Big things come in small packages

Shacquille Dawkins preps himself on the road against Crespi High 2016.  Image by PopScout.

Small things definitely come in big packages when you refer to 2016 Senior PG Shaquille Dawkins out of Alemany High,CA.  He carried his team this year to a remarkable run.  Shacquille might only stand 5’9 but his stature is of a 7 footer.  It was also a joy to see a kid not leave Alemany who was  a school known for kids skipping town and migrating to other campuses.  Sometimes the grass is not always greaner on the other side.

Shacquille Dawkins looks to put the clamps on defenders.

We are a bit concerned at this point that Shacquille has not received a lot of offers – primarily because of his size.  I would definitely take a chance on this young man who shows character, grit, and can shoot the lights out from the three point range.  He still needs to tighten up his ball handling and other assets of his game but at the end of the day, its a no-brainer for a D1 school to scoop him up.

Alemany High coaching staff talks strategy during a timeout.  Image by PopScout.

Alemany will host Inglewood High this Friday, February 19, 2016 in the first round of the California CIF Open Division Playoffs.  The coaching staff from both squads should be on their game as well.  They have great coaches from Inglewood as well as Alemany so it should be a great match up in terms of strategy and preparing their clubs to win.  Don’t sleep on Inglewood.  They have some great guards and a few bigs that will challenge Alemany and their Mission League 2016 Championship squad.  It should go down to the wire with Alemany pulling it out, primarily because of their home court advantage.  Good luck to both squads – who automatically get bids for the state playoff run and the consolation Open division bracket.

Sleeping Giant

Power forward Cody Riley warms up before a game against Viewpoint.  Image by PopScout.

Power forward Cody Riley of Sierra Canyon Class of 2017 is beginning to awake.  The kid has had some very nice showings this year against major national powerhouses  in Nationally ranked squads including Chaminade, Montverde Academy, and Oak Hill Academy.  The knock on Cody is that he plays under his potential at times and doesn’t get his motor up and running.  We disagree. Not just because he is our favorite player 😉  We really like this kid and the character he shows on and off the court.

Cody distributes the rock as good as any big man in the country. Image by PopScout

Not only do we feel that Cody is a top notch Power Forward and a lock for a McDonald’s All American slot next year, we also think that we won’t be seeing this kid in college after a year or two.  We’ve been keeping a close eye on Cody the past year or so and think it’s not Cody but the competition he plays against.  Sierra Canyon just doesn’t play against quality opponents who have big men to challenge Cody.  We agree at times he may seem to play at a lackluster speed but for him and his spacial talents, he can take over a game at will and impose himself on the court like no other kid in Southern CA except our boy Lonzo Ball from Chino Hills.  Cody Riley is special.

Cody Riley is a one and done in college and next years McDonald’s All American.  Image by PopScout

Sierra Canyon takes on Los Alamitos in the Open Division Playoffs –  Los Al has  a very crafty guard to deal with in Eyassu Worku – but with no legitimate big man to deal with Cody, Sierra Canyon should breeze by this first round game.  Looking forward to Cody displaying his skill-sets and true motor in the Open Division playoffs this year to show everyone his true game.  Good luck to all the teams.

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2015-16 Playoffs

77. Burroughs vs Palmdale
78. Sierra Canyon vs Brea Olinda

79. Dorsey vs Taft
80. Alemany vs Inglewood
81. Sierra Canyon vs Redondo Union
82. Sierra Canyon vs Bishop Montgomery
83. Fairfax vs Narbonne – City Open Division Semi’s 2-27-2016
84. Dorsey vs Westchester City Open Division Semi’s 2-27-2016

LACIF City Playoff Championships – 3/5/2016
Cal State Dominguez Hills
All Divisions girls and boys

State Playoffs
Crespi vs Centennial – 3/1/2016
Crespi vs Redondo 3/3/2016 – Consolation Championship
Crespi vs Dorsey – 3/9/2016
Crespi vs Inglewood – 3/12/2016
Crespi vs St Augustine – 3/15/2016

