As the 2016-2017 high school boy's basketball season sets off, players around the country will compete night in and night out to help their teams to victories and showcasing their abilities in front of high school basketball fans and parents and scouts for the hardworking, gifted and lucky few. We'll be sweeping across the country trying to update you on how players across the nation are doing throughout the year. Today we look at how some of the games went over the past weekend and into Monday along the West coast where the competition was fierce in Cali. The Ball brothers were on a tear while Marvin Bagley III put on a show. Washington kicked things off as well and all eyes were on Michael Porter Jr., who made his move to the NW with great anticipation and did not disappoint fans.
Let's head out to the West Coast for a look at some performances out there...
Dartmouth commit 2017 PF Adrease Jackson poured in 32 points and 2017 PG Kaden Rasheed put up 30 as Santa Margarita shocked one of the nation’s top high school programs in Vegas’ Bishop German, on their turf.
2018 G Tyler Brabant scored a team-high 20 points to lead Thousand Oaks to a tournament championship Saturday evening. Tristen Hull (2017 SF) dropped 23 in the losing effort for Burroughs.
After an astounding 72 point performance last week a 28 point effort Friday, LiAngelo Ball (2017 SF) put up another solid 28 point night leading Chino Hills to take down a stout Long Beach Poly squad led by 2017 PF Zafir Williams who had 19 points. After scoring 38 Friday, younger brother 2019 PG LaMelo Ball added 19 points, and 2017 SF Eli Scott (Loyola Marymount commit) had 21 to secure a tournament championship. LiAngelo and LaMelo are both committed to UCLA where older brother Lonzo currently stars. Williams is also committed to Loyola Marymount.
Commanding the court, 2018 C Riley Battin flew to 36 big time points Friday evening for Oak Park impressing all in attendance, then followed suit with another 35 point effort in a win Monday.
2019 PG Ethan Anderson dropped a cool 23 points to lead Fairfax to a tourney title this weekend.
The Sierra Vista tournament got its champ when 2018 PG Cameron Shelton lit up the nets with 39 points for Damien, which was preceded by his 26 points the night before.
Perennial power Mater Dei took home some hardware Saturday after 2018 floor general Spencer Freedman dropped 23 points (following 26 Friday), and 2017 SF Justice Sueing added 21, keeping Santa Ana's pride undefeated thus far.
Ethan Thompson, 2017 SG signed to Oregon State, sizzled with 27 points leading the way for a huge Bishop Montgomery victory and setting himself up as a top flight player out West. He had 20 points the previous day to advance in the first place.
Brentwood's combo of 2019 G/F Braelee Albert and 2018 SG Charley Wadler racked up 50 points together with the former scoring a double-double with 28 points and the latter connecting on 6 threes, leading to an early season tourney title.
Class of 2017 SG Charles Neal put together an impressive contest with a triple-double. He led Rancho Mirage to victory by controlling the court with 20 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.
2020 G Andrew Reyes opened eyes wide with his scintillating performance from downtown where all 21 of his points came from to pace Viewpoint on Saturday.
One of the nation's top prospects debuted for Sierra Canyon and did not disappoint. 2018 F Marvin Bagley III tapped 27 points while 2017 UCLA commit Cody Riley pulled through with another 21 points in the winning effort Monday night.
Wilsonville's 2017 G Zach Reichle scorched the nets and the competition en route to an easy victory Friday night, putting down a cool 32 points. Reichle is committed to Oregon State.
The debut of Washington Huskies commits 2017 SF Michael Porter Jr. and brother Jontay Porter (2018 F/C) at Nathan Hale (Seattle) went as hoped for the host as MPJ was simply awesome to the tune of 44 points and 20 rebounds while Jontay put together a 17 points, 17 boards and 7 blocks stat-line of his own Friday night as they took apart West Seattle.
2018 post prospect Colby Kyle made an impact in Friday’s contest for Monroe with a strong double-double going for 18 points and 15 rebounds, and also swatting 5 opponent shots.
Spanaway Lake got a couple big games out of their backcourt combo of 2018 guards Divante Moffitt and Ja'Ontay Foster. Under the radar recruitment wise, the two are making names for themselves early on this year as Moffitt scored 31 points and 6 assists Friday, then followed it with 17 points and 8 assists Saturday. Foster hit 6 threes Friday to notch 28 points and then had 14 points with 3 assists and 5 steals Saturday.
In a big early season game, Garfield’s stars came to play when 2017 PG Daejon Davis dropped 21 points, 2017 SG Jaylen Nowell 15 points and 2018 PF J'Raan Brooks scored a fiery 18 points as they upended Cleveland (WA) who got a game-high 28 points out of CJ Elleby (2018 Guard). Davis and Nowell are both committed to Washington.