Following a strong class like 2020 is not always an easy thing to do but despite SoCal’s Class of 2021’s lack of strong overall quality individual talent, there are some intriguing prospects and good future long-term college players to be harvested. SoCal 2021’s top dog for the past 2 years Devin Askew (Mater Dei/Santa Ana CA) decided to re-classify up to the 2020 class and take his talents to Kentucky earlier than expected. That leaves the current top spot for the player with arguably the best long-term potential 6-7 wing Peyton Watson (Poly/Long Beach CA) who is the Moore League’s best prospect since 2008 when future NBA All-Star & Olympian DeMar DeRozan was a human highlight film for Compton HS. After that it is pretty much wide-open within the next 15 spots as Dixon-Waters and Malik Thomas (both bound for USC) had great junior seasons as did KJ Simpson and Obinna Anyanwu (who suffered a serious car accident injury that raises questions regarding how fast he can return to form), Breidenbach has been a household name in this class for a while now and it’s time for him to take it up a notch this Summer, Mashack is a defensive dynamo with improving scoring skills, Powell is a strong and tough forward that makes winning plays on both ends and Wainwright has nice potential as a high-major scoring guard.  Mallette is a crafty, high scoring combo-guard, O’Garro is an athletic swingman oozing with long-term HM potential, Hornery has excellent length to go along with a sweet shooting stroke, Elliott is a confident lead guard than can make clutch shots, Yu has massive size and is one of the most improved juniors in the West, Turner can flat-out shoot it with range and Knapper may be small but has extremely good bounce and can finish against length at the cup.

The Southern California area covered by this report is bordered by the Fresno area to the North and the Mexico border to the South.  This list (almost 80 prospects strong) will be periodically updated and released and will include additional prospects as they emerge.

With that prelude out of the way, here is our current Fullcourt Press Best of SoCal Class of 2021.

Top 40 Southern California High School Juniors (2021)

1.       Peyton Watson                6’7”    WG    Poly (Long Beach CA)
Athletic and multi-dimensional wing with ability to finish at the rim as well as connect from beyond the 3-point arc is one of the most improved players in the nation over the past year.  Peyton’s immense potential has not gone unnoticed as he is (with Devin Askew’s early departure to Kentucky) SoCal’s top-rated national 2021 recruit.  Currently nationally ranked #19 by Rivals.com, #22 by the 247Sports.com Composite, #49 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine and #50 by ESPN.com, Watson has offers from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, Cal, Maryland, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Texas Tech and Utah with Kentucky just coming into the picture as of late.  While his long-term potential is too great to ignore, what I would like to see in his next stage of development is to improve his toughness, strength and consistent competitiveness.  Good student and great kid was an All-CIF Division I selection, MVP of the Moore League and a Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team 1st team selection.

2.       Reese Dixon-Waters        6’5”    WG    St. Bernard (Playa del Rey CA)
High-scoring wing guard with a sturdy frame has potent 3-point shooting ability. Reese can also hurt defenses with his slashing scoring ability and he is an underrated defender.  Recently chose USC over UCLA, Stanford, Cal, San Diego State, Vanderbilt, Santa Clara and Princeton (his other offers).  Excellent student averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals per game this past season.  Nationally ranked #45 by Rivals.com, #47 by 247Sports.com composite and #50 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine.

3.       Obinna Anyanwu          6’7”    CF    Cathedral Catholic (San Diego CA)
Terrible car accident curtailed a very impressive junior season (his HS coaches expect him to recover by this summer).  Led his Cathedral Catholic squad to the CIF-San Diego Section Open title – beating Torrey Pines and Stanford-bound PF Brandon Angel in the Final.  Strong and explosive forward led a very balanced Cathedral Catholic offense averaging a team-high 13.6 points and 9.1 boards per game. Schools in the mix for Obinna include USC, Cal, Miami FL, Georgia Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Colorado and Oregon State (all have offered). Nationally ranked #76 by Rivals.com, #85 by the 247Sports.com composite and #71 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine. Solid student was a 2019 Pangos All-American Camp invitee.

4.       Malik Thomas                  6’3”    WG    Damien (La Verne CA)
 Strong and physical WG bullied most of the defenses he faced this year, averaging 25 points and 7 rebounds per game and setting a school record for points (888) and making 93 three-pointers in the process. Thomas has really refined his 3-point shot over the past year.  Joined Reese Dixon-Waters recently by giving USC verbal commitment over offers from Arizona, Washington and Washington State.  Good student was San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year and an All-CIF Division I selection. Currently nationally ranked #87 by Rivals.com, #102 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine and #103 by the 247Sports.com composite.  Thomas was terrific at last August’s inaugural Fantastic 40 in Las Vegas, being a prime catalyst in Compton Magic Elite’s run to the title there. Primed for a stock rise once we get back on the court this summer.

