Teams representing Mater Dei, Dominguez, Long Beach Poly, Los Alamitos, Pasadena, Bishop Montgomery, Temecula Valley and Leuzinger all demonstrated why they'll be among Southern California's best next season.
But the most impressive individual on display in the event Saturday played for Canyon High (Anaheim Hills) – Class of 2008 point guard, 6-1 Jerime Anderson.
Saturday, Anderson led his team to victories over Leuzinger and Ocean View (it played its final game at JSerra Sunday morning at 11:30 against Ramona of Riverside) with near-flawless play from his point guard position.
His decision making in fast-break situations was impeccable as he demonstrated the ability (and willingness) to give the ball up early to streaking teammates or to push it to the free-throw line before dropping the ball off.
He didn't "hunt" shots but scored rather easily off of penetration moves (he finished well a few times despite drawing heavy contact) and on jumpers – off the dribble or after passes – to the 3-point arc.
Anderson, who reportedly played very well during the Rose City Showcase for the Pump-N-Run team in a victory over the Atlanta Celtics and a competitive loss to the Southern California All-Stars, is a more polished prospect than (now) former UCLA point gaurd Jordan Farmar was at the same stage at Taft High.
You don't have to watch Anderson play very long at all to realize why so many other programs think so much of his college potential.
Anyone who can't figure out why he's an elite level prospect better pay a lot closer attention the next time they have an opportunity to see him play.
Other standouts during the J Serra Classic included sophomores-to-be Travis Wearand David Wear (both 6-8) and 6-5 Andy Brown of Mater Dei; 6-9 senio-to-be Clint Amberry and 6-9 junior-to-be Corbin Moore of Los Alamitos; 6-3 senior-to-be Donnell Beverly (Leuzinger); 6-3 rising senior Quentin Watkins of Compton Dominguez; Bill Thompson 6-3 rising senior, Temecula Valley; Justin Cobbs, 6-1 rising sophomore from Bishop Montgomery, and 6-1 rising senior Travon Harmon from Pasadena.