PopScout Regular Season Game List 2015-16
(Girls Games are in bold)

Summer 2015 Big Foot Hoops

Big Foot Hoops 2015  – Las Vegas AAU

Georgia Stars vs Mac Irvin -Championship Game
Mac Irvin vs Las Vegas Prospects
Oakland Soldiers vs Elfrid Payton Elite
Cal Supreme vs Las Vegas Prospects
Mac Irvin vs Texas Club

1.Beverly Hills Tourney
Birmingham vs St. Monica  11302015

2.  Crespi vs Viewpoint        _12042015

3. Westchester Champ. Tourney Bishop Mont vs Westchester –  12052015
4. Loyola vs Fairfax         _12052015  El Segundo Tourney Champ.
5. Golden Valley vs Palmdale        _12142015

D1 Bound Games                _12-28 thru 12-30-2015
*See remaining games below

6. Dorsey vs BMontgomery        _12282015
7. Highland vs Inglewood        _12282015
8. Dorsey vs Westchester
9. Loyola vs West Ranch        _12282015
10. B Montgomery vs West Ranch – 1st Half Only

SFV Tournament Games

11. Crespi vs St John Bosco            _12212015
12. Simi Valley vs Burbank_2nd half        _12212015
13. Crespi vs Trinity Classical Academy    _12222015

Girls – John Burroughs West Coast Tournament    _12312015

15. Etiwanda vs Ventura – Girls
16. Chaminade vs Alemany – Girls

Redondo Nike Tourney            -01022016

17. AlemanyvsCantwell SH Baseline/Sideline View (2nd Quarter Only)
18. Bishop Montgomery vs Corona Centennial
19. Cathedral vs LB Poly
20. Compton vs Eastvalle
21. Loyola vs Beverly Hills
22. Maranatha vs Santa Monica
23. Redondo Union vs Santa Margarita

24. Cleveland vs San Fernando_Huntington Park  Tourney    _01052016
25. Crespi vs Harvard Westlake        _01062016

Sierra Canyon Showcase            _01092016

26. Alemany vs St Augistine
27. Chino Hills vs Foot Hills Christian
28. Immanuel vs Rancho Christian
29. Modesto Christian vs LA Cathedral
30. GIRLS_Sierra Canyon vs Serra
31. Sierra Canyon vs Durango _1st half Only

32. Pasadena vs Cresenta Valley        _01112016
33. GIRLS_Harvard Westlake vs Chaminade    _01122016
34. JV_Birmingham vs Cleveland            _01132016
35. GIRLS_Windward vs Brentwood        _01142016
36. Boys_Windward vs Brentwood        _01142016
37. Saugus vs West Ranch            _01152016

GIRLS  – John Burroughs Public vs Private    _01162016

38. Fairmont Prep vs Chaminade
39. Duarte vs Cantwell SH_2nd Half Only
40. Norco vs St. Monica
41. Sierra Canyon vs Vista Murrieta
42. El Camino vs Harvard Westlake
43. Redondo vs JW North _1st Quarter only
44. Valencia vs Orangewood

45. AVC vs LAVC – Glendale Tourney_JC    _12182015
46. LAVC vs Bakersfield_JC            _01132016

47. Crespi vs Alemany            01222016
48. _Girls Valencia vs Antelope Valley High    01232016
49. Birmingham vs Royal_1st Qtr Only        01232016
50. Village Christian vs Eastvale        01262016
51. Taft vs Birmingham            01272016
52. Pasadena vs Burroughs            01292016
53. Girls _Alemany vs Long Beach        01302016
54. Harvard Westlake at Alemany    02012016
55. Sierra Canyon vs Viewpoint        02022016

Mater Dei Nike Tourney            02062016

56. Chino Hills vs Bishop Gorman
57. Etiwanda vs Santa Margarita
58. Ayala vs Servite
59. Fairfax vs Los Al.
60. Westchester vs Orange Lu.
61. Mater Dei vs FH Christian