5.       KJ Simpson                     6’2”    WG    Chaminade (West Hills CA)
Athletic combo-guard has nice ability to score at a high clip off the bounce as well as by spotting up from long range.  Reminds me of former Arizona guard and NBA player Nick Johnson.  Very good student averaged 22.7 ppg and was an All-CIF Division 2-AA selection.  KJ has offers from Arizona State, USC, Arizona, Washington State, Georgia Tech, UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Pacific and Loyola Marymount.  Although currently ranked #108 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine, #114 the 247Sports.com composite and #148 Rivals.com, look for Simpson to make a big jump up the national rankings this July.

6.       Wilhelm Breidanbach      6’8”    PF      Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Confident forward with range on jump shot is an excellent student and tough customer in the paint. Needs to improve his consistency of effort and production.  Had tendency to be up and down this year.  Only 2021 player that was an All-CIF-Open Division 1st team selection this year and was an Orange County Register All-Orange County 1st team selection as well.  Wilhelm has offers from Cal, Nebraska, Stanford, USC and Vanderbilt.  1st team Trinity League pick is currently ranked #51 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine, #95 by the 247Sports.com composite and #130 by Rivals.com.

7.       Jahmai Mashack           6’4”     WG      Etiwanda (Etiwanda CA)
Athletic and active defender is arguably California’s top perimeter defender in the 2021 class.  Offensive skills are rapidly improving and that trajectory should continue as Mashack possesses an excellent work-ethic and attitude. Current offers include Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Oregon State, Pepperdine, UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Cal Poly with interest from Arizona, Cal and Florida State.  Father Elton Mashack played at Loyola Marymount.  Solid student and great kid is presently ranked #77 by the 247Sports.com composite, #78 by Rivals.com and #104 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine.

8.       Tyler Powell                   6’5”     CF       Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Tough and physical forward competes (in the immortal words of Kevin O’Neil) on every play, every day.  Scores well through contact and is a regular visitor on the glass.  2020 CIF-2A Player of Year led Ribet to a CIF title and has offers from Nevada, Pepperdine, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, UC-Irvine and Long Beach State and is hearing from San Diego State, Washington State, TCU, Florida State and Oregon State.  One of the most underrated players nationally, Tyler is ranked nationally #121 by the 247Sports.com composite and #147 by Rivals.com.

9.       Tsalta (TJ) Wainwright    6’3”    CG     Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Lefty flamethrower has always been a scoring threat and with increasing strength and a growth spurt that has pushed him to 6-3, TJ is becoming even more of a problem for opposing defenses. TJ’s jump shot has plenty of long-distance range and he is also effective with the mid-range floater. Averaged 14 ppg for a well-balanced (and low-scoring) Comet squad that won the 2020 LA-City CIF title.  Has also improved his decision-making and passing skills considerably over the past year and has got better defensively under the tutelage of veteran coach Ed Azzam.  Has the confidence necessary to make big shots as his game-winning 3-point dagger vs. CIF-North Coast champ Bishop O’Dowd at the Torrey Pines Holiday Prep Classic demonstrates (made all-tourney there as well as at the Tarkanian Classic). UC-Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount are among his offers with interest from Gonzaga (took an unofficial visit there last Fall), Oregon, Washington State, Vanderbilt and Yale. 2020 LA-City CIF 1st team selection and 1st team South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area pick is currently ranked #99 nationally by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine.

10.      Houston Mallette             6’5”    CG     Pacifica Christian (Newport Beach CA)
Crafty and confident playmaker is an excellent student. Dangerous scorer when hot with passing skills to be a top-shelf table-setter. Averaged 16 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg and shot 40% from the 3-point arc.  Houston (an Orange County Register All-Orange County 1st team selection and 1st team All-San Joaquin League) has offers from Penn State, St. Mary’s, UNLV, Washington State, UC-Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Long Beach State, Eastern Washington, Rice, San Diego and Santa Clara.

