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Day 1 and Day 2 Analysis

Some ruminations about the 1st two days of the Classic:

Granite Bay didn’t come to this tournament just to play, they came to win. A relative unknown entering the Classic they have jumped out of the gate in both of their first two games and dominated. They play very smart basketball and they are relentless. They have looked like one of the top Elite Bracket teams thus far. Robert Duncan has impressed in both contests with his all-around game.

Taft has incredible depth. Wow. Their second unit is so strong and disciplined. It gives them a huge advantage in every game they play. Senior guard Spencer Dinwiddie has displayed a high basketball IQ and good feel for the game. He sticks out as the team leader.

Price’s Norvel Pelle is pretty incredible when he’s on. But he plays inconsistently. When he’s on his game, he is a strong rebounder, a good shooter, and uses his immense talent to dominate both ends of the court. But he isn’t on his game nearly as much as he could be. With him playing at a high level, Price’s 1st unit is one of the strongest in the state. When he is mentally out of the game, it is a different story. Guard Askia Booker is a physical point. He is a fierce penetrator but an even better on-ball defender. He has showed his worth early here.

Campbell Hall’s Austin McBroom, a 4-year player at the Classic, is a real competitor. He doesn’t get involved with the other team vocally. He just lets his play do the talking. He’s been one of the best ballhandlers for the last two years here and he has a varied scoring repertoire. Although he was one of the top scorers in the state as a junior, I could see his offensive output plateauing this year. Not because his offensive game has diminished, but because of the huge strides teammate Cole Huff has made in becoming a legitimate offensive threat. Huff’s emergence has helped McBroom become a more efficient scorer as well.

Pasadena’s roster is one of the most athletic in the field. We’ll see if they can put it together on the court in the upcoming games.

Stockdale’s Vinny Lidgett has filled up the stat sheet thus far. He can shoot it from deep and is a deceptively strong driver as well.

Sylmar’s Alex Moreno is a very fluid athlete. He uses his body to facilitate his offensive game as well as anyone thus far. He’s a very powerful player and a great shot-blocker.

Michaelyn Scott and Chris Brown of Washington form one of the quickest backcourt duos in the tournament. But I don’t think we’ve even seen their best yet. I’m excited to see them play in the 2nd round today.

Cathedral’s Chris Spears has an incredible handle. He’s an undersized player but possesses ideal quickness and a knack for beating his man off the dribble. He hasn’t showcased too much of a jumper, mostly because he penetrates all the time.

Both Mission Hills and Campolindo both play a very similar style of basketball. Both have solid contributions up and down the lineup. Fundamentally solid. Not shockingly, both are in the 2nd round of the Elite Bracket.

Santa Clara’s Richard Craig and Marin Catholic’s David Ahern are both strong scorers for their respective teams. They both knock down open jumpers and in high school that opens up everything.

As far as local teams go, Mission Prep and SLO both suffered defeats in the 1st round of bracket play. Under a new head coach, SLO is playing a rejuvenated brand of basketball. SLO High’s Mike Hansen and Steven Sainsbury have really battled in both games. Art Lane and Andy Rowley have both played well for MP which has two down-the-wire losses thus far.

Feel free to comment if you think anyone else has stood out thus far.

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