Christopher Lighting It Up

Dominguez (Compton) SG Patrick Christopher is considered by most to be Cal's highest rated incoming recruit next season. The 4 star Christopher is rated the #11 shooting guard in the nation by

Christopher shot up in the rankings last summer after a stellar circuit of AAU play with his California Elite squad where he shined against some of the best competition in the country,including an outstanding tourney in the Memorial Day Classic, where he averaged 37 points against teams from DC, Georgia and New Jersey.

After transferring from Mayfair (Lakewood) HS after last season, the 6-3/190 Christopher is having a stellar year for Dominguez, leading his team to the second round of the CIF playoffs with an 18-5 record after an 82-58 victory over Claremont last night, setting up a matchup against 19-8 Santa Barbara HS on the 21st.

"My year's been going pretty good," said Christopher. "I'm averaging around 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists a game. But it's playoff time and it's all about my team. We just have to stick to our game plan and not take anyone for granted. The playoffs are the big time and I don't want our season to end. All it takes is one loss and it's over."

Discussing the strengths of his game, Christopher noted that since his team plays four guards, he's played some small forward this season as well as shooting guard and noted that it's helped increase his repertoire and inside skills. Factor in his playing with a more talented team than his Mayfair squad that he played with last season along with an upgraded national schedule, all are factors that should serve him well in preparation for the next level.

Christopher's been following Cal's season with great interest.

"I've been checking them out," said Christopher. "I kind of told everybody earlier in the season to not sleep on them and people looked at me a little funny. I knew they'd come around. They have too much talent not to. They play on nights that I play sometimes, but I get to watch them later on quite a bit.

"I've been talking with Coach Braun and Coach Pasternack a few times a week," continued Christopher. "I'm excited to come in and play my role next season."

With the upcoming graduation of shooting guard Richard Midgely after the season, there should be ample opportunity for Christopher to display his skills for the Bears next season. Top Stories