CA High School FootballFriday Night Lights

FNL: Wideouts


Class of 2018 Reseda ATH.  Ja’lani Ellison should be able to crack the radar of a few collegiate teams looking for a special playmaker.  Image by PopScout

It’s Friday Night Lights for many CA Student Athletes.  That means some special talent on display at the WR position.  With many players having to go both ways because of depth issues, the situation appears to be a blessing in disguise, as scouts get a chance to drill down on particulars.  Take a look as we spotlight a few soldiers doing their ‘thang’ in non league play.

Elevate yo’ Game.

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Hoops For Houston

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Shareef O’Neal examines the ‘Air Up There’ during the Hoops for Houston tourney at Culver City High September 23, 2017.  Image by PopScout.

The Southern California Black Coaches Association is hosting a two day tourney to help support victims of hurricanes in the State of Texas.  day 1 action completed today at Culver City High and Maranatha high School.  day two will be held at Maranatha High and will feature some pretty intriguing match ups.  Come out and support the cause.


Brentwood Sr. Guard Charlie Wadler gets off a good luck against Leuzinger during day 1 of the Hoops for Houston Tourney at Culver City High.  Image by PopScout.

Hoops for Houston
September 23-24, 2017
Maranatha High & Culver City High

@ Culver City (09/23)    
11:15  Culver City vs Taft
12:15  Leuzinger vs Brentwood
1:15    Fremont vs Crossroads
2:15    Narbonne vs Brentwood
3:15    Loyola vs Gahr
4:15    Beverly Hills vs Serra
5:15    View Park vs Price
6:15    Morningside vs Hollywood

1pm    El Camino vs LB Wilson
2pm    St. Francis vs La Salle
3pm    Warren vs Campbell Hall
4pm    Dominguez vs Van Nuys
5pm    Blair vs Muir
6pm    La Canada vs Maranatha
7pm    Alemany vs Mayfair
8pm    Pasadena vs San Gabriel Academy


Crossroads Sr. F Jay Davis with the stop and pop during day 1 of the Hoops for Houston tourney.

Day 2
@Maranatha High (09/24)

3pm  Pasadena vs Dominguez
4pm  Culver City vs Fairfax
5pm  Bishop Montgomery vs Santa Margarita
6pm  Serra vs Mairfair
7pm  Muir vs San Gabriel Academy

Elevate yo’ game

In The Lab

In the Lab

A look at young up and coming players in the State of CA who show promise on and off the court.


5’9 So. Guard Taylor Donaldson goes up for a runner during the Cal Storm Las Vegas Tourney.  Image by PopScout.

Taylor Donaldson
5’9 So. Guard
Oaks Christian High
AAU:  Blessed By God

Solid young guard with a huge upside.  Creates off the bounce and shows promise while finishing in traffic.  Lefty who is a solid defender, will need to continue to improve her lateral movement to become a true lock down defender.   Has a nice stroke while pulling the bow and arrow from behind the arc.  Look for this young lady to steadily improve and stake her claim as one of the top guards on the Cali’ Girls BBall circuit during her senior campaign.

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Boys High School HoopsSt Bernard Fall League 2017

Week 1 Standouts

Had a chance to preview some high school hoops this past weekend at St. Bernards High School Fall League.  Didn’t get a chance to see all of the action but for what we did see, it’s definitely going to be an exciting year on the CA BBall Hoop Circuit during the 2017-18 campaign.  A few soldiers, who’ve been in the lab, stood out from the rest.  It’s so early that we don’t even have names for most of them.  Game recognize game, nonetheless, as we critique play during week one of the St. Bernard Fall League.


#24 Guard
Cantwell Sacred Heart (CA)

Dynamic Guard with impressive feel for the game.  Has enough swag to carry his own and be among the top guards who are flying under the radar in the State of CA. Has developed that killer instinct mentality that allows him to get to the rack and finish.  Good bounce for a PG and natural leadership qualities on the court. With his complete all around game, should be a good piece that will have CSHM – and their new head coach –  back in the mix indeed.


David Singleton III
6’4 Sr. Guard
Bishop Montgomery High (CA)
UCLA Commit

High scoring guard with the mentality and mindset to take his game to the next level after lettering for UCLA.  Solid defender who loves to sit on the defensive end while making steals and pushing the rock on the break.  Wet Ball from long distance, minimal mental mistakes, and goes to the rack with authority.  Will need to keep developing his point guard mentality to push his game to 5 star status by seasons end.  Definitely on the McDonald’s watch list and preseason consensus All-American.


