Weekend Hoops Schedule


Westchester Head Coach Ed Azzam during the Redondo Union PAC Shore Tourney.  Image by PopScout.

Westchester Basketball Challenge
Jan 7, 2017

1:00pm Dorsey vs Highland
2:30pm St. Bernard vs South Gate
4:00pm Santa Monica vs Gahr
5:30pm Westchester vs Bishop Montgomery


Westchester Senior Guard Briana Anugwom.  This young lady is special.  Image by PopScout.

2017 Matt Denning Hoops Classic
Girls Hoops

 10:30am Huntington Beach  vs  Canyon
12:00pm Santa Margarita  vs Sonora
 1:30pm   Palisades  vs Valencia
 3:00pm  Fairmont Prep vs Mark Keppel
 4:30pm  Mater Dei vs Westchester
 6:00pm  La Jolla Country Day  vs Harvard Westlake

 7:30pm  Troy  vs  Windward

Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge
Redondo Union High
Friday January 6, 2017
5:00pm Lynwood vs Bishop O’Dowd
6:30pm Redondo Union vs Camarillo
8:00pm Santa Monica vs Bishop Montgomery


Loyola Sr. PG Khristion Courseault sweet talking his way to the rack against Cassius Stanley.  Image by PopScout.

Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge
Redondo Union High
Saturday January 7, 2017

12:00pm Windward vs Compton
1:30pm Brentwood vs Villa Park
3:00pm Loyola vs Leuzinger
5:00pm Birmingham vs Heritage Christian
6:30pm Redondo vs Los Altos
8:00pm Santa Margarita vs Roosevelt


Sierra Canyon PG Remy Martin. Arizona State Commit.

Sierra Canyon Showcase
Sierra Canyon High
Jan 7, 2017

Chatsworth vs. Simi Valley, 12:30 p.m.
Crenshaw vs. St. Augustine, 2 p.m.
Oak Park vs. Army-Navy Academy, 3:30 p.m.
Bishop Gorman vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 5:15 p.m.
Sierra Canyon vs. Bishop O’Dowd, 7 p.m.
Rancho Christian vs. San Gabriel Academy, 8:30 p.m.


Alemany Jr. Guard Malia Bambrick.

Alemany Showcase
Alemany High
Jan 07, 2017

11:30 am Cleveland H.S. vs. Reseda
1 pm Viewpoint H.S. vs. Pacifica (Oxnard)
2:30 pm West Ranch H.S. vs. Royal
4 pm (girls) Alemany vs. Serra (Gardena)
5:30 pm St. Francis H.S. vs. Canyon
7 pm Oaks Christian H.S. vs. La Canada
8:30 pm Sylmar H.S. vs. Shalhevet


Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Freshman Ziaire Williams.

3rd Annual
Saturday, January 7
at Long Beach Jordan High School

11:00 pm L.B. Cabrillo vs Santa Fe
12:35 pm L.B. Wilson vs Torrance
2:10 pm Lakewood vs Capistrano Valley Christian
3:45 pm Canyon (Anaheim) vs Sunnyside (Fresno)
5:20 pm Etiwanda vs Maranatha
6:55 pm L.B Jordan vs Notre Dame (SO)


Van Nuys Sr. Guard Kevin Hurlic III.

Van Nuys Showcase Event
Van Nuys High School
Jan 7, 2017

2:30pm Renaissance Academy vs. San Fernando
4pm LaVerne Lutheran vs. Santa Clarita Christian
5:30pm Valencia vs. Calabassas
7pm Hart vs. Van Nuys
8:30pm Valley Torah vs. Palmdale Aerospace Academy

Girls basketball

Windward Girls Basketball: Cohesion at its best


 Windward PG pushes the rock during their 61-47 victory over Fairfax.  Image by PopScout.

The Windward basketball team was able to withstand a solid first half by Fairfax but eventually their conditioning, team unity, and execution of plays were just too much for the Lions to overcome.  These girls are in the best conditioning you are going to see from a team that’s currently ranked #5 in the State and #14 nationally per MaxPreps.  It looked as though they were just getting started when the game was over.  They have a pregame ritual that’s off the chain – getting everyone lose and in the mindset to play the game.