62. Crespi @ Alemany            02082016
63. Los Angeles Valley College vs Antelope Valley College (JC Ball)            02102016
64. Girls_ Windward  vs Sierra Canyon        02122016


Updated Games Below

D1 Bound Tourney

65. Calabassas vs Cathedral
66. Westchester vs Maranatha
67. Inglewood vs Compton Dominguez
68. Narbonne vs San Marcos

69. Bishop Montgomery vs Calabassas (1st 3 Qtrs)
70. Loyola vs Maranatha
71. Narbonne vs Inglewood

MLK Day Hoops Showdown @LACES High School
January 18, 2016

72. Brentwood vs Los Altos
73. University vs Trinity Classical
74. Renaissance Academy vs Rancho Mirage

Girls MLK Shootout @ Serra High Jan 18, 2016

75. Brea Olinda vs Troy
76. LB Poly vs Lakeside

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The Next Big Thing

6’5 Freshman Cassius Stanley is a Dapper Dandy.  Image by PopScout.
Freshman Cassius Stanley (Class of 2019) who plays for Harvard Westlake of Studio City, CA is definitely one to watch.  The 6’5 Freshman Wing is a unique talent.  He handles the ball well (runs the Point at times), has a nice mid range game, and gets to the rack at will.  He is still raw and needs to develop his game, like all freshman, but this kid has something special.  We were able to see him shine against two well coached squads in Alemany and Crespi.


Cassius Stanley backs his man down in a 2016 game against Mission league Champs Alemany.  Image by PopScout
I was a bit concerned about his swag on the court because he has a tendency to handle the rock and tries to beat his man to the rack and force the issue.  But you can definitely count on him to bring the wood each and every game.  He has a nice jump shot and very, very good hops.  He also finishes around the rim as if he was a Senior.  On the defensive side of the ball, he shows good footwork and was willing to accept the challenge and check the best player on the opponents’ squad each game we filmed.



Cassius Stanley looks to get to the rack in a Mission League game against rival Alemany High.
At the end of the day, we really like what we see in this kid and we give him 5 Stars as a freshman.  The kid can go and if you get a chance to check him out, get ready to develop a mixtape after the game because he will surely please and give you some great highlights to showcase.  Keep your head on strong young man, continue to work on your game as if you have none.   Looking forward to you maturing in the years to come.


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West Coast festival showcases talent.

There were some very good match ups on the last day of the Girls 2015 West Coast Festival Tournament held at John Burroughs high school in Burbank, CA –  December 31, 2015.  We were able to see a few college commits put in work for their prospective teams and it was a very good display of talent on hand.

Kayla Overbeck 6’2 Forward – Newbury Park (Vanderbilt Commit)

Newbury Park forward Kayla Overbeck gets off a shot against John Burroughs Dec.31, 2015.

The lefty is very active on the court and plays the game at a high level.  Shooting form is sweet and nice touch around the rim.  What’s great is that she loves to play on the defensive side of the ball. A slasher who actively gets to the rim.  She has the ability to rebound and push the rock to start the break.

Class of 2016 Vanderbilt signee Kayla Overbeck (33)                                       steps over to take the charge.

The kid can go to work on you if you’re not careful – showing the ability to score form anywhere on the court.  Her motor is too high at times as she makes a few over- zealous mistakes but she should be able to tone her game down a bit once she gets to the next level.

Maxpreps has her 3 stars-  90 Grade. Look out for this young lady’s growth and maturity at the next level.




Chaminade Girls take West Coast Holiday Festival

Chaminade prepares to take on Alemany in the Championship game of the West Coast Festival December 31, 2016   at John Burroughs High in Burbank, CA.  Image by PopScout.