#3  PG
St. Bernard High School (CA)

We like the patience, confidence, and leadership of this young man.  Didn’t get a chance to touch base with him but his game spoke volumes.  Solid PG who may lack size but his character on the court make up for it.  Floor general who seems to enjoy the PG duties, which will make many St. Bernard fans happy campers come tip off time.  Must keep developing that scorers mentality to keep the defense honest but a great addition to any back court running mate.


#23 Forward
Cantwell Sacred Heart (CA)

Active swing-man who plays above the rim.  Tweener(6’5 -6’7) who will need to fine tune his game for the next level but all the intangibles are there.  Great feet, solid feel for the game, and high character player who loves to run up and down the floor.   Needs to show consistency from midrange and beyond to become a serious D1 recruit.  Cantwell is as athletic as they come. Appears as though their new coach is letting them ‘gel’ while developing a working relationship on the court. Look for them to be one of the high flying teams to watch in 2017-18.


# 0 Gianni Hunt
PG Senior
Bishop Montgomery High (CA)

This young man has played in many big games since starting for BM as a sophomore.  Has grown an inch or so and appears to be a solid D1 recruit.  Loves to lock down defenders and create havoc on the defensive end.  Will need to develop his stroke from long range and work on concentrating and finishing at times in traffic.  Makes good decisions with the rock as we look for him to show supreme confidence and swag on the court. Very solid young man who will find a solid spot on someones D1 roster by seasons end.  Look for BM and Co. to be right back in the swing of things come playoff time.



#4 Guard
St. Bernard High (CA)

Active guard who shows flashes of true star status.  Can get buckets from all three levels of the court, while still keeping his teammates happy and involved with solid passing and unselfish play.  The verdict is still out on the young man as we eagerly wait to see how he performs against the top teams during the fall league.  High potential player definitely on the radar you feel me.

Week 2 of the St. Bernard Fall league kicks off Saturday September 23, 2017.

September 23, 2017
Tentative Schedule

9am    Van Nuys vs W. Torrance
10am  Calabassas vs St. Bernard
11am  Calabassas vs Mira Costa
12pm  St Joseph vs Mira Costa
1pm    St Joseph vs Redondo Union
2pm    Burbank vs Redondo Union
3pm    Burbank vs Gardena
4pm    Cantwell vs St. Genevieve
5pm    El Segundo vs  Lawndale
6pm    Crossroads vs St. Bernard

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Game Changers

Game Changers



2017 Sleeper 6’6 Matt Mitchell is special.  Image taken during ‘The Classic’ 2016 Tourney hosted by Damian.  The kid will shine for SDSU.

The basketball Gods have a tendency to bless those who respect the game. That’s why Roosevelt Wing Matt Mitchell will shine for SDSU.  The kid should’ve been a 5 star prospect easily, with his Mark Aguirre type skill-sets.  Not quite sure what scouts are looking for in an elite prospect by passing up on this young man.  Matt scores from all levels of the court, can play the 1-4 positions effectively, and shows up and out during big games. As long as this kid stays in the lab and keeps developing his body along with his game, look for Matt to be a solid NBA player.  Yes sir. We feel as though the upside of this young man is tremendous, as we’ve seen him not only ball out for his high school squad, but do major damage on the AAU circuit.


Overall, we rate this young man as one of the top 10 players out of the State of CA for the Class of 2017 and a sure professional player when its all said and done.  Keep your nose clean young solider and continue to master your craft.  PopScout thinks you have what it takes to change the game.  A Game changer indeed.  The Mixtape above showcases his skills, as he pours in 33 during ‘The Classic’ hosted by Damian.  Smooth as a baby’s booty.

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Dapper Dandy’s

Part 3 of our look at Dapper Dandy’s that stood out at ‘The 8’ tourney hosted by BigFootHoops July 26-28, 2017.


Hunter Tyson 6’7 – Guard
Team CP3
Class of 2018

Can you step up and play with the big boys?  Confident in your skills that you got want it takes to be an impact player?  Those questions have been asked and answered by Hunter this summer, showing solid play under the Team CP3 umbrella.  Hunter is a big, active guard who plays very well with the ball in his hands, controlling the tempo and leading his squad.  Finishes well around the rim and shows no signs of being intimidated on the big stage.  Three level scorer who will be a nice addition to any D1 school looking to bring in a team guy with patient, advanced skill-sets.  Hunter is garnering interest from Clemson, DePaul, East Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.