11.      Josh O’Garro             6’6”    WF     Santa Clarita Christian (Santa Clarita CA)
Sleek and explosive swingman is oozing with HM potential.  All-CIF Division 2-AA pick could be one of the hottest stock-risers this summer.  Good student has offers from Southern Utah, Fresno State and Cal Poly with interest from Stanford, Holy Cross, Cal, Pitt, UC-Santa Barbara, San Diego State, UC-Irvine, Cal State Northridge and San Diego.  Currently ranked #110 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine.

12.      Harrison Hornery      6’9”    PF     Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
USC-bound stretch forward has deep range to extend and space out defenses.  Very good student needs to improve his rebounding and rim protection to be a more impactful player in the Pac-12 level.  Size and accurate shooting touch makes him an intriguing long-term prospect.  Australian native is an Orange County Register All-Orange County 1st team selection and 1st team Trinity League selection.

13.       David Elliott             6’3”    PG     Birmingham (Lake Balboa CA)
Confident lead guard is a clutch shot-maker, none any more so than his game-winning bucket at the buzzer vs. Mayfair and its dynamic duo of Josh Christopher and Dior Johnson at the Rolling Hills State Preview Classic this past January.  Crafty ballhandler and good passer.  Good student is hearing from UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Colorado, Loyola Marymount.  Named 2020 West Valley League co-MVP (with Taft/Woodland Hills soph Ramel Lloyd Jr.).

14.      Harold Yu                         7’3”    C    Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA)
Extremely improved (over soph year) big man with massive size (270 lbs) displayed nice touch round the basket and was a formidable rebounder and rim-protector.  Chinese import has a Cal offer with USC and Vanderbilt showing interest.

15.      Luke Turner                     6’6”    WF     Rancho Christian/Temecula CA)
Long-distance rifleman shoots the rock with confidence and with a quick release and is an underrated rebounder. Very good student earned all-tourney honors at the Classic at Damien and has offers from UTEP, Pepperdine, UC-Riverside and Loyola Marymount and is hearing from the likes of Washington State, Utah, Stanford, Penn, Yale, Davidson and Liberty.

16.      Brenton Knapper             5’11”  PG     Colony (Ontario CA)
Quick and bouncy lead guard competes on every play.  Hard to contain off the dribble and is an impressive finisher at the rim for his size.  Knapper has already committed to Santa Clara and was an All-CIF Division I selection.  Good student too.

17.      Cole Anderson                 6’3”    WG    Clovis West (Fresno CA)

High-scoring guard (27 ppg) with deep range on jump shot had a very impressive junior year for Clovis West which lost to San Joaquin Memorial in CIF-Central Open Division title game. Cole is an excellent student with offers from San Francisco, UTEP, Fresno State, Washington State, UC-Santa Barbara, Montana State and Cal Poly.

18.      Lamaj Lewis                     6’4”    WG    St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
Rangy wing guard with nice size can score in a variety of ways.  1st team All-Trinity League pick has offers from San Diego and Loyola Marymount with interest from Colorado, Pepperdine, TCU, BYU, Santa Clara, Hawaii, Colorado State, UC-Riverside, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Cal Baptist and UC-Davis.  Good student too.

19.      Nick Davidson                  6’9”    PF      Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Skilled forward has nice shooting touch and doesn’t mind banging inside. Terrific student has offers from Nevada (dad played there), George Washington, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, BYU, San Diego, Pepperdine, UC-Santa Barbara and interest from Utah State and Santa Clara.

20.      Denim Dawson                  6’5”    WF      Colony (Ontario CA)
Athletic swingman is quick to the hoop off the bounce as well as in transition. Very nice defensive quickness and more than capable rebounder. Solid student has offers from the likes of TCU, DePaul, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Towson and Cal Poly with interest from Utah, UC-Riverside, Colorado State, UC-Santa Barbara, New Mexico and San Diego State.

21.      Aaron (AJ) Burgin Jr.      6’3”    CG     San Diego HS (CA)
Very improved lead guard with strength, pop in his step and real scoring ability.  Posted good junior numbers (20.8 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 6.7 apg, 48% FG and 38.8% 3FG) for the CIF-San Diego Section Division II champions.  Excellent student has offers from Idaho State and Point Loma with interest from UC-Irvine, Yale, Rice, Cal Baptist, Montana State, Weber State, Seattle, UC-San Diego and Boston University.

22.      Corey Cofield II                6’5”    WF     Birmingham (Lake Balboa CA)
Very athletic swingman can finish at the rim and has the strength and quickness to be a terrific defender.   Cofield has a Loyola Marymount offer.

