11 D-I basketball recruits highlight Southern Section boys roster for April 16 showdown
The LA City Section boys team will be hard pressed to extend their winning streak to three and the Southern Section girls massive streak of nine consecutive will be in jeopardy when regional sectional all star teams collide at the annual Collision XIII All Star basketball games, Saturday April 16, at El Camino College in Torrance. The girl’s game tips at 5p.m. and the boy’s game tips at 7 p.m.
The City Section boys lead the series seven games to five and have won two in a row three times, but pushing that streak to three will be difficult considering the Southern Section boys will be led by Gatorade Player of the Year Ryan Anderson (Boston College) of Long Beach Poly, USC bound Alexis Moore (LB Poly) and Byron Wesley ( Etiwanda), Boston College recruit Jordan Daniels (Etiwanda), a pair of Hawaii signees in Gardena Serra’s Ronnie Stevens and Gerry Blakes of Inglewood Morningside, Price Christian’s Askia Booker headed to Colorado, Corona Centennial’s terrific trio Michael Caffey (Long Beach State), Dominique Dunning (New Mexico) and Gelaun Wheelwright (Weber State), and Simi Valley’s Jonathan Davis (George Washington). The Southern boys will be coached by Sharrief Metoyer of Long Beach Poly.
In comparison the City boys coached by Derrick Taylor of Woodland Hills Taft will have just one Division I college signee in City Player of the Year Spencer Dinwiddie. Their task is daunting to say the least.
The Southern Section girls which has dominated the series with a resounding 11 games to 1 advantage, have won nine consecutive, but could potentially have their streak snapped.
Southern girls coach Mel Sims of Chino Hills Ayala will suit up three Division I signees in UCLA bound Kacey Swain of St. Bernard, Nebraska bound Teara Laudermill of Canyon Springs and Cal State Long Beach signee Devin Hudson of Colony.
Narbonne’s Victoria Sanders will pilot a LA City roster that has been assembled with long range shooters and quickness setting the stage for one the most competitive match-ups in years.
Both the girls and boys game will be televised and broadcast delayed by Time Warner Cable. Collision will name the Scholar Athlete of the Year in honor of powerful Nike basketball consultant George Raveling, and retiring Los Angeles Southwest College basketball coach Reggie Morris Sr. will receive the ‘Jim Harrick’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Doors open at 3p.m. and tickets are $10 for admission.
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