Their ability to run their offensive sets and play as a team will be enough to push them over the hump, during close games, where teams aren’t that polished in those areas.  I was a bit hard on these young ladies (and the referees) from the stands because of my ties with City Section teams (Crenshaw High ’88). After watching Windward perform on the court, you get much props and due respect from PopScout. Coach Nygaard and her coaching staff are doing a tremendous job preparing these girls for battle.  It’s like taking an AP class in basketball you feel me.

Take a look at Windwards’ full game highlights against Fairfax Jan 05, 2017.  I also threw in their pregame warms up to give you an idea where they stand, with regards to pregame preparation. PopScout has seen some of the top teams in the State such as Etiwanda, Alemany, Harvard Westlake, Fairmont Prep, Valencia, and Serra. We’ll be heading out to the Matt Denning Tourney at Mater Dei this weekend to get a birds-eye view of some of these stud-muffins in action. So far, no one comes mentally and physically prepared for a game as Windward.

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Boys High School Hoops

Cassius Stanley is Showtime.


6’6 Soph. Guard Cassius Stanley is showtime for Harvard Westlake.  Image by PopScout.

Cassius Stanley is indeed a human highlight reel.  The kid can change the game with his supernatural ability.  Take a look at a few clips of him in action against Loyola during their 61-54 W.  It was a sold out crowd on hand and Stanley didn’t disappoint, treating us with some monstrous dunks to move the crowd.  Eric B and Rakim would be pleased.  You can see the human highlight reel in action tonight, Jan 06, 2017 against St Francis at 7pm at Harvard Westlake.  Tickets are a hot commodity in Studio City, you feel me,  so you best come early to get your seat.

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Boys High School Hoops

Alemany Warriors: Front Court Running Mates


Sr KJ Warren is formidable at 6’5 245 lbs.  He adds that needed dirty work.

In a time when Southern CA basketball is dominated by guards and an up and down style of play, it’s nice to see teams who can rely on their bigs to get the job done.  Alemany is one that benefits from a post presence and a dynamic frontcourt tandem.  KJ Warren is a 6’5 245 forward who brings grit and toughness to his squad.  PopScout likes to refer to him as the junkyard dog – keeps the house(paint) protected from burglars (opponents) and cleans up the mess (hits the boards and loves to bang).


Jr Center Fred Odhiambo works on his form before a league game January 2, 2017.

6’11 210lbs Center Fred Odhaimbo is his running mate, having the ability to post up and clog up the middle with his 6’11 frame.  Blocks shots and just frankly is a match up nightmare for teams who like size on their frontcourt.  Fred is still getting adjusted to the speed of the game and learning the tendencies of his teammates.  Potential is there, as he’s shown to be a real factor for Alemany and their quest for another State Title come March Madness.

Here are a few highlights of two in action from their league game January 2, 2017 against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.  KJ Warren didn’t suit up in the loss to Centennial during The Classic @ Damian Tourney, so Centennial may want to put an asterisk by that victory.  Look for Alemany to continue to gel and be up to par for Open Division play and a great State playoff run.

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Girls basketball

Girls Hoops: Julia Macabuhay is Special

What makes up the characteristics of a true point guard?  Is it their ability to run the team and stay poised under pressure?  is it there ability to break down the defense and make good decisions?  Or is it their ability to play unselfish and make everyone around them better?  Maybe it’s their ability to be a second coach on the floor? It’s all of the above and much more.


Looking for a true point guard ?  Then look no further than La Salle Jr. PG Julia Macabuhay.  Image by PopScout.

Jr. PG Julia Macabuhay is as close to a pure, true point guard as you are going to see in a long, long time.  This young lady has all the intangibles to be a top recruit for the class of 2018. Her pedigree… (just to name a few good things she does on the floor):  Handles off the chain (and we do mean off the chain).   IQ on the court off the chart (AP classes you feel me). Plays unselfish as they come, showing a willingness to get her teammates involved on every possession  – if need be.  Can put her team on her back and make buckets when it counts.  Has the ability to shoot from 3pt land, pulling the bow and arrow. Stamina that allows her to play an entire game, while still being super effective for 32 minutes of play.