23.      Jalen Pitre                        6’7”    CF      Poly (Long Beach CA)
Very improved lefty forward with nice versatility, physique, athleticism and inside-out skill.  Averaged 18 points, 11 boards, 4 blocks and 3 steals this past season.  Schools showing interest include Loyola Marymount, San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal-State Fullerton and Montana.  Gahr/Cerritos transfer just made the move to Long Beach Poly after this past season concluded.

24.      Brendan Terry                  6’5”    WF      Crossroads (Santa Monica CA)
Up and coming forward with strength, ample bounce and improved range on jump shot.
Good student at a rigorous academic high school has interest from Yale, Princeton, Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine, Montana State and Cal Poly.  Was impressive (19 points) in a CIF-SS Division I play-off match-up vs Long Beach Poly and top junior Peyton Watson.

25.      Deiman Reyes                  6’8”    PF      Veritas Prep (Santa Fe Springs CA)
Strong as an ox PF is a rugged rebounder and rim-protector.  Colombian native has reported offers from Mississippi State, New Mexico, Illinois, Washington State, Fresno State, Pacific, Southern Utah and Montana State.

26.      Keith Higgins                   6’3”    WG    Chaminade (West Hills CA)
Excellent shooter was part of productive 1-2 Chaminade punch with  #5 ranked junior KJ Simpson.  Great student is an Ivy League priority and also has offers from Pepperdine, Pacific, San Diego, Rice and Cal State Northridge.

27.      Chris Howell                   6’6”    CG    Torrey Pines (San Diego CA)
Savvy lead guard with nice length, passing skills and decision-making ability.  San Marcos transfer was a key component of Torrey Pines’ run to the CIF-San Diego Section title game. (lost to Cathedral Catholic).  Very good student has offers from San Diego, Fresno State, UC-Santa Barbara, TCU and UC San Diego with interest from San Diego State, Princeton and Grand Canyon.

28.      Dedrick (DJ) Allen            6’6”    WF     St. Anthony (Long Beach CA)
Athletic swingman who missed all of this past season with an injury is hearing from Boise State, Boston University, Cal State Fullerton, California Baptist and Colorado State.  Good student has excellent upside.

29.      Daniel Esparza                 6’1”    PG     Sonora (La Habra CA)
Smart and savvy point guard has high basketball IQ and knows how to run a team.  Very good shooter with nice court vision.  2020 Whittier Daily News Player of the Year led Sonora to the Freeway League title and was named the league MVP after he averaged 19 ppg.  Esparza, a great student, has offers from Cal Poly and Pacific and was chosen to the All-CIF Division 2A first team. 

30.      Lendl Henderson Jr.        6’6”    WF     Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield CA) Nephew of former UCLA star JR Henderson (key player on the Bruin squad that won the 1995 NCAA title) is an athletic swingman that flourishes in transition.  Solid student has interest from Washington State, Fresno State, Eastern Washington, Montana State and Fresno Pacific.

31.      Kevin Bradley Jr.             5’10”  PG     Crenshaw (Los Angeles CA)
Very quick PG is a nifty ballhandler that can slice through defensive pressure.  Excellent court vision and very underrated scoring ability.  Son for former Crenshaw star and Utah PG Kevin Bradley (part of the loaded SoCal Class of 1997) averaged 24 points and 6 assists for Crenshaw this past season.  Washington, Loyola Marymount and Northern Arizona among schools that have been in touch.

32.      Wayne McKinney             5’10”  PG     Coronado (San Diego CA)
Oregon native is a quick, tough playmaker that can score in bunches.  Averaged 28.4 points and 3.9 assists per game.  Current offers include Eastern Wash, Portland State, UC-Santa Barbara, TCU, Portland State, Boise State, Fresno State and Loyola Marymount.

33.      Justin Rochelin                6’5”    WF     Heritage Christian (Northridge CA)
Athletic forward has been hampered by ankle injuries that limited his play this past season.  UC-Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Houston, Oklahoma, Yale, Princeton, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Montana and San Diego State among those intrigued with Justin.  Dad Charles Rochelin (a Toronto native) played at UCLA.

34.      Christopher Washington  6’4”   CG     St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
“Scotty” was hobbled by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss entire junior season.  Long lead guard has very good ball skills and passing ability. Father Chris Sr. is the son of the late grassroots legend Izzy Washington who played in same back-court at Cal with former NBA All-Star PG Kevin Johnson. Good student has been offered by Montana, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barbara, Southern Utah and Hofstra with interest from Boise State and Colorado State.