The Chaminade Girls basketball team is having an impressive 2015-16 season.  Maxpreps has them slated as the #2 team in the State of CA -sitting at #9 nationally.  With a record of 13-2, it doesn’t seem as though they will be dropping many more losses anytime soon.  The team has two standout players (and do we mean standout) in 6’1  Senior Guards Leonna Odom, Duke Signee – and Valerie Higgins, who has committed to USC.


Senior Valerie Higgins takes a few practice free throws before a recent game.  Image by PopScout

Valerie Higgins is a very nice prospect with advanced skill-sets and very good patience on the court.  I was a bit concerned about her work ethic and  motor – because she is so smooth – sometimes  you think she is taking a play off.  But the ESPN 5 star recruit is always on the positive side of possessions and appears to be a very good role model for her teammates to follow.  USC has definitely landed a Dapper Dandy indeed !



Sky is the limit for Senior Guard / Duke Signee Leaonna Odom –  Class of 2016.  This image was taken at the 2015 John Burroughs West Coast Festival Tourney, Dec, 31,2015.

Leaonna Odom is in a class by herself.  The Duke Signee can do it all.  She has a real flashy game – shoots the rock from all ranges, plays solid defense, superior passer and gets her teammates involved, which in turn makes everyone around her better.  She also doesn’t back down to pressure and seems to look at her best during big games.

During the championship game, the Senior showed a myriad of skill-sets that will – if she continues to excel at her game –  propel her to the WNBA and/or Overseas once she finishes her career at Duke.  If there was ever a one and done in High School Girls basketball then she would be it.  Look out Connecticut, you really missed out on this young soldier and it may come back to bite.

It looks as though Chaminade is set to make a serious run for a CIF State Title.


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A Step Above the Rest

De’Anthony Melton warms up for his game against undefeated Viewpoint.

De’Anthony Melton and the Crespi Basketball team appears to be headed on a crash course for another state title.  The guard, who has signed with The University of Southern California, has to be a sleeper in this years’ class of 2016 top recruits.  After watching him dismantle two very well coached squads in Viewpoint and St. John Bosco this season, both of whom were undefeated at the time(at the time of this post), I think it’s safe to say we are looking at a special squad and a special individual in Mr.Melton.


At times he runs the point, can be seen spotting up in the form of a solid 2 Guard,  hits the boards like a soldier, and makes eye opening put backs –  helping his bigs on both ends of the court. And did we mention that he has the best hands in high school basketball??  Yes sir.

Crespi Post
Coach Russell talks to his squad during a timeout against Viewpoint during a 2015 non league game. Image by PopScout

Couple that with a very good supporting cast, and a coach that covers all bases, Crespi could be looking at a second consecutive state basketball championship in 2016.

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Dapper Dandys Las Vegas Classic 2015

There were definitely some players who stood out at this years 2015 Big Foot Hoops Las Vegas Classic Tourney.  Take a look at a few PopScout had a chance to see.  We wouldn’t be surprised if all these players ended up sporting the Jerry West NBA logo on their jerseys one day – in the very near future.

Miles Bridges – Class of 2016
Miles Bridges is by far a one and done and the best player at this years 2015 Las Vegas Classic. We watched 4 games of this kid put in work and never once did he complain or have a bad game except the Championship game when they met up with a very physical and tall Georgia Stars squad – and even then he held his own against three 7 footers from the Georgia All Stars.  Miles again and again stepped his game up to the level of Super Elite Baller and staked his claim as THE Top recruit in the class of 2016.

De’Aaron Fox Class of 2016 – Photo by PopScout
De’Aaron Fox is probably the best point guard in the class of 2016.  The kid is wiry, athletic, and has a knack for getting to the bucket.  As I started to watch the game and take some pics, I didn’t even know who the best players were but immediately you could tell he was special.  Very gritty and smart and makes good decisions with the rock. After a short stint at the collegiate level, should be a top lottery pick.

