It's too early to tell, but any thoughts of this year being a rebuilding
season for defending Sunset Six League boys' basketball champion
North Hollywood High might be a bit premature.
Huskies, as evidenced by their season-opening 17-point victory over
El Camino Real of Woodland Hills on Tuesday, definitely have the
look of a team ready to make another run at a league title.
hard to tell after just two weeks," North Hollywood coach Rob Bloom
said. "But I definitely expect us to be good."
The Huskies benefit from the return of all-league guard DeAndre
Lamar, who had 23 points against El Camino Real after averaging
13 points per game a year ago.
is only 6-foot, but he's an excellent athlete who can get to the
hoop on drives and this year has shown improvement with his outside
the thing he really improved on is his passing," Bloom said. "He
really looked to get other guys involved, he saw the double-teams
and he made the pass to the open man. That is really going to help
One setback is the loss of gutty forward David Durand, who hurt
his knee playing for the Huskies football team and could be sidelined
until the beginning of January.
really a glue for us, a tough, hard-nosed player," Bloom said. "When
he gets back, I think we can be really good."
In the meantime, Bloom will look to a couple of newcomers and the
continued development of reserve Adam Nicklas to hold things together
until Durand returns.
played on the varsity a year ago even though Bloom initially felt
he'd be better suited for the junior varsity. He's a slender, 6-3
shooting guard who has tremendous range and will stretch defenses
with his 3-point shooting.
The two transfers -- Beewee Vallesteros and Allan Rojas -- will
play key roles.
from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, is an experienced sophomore who
played for the Notre Dame varsity as a freshman. He still has to
work on his practice habits, according to Bloom, but come game time,
he's shown poise.
one of those guys that plays better than he practices," Bloom said.
"He's had a lot of experience playing on club teams, and that shows.
He plays with a lot of savvy." Tournament tidbits: The Simi Valley
tournament kicks off this week with games at Simi Valley High and
Camarillo from Dec. 3-7.
of Woodland Hills, even with football standout Steve Smith still
not available, is considered the favorite. Other teams involved
include Valencia, Newbury Park, Poly of Sun Valley, Camarillo, Moorpark,
Granada Hills, El Camino Real and Monroe of North Hills.
LeBron phenomenon: LeBron James, the St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron
(Ohio) star and likely the first player chosen in next year's NBA
draft, will play in Los Angeles against Mater Dei of Santa Ana on
Jan. 4 in the Dream Classic at Pauley Pavilion and can also be seen
on national TV on Dec. 12 when St. Vincent-St. Mary plays Oak Hill
Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va. The game is being televised by ESPN2.
Time Warner Cable in northeast Ohio will televise St. Vincent-St.
Mary home games this year on pay-per-view. That's right, pay-per-view.
Even though St. Vincent-St. Mary switched its home games from its
1,500-seat gym to the University of Akron's 5,000-seat campus arena,
the demand for tickets is still too great to accommodate fans who
want to watch James, who is being compared to Kobe Bryant and Tracy
now James can be seen on pay-per-view at a projected $7.95 per game.
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