35.      Jaden Byers                      6’2″    CG     Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Quick and pesky combo-guard is always in attack-mode.  Despite having a streaky 3-point stroke and at times, questionable shot shot-selection, the natural talent is there to be a valued recruit.  Terrific student has offers from Loyola Marymount and San Diego.

36.      Everett May                      6’6”    WF     Los Alamitos (CA)
Son of Cerritos College head coach Russ May is a sharpshooting wing drawing interest from
UC-Irvine, San Diego, Rice, Eastern Wash, Montana State and Southern Utah.  May was a 1st Team All-Surf League selection as well as Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team (2nd team) after a junior season that saw him average 15 ppg while shooting 43% from the 3-pt arc (#1 in Orange County 3FG% and 2nd in total 3s made).

37.      Elijah Evans                      6’4”    WG     Dominguez (Compton CA)
Under the radar wing is strong and athletic and can score in a variety of ways.  Evans scored 31 points earlier this Spring at the Fullcourt Press Spring League.  Solid student has heard from the likes of Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton and UC-Santa Barbara.

38.      Jaden Geron                    6’7”    WF     San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno CA) Versatile swingman is a jack-of-all-trades player that is productive in many ways.  Good ballhandler for size has both slashing and perimeter scoring ability and is a very good student,  Geron, along with very talented 6-5 soph lead guard Joseph Hunter, led SJM to the CIF-Central Section Open Title over Clovis West.  Santa Clara, Montana, Princeton, Fresno State, San Diego and UC-Riverside are among schools that have been in touch.

39.      Daniel Rouzan                 6’7”    PF      Eisenhower (Rialto CA)
Strong and physical PF averaged 20.8 ppg and a reported eye-popping 16.8 rpg this past season.  San Andreas League MVP and All-CIF 3A selection is an excellent student.

40.      Casey Jones                   6’6”    WF      Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Seattle WA area native transferred to Mater Dei for his junior year and was relegated to a back-up role due to the Monarchs’ great interior depth (Breidenbach, Hornery, Davidson & Logan Cremonesi) but he is a very athletic forward that plays hard and can finish in transition and in traffic.  Very good student could be one of the West Coast top surprises this July.

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

*         Garrett Andre                   6’10”  C        Villa Park (CA)
Physical post with length is a work in progress that has the size necessary for low-mid majors to monitor. Terrific student.

*         Alexander Archer             6’3”    WG    Cerritos (CA)
Slashing scorer was an All-CIF 3AA selection. UC-Irvine is among schools showing interest.

*         Addison Arnold               6’3”    WG    Royal (Simi Valley CA)
Son of former Hawaii head coach and current Boston Celtic scout Gib Arnold has deep range on jump shot. Missed all but 4 games this past year due reconstructive ankle surgery but was very impressive at the recent Fullcourt Press Spring League.  Off the chart student.

*         Kailen Arnold                   6’1”    PG     Morningside (Inglewood CA)
Athletic point guard has nice mid-range game and ability to find open teammates.

*         Paxton Burzell                 6’8″    CF      JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA) 
Skilled forward with nice length is a solid student.

*         Derrien Carter-Hollinger  6’3”    WG    Foothills Christian (El Cajon CA)
Athletic, strong all-around guard needs to improve perimeter shooting.  Good student.

*         Pape Cisse                       6’9”    PF      Fairmont Prep (Anaheim CA)
Orange County Register
All-Orange County 2nd team selection is a rugged PF that defends the paint well.  1st team All-San Joaquin League was on my Top 40 bubble and has offers from UC-Riverside and Montana.

*         Nathan Clark                    6’2”    WG    Pacifica Christian (Santa Monica CA)

All-CIF 3A selection is an excellent shooter and very good student.

*         Jeremiah Davis                6’3”    WG    Fountain Valley (Fountain Valley CA)
All-CIF 3A selection is an athletic guard that averaged 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for coach D’Cean Bryant’s Barons who made school history this year by reaching the CIF-SS 3A semi-finals as well as winning their 1st ever state playoff win.  Hearing from UC-Irvine and Pacific.

*         Justin Ebor                      6’8”    PF      Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Active forward rebounds well, excels in the classroom and is getting looks from the likes of Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

*         Kyle Frelow                      6’6″    CF      Heritage Christian (Northridge CA)
Athletic forward rebounds well.  Montana, Princeton, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and Montana State showing interest in this excellent student.

*         AJ George                        6’6”    WF     Hoover (Fresno CA)
San Joaquin Valley sleeper is two-way player that rebounds well.