Caleb Christopher  6’0 – Guard
California Supreme
Class of 2018

Solid point guard, held his own during The 2017 Las Vegas Classic.  Lock down defender will garner several D1 offers based on his ability to play on the defensive end of the court.  Shows the ability to handle the rock, confidently initiating offensive sets against the big boys.  Good shooter, passer, and finishes well among the trees.  Will need to play a bit slower and let the game come to him, a few times forcing the issue  – which can be a plus and a minus.  Overall solid recruit who backs down from no one and brings his A game when it counts.



Darius Bazley  6’8 – Forward
Mean Streets
Class of 2018

Long, linky wing with big upside.  Runs the floor and handles the rock with enough skills to be effective on the break while finishing and creating off the bounce.  Rebounds and defends the hoop with a developing offensive midrange game.  Decent perimeter shooter, will need to develop his stroke from long range to be effective and stretch the defense. Syracuse has another 5 star in the making, assuring that the Orangemen will be on the map in years to come.  Prototype wing as NBA scouts salivate at the mouth for this lefty slender big.  Will benefit from staying in the weight room and stiff competition from the Big East.  Look for this young man to crack many NBA teams’ wish list within the next few years.

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The Speed of the Game.


Scouts on hand looking for the next big thing during ‘The 8’ Tourney hosted by Big Foot Hoops. How do you prepare for fast-paced, super skilled action at the highest level?

Hands. Feet. Eyes.  All working together as one.  The speed of the game can be a challenge for some. Players find out reel soon that something, something, just aint right (singing in my Keith Sweat voice). It’s one thing to simulate game speed in practice, it’s another to be able to perform when it counts.  Big time players make it look easy, some would say even appearing to play in slow motion.  All while still able to show killer instincts when it counts.  Pull the dagger you feel me.



Many players making the leap from another country, such as Alemany Class of 2018 F Fred Odhiambo, are finding out the speed of the game is much faster.  How does one compensate?  Image by PopScout.

Many who are in the lab, working on their game, find out the hard way family.  It’s a two way street:  game preparation vs. game time performance.  Picture this…You practice with the best trainers, putting in hours of work in the lab.  You compete in practice and go to work during pick up games.  Unfortunately, when it’s time to shine under the lights, you just can’t seem to develop that magic needed to excel and impress the powers that be – D1 scouts. Players showing up from other countries with skills of their own, are finding out real fast they must step their game up to “a hole ‘notha level” in order to compete with the big boys.


So you got aspirations of making it to the league huh?  Let’s be honest…could you truly perform at the highest level?  Image by PopScout.

It will be interesting to see those who truly want to make it to the big dance and those who just want to be a part of the team.  2017-18 should yield some true thoroughbreds, punching their ticket to a college campus of choice. Like those Gatorade commercials folks…is it in you?  If you know deep down inside you don’t have what it takes to make an impact, step aside for soldiers who truly want to make a difference.  Sorry for being blunt fam’.  Game recognize game.

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Chasing the ‘Ship


Reseda Head Coach Alonso Arreola (right) oversees his squad before their road match-up against Chavez Learning Center, September 1, 2017.  Image by PopScout.

It’s another season.  Time to show everyone what you’ve been working on.  As a team, it matters even more that players are on the same page and buying into their coaches’ philosophy. It’s been a grueling summer – two a days, triple digit temperatures, and no one to hit except your teammates.  Friday night lights have arrived.  Time to pull out your bag of tricks and elevate your squad to the next level.


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The Regents warm up before their road game against Chavez.  Look for Reseda to be battle tested and make some serious noise come playoff time.  Images by PopScout.

Reseda won their road game against Chavez although it took some regrouping and focus.  Chavez looks like a school that’s on the rise.  Reseda, nonetheless, was able to gain its composure and win by a score of 30-14.  Take a look at the offense and defensive units this year.  Reseda looks to bring home that D2 ring to the San Fernando Valley, come playoff time.  Come out and see Reseda host Cleveland Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7pm.

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In The Lab

In the lab spotlights up and coming soldiers who look to stake their claim as the next big thing.  Staying in the lab – whether it’s on the men’s or women’s end of the court,  shouldn’t matter.  Working on your game should be a number one priority.  The 2017-18 season is just an alley-oop away.  Can you elevate your game to the next level and grab hold of that elusive scholarship?

