The 25th annual Under Armour Holiday Classic tips off today in San Diego. 70 of the nations best teams and players will be on display over the 4 day event. La Costa Canyon, Foothills Christian, and Torrey Pines are the local teams that will be playing in the National Division. 19 local high schools will be spread out among many teams from across the country in the other four divisions. Top local prospects TJ Leaf, Tommy McCarthy, Travis Fuller, Brady Twombly, Jaylen Hands, and Dalton Soffer will all be on display in addition to several of the best from around the US. Prime Prep star Terrance Ferguson, St. Patrick pg Bryce Aiken, future SMU pg Sedrick Barefield, Redondo Union sophomore Billy Preston, future Auburn combo guard New Williams and future USC big man Chimezie Metu are among several big time players to keep an eye on at Torrey Pines from December 26th-30th.
- 2015 Mission Hills DB DeChaun Holiday is taking his 1st official visit to the University of Oklahoma this weekend. Many think the UCLA and USC are the leaders for Holiday.
- 2015 St. Augustine DB Frank Buncom IV was scheduled to take an official visit to Cal this weekend, but had to cancel due to injuring his knee during the CIF Championship. Buncom has previously taken official visits to Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, and plans to visit Stanford in January.
- 2015 Del Norte DB Quenton Meeks has taken official visits to Cal and Vanderbilt. He has talked about taking visits to Washington and Stanford, but nothing has been planned. He previously stated that he would like to make a college decision before Christmas, but yesterday told me that he has no timetable as of now.
- 2015 St. Augustine OL Chris Gesell picked up an offer from Dartmouth during an in-home visit last week and is taking an official visit to Yale this weekend.
- 2015 Madison QB Kareem Coles decommitted from Utah State this morning, after the coaching staff suggested that he play a position other than QB. UNLV along with several FCS programs had previously offered, but the Runnin’ Rebels now have a new coaching staff.
- 2015 Granite Hills QB Seth Collins, a San Jose State commit, is taking his official visit this weekend. He is planning to enroll early, and be ready for spring practice with the Spartans.
- 2015 Vista DT Mau Ena, a Montana commit, is still committed to the Grizzlies but is exploring taking other visits after the recent coaching change.
- 2016 Mission Hills ATH Troy Warner picked up his 2nd offer from Boston College a few weeks back. His brother Fred had a big freshman season at BYU, and the Cougars were the 1st to offer Troy.
- 2015 San Marcos OT Kevin Estes, a Wisconsin commit, told me that he needed to speak with his family before making any comments about the departure of Badger head coach Gary Andersen.
- 2015 Oceanside DE Tommy Woo and OL Christian Cronk made verbal commitments to Hawaii before the season, but stated they were soft commitments and still plan to look around and take visits. I expect those visits to begin once the Pirates finish their season in the state playoffs.
- Cathedral Catholic added their 3rd and 4th commits when OL Jacob Van de Grift decided to commit to Yale and LB Jack Onstott decided to commit to the US Naval Academy.
1st Team Offense:
QB: Kareem Coles/Madison
RB: Nathan Stinson/Helix
RB: Isaiah Strayhorn/Eastlake
WR: Martrel Holmes/Mission Hills
WR: Isaiah Capoocia/El Capitan
WR: Jack Bailey/Torrey Pines
OT: Kevin Estes/San Marcos
OG: Austin Lucht/Rancho Bernardo
OC: Chris Gesell/St. Augustine
OG: Jaylon Kuykendal/Helix
OT: Christian Cronk/Oceanside
1st Team Defense:
DL: Amadeo West/Oceanside
DL: Ray Smith/Cathedral Catholic
DL: Mau Ena/Vista
DL: Montrice Johns/Del Norte
LB: Casey Toohill/Cathedral Catholic
LB: Jihad Woods/Helix
LB: Malik Hayes/Grossmont
CB: DeChaun Holiday/Mission Hills
S: Frank Buncom/St. Augustine
S: Quenton Meeks/Del Norte
CB: Jordan Miller/Oceanside
K-P: Jake Bailey/Santa Fe Christian
2nd Team Offense:
QB: Matt Romero/Oceanside
RB: Elijah Preston/St. Augustine
RB: Adrian Petty/Christian
RB: Tyree Range/Rancho Bernardo
WR: Johnny McWilliams/San Marcos
WR: Steffon McKnight/Mira Mesa
OT: Clayton Jimerson/Madison
OG: Cedric Bigge-Duren/Oceanside
OC: Cody Meyer/San Marcos
OG: Michael Alves/St. Augustine
OT: Elijah Wofford/La Costa Canyon
2nd Team Defense:
DL: Tommy Woo/Oceanside
DL: Luke Holloway/Helix
DL: Joey DeMarco/Torrey Pines
DL: Jaquille Bradford/Hoover
LB: David Faatuiese/Vista
LB: Logan Baker/Valhalla
LB: Jack Onstott/Cathedral Catholic
CB: David Lewis/Morse
S: Troy Warner/Mission Hills
S: Will Stricklin/Mission Hills
CB: Josh Olave/Eastlake
- Oceanside over Helix
- Madison over St. Augustine
- El Capitan over Rancho Bernardo
- Christian over Hoover
- The Bishop’s School over Mater Dei Catholic
PLAYOFF RECORD: 39-10
Highlights of 2015 Poway shooting guard Dalton Soffer, a Seton Hall signee, in their season-opening game against Rancho Buena Vista in the Granite Hills Eagle Invitational.
Highlights of 2016 Foothills Christian forward TJ Leaf, an Arizona commit, during the Knight’s season opening victory against Mt. Carmel.
The high school basketball season in San Diego officially tips off tomorrow night, December 1st. Here are my predictions for the season.
Player of the year: Junior SF-PF TJ Leaf/Foothills Christian HS
Freshman of the year: F Miles Norris/Mater Dei Catholic HS
1st team CIF:
G: Jaylen Hands/Mater Dei Catholic HS c/o 2017
G: Tommy McCarthy/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015
G: Johnny McWilliams/San Marcos HS c/o 2016
F: Travis Fuller/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015
F: TJ Leaf/Foothills Christian HS c/o 2016
2nd team CIF:
G: Justin Moore/Mission Bay HS c/o 2016
G: Eric Monroe/St. Augustine HS c/o 2016
G: Dalton Soffer/Poway HS c/o 2015
F: Brady Twombly/La Costa Canyon HS c/o 2015
C: Brandon McCoy/Morse HS c/o 2017
* I have yet to see new Morse transfer DJ Sylvester, a UC-Riverside commit, in person. Therefore, he was not considered for the preseason lists.
Preseason Top 10 rankings:
- La Costa Canyon
- Foothills Christian
- Torrey Pines
- San Marcos
- St. Augustine
- Francis Parker
Predicted Open Division Teams (no order):
- La Costa Canyon
- Torrey Pines
- St. Augustine
- San Marcos
- Mission Bay