The 2022 Crème of the County organized and directed by Aaron Burgin ( and Prep Hoops) not only showcases San Diego area top talent but is a great vehicle for bringing together the entire San Diego HS Hoops community under one roof and allowing scouts to see them in a convenient one day format. The 2022 edition was held last Saturday September 3rd at St. Augustine HS (San Diego CA) and showcased 299 players from throughout San Diego County in 11 games played. live-streamed all 11 games and are now available for replay.

Besides myself, other top scouts on-hand included Frank Burlison, Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland.

In this recap, I highlight 10 top players that stood out for me.  In addition, I will also mention additional players worthy of being noted.

Trigonis Top 10

1.       Mikey Williams                           6’3”    2023   San Ysidro (CA)
After a slow start in the top Crème Del la Crème Game, Mikey gave the crowd what they came to see – a bam-bam twin set of plays to end the game and give his white jersey team the 2-point Win. First it was a 4-point play (3 pointer plus the And 1) to draw his squad within 1 point and then just seconds later the follow-up coup de grace was a flame-throwing 3-point dagger for Game….Set….Match!  Besides being a Insta-gram darling and currently possessing HS basketball’s only true shoe endorsement deal (courtesy of Puma), Mikey is also a ranked 5-star prospect by 247Sports (presently sits in their composite’s #22 spot) and has college heavyweights like Kansas, Arkansas, USC and Oregon in pursuit.
2.       Lawrence “Lolo” Rudolph         6’2”    2024   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Assertive and athletic PG is a blur in transition, finding open teammates for scores (had 9 assists in the top Crème de la Crème game) or finishing at the rim, often with authority.  Good defender has high major potential.  Selected as the co-Most Outstanding Player in the top Crème de la Crème game (along with Mikey Williams).

3.       Jurian Dixon                      6’5”     2023   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Well-built wing is explosive to the cup and can score in a wide variety of ways. One of California’s top uncommitted seniors at the moment.  The San Diego CIF Section’s 2021 Open Division Player finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds in the top Crème de la Crème game.

4.       Ryan Enos                                   6’8”     2024          Cathedral (San Diego CA)
Sharpshooting face-up forward is a sneaky athlete (also a very good volleyball player) that is agile in transition and active on the glass.  Had 11 points and 4 blocked shots in the top Crème de la Crème game.

5.       Jaden Matingou                           6’3”     2023   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Lean WG made the most of his encounter with top prospect Mikey Williams in the event’s top Crème Del la Crème Game capping off an impressive performance with 17 points, attacking the rim at every opportunity and knocking down opportunity jump shots.

6.       Angelo Gil                                    6’2”     2023   San Ysidro (CA)
Confident two-way combo-guard can score with regularity at the basket as well as nail down shots from deep.  Very good student scored 17 points in in the top Crème de la Crème game.

7.       Andrei Tovar                     6’8”     2024   San Ysidro (CA)
Rapidly improving PF is fresh off a stint with Mexico’s 18u national team that competed in the FIBA Americas Championships this past June in Tijuana Mexico.  Improved mobility enhances his soft hands and impressive footwork on the block. Solid rebounder is also a very good student and had 11 points in the top Crème de la Crème game.

8.       Brycen MacKenzie                       6’1”     2024   Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach CA)
Fundamentally sound combo-guard with a sweet perimeter stroke and terrific academic marks. Had 12 points in the top Crème de la Crème game.

9.       Ty Ingram                                    6’3”     2026   San Ysidro (CA)
Son of former San Diego area HS great Tyrone Shelley (played at Pepperdine and San Diego State) is a name to be reckoned with in California’s 2026 class.  Ty plays with confidence, is a versatile scorer and has the tools to be an excellent defender.

10.      Steven Evans-Glynn                    6’3”     2025   San Ysidro (CA)

Recent SoCal transplant (played last year as a freshman at Leuzinger/Lawndale CA) is an emerging top California prospect in the Golden State’s rising sophomore class.  Rangy wing with quickness and athleticism is a real scoring threat.  

Others that caught my eye (in alphabetical order):

Justice Ahiafor                6’8”    2025   St. Joseph Academy (CA)
CJ Aldrich                        5’10”  2026   Rancho Buena Vista (CA)
Jaden Bailes                    6’0”    2026   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Jair Benjamin                   6’4”    2025   Lincoln (San Diego CA)
Elijah Bragg                     6’5”    2025   Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista CA)
Bailey Chambers             6’2”    2023   Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Manny Cortez                 6’4”    2025   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Euan Davis                      6’0”    2024   El Camino (Oceanside CA)
Kristian Gonzalez            6’4”    2023   Torrey Pines (San Diego CA)
Charlie Hutchinson         6’6”    2024   Mission Bay (San Diego CA)
Kyelin King                      6’3”    2024   Lincoln (San Diego CA)
Julian Lebel                     6’4”    2026   Foothills Christian (El Cajon CA)
Zander Ovies                  6’2”    2026   Torrey Pines (San Diego CA)
Abraham Oyeadier         6’8”    2024   Balboa (San Diego CA)
JJ Sanchez                       6’5”    2025   Montgomery (San Diego CA)
Elijah Stevens                  6’5”    2025   Sage Creek (Carlsbad CA)