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Bay Area High School Sports News: Juan Anderson To Marquette, Jabari Brown To Oregon

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California High School Ends 34 Year Drought To Monte Vista With 45-3 Walloping

Safe to say not many people saw this coming. Even though California was at home and was a top 15 ranked team, they were facing a Monte Vista squad that had dropped 70 on Hayward the week before. But the Grizzlies showed resolve and wrecked a team that many presumed would be De La Salle’s primary challenger.

California’s no-star system produced touchdowns from six different players, including Kyle Alvarez, who managed 113 yards on seven carries. California piled up 413 yards.

"Yeah, I must admit it shocked me too," said Billeci, who starred at tight end at De La Salle and St. Mary’s College. "Guys just made plays. Guys just stepped up."

Billeci, 31, replaced current Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas coach Tony Sanchez and has implemented a no-nonsense, everybody’s accountable system. Some of it he picked up at De La Salle, some from assistant stints at Freedom-Oakley and James Logan-Union City.

California is "a very good team," Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman told reporters. "They are big, they are physical and they play hard. It took a toll on us."

Here are the highlights, courtesy of Eener Sports.

Monte Vista VS California - 10/1/10 (via EENERSports)


Jabari Brown, Guard From Oakland High, Commits To Oregon

Brown picked the Ducks over Washington, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and UConn. Reggie Rankin of ESPN Recruiting with the story.

"Coach Altman and staff did a great job recruiting me and making me feel comfortable," said Brown. "Plus, the new facilites are incredible."

Not only is the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder one of the best shooters in the 2011 class, but he runs the floor well and can finish in traffic on the break. Brown also has a solid mid-range game, especially with one- and two-dribble pull-ups. He has the shot-making ability of Kyle Korver, who thrived in Altman's offense at Creighton, so we expect big things from Brown at Oregon. Defensively, he can guard all three perimeter positions, is a good defensive rebounder and will be a good fit on Altman's multiple pressing defenses.

Brown is considered one of the top recruits on the West Coast and perhaps the best in Bay Area hoops this season. He's ranked 22nd overall in the 2011 Rivals 150 and 5th at the shooting guard position.

Here's an excellent feature about Brown from East Bay Express, which details his tumultuous journey through amateur hoops, including his time with his AAU team, the elite Drew Gooden Soldiers.

And of course, his video.

Jabari Brown Junior Season Mixtape... Back to the Town... (via Yayareasfinest2006)

Jabari Brown Summer Mixtape... Best Player on the West Coast (via Yayareasfinest2006) Presents Jabari Brown (via premierball1)

There's plenty more you can find on Jabari online, and I'm sure you'll see more of him in the near future.


Juan Anderson, Small Forward From Castro Valley, Verbals To Marquette

Anderson, who was interested in Cal, Arizona State and other schools in California, decided to head out-of-state. He talked about why he chose to head to Wisconsin with the Golden Eagles blog at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

What made you choose Marquette: "I was comfortable with the school and the program as a whole. The academics speak for themselves. It's a really great academic school. Coach Benford and Coach Williams did a heck of a job. They made me feel comfortable with them. They made Coach Young and my mother feel comfortable with them as well. I know they're going to take care of me well when I'm there. And it's the best conference in the nation, and I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity to go play against the best of the best. They're not recruiting me for no reason. It's a new experience. And I love the fact that everybody says, 'West Coast kids don't go to the East Coast.' Well, don't generalize, because I'm different. I want to take on a challenge. I like challenges. I want to prove everybody wrong who's been doubting me. But overall it was a family decision. My mom felt comfortable, and I just woke up (Wednesday) and I told her, 'Marquette is where I'm going.' "

Why did he turn down Cal? Jeff Faraudo finds the answer.

"It's appealing to play in front of all your friends and family," he said. "I wanted to venture out and try something new."

Anderson is currently ranked 19th at his position and 69th overall nationwide by Rivals. Here's how ESPN projects his college career to go.

Bottom Line:
If Anderson can consistently stick the outside shot, he'll definitely be able to contribute at the high-major level. He affects the game on many levels and he plays with purpose. His frame has filled out and as a result he plays much bigger now at both ends. At this stage he may be the top 3-man in the west, although it's not a formidable group of wings for his class.

Finally, what you've all been waiting for: Mixtapes!

Juan Anderson Mixtape... Smooth & Versatile 2011 Wing (via Yayareasfinest2006)

Juan Anderson 2010 Rumble in the Bay Mix (via HoopsBayArea)

HOOPSCOUT LIVE.COM: Juan Anderson 2011 CA (via HoopScoutLIVEdotcom)


Atkinson Twins From Granada High Verbal To Notre Dame

Two of the most highly prized recruits in the Bay Area seem to be on their way to South Bend next season. Both George III and Josh made the announcement yesterday. 

George, a running back/wide receiver by trade, is ranked the 11th best recruit in the state by Rivals. SF Chronicle marks him as the best prep athlete in the Contra Costa/Tri Valley area.

Ranked the No. 11 recruit in the state by, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound running back is scheduled to visit Notre Dame and Oregon this month. He is fully recovered from a hamstring injury that ended his 2010 track season in May, Granada-Livermore coach Tim Silva said.

The son of the former Raiders Pro Bowl defensive back by the same name, Atkinson is a physical specimen with a superb attitude. He medaled in the state 100- and 200-meter dashes as a sophomore.


George Atkinson III football highlights jr year granada high school (via joshgeorgeatkinson)

The Notre Dame Observer believes Atkinson can play multiple roles, similar to many explosive dual threats at other college schools.

George Atkinson could play multiple positions for the Irish. Frank compared George to former Florida receiver Percy Harvin, who left college after the 2008 season.

"George is a real dynamic player that could play nearly anything," Frank said. "I think Notre Dame envisions him in a Percy Harvin role, you put him at wide receiver or running back. He could play a lot of different positions.

"The main thing is you just want to put the ball in his hands, because he has the ability to score from anywhere."

Josh is no slouch himself. A cornerback at the local Livermore high school, he's had plenty of his own success. He's ranked 66th in the state by Rivals. And of the twins, he seems to be the main guy to go all out for the Irish.

Josh Atkinson #43 Highlights from 2009 (via GranadaFootball)


Wes Morgan of ESPN Chicago with the story.

"It was kind of funny because we were both nervous at first," Josh said. "One of the dudes that works there said, 'So who wants to talk to coach first?' We didn't really say anything and were like, 'I don't know.' Then he said, 'Do you want to talk to him together?' I was like, 'You know what? That's not a bad idea.' But George was like, 'No, we should talk to him separately.'

"The guy was like, 'It's not like you guys are going to see the principal. It's not like you guys are in trouble.' It was funny. I just stepped up and said, 'I'll talk to [Kelly] first.'"

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