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August 23, 2013The fifth annual Nor Cal Clash will take place at El Cerrito High School on August 25th at 3:30 PM. This one-game event pits some of the best players Northern California has to offer between the junior and senior classes. We take a look at some of the top storylines.
Last year, the 2014 squad beat one of the most talented classes in Northern California history with a 131-128 comeback victory over the 2013s. With Shon Briggs (Heritage), Jalen Canty (St. Patrick-St. Vincent), Trevor Dunbar (St. Ignatius), Joey Frenchwood (Newark Memorial), Elliott Smith (Freedom), and Temidayo Yussuf (St. Joseph-Notre Dame) returning from last year's team, the rising seniors look to become the first class to win in back-to-back years since the 2011 class. The overall series between the seniors and juniors is tied 2-2. Can the 2014s repeat?
Rabb Caps Eventful Weekend
Bishop O'Dowd big man Ivan Rabb will be competing for the 2015 team on Sunday, but a day earlier he'll be playing in the Elite 24 game held at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn. The annual competition features the top high school players in the country, regardless of age, for a one-game event held outdoors. Aaron Gordon captured MVP honors last year in both events with 41 points in the Nor Cal Clash and 25 points in the Elite 24. Will Rabb find similar success?
Intriguing Point Guard Matchups
Dunbar and Woodcreek's Noah Blackwell have become known in the basketball realm for their lightening quick crossovers and flashy passes. As the top ranked point guards in their respective classes, the two will likely see time against one another throughout the game. Not to be overlooked, the 2014 team features some knock-down shooters to compliment in Frenchwood and San Francisco commit Frankie Ferrari.
The 2015 squad also features Paris Austin, who holds early offers from Boise State and San Jose State, along with the strong Tyrell Alcorn and lengthy Malik Huff. Which floor general will make the difference?
Sacramento Stands Tall
The Sacramento area may only feature four participants in this year's Clash, but they'll certainly bring a lot of size with 6-foot-8 D.J. Wilson and Marquese Chriss to go along with 6-foot-5 Trey Belton in addition to Blackwell. Wilson, on the 2014 team, had a big summer with Team Superstar and holds double-digit offers including Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Gonzaga, Harvard, and USC. Chriss had a nice summer of his own with the Nor Cal Wildcats and picked up six offers along with a national ranking before starting his junior year. Belton is the fifth ranked player in the 2015 class and will look to shine as well.
Some Changes on 2014 Roster
There were some late additions to the 2014 team with Salesian forward Jonathan Galloway and Ferrari. The top-ranked prospect from Northern California in the 2014 class, Malik Pope, was unable to participate as he is recovering from a broken tibia he suffered in February. Former Castro Valley forward Derrick Clayton was also dropped from the roster since he will be transferring to a prep school in Florida for the upcoming year.
The full rosters are listed below:
Class of 2014
Coach: Mike Booker (El Cerrito)
Shon Briggs (Heritage)
Jalen Canty (St. Patrick-St. Vincent)
Trevor Dunbar (St. Ignatius)
Frankie Ferrari (Burlingame)
Joey Frenchwood (Newark Memorial)
Jonathan Galloway (Salesian)
AJ John (Maria Carrillo)
Elliott Smith (Freedom)
Gabriel Vincent (St. Mary's (Stockton))
DJ Wilson (Capital Christian)
Temidayo Yussuf (St. Joseph-Notre Dame)
Class of 2015
Coach: Devon Jones (Capital Christian)
Tyrell Alcorn (El Cerrito)
Paris Austin (Bishop O'Dowd)
Noah Blackwell (Woodcreek)
Trey Belton (Sheldon)
Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove)
Lance Coleman (St. Mary's (Stockton))
Armani Collins (Stuart Hall)
Malik Huff (Drake)
Matt O'Reilly (Campolindo)
Ivan Rabb (Bishop O'Dowd)
Anthony Townes (Modesto Christian)