LIVERMORE, Calif. -- It was a clean sweep for Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon on Sunday, and the Trailblazers haven't taken the court in eight months. In the 2017 game of the Prep2Prep All-Star Classic, three-star guard Remy Martin took home Player of the Game honors, and in the 2016 contest -- a 137-134 win for the Southern California team -- four-star guard Devearl Ramsey earned Player of the Game honors, as well, pouring in a team-high 20 points.
Also in the 2017 game, Sierra Canyon forward Cody Riley was a forceful presence on the inside, scoring 14 points and pulling down three rebounds with two blocked shots. Notably absent was Ira Lee, who also figures to be a big part of the Trailblazers' push to get back to Haas Pavilion this coming January, as they try to do one better than a Division 5 state title last season and take the Open Division title.
“Definitely, definitely. We should really be loaded," said Ramsey. "Ira Lee is coming back healthy, Adam Seiko's a five-star shooter,Terrance McBride is another scorer. You’ve got me and Remy, and you see what we did here. The goal is to win Open State. We didn’t get Open State last year, lost in CIF, so they didn’t put us in, so we’re going to make some noise this year.”
As for Ramsey, one of the top guards on the West Coast, recruiting has been rumbling along quite well as of late.
“I picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Memphis," Ramsey said. "Hopefully, I’m going to take some visits soon, but I don’t know where, yet. Probably Michigan, USC, I think so. I’m trying to schedule with my coach.”
Though he hasn't taken any officials yet, trips to Ann Arbor and Los Angeles are in the works. What does Ramsey like about the Wolverines and the Trojans?
“Them as a school, and as a basketball staff, they have good academics, and good styles of play for me, and the ultimate goal is to go some place that fits my playing style, so I can get to the highest level possible," Ramsey said, before elaborating on how USC has stood out in the recruiting game. “They’ve been talking to me since the eighth grade, and they first offered me in eighth grade. I really like them, I like their coaching staff. The new coaching staff came in and they came at me hard, too. Andy Enfield is a great coach, a great guy. They keep talking to me, and it’s a great school, a great program on the rise.”
Ramsey, though, is very open. He doesn't plan on coming out with a top group any time soon.
“Not really. I’m trying to keep everyone involved, talking to Nevada, talking to Louisville, talking to a lot of people," he said. "I’m really trying to do the best thing for myself.”
Right now, it's the Wolfpack that's standing out, as far as how ardently they're pursuing Ramsey.
"They’re texting me a lot – coach Morris [Jay Morris], coach Muss [Eric Musselman] out there. The coaching staff, the head coach, they’re texting me nonstop," Ramsey said. "They’re great guys, too. Great coaching staff, great people overall. They talk to me a lot. Them and USC, they’re right there.”