One of the players helping them to get there is Jabari Bird, who has seen his stock soar over the last year. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard transferred to Richmond (Calif.) Salesian High School and had to sit out half the season but has played at a high level since his return.
His play has carried over to the spring and Bird has found himself ranked 10th overall by Scout.com in the class of 2013. The Soldiers went 5-0 this past weekend in the third session of the EYBL, but there were some tough games that the team was able to overcome late.
"The team was a little rusty since we haven't played since Dallas," said Bird. "We finally got Aaron (Gordon) back, so that was a real big addition and we added Isaac (Hamilton). We are just trying to click and gel but I think we are doing our thing.
"When players are that good, good things just keep happening on the court."
With all that talent, sometimes it is hard for any of the players to find a groove and get things going. Saturday, Bird was able to hit some shots and make plays, but Sunday was a different story. Bird struggled and could not get anything going offensively.
Perhaps one of the strongest aspects of Bird's game is his effort, as he will try hard every single play he is on the court. Bird knows that his contribution is necessary to the team's success.
"I think I play solid on this team," said Bird. "I hit some jump shots, get a few dunks and just play hard. All I have to do is play hard and I'll keep maintaining my spot."
This summer, Bird says that he wants to improve on what he can do on the offensive end.
"I want to work on my ball handling, so I can be more explosive," explained Bird. "That goes along with just to get stronger and work on my overall game."
As far as his recruitment, there are a few names that have been sticking out for Bird including Arizona, Washington and California. The Wildcats have done a good job with his recruitment and appear to be in as good of position as anyone else.
Bird says that the coaching staff is very appealing and is one that he would maybe want to play for in the future.
"I like the coaching staff and they are a really nice group of people," said Bird. "They are coming after me really hard. I saw them play a lot on T.V. during the tournament and it seems like a style that I can fit into."
The five-star shooting guard wants to take an unofficial visit sometime this summer to Arizona if the timing is right, which is a good sign for the Wildcats. As for whether or not Arizona leads at this point, Bird had positive things to say.
"I would definitely consider them up there in my top two," said Bird.