone can stop Byron Wesley & Co.

3. Mater Dei (16-2): Two Trinity League games on deck this week for the Monarchs.

4. Centennial (13-3): Pick your poison, Michael Caffey or Dominique Dunning.

5. Taft (13-2): Coming off a big victory at HoopHall Classic in Massachusetts.

6. Orange Lutheran (14-4): Tandem of James Douglas and Gabe York is tough.

7. Westchester (14-5): No superstars, but the Comets are still getting the job done.

8. Canyon (16-2): There’s no shame in losing twice to Mater Dei. Enough said.

9. Harvard-Westlake (16-2): Wolverines on a mission in Mission League play.

10. Mission Viejo (19-0): South Coast clash Wednesday against Capistrano Valley.

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LA South: Boys' basketball top 10

January, 11, 2011
1. (1) Long Beach Poly, (14-0) - Not a particular pretty start to Moore League play, but wins always look good on paper. Proving he's human, Ryan Anderson needed two games to score 25 points. Next up: vs. Long Beach Wilson, Wednesday; at Millikan, Friday.

2. (2) Los Angeles Price, (11-5) - Three solid wins following a demoralizing winter break (three losses at Oaks Christian Holiday Hardwood) have the Knights thinking positive again. Next up: at Gardena Serra, Saturday.

3. (3) La Verne Lutheran, (5-2) - Playing against lesser competition makes Lutheran a tough team to gauge; outscoring the last three opponents 262 to 61 is scary regardless. Next up: Chino Hills Boys' Republic, Tuesday.

4. (5) Westchester, (13-5) - A third-place finish at the Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic in New Orleans is a good result considering the Comets fell to the eventual tournament champion in the semifinals. Next up: vs. University, Wednesday; at Fairfax, Thursday.

5. (6) Fairfax, (9-3) - The Lions took their talents north of the border and brought back the Snowball Classic trophy; transfer Landon Drew was selected tournament MVP. Next up: at Venice, Wednesday; vs. Westchester, Thursday; vs. University, Friday.

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LA South: Five things from the weekend

January, 11, 2011
1. It was rather surprising to see Crenshaw football star and USC-bound De'Anthony Thomas play on the defensive side of the ball at the U.S. Army All-America Game on Saturday. Thomas, who had an interception in the game, could probably start for many college teams right now -- at any position. Last month he said he planned on playing tailback for the Trojans, but he missed an opportunity to get experience against top prospects on Saturday.

2. Fairfax guard Landon Drew, who transferred from Woodland Hills Taft, was selected as the Abbotsford Collegiate Snowball Classic tournament MVP, as the Lions cruised to the championship with three wins over Canadian competition. Senior center Laik Carter was named a second-team all-performer. Fairfax (9-3) won games by 57, 27 and 22 points.

3. It's been a tale of two halves thus far for the Bishop Amat basketball team. After starting the season 8-1, the Lancers have split their last eight games, the latest a 64-50 home loss Friday to semi-surprise Chino Hills. Del Rey League play -- which begins Wednesday -- couldn't come at a better time for Amat and Daniel Rodriguez (20.2 points per game). Pasadena La Salle (11-5) and Torrance Bishop Montgomery (9-6) figure to vie for the league crown.

4. Westchester (13-5) stumbled in the semifinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic in New Orleans, La., losing to eventual champion Kimball (Dallas, Texas), 58-52. It was productive trip, though, as the Comets won three of their four games, bouncing back from the lone loss with a 40-38 win over Peabody (Alexandria, La.) in the consolation round. Brilliant scheduling by coach Ed Azzam, as Westchester has played in virtually every top tournament.

5. Can anyone stop St. John Bosco's Cezar Guerrero? The guard had 38 points in a 71-68 overtime win over Servite on Friday and a career-high 46 points against Mater Dei two nights earlier. On Friday Guerrero hit a free throw to put the Braves (16-3) up three before Cody Pittman's last-second long heave rimmed out.