Last year, the Holiday Hardwood Classic featured an epic showdown between Corona (Calif.) Centennial – featuring Sedrick Barefield -- and Santa Monica (Calif.) – featuring Jonah Mathews and now-California freshman Jordan Mathews -- and this year, the field is going to be a can't-miss.
The tournament moves from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian to Westlake (Calif.) High School, and features some doozies in the first round.
To kick off the Dec. 26-30 tournament, four-star 2015 guard Aaron Holiday of North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall takes on Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower at noon.
A 6-foot, 175-pound point guard, Holiday has an early offer from UCLA, and interest from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Gonzaga, Louisville, USC and Washington.
The 4:30 p.m. game features three targets with high-major interest. For Sacramento, 2016 three-star forward Solomon Young and three-star 2016 point Christian Terrell join up with 2016 guard Tre Finch against Clovis (Calif.) North.
Young -- averaging 19.0 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.8 blocks per game for the 4-1 Dragons -- has early offers from New Mexico and UC Davis, as well as interest from nine Pac-12 schools.
Terrell – the No. 10 point guard in the 2016 class – has early offers from Sacramento State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Washington, as well as a slew of Pac-12 schools involved.
Terrell is averaging 9.4 points, 5.8 boards, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals.
Finch -- averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 boards and 2.6 assists per game – has early interest from almost the entire Big West, as well as Seattle and California.
Next up, at 6 p.m., Santa Monica – along with the younger Mathews and 2015 four-star guard New Williams take on Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove and 2015 four-star forward Marquese Chriss.
Mathews has heavy early interest from and in the Golden Bears, and scored 41 points in an 85-73 win earlier this month over Harvard-Westlake, including 20 points in the first half. Williams went 3-for-3 from three-point range in that contest, and despite being slowed by a minor leg injury suffered against Palisades, finished with 17 points, 11 boards and a steal.
Williams already has early offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Loyola Marymount, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Pepperdine, Rhode Island, Saint John's, San Diego State and San Francisco, with California, Arizona, UCLA and USC also showing interest.
Also in action will be El Cerrito (Calif.) against Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland at 9 p.m., Fresno (Calif.) Bullard and 2015 three-star guard Austin Armstead against Rancho Verde (Calif.) at 1:30 p.m., Fresno (Calif.) Central against Ontario (Calif.) Colony at 3 p.m., San Gabriel (Calif.) San Gabriel Academy against Valencia (Calif.) West Ranch at 10:30 a.m. and Westlake (Calif.) against Granada Hills (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m. All games will be at Westlake High School.
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