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October 9, 2013
San Diego Super 80 Showcase:
The 2nd annual San Diego Super 80 Showcase was held on Saturday, