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Ron Massey: 3 Issues We Discovered!

We took in each days on the Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Basic at McBride (Lengthy Seaside, Calif.) and evaluation what we realized from the occasion. CIF Southern Part powers Centennial of Corona and St. John Bosco of Bellflower ended up within the title sport every workforce used for participant growth with Centennial profitable the ultimate, 62-48.  

1. California’s 2026 Class Can Be Particular
Over the previous 50 years, California has produced some particular lessons that dominated faculty with most of the prime gamers in every happening to NBA careers. The latest stellar class was in 2020, which produced NBA 2021 NBA No. 2 decide Jalen Inexperienced out of Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) through San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) and No. 3 decide Evan Mobley of Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.). That class additionally produced 2021 No. 10 decide Ziarie Williams of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and a fourth first spherical decide in No. 24 Josh Christopher of Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.). This present crop of sophomores-to-be may have that sort of affect on the 2027 NBA Draft, in the event that they proceed to work exhausting and develop.

Even for those who did not embrace the nation’s two two prospects within the class who are actually at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), 6-foot-7 wing A.J. Dybansta and 6-foot-7 ahead Tyran Stokes, that is nonetheless a terrific group. It is led by level guards Jason Crowe of Lynwood (Calif.) and Brandon McCoy Jr. of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), each who participated at Ron Massey within the Problem of Champions bracket reserved for eight excellent groups. Crowe, final 12 months’s Cal-Hello Sports activities State Freshman of the Yr, continues to progress and is getting stronger, whereas McCoy is a uncommon all-around prospect who defends the ball, has fast explosion off vertical or off the dribble horizontally and the ball expertise that places him in uncommon firm on this area of the nation. Not many excessive stage prospects from California through the years have that mixture. Three of the gamers within the subsequent tier of the 2026 class have been at Massey: Tajh Ariza of St. Bernard. (Playa Del Rey, Calif.), Kaiden Bailey of Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) and Brayden Kyman of Santa Margarita (Calif.). That does not embrace Brannon Martinsen of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), who was nursing a minor damage and didn’t play within the Problem of Champions. Ariza is the one expertise who may push and even perhaps cross some within the prime group together with his mixture of measurement, really feel and talent. He’s beginning to really feel snug capturing the 3-ball off the dribble and catch. As soon as Ariza will get some consistency, be careful. 5 gamers who’ve entered the dialogue to affix that second group of 4 are led by Isaiah “Slim” Rogers of Centennial (Corona, Calif.), who has improved by leaps and bounds over the summer season and helped Centennial attain the Ron Massey title sport. The opposite 4 knocking on the door are Ariza’s teammate Malachi Collins, Julius Value of St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.), Kyman’s teammate at Santa Margarita Drew Anderson, and Caleb Newton of Birmingham (Van Nuys, Calif.). Two 2026 large man who displayed speedy enchancment at Massey are 6-foot-8 Jacob Majok of Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) and 6-foot-9 Abdoul Naked of St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.). We have not even talked about Alijah Arenas of Chatsworth (Calif.), who some have pegged greater ranked than all anticipate the Prolific Prep duo, however whom we’re slow-playing a bit as a result of he merely hasn’t dominated elite competitors simply but.

California’s finest class, by the best way, is the 1975 class led by Mr. Basketball USA Invoice Cartwright of Elk Grove (Calif.) and two different first 5 All-Individuals in Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) teammates Roy Hamilton and David Greenwood. All three made the NBA together with 5 different gamers from the famed California class: ahead James Hardy, guards Reggie Theus and Brad Holland and facilities Invoice Laimbeer and Paul Mokeski. That core of gamers twice performed a legit United States all-star workforce and beat them each instances, as soon as in Sacramento in entrance of Cartwright’s large NorCal following and as soon as on the Lengthy Seaside Sports activities Enviornment in entrance of the SoCal contingent. That class had all the things (by way of measurement and talent), another nice lessons have been outlined by prime prospects on the prime (1986, 2008) whereas others have been outlined by depth (1993). The 1997 class was purported to rival the 1975 class, but it surely peaked early and a few flamed out so nothing is assured for this 2026 class.

