Posted by I.E. Observer on October 31, 2017 at 07:41:12:
I've watched most of the top teams in Southern Cal play over the past month or so. Here is my assessment (please feel free to disagree; humbly, I'm just calling it how I see it). These are in no particular order:
1. Long Beach Poly: probably one of his least talented teams, but still very deep and athletic. They are very physical, but lack coaching.
2. Etiwanda: extremely good when pressing and in transition. Struggle when forced to run sets. Coach seems to be more of a "look at me, I'm yelling and want attention" guy than coaching his team.
3. Mater Dei: this one is iffy. They are loaded, but have not looked convincing in the 6 games I've seen them play.
4. Alemany: they are loaded. They are athletic, tall and scrappy. Seem to be responding well to the new Coach.
5. Sierra Canyon: best point guard I've seen in a while. Extremely athletic, quick, makes good decisions and shoots well. Well coached team; they will be hard to beat.
6. ML King: they have a very good point guard with some talent surrounding her. They've gotten better every time I've seen them play, which is a testament to the coaching.
7. Centennial: great young point guard, surrounded by some talent. Coach seems to know what he's doing, even though I've questioned some of his decision-making toward the end of some of his recent games.
8. Mission Hills: great shooting team with good coaching and no quit. That being said, they will have a tough time in their area; way too many good teams there.
9. La Jolla C.D.: well coached, with one of the nicest players I've seen in a while. Paopao is the real deal.
10. Ribet: I included them because they have talent. However, the coaching is awful. They seem lost; it's either they blow a team out because they are playing down, or they loose because a team just as talented as them out-coaches them. Watching their 2 losses this past weekend was painful. The head coach looked confused and over-his head.
I'm sure there are great teams I missed that I haven't had the pleasure of viewing. Feel free to add to the list if desired.
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