After checking out all the football action at the UT San Diego Honor Bowl, we continued our weekend of high school sports by checking out the Fullcourt Press Fall Showcase at St. John Bosco on Sunday. This annual event attracts some of Southern California’s best boys basketball players and after watching eight games with players from the 2014 to 2018 classes, below are some highlights.
*Jeffery McClendon was a standout sophomore at Pasadena High School last season and even though he’s now enrolled at Quartz Hill, he’s still a Bulldog to us. He’s arguably the best perimeter defender in SoCal and was locking up players at the FCP Fall Showcase.
*Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei, the nation’s top rated prospect by the Hoop Scoop, definitely won’t sign until the spring and might not decide until after the college basketball season when players and coaching defections are a bit more settled.
*Seniors Iziahiah Sweeney (6-4) and Isaiah Bailey (6-5), both of Compton High, showed improved fundamentals and offensive aggressiveness. The senior-oriented Tarbabes will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to wrestle away the Moore League title from Long Beach Poly with the departure of Kameron Chatman back to his native Oregon.
*Other standouts at the event included were 6-2 Marquis Reed (Upland), 6-2 Jeruan Roberts (Downey), and 5-10 Dalvin Hale (San Clemente) among juniors. Standout seniors included 6-2 John Flippin (North, Torrance), 6-4 Blake McBride (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) & 6-3 Luis Medearis (View Park Prep, Los Angeles).