LIVERMORE, Calif. -- 2017 Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany swing guard Ernie Sears says that the thing he wants to work on most over the next two years is his jump shot, and juding by his ability to shoot from long distance and mid-range during Sunday's Prep2Prep All-Star Classic -- in a 135-114 win for the Southern California squad over their NorCal counterparts.
Last July, Sears was a standout at the Battle at the Beach, and he's grown two inches since then, as well as recruiting attention.
“So far, it’s been UC San Diego, Cal, New Mexico State, Grand Canyon, those are the main schools," said Sears, who's father, Ernie, Sr., played for the Bears from 1983-1987. "New Mexico State and Grand Canyon have offered.”
Sears said that he wants to take a visit to his father's alma mater, as well as to USC, Grand Canyon and UC San Diego.
In Las Vegas, Sears and his Dream Vision team took fifth at the adidas Uprising.
As Sears's shot and ball handling have become much more consistent, teams are seeing him more as a wing than as a point guard, and that's where he feels most comfortable.
“I think they see me as an off-the-ball, two, three," says Sears. “I would say I’m more of a two, three. I’m comfortable with the ball, but off the ball, I feel like I’m a better asset.”