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The Classic at Damian: Birmingham Patriots are the Real Deal


Nick Halic has done a tremendous job implementing his style of play, having his kids buy into his philosophy of play.  Image taken at The Classic @ Damian Tourney 2016.

One of the hardest things a coach can do is get his players to buy into what you’re doing as a coaching staff and then turn this into performance on the court.  Nick Halic – Head Coach at Birmingham High School – has done just that.  His kids play a style of basketball similar to that of Chino Hills – showing the prowess and wherewithal on the court that  just may catapult them to their first City title in school history.  With that being said, other teams may want to put them on the radar and send out your scouting personnel. This group of young men play the game at a high level and will definitely cause some issues for teams who aren’t familiar with their style of play.


6’5 Sr. Guard Devante Doutrive is a monster on the court and reeks havoc for opposing teams.  He has flourished under his head coaches’ system.  Image taken at the 2016 Classic Tourney at Damian High.  Not quite sure why this young man hasn’t received major offers from D! schools…are you kidding me??

Birmingham showed up late to the Damian Classic (bus issues) and almost got stunned by Oak Park.  In the end, it was too much athleticism for Oak Park and talented Jr. Forward Riley Battin.  Oak Park held his own but couldn’t do much on the defensive end of the court as Birmingham pulled out the victory by a score of 81-78.    Below are highlights of the ‘Big three’ from Birmingham, who have transferred in and placed the Patriots on the Map Indeed – Deschon, Devonaire, and Devante.

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The Classic @ Damian: Matt Mitchell


CS Fullerton commit 6’6 SG Matt Mitchell is a special breed.  The kid has potential to land on the radar of NBA scouts when it’s all said and done.  Image by PopScout.

As smooth as a baby’s booty.  That’s what we think of when watching Matt Mitchell from Eastvale (CA) Roosevelt play the game of basketball.  If there was any NBA comparison than it would have to be of NBA legend Mark Aguirre.  We don’t just like this young man’s game, we love it and think he will become a major stud at Cal State Fullerton and land on the radar of NBA scouts.  The 6’6 215 lbs shooting guards’ game is so versatile – showing the ability to handle the rock, run the floor, hit from all levels of the court, finish in traffic and round the rim, and has that killer instinct and basketball IQ you just don’t see too often.  He lives under the shadow of cal commit Jemarl Baker but is quietly making a name for himself  and showing all college scouts that they missed out on a true thoroughbred.

Here’s some highlights of this young man as he leads his team in scoring on opening day of The Class @ Damian tournament hosted by Head Coach Mike Leduc and Damian High School.  It was a night when his performance was overshadowed by his teammate Jemarl Baker, who dropped 8 three’s for long range.  We don’t want to jinx this young man and put any pressure on him but we like what we see from Matt and feel as though he will land on the plate of an NBA team in a few years to come.

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Jermarl Baker enters the zone


Jemarl Baker was on fire – hitting threes from all over the court during the 2016 Damian Classic hosted by Coach Mike Leduc and Damian High School.  Image by PopScout.

Your next stop…the twilight zone (humming the twilight zone music as I type).  In this case, The 2016 Classic at Damian High School.  Jemarl Baker of Eastvale (CA) Roosevelt pulled the bow and arrow (that’s making buckets from long range for those not in the loop) on opening day to ignite his team to a 24 pt victory over Santa Monica by the score of 87-63.  The kid has signed with Cal and should be a nice addition to PAC12 play next season for the Bears.

Take a look as he drops 8 threes to catapult his team and advance in tourney play. Roosevelt will take on St. John Bosco (7pm at the Athletic Center) Tuesday December 27, 2016.  St. John Bosco  handled a Crespi team still missing their starting back-court and looking to find an identity under veteran Coach Russell White.

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