This week we take a look at a rising star on the campus of Sierra Canyon.  She’s just a Soph., so look for this young stud-muffin to step her game up in the next few years.  Will she be able to put the squad on her back – if needed, catapulting SC to another State Title?  Only time will tell.


Ashley Chevalier
Class of 2020
5’7 Guard
Sierra Canyon High School
AAU Club: Blessed By God

Good prospect who runs the PG position with confidence, seeing the floor well and making solid decisions with the rock. With her pass first mentality, she’ll definitely keep her teammates happy when dropping dimes in their direction.  Sits on the defensive end of the floor, showing good lateral movement with her on the ball defense. Has the ability to become a good shooter because of her lefty status – showing nice form and rotation on her shot.  Nice size and grit for a PG (5’10) who should only get better as she progresses in her high school career.  Looks to be developing that killer instinct at a rapid pace.  As the daughter of Sierra Canyon Boy’s Head Coach Andre Chevalier, dad should be able to provide some words of wisdom, as this young lady continues to climb the ladder of Cali’s top recruits. Stud-muffin indeed.

Take a look at a few clips from the 2017 AAU Summer circuit as Ashley puts in work for Team BBG.

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Dapper Dandy’s

Part 2 of our look at Dapper Dandy’s who stood out at ‘The 8’ Tourney hosted by BigFootHoops July 26-28, 2017.


Jacobi Gordon  -6’7 Forward
Houston Hoops
Class of 2018
Cal Commit

Athletic forward who does the little things for his club  -hits the boards, plays defense, and shows a willingness to share the basketball. Active around the rim who will accept the challenge on the defensive end of the ball.  Will need to polish his offensive game to become a serious threat offensively, but has enough weapons in his arsenal to make an immediate impact as a freshman for Cal.  With a never ending motor and willingness to be a team player, look for this young man to receive quality minutes for the Golden Bears.

Mikeal-JonesMikeal Jones  -6’8 Forward
Team Final
Class of 2020
Keep your eyes out on the young athletic thoroughbred.  Nice offensive game at this stage of his development with that killer instinct you look for in major D1 players.  Plays very well on the defensive end of the ball – active on the defensive boards and blocks shots as a rim protector.  Shows the ability to finish well around the rim with bounce and makes minimal mistakes on the court.  Will need to continue to stay in the lab to become a deep threat but has the shot mechanics to get it done. Villanova has offered this stud after a strong summer outing.

James-AkinjoJames Akinjo  -6’0 Guard
Oakland Soldiers
Class of 2018

The #14 player in the State of CA for the class of 2018 (ESPN) didn’t disappoint. Living up to the hype on the biggest stages of AAU hoops this summer.  The kid is a cold assassin you fell me.  Has the craftiness and grit to get to the bucket and finish among the bigs, drops dimes while limiting turnovers, and pulls the bow and arrow from deep –  with accuracy and consistency.  Standing only six feet, this young man has the heart of a seven footer, time and time again putting his club on his back, making clutch shots and solid decision making down the stretch.  Didn’t get to see any action from Nike’s EYBL this year but rest assured this young man hand a big hand in Oakland’s 2017 Peach Jam title.   Sit when your on the defensive end of the court family or…hands down, man down.


Taeshon Cherry -6’10 Forward
Oakland Soldiers
Class of 2018
USC Commit

Major level athlete with the skill sets to make an impact at the next level.  USC commit who won’t be in college for too long.  Runs the floor with the best of them, looking to bang and be physical as a PF should.  Finishes with his nice frame, good feet, and elite level offense skills around the rim.  Very good feel for the game.  High basketball IQ allows him to make up for mistakes and capitalize on his opponents miscues.  The #4 player in the State of CA for the Class of 2018(ESPN) will be a major impact his senior season and an McDonald’s All American selection come seasons end.  Look for him to be on the radar of every NBA teams’ one and done scout list.


Rechon ‘Leaky’ Black – 6’7 Guard
Team CP3
Class of 2018
North Carolina Commit

Big guard, big skills, big pay day for the University of North Carolina, as this young man brings his A game to the Tar Heels.  All around solid player with intangibles you would expect from a North Carolina recruit.  High basketball IQ, solid play on both ends of the floor, and has that proven ability to get it done on the big stage.  We like this smooth operator and the impact he will make on the collegiate level.  Court ‘savy-ness’ and willingness to be a team player, will catapult Leaky to immediate star status.  Dean Smith is getting another quality player to continue the UNC tradition.

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