Prep Profile: Stoneridge Prep

When you think of prep schools, not too many people think about anything on the west coast. However, Ron Slater is trying to alter that perception at Stoneridge Prep (Calif.).

Not too many people around prep school circles know about Stoneridge Prep (Tarzana, Calif.), but that's about to change.

Ron Slater's program is loaded with talent and it starts up front with 6-10 senior forward Trey Duty and New York native Taj Gibson, a 6-8 power forward who has been reclassified into the Class of 2006.

Duty is getting interest from Illinois, Miami, St. John's, Fordham, UTEP and Wisconsin while Gibson is getting plenty of big-time looks now that he's a junior.

Duty and Gibson will likely be joined up front by Mario Avery, a 6-10, 290-pound big man from Lancaster, Calif, who is receiving interest from the likes of UAB and UTEP.

``My big men will be able to run better than just about anyone else in the country," Slater said. "Avery is a sleeper and a man amongst boys. He just needs to get into shape."

The backcourt will feature Utah-bound 6-3, 190-pound post-grad Lawrence Borha, who also hails from New York, and 5-11 junior floor leader Jonathan Gibson.

``He'll start at the two, but he can also plays some point," Slater said of Borha. "He's a scoring machine who I think is the best shooting guard in prep school ball."

Slater will bring in 6-2, 175-pound senior shooting guard Donnie Taylor, a 4.2 student with 1200 on the SAT who didn't play AAU ball this past summer, off the bench – as well as 6-foot senior guard Orlando Baez, a post-grad from Sherman Oaks, Calif., who averaged more than 20 points and 10 assists per game at Notre Dame last season. ``Our strength will be our inside play with Taj and Trey, but Lawrence will be a big part of our team with his scoring ability," Slater said. "Taj can dominate and guard any big man in the country and Trey's shooting is really coming along and his confidence has risen. With Mario down low, we'll be bigger ands stronger than anybody."

``The biggest key is just to make sure everyone is content with their roles," he added.

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