*         Ryan Grande                    6’1”    CG     La Canada (La Canada CA)
Savvy combo with nice perimeter stroke and good bloodlines (dad Rich Grande played PG for USC).  Excellent student averaged 20.5 ppg and shot 37% 3FG this year. Has heard from Cal State Northridge, Davidson and Loyola Marymount.

*         Hayden Gray                    6’2”    WG    Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach CA)
Smooth-shooting off-guard is an excellent student .

*         Jaren Harris                     6’0”    PG     Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Savvy point makes good decisions and is a good student.

*         Adam Hinton              6’4”    WG    Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
Excellent student plays with high motor and has nice perimeter touch.  Drawing Ivy League and Patriot League interest.

*         Cory Johnson                  6’6”    WF     Fairmont Prep (Anaheim CA)
High basketball IQ swingman has a versatile skill set and is a very good student.

*         Darius McClain                6’4”    WF     Lynwood (CA)
Solid defender is effective in transition.

*         Damion McDowell            6’6”    WF     St. Bernard (Playa del Rey CA)
Underrated forward is a very good student that has been offered by Montana State.  Has Top 30-40 potential in this class.

*         Derrick Nettles                 6’7”    PF      Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley CA)
Burley PF is active on the glass and can score in the paint.

*         Joseph Johnson              6’2”    WG    Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Johnson was the spark the Comets needed (23 points) to pull away from Fairfax in the 2020 LA City CIF title game and capture coach Ed Azzam’s 15th City title (after losing to the Lions twice earlier in the year).  Earned first team South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area and All-Western League honors.  Solid student too.

*         Solomon Jones                6’7”    PF      Poly (Long Beach CA)
Active and bouncy PF can finish with authority.  Very good student.

*         Jonathan McCullough     6’2″    WG    Hesperia (CA)
Underrated wing was a catalyst in helping Hesperia reach CIF-SS 2-A title game (lost to Ribet Academy).

*         Brian Mex                         6’0”    CG     Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Heady combo-guard with scoring ability and range beyond the 3-point arc.

*         TJ Muhammad                 5’9”    PG     Crossroads (Santa Monica CA)
Small but tough PG is a top-notch on-ball defender and smart floor-leader.   Excellent student.

*         Luke Murphy                   6’2”    CG     Heritage Christian (Northridge CA)
Sharpshooter with range was recently offered by Tulane.  Very good student.

*         Chris Page                       6’4”    WG    Gardena (CA)
Very athletic wing just missed making my Top 40.  Effective slashing scorer with the long arms necessary to be a pesky defender that can disrupt passing lanes.

*         Langston Redfield           6’3”    WG    Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo CA)
Co-MVP of the South Coast League and Orange County Register All-Orange County 2nd team pick is a strong wing with interest from the likes of UC-Irvine.  Top-level student.

*         Brandon Richard             6’6″    CF      Windward (Los Angeles CA)

Hard-working and improved forward is a very good student.

*         Jincho Rivera                   6’4”    WG    St. Joseph (Santa Maria CA)
Strong and productive wing is Central Coast sleeper. Puerto Rican native is a solid student.

*         Omarion Shackelford       6’4”    WG    Morningside (Inglewood CA)
Slashing scorer can defend multiple positions and is a good student.

*         Zion Sutton                      5’11”  PG     Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Tough point is a physical defender.  Very good student.

*         Noah Veluzat                    6’3”    WG    Valencia (Santa Clarita CA)
Daily News 1st team all-area selection and Foothill League Player of Year averaged 16 points and 7 assists per game.  Terrific student has Ivy League programs taking notice.

*         Alex Wade                        6’0”    PG     Cathedral Catholic (San Diego CA)
Exceptional student with nice passing skills is also an underrated defender.  NYU among schools showing interest in Cathedral Catholic’s all-time career assist leader (averaged 7 assists per game this past season).

*         Barry Wilds                      6’0”    PG     Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Quick point pushes rock well and is a solid defender.

*         Richard (Yutu) Williams   6’8”    PF      Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Developing big man has “stretch 4” potential.  Good student needs to add weight and strength.  Has played for Japanese junior national team last year.

*         Xavier Williams                6’3”    WG    Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
“3 and D” WG was a starter on Ribet’s 2020 CIF-2A title squad.

** The Fullcourt Press is a NCAA-approved scouting service that has been evaluating Southern California prospects since 1995 and has college subscribers from every major NCAA D1 conference coast to coast.

 

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