Charles Obannon Jr. – Class of 2017
Look out next year EYBL because the Las Vegas Prospects are loaded.  One player who stood out among the elite was Charles Obannon Jr, class of 2017.  He held his own against Miles Bridges in a classic match up of trash talking and backing it up. The two went at it for several minutes and after the game, gave each other their props.  Very sportsmanship indeed.  Obannon Jr. has a nice all around game and can pretty much do it all. He handles the rock good for his 6’7 size, has a slender and sleek frame but gets to the rack, shows a good 3 pt. shooting range stroke, and scores from the mid range as well.  Needs to put on a few lbs., but at the end of the day, look for him to be another NBA prospect for the O’bannon family.

Jarred Vanderbilt – Class of 2017
Really, really like what we saw out of this 5 star ESPN recruit from the Houston Hoops.  Slasher/Scoorer and very crafty with the rock.  Basketball IQ and craftiness of the game very high for a kid who is 6’7 and handles the rock with the best of them.  One of those players who just has a skillset that you love to watch and seems as though he gets better and does something new each game.  Definitely a very high prospect for the class of 2017.

Top Point Guards

Was able to see some soldiers run the point with class, style, and grace this weekend in Las Vegas at the Big Foot Hoops tourney and would like to share a few with you.  Didn’t get a chance to see all the teams but here is a list of the ones who stood out from the games I did catch.

Jared Harper Class of 2016
Jared Harper Class of 2016
Jared Harper 6’0 150 -Georgia Stars – Class of 2016

Runs the show for the top AAU program in the country.  The Georgia Stars were able to win 2015 Peach Jam as well as Las Vegas BigFootHoops this summer with him at the helm.  He has committed to Auburn and should be able to compete at the next level despite standing only 6’0.  The youngster shows poise, gets to the rack, and has a nice shooting touch.  He leads his squad and is a true extension of the head coach – rarely making any mental errors and constantly communicating on the floor with his fellow teammates.  His skill-sets are unique and he doesn’t appear to be as good as he is.

Markus Howard Class of 2017
Markus Howard Class of 2017
Markus Howard 5’11 175 -Las Vegas Prospects – Class of 2017 (Findley Prep)

Look out next year as Markus will be putting up big numbers on the AAU circuit.  You talk about scoring??  The kid has game.  He scores from all levels on the court and handles the ball with superior skill.  Was waiting for him to break against the top teams but time and time again he answered the bell.  He goes to Findley Prep and should be looked upon as a top recruit and major D1 point guard prospect despite standing only 5’11- but on the flip side, he’s very stocky and strong.  The ESPN 5 star recruit has many offers from major D1 schools.


Troy Brown Jr. 6’6 190 -Las Vegas Prospects – Class of 2017 (Centennial High, Las Vegas)

Looking for a long point guard that’s skilled and can handle the rock, then mention this kid.  He shares the duties with Markus but has his own set of intangibles with a nice mid-range game, good handles (didn’t see him get ripped once), and good court presence.  Because he is 6’6, other smaller PG’s had a difficult time checking him and he finishes very good at the rim and shows very good shooting form and stroke.  This ESPN 5 star recruit is very, very good indeed, living up to the hype each game I saw.  Dapper Dandy at the next level for sure.

Milan Acouaah . 6’2 180 -Cal Supreme – Class of 2016
Milan Acouaah . 6’2 180 -Cal Supreme – Class of 2016 (Cathedral, Los Angeles)

Heart of steel.  That’s what comes to mind when you watch this kid play.  The Washington State commit is a very good player with a very good upside and should be able to come in and compete right away for WSU.  He’s very court savvy and runs the team like a true general.   Great court awareness and his basketball IQ is very high.  He shares the PG duties with Devearl Ramsey and sometimes may be overshadowed by this.  From a coaches perspective, I can’t think of anyone else I would like to go to battle with.

