No. 10 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)Head coach:
Derrick Taylor2012-13 record:
24-7, CIF Southern Section Division 3A championsPlayers to watch: Lorne Currie
(6-2, Jr., G), Tyler Dorsey
(6-4, Jr., G), Brian Enriquez
(6-2, Sr., G), Daniel Hamilton
(6-6, Sr., G/F, Connecticut verbal commitment), Vance Jackson
(6-8, So., G/F), Billy Preston
(6-7, Fr., F), Joseph Tate
(6-4, So., F), Denzel Williams
(6-2, Fr., G/F)Breaking down the Braves
In most leagues around the country, Bosco would be the team with the target on its back entering 2013-14.
But the Trinity isn't most leagues.
Taylor's squad will be on the hunt to unseat Mater Dei, which swept the Braves in two meetings a year ago and has won 25 straight league titles (wow).
"We like our team and our chances but knocking off the Big Red Machine – that's no easy task," Taylor said.
The backcourt combination of Dorsey – who developed into a certified star on the summer circuit – and Hamilton should make just about anything possible for Bosco. That duo will be joined by Fairfax (Los Angeles) transfer Currie, another future Division I player.
La Salle (Pasadena) transfer Jackson is another huge addition. The versatile 6-8 sophomore was a MaxPreps Freshmen All-American last season after putting up 19 points per game.
"He is a big-time shooter," Taylor said. "He can really shoot it from deep and is a very savvy basketball player."Stepping up
Expect to hear a lot about Preston over the next four years. Taylor expects the freshman manchild to earn a spot in the starting lineup.
"He's far from a finished product but he works at it all the time and is really improving," Taylor said.Key dates
Dec. 7 – vs. Whitney Young (Chicago)
at Chicago Elite Classic
Dec. 18-23 – City of Palms Classic
Jan. 11 – vs. Modesto Christian (Calif.)
Jan. 15 – at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Jan. 18 – vs. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
at Spalding Hoophall Classic
Feb. 1 – vs. Etiwanda (Calif.)
at Nike Extravaganza
Feb. 7 – vs. Mater Dei