Julia checks the clock for time while keeping her dribble alive.  Julia has true PG skillsets  with a basketball IQ that’s off the charts.  This young lady understands the role of a PG.

PopScout has seen quite a few games this year on the Women’s CA Bball Circuit (JC and High School).  Julia has to be one of the best of the best at running the show.  She may not get the notoriety  she deserves from playing at La Salle (CA Division 3), but if I were a scout, I would definitely be taking a long look at this young lady. She is the full package indeed.  A true joy to watch for those who appreciate the game and understand the role of a PG.

Here are some highlights of this young lady in action against Flintridge Sacred Heart.  The game was played January 3, 2016 at La Salle.  La Salle was able to come away with the victory by a score of 54-47, primarily because of the play and leadership of Julia.  Keep perfecting your craft young lady.  Game recognize game you feel me.

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2017 Matt Denning Hoops Classic Schedule


Palisades PG / LMU commit Chelsey Gipson. 5 Star / 95 Scouts Grade by ESPN.

Matt Denning Hoops Classic Girls Schedule
January 7, 2017 – Mater Dei High

Canyon vs Huntington Beach 10:30
Sonora vs Santa Margarita 12pm
Palisades vs Valencia 1:30pm
Fairmont Prep vs Mark Keppel 3pm
Mater Dei vs Westchester 430pm
La Jolla CD vs Harvard Westlake 6pm
WIndward vs Troy 7:30pm


Troy High – Cal Commit, 98 Grade / 5 Star Senior Kianna Smith.  Image by PopScout

Boys High School HoopsRedondo Union Tourney

Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge

Schedule for the 4th Annual Redondo Union Take Flight Challenge


Cal commit Jemarl Baker.  Image by PopScout

Friday January 6, 2017

5:00pm Lynwood vs Bishop O’Dowd

6:30pm Redondo Union vs Camarillo

8:00pm Santa Monica vs Bishop Montgomery

Saturday January 7, 2017

12:00pm Windward vs Compton

1:30pm Brentwood vs Villa Park

3:00pm Loyola vs Leuzinger

5:00pm Birmingham vs Heritage Christian

6:30pm Redondo vs Los Altos

8:00pm Santa Margarita vs Roosevelt

Boys High School Hoops

The Classic @ Damian: Oak Park… Family Affair


5’11 Freshman PG Clark Slajchert is a sharp shooter who likes to pull the bow and arrow.  Image taken at the 2016 The Classic @ Damian Tourney.

Family Affair

Growing up playing in the driveway with your brother, then having the opportunity to play with him in high school, must be a ‘sweet thang’.  We’re all aware of the Ball Brothers setting the standard for families bringing their A game, but what about others who’ve gotten the opportunity to suit up and represent their Fam’?  The Slajcherts out of Oak Park are putting up some very good numbers.   During The Classic @ Damian Tourney, the two showed why they’re legitimate ballers and ones to watch as the season unfolds.


6’4 Jr Guard Wes Slajchert – seen here playing D against Birmingham High –  shows the ability to shake and bake and get his shot off.  Image by PopScout.

Wes is a Jr 6’4 Guard who has nice skillets.  Running the show for his ball club while making good decisions with the rock, he handles the PG duties with authority. Has the handles and skills to get his shot off at will and shoots over smaller defenders with his 6’4 frame. The kid is athletic enough to be considered a premiere guard for the Class of 2018.  His brother Clack is right behind him as a Freshman stud, learning the tricks of the trade from big bro’ Wes. Clark currently stands at 5’11 (I’m sure he’s waiting on that growth spurt you feel me), who has the ability to pull the bow and arrow, stretching defenses with his sharp shooting abilities. Clark will definitely benefit from playing the best of the best as only a Freshman and playing alongside his brother in the backcourt. The Eagles have played a brutal schedule thus far (10-6), going up against Roosevelt, Sierra Canyon, Long Beach Poly, Birmingham, Alemany, and Santa Margarita.  Good Lord!  Oak Park is sure to be battle tested come post season play and will definitely learn a lot from playing against tougher competition, than they would by beating up on crumb-cake opponents.