2. Corona Centennial Will Be In The Combine
The Huskies graduated a terrific senior class, together with 2023 Cal-Hello Sports activities Mr. Basketball Jared McCain (Duke), that made up a core that completed No. 1 within the state in 2021 and 2022 and received three consecutive CIF Southern Part open championships. At first look it will appear coach Josh Giles’ membership is just too decimated by commencement, however suppose once more. We talked concerning the Golden State’s terrific 2026 class and the Huskies have three sophomore starters led by Slim Rodgers. The 6-foot-3 level guard has grown a lot within the final 12 months and is gaining confidence at each occasion we see him at. Rogers has a terrific change of tempo and is now extra constant together with his shot-making. The sophomore that truly noticed probably the most enjoying time on the 2022-23 Centennial varsity was 5-foot-10 Justice Griffith, a bodily play-maker who can terrorize groups on the defensive finish and makes profitable performs. He scored the game-winning basket proper in entrance of the rim within the Huskies’ 68-66 semifinal win over St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) within the Pangos Elite 8 (Problem of Champions) bracket. The third tremendous soph is Markee White Jr., a 6-foot-6 athlete who’s a key rebounder and defender. He starred on the JayVee workforce as a freshman and has made loads of strides in his offensive sport. UCLA-bound Eric Freeny is the groups’ go-to participant and as soon as Arizona-bound ahead Carter Bryant turns into accustomed to the Huskies’ system, this workforce might be proper there to problem defending CIF state open champ Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) and St. John Bosco for the CIF Southern Part open crown. Some really feel Bryant is the state’s finest senior prospect, so if he meshes with Freeny and the sophomores proceed to enhance, this younger membership might be FAB 50 ranked in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the season and extra importantly, will likely be a harmful workforce in February and March.

3. Mater Dei’s Brandon Benjamin is a Distinction-Maker
Among the many groups on this occasion and the very best ones in SoCal, the pecking order within the 2025 class is well-established. St. John Bosco’s Elzie Harrington and Brayden Burries of Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.), each large guards, lead the pack together with wing Nikolas Khamenia of Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) and capturing guard Jovani Ruff of Poly (Lengthy Seaside, Calif.). After Roosevelt defeated St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Calif.) in a highly-charged opening spherical sport of the Elite 8 bracket, 54-51, Burries didn’t play in Sunday’s two video games, together with Roosevelt’s 61-60 semifinal loss to St. John Bosco. The occasion’s most prolific scorer over the previous two years, Tounde Yessoufou of St. Joseph, leads the 2025 group from a statewide perspective and he is the one whose expertise stage is on par with Harrington and Burries. The one participant who might be knocking on the door down the road is 6-foot-5 small ahead Brandon Benjamin of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), who performed final season at Canyon (Anaheim, Calif.). Benjamin matches in with the Monarchs’ returning expertise seamlessly not solely as a result of he is proficient, but in addition as a result of he is what the physician ordered by way of his unselfishness and I.Q. Benjamin is powerful across the rim and by no means rattled or off steadiness. He is also affected person in letting performs develop and and is a superb passer, particularly from the excessive submit or elbow prolonged. Mater Dei’s teaching workers loves what they see out final 12 months’s Orange County Register Participant of the Yr, particularly when the workforce is at full energy. On this occasion, the Monarchs performed with out sophomores Brannon Martinsen and Luke Barnett, plus senior Brady Karich. Benjamin and Martinsen will likely be key cogs in main Mater Dei again into the CIF Southern Part open playoffs, which they missed for the primary time final season because it started in 2013-14. Different rising juniors who had good outings at Ron Massey embrace guard Julien Gomez of La Mirada (Calif.) and energy ahead Doug Langford of Pius X-St. Matthias (Downey, Calif.).

After averaging 33.7 ppg in three Problem of Champion video games final 12 months, Yessoufou was as soon as once more scoring and capturing at a excessive clip at this 12 months’s Ron Massey. He went for 27 factors in a 80-69 first spherical win over Mater Dei, then got here again with 35 within the two-point loss to Centennial within the semifinals. He completed up with 28 factors in a 69-67 St. Joe’s victory over Roosevelt for third place. Yessoufou completed with a 30 ppg averaging whereas nailing 11 3-pointers. Within the championship sport, St. John Bosco’s Harrington and the remainder of the Braves’ regulars didn’t swimsuit up whereas Centennial’s starters didn’t begin. Bosco simply downed Windward (Los Angeles) in its opening spherical sport, 66-44, whereas Centennial zoomed previous Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.), 67-38, in its opening spherical sport.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He will be reached at Do not forget to observe him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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