Charlie Moore 5'11 160 Class of 2016
Charlie Moore 5’11 160 Class of 2016
Charlie Moore – 5’11 160 -Mac Irvin – Class of 2016 (Chicago, IL)

Was thinking to myself before the game “what is this kid doing balling for Mac Irvin”??  Well don’t let the baby face fool you.  He is as tough as nails and leads his team very well.  Although Mac Irvin didn’t have a stellar summer this AAU season, Charlie definitely held his own.  He is a prototypical small point guard with tremendous skills and ability to get to the rack and make open shots.  His defense is also on point as he time and time again frustrated the other PG he was facing.  ESPN has him slated as the #2 point guard in the state and a 4 star recruit.

Remy Martin -  Class of 2017
Remy Martin – Class of 2017
Remy Martin – 5’10 165 -Oakland Soldiers – Class of 2017 (Sierra Canyon High)

Remy is a very tough and physical point guard for his size.  Rarely will you see the kid make mistakes on the court that will hurt his squad.  He is a good shooter and excellent passer.  His poise under pressure is second to none and his motor is always going at 100%  His stock has definitely risen from a great showing at BigFootHoops.  Looking forward to seeing his maturity next year as well as his play during the 2015-16 season for Sierra Canyon, CA.


Javonte Smart – 6’4 165 -Elfrid Payton Elite – Class of 2018 (Baton Rouge, LA)

As I watched this kid play and had no idea who he was, everyone in the gym including myself was stunned at how easy he scores and gets to the rack at will.  Being only a sophomore is even more impressive.  There was just something different about his team, EP Elite, in that everyone was looking for the dagger –  to take their man to the rack and get buckets.  It seems as though he is mature beyond his years.  Not quite sure of his age and any hold back issues but watch out point guards ’cause when you face Javonte, you better come with your A game. This ESPN 5 star dapper dandy is truly a joy to watch.

In our next post, we will spotlight some of the wings that shined at the 2015 Big Foot Hoops Tourney.

Georgia Stars Cream of the Crop

The Georgia Stars AAU 2015 Club at BigFootHoops- Image by Popscout

The Georgia Stars AAU Club was able to win both the 2015 Nike Peach Jam as well as the Las Vegas BigFootHoops summer tournaments to end the AAU circuit with an impressive showing.  The team is lead by Jr. Wendell Carter(#34) who stands 6’10 and 250lbs.  He has skills sets similar to a guard but can bang with the best of them.  I really would like to see him go against Cody Riley of Sierra Canyon. I spoke with his dad, Carter Sr. who said he started his son off young –  being able to use both hands and be good at all aspects of the game.  BTW…dad stands 6’6 and mom is 6’5.

PG Jared Harper class of 2016 Auburn Commit. Image by Popscout

The point guard on the team was the glue of the squad.  Jared Harper, who has committed to Auburn, showed poise and a knack for handling the rock in pressure situations.  He was definitely an extension of the head coach.  I was wondering before each game if this guy could handle the pressure of game situations at this high level of play but he definitely proved me wrong.  Time after time he made great plays and his decision making is off the charts.  Little to no turnovers and very high basketball IQ as well.

7’0 Center Udoka Azubuike (#22) of the Georgia Stars Image by PopScout

The team was also anchored in the middle by 7’0 280lbs Udoka Azubuike (#22).  He has some developing to do but look for this big man to make some noise in college.  He works hard and never takes a play off.  Plays with a mean streak and had a great upside.  Must work on his footwork and developing his skill sets as a scorer but definitely a high D1 recruit.

NBA Player Jabari Parker helps Mac Irvin Fire with some bench support during Bigfoothoops tourney in Las Vegas.  -Image by PopScout
NBA Player Jabari Parker helps Mac Irvin Fire with some bench support during Bigfoothoops tourney in Las Vegas. -Image by PopScout

It was a great way to end the summer –  seeing the AAU cream of the crop teams play in Vegas with teams like the Oakland Soldiers, Mac Irvin Fire (Chicago), Cal Supreme (CA), Elfrid Payton Elite (Louisiana), Seattle Rotary, and many others go head to head.  It definitely was a great showing.  Well, it’s time to get in the lab and make some mixtapes from all the dunks and great plays.