On Monday, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle will host the 17th annual MLK Classic, once again at Haas Pavilion, on the California campus in Berkeley, and the field is full of Division I hoops prospects.
Nine of the 12 participating teams won at least 20 games last season, with three – including 2015 five-star Ivan Rabb's Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd – having taken home section titles.
Rabb, 2015 forward Isaiah Thomas and the Dragons are set to battle powerful Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian, which features four-star defensive end prospect Nifae Lealao -- who will just have completed his official visit to Berkeley – and 2014 three-star Michigan commit D.J. Wilson, who is averaging 12.3 points and a team-high 5.8 boards per game for the 14-2 Cougars in the 3:45 p.m. game.
Powerful El Cerrito (Calif.) – coming off of a Holiday Hardwood Invitational tournament win in Westlake, Calif., last month – will tip off against San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral in the 12:15 game. The Gauchos (17-1) feature 2015 point guard Tyrell Alcorn, who is averaging 18.1 points, 3.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
The 5:45 p.m. game pits the host Spartans against Long Beach (Calif.) Poly (12-6), led by senior Kameron Murrell, who has averaged 16.1 points per game.
De La Salle (10-3) is led by 6-foot-7 forward Patrick Marr.
The finale pits two Northern California stalwarts against one another for a 7:30 p.m. tip, with Sacramento (Calif.) facing off against Richmond (Calif.) Salesian.
The Dragons lost to El Cerrito in the final of the Holiday Hardwood Invitational on Dec. 30, and are a very young – but talented – squad. Sacramento boasts a trio of Division I prospects in forward Solomon Young, wing Christian Terrell and point guard Tre Finch, while the Pride (9-8) are led by 2015 guard DaMar Dunn.
10:30 a.m.: Castro Valley vs. Albany (Calif.) St. Mary's
12:15 p.m.: El Cerrito vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral
2:00 p.m.: Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit vs. Newark (Calif.) Memorial
3:45 p.m.: Bishop O'Dowd vs. Capital Christian
5:45 p.m.: De La Salle vs. Long Beach Poly
7:30 p.m.: Sacramento vs. Salesian
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