Take a look at footage from The Classic @ Damian Tourney. Oak Park goes up against a very stout Birmingham squad and almost comes away with the W.  Stay in the lab and continue to lean on each other young soldiers.  PopScout thinks you guys have something special.

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Girls basketball

Girls Basketball: Etiwanda wins 2016 West Coast Holiday Festival Tourney in impressive fashion.


The Etiwanda Girls basketball team showed why they are the #7 Ranked team in the State of CA, knocking off Camarillo in impressive fashion.  Image by PopScout.

Dressed in yellow uniforms, the Etiwanda Girls basketball team looked like killer bees Friday night during the Championship game of the West Coast Holiday Festival Tourney at Burroughs High in Burbank, CA.  Putting on the pressure from start to finish and swarming all over the court, the Eagles came away with a 73-40 victory over a solid Camarillo team that came in ranked #24 in the State with only one loss at 14-1.  Etiwanda showed too much athleticism (thoroughbreds indeed) – starting the game with a 13-1 run and never looking back.  The team has only one loss (11-1), against #9 ranked Alemany of Mission Hills, CA.  Not quite sure how that loss came, but these young ladies have rebounded and look solid as a rock.


Sr. Forward Mikaylah Wilson (#11) is a beast and should be considered as one of the top players in the State of California when its all said and done.  She currently holds several DI offers from mid-major universities.  Image by PopScout.

Anchoring the way for the Eagles Friday night was 6’0 Sr. Forward Mikaylah Wilson.  She does everything well for her team.  Plays solid defense, rebounds and pushes the rock, scores in the paint on the post while also showing a true mid range game, and can also extend the defense to 3pt land.  What a weapon for the Eagles on a night when they came out firing on all cylinders to defeat Camarillo and their very well coached team.  If you haven’t seen this young lady play the game, then be sure to get a peak at her this season before she vaults to the DI level next year.  PopScout doesn’t like to evaluate players until seeing them for 3 games, but this young lady is a soldier and no doubt will make some noise in years to come at the next level. Her motor is always going and she’s willing to do the dirty work for her squad by banging inside and contesting shots.  Has developed that killer instinct and looks to sting her opponents on every possession  – on both ends of the court you feel me.


Jr. Guard Daja Hamilton (24) gets some direction from head Coach Anders Anderson during a free throw break in action.  This young lady is a 5 star prospect, no doubt.  One of the top guards in the class of 2018.  Image by PopScout.

If you’re looking for the next big thing in Girls Basketball, then look no further than Jr. Guard Daja Hamilton.  This young lady is as smooth as silk, who’ll be a 5 Star prospect on every major recruiting board come her senior season in 2018.  She has that ability to change the game with her explosiveness and skillsets that are a step above all the rest.  Plays solid on the defensive end – willing to sit and pressure her man from baseline to baseline –  and has that ‘showtime’ about her game you just don’t see too often.  Rarely makes a mistake and willing to step up and carry her team on its back when needing a bucket.  This young lady has been in the lab perfecting her craft indeed.

Take a look at highlights from the Championship game played December 30, 2016 against Camarillo, as we spotlight Daja and Mikaylah. Etiwanda plays Serra (Gardena, CA) at home on January 3, 2017 at 3pm per MaxPreps.  Serra  is the #11 ranked team in the State and should have on their safety belts when going up against The Eagles.  It will be a great game matching two of the premier girls teams from the Sunny State of Cali’ and an indication of just how good Etiwanda can play against another tough opponent.  Or was it just a fluke?  We think not as this team shows too much skillsets at every position with a wonderful coaching staff that keeps them on their toes.

