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Top Teams and Players

This year’s Classic features what are debatably the top two teams in the state of California. Price of Los Angeles and Taft of Woodland Hills.

Price, fresh off a 34-3 campaign, features one of the most dynamic backcourt-frontcourt combinations in the state with guard Askia Booker (Colorado) and 6’9” center Norvel Pelle (St. John’s). Pelle is the 19th ranked player in the class of 2011 and the 2nd ranked center. He was courted by national powerhouses UCLA and Kansas before elected to join Steve Lavin’s breakthrough Red Storm class. Junior 6’8” forward Skylar Spencer gives the Knights another strong inside presence and is ranked 68th overall in the class of 2012. Senior wing Kenny Green and Sophomore guard Chance Murray round out one of the most athletic rosters in the field. Price opens vs. Campolindo on Friday at 3:30 pm.

Taft, the reigning tournament champions, are led by 6’4” guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado) and 6’9” center Kevin Johnson. Both are highly touted prospects and Johnson is deciding between schools such as USC and Illinois. Senior 6’5” wings C.J. Blackwell (mulling over offers from Big Ten and SEC schools) and Stephen Maxwell both give solid contributions for the Toreadors. Taft opens vs. Mission Hills on Friday at 6:45 pm.

Another highly ranked team in this year’s field is tournament regular Campbell Hall of North Hollywood. The Vikings are led by one of the state’s most electric scorers in senior guard Austin McBroom. After averaging nearly 23 ppg last year, the 5’11” point looks to add on to his impressive high school career. Junior 6’6” wing Cole Huff (San Diego St.) looks to have a breakout year. Campbell Hall opens vs. Stockdale on Friday at 5:00 pm.

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