Re: Best teams I've seen in the past few months

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Posted by Watcher on October 31, 2017 at 10:16:22:

In Reply to: Best teams I've seen in the past few months 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.

Good list to start the season - some thoughts

Mater Dei undeniably has the most talent, but with that mix of very young and seniors, who knows. I don't think Crocker will add to any chemistry at all, just more problems with lots of "get mine" attitudes, no matter what they say.

Paopao is a fantastic player, who can run the show, score, and is very heady.

Etiwanda won't win based on coaching, but will if they can overwhelm you with aggressive play.

King's PG is quite good as well, but don't think they have the firepower to compete with upper echelon.

Poly without transcendent player now. Let's see if coach can actually coach.

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