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Boys High School Hoops

Starting from Ground Zero: Chavez Boys Basketball

The Los Angeles Unified School District has added 130 new schools over the past several years.  With that being said, these schools are now faced with building their athletic programs among the many schools who’ve already established themselves over the decades.  How does a program get up to par and put itself on the radar, let alone be competitive enough to compete with the top dogs?


Head Coach Jeff Davis talks to his squad during a timeout of the 2016 Village Christian Tournament.  The Eagles are 10-3 and look to make a name for itself on the CA BBall Hoops Circuit.  Image by PopScout.

Chavez High School is faced with such a task.  The school is located in the San Fernando Valley, looking to make a dent in the competitive basketball hoop world of Southern California.  Their head Coach Jeff Davis, has a daunting task of building his program from ground zero.  Is there a recipe for success?  Sure there is, as he and his coaching staff are on the right track.  During a recent tourney game at Village Christian, the team went up against Burbank High School.  Although the team didn’t come away with the W, many factors were in place that will ensure their success this year –  and years to come.

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As players head off the court, coaches need to let them know what mistakes they’re making , not only to make their game better individually, but help the team as well.  The Chavez coaching staff does a great job teaching kids about the game and holding them accountable for their actions.

Factor 1: Coaching.
The coaches are saying the right things on the sidelines during games, as well as in the huddle during timeouts.  Their coaching staff shows passion, good knowledge of the game, and a willingness to talk to kids instead of just screaming at them and putting them down.  This is key for a young program, whose kids may not buy into your philosophy of play, until you show that you care about them and are willing to nurture them for their mistakes. Just benching kids and not communicating with them is a recipe for disaster for smaller schools on the rise.


The coaching staff are on the same page at Chavez High – holding kids to high expectations and showing true passion and knowledge of the game.

Factor 2:  Playing as a unit.
The team shows a passion for the game and a willingness to play team ball.  Cohesion (ability to play as a unit) is a critical component to develop as young programs establish their ‘identity’ on the court – especially against the better competition.   While playing against Burbank High – which was a major jump in competition for Chavez – they showed early on that, if we play as a unit and run our stuff, we can hang with anyone.  Rarely did we see anyone trying to be a ‘soldier boy’ and take over the show – disregarding the rest of the team to get his. It’s all about believing in yourself and stepping up as a team at the end of the day.  As Chavez continues to grow, look for this squad to continue to improve on its mistakes – somewhat like being in the classroom – games are tests, measuring your level of knowledge before taking the final exam.  It’s all about becoming battle-tested at the end of the day you feel me.


For newer programs just starting out, coaches must stay in the ear of their players in order to get their point across.  Image by PopScout

Factor 3:  Organization and support factor.
Doing the little things can make or break young teams as they develop their sense of play.  Do you have support from your assistants who know the game and truly care about you as a person and player?  Are you filming games and watching film to get better as a unit?  Have you developed a pregame regime?  Do you have family and school support during games that allow your team to develop a since of pride –  knowing that people care about you and show up to games to support you? It’s difficult to gauge this during tournament play but we did see Chavez filming games, parents cheering and understanding their style of play, and a strong support system behind their bench – staying in players’ ears when they were down and letting them know that someone cares.  Good stuff for up and coming teams.

It’s definitely a tough job developing new programs with the limited budget many LAUSD coaches are faced with. Of course there are many other factors that come into play as well. But believing in what you do and truly caring about your players will get around and before long, you will be one of the talked about schools and land yourself on the map.  Word on the street you feel me.  As Chavez coaching staff continues to nurture kids and give 1000 percent,  look for the Eagles to become a force to be reckoned with in years to come.  Show up and support your team family, faculty, and administration. PopScout sends his blessings.


Take a look at highlights from the Burbank vs Chavez game played December 28, 2016.  We spotlight Jr. Guard David Parks.  Chavez bounced back the following day, defeating Kennedy by a score of 68-60 and will play today, December 30, 2016 at 5:30pm at Village Christian. Come out family and friends to support this young, up and coming squad. Stay in the lab young men and continue to play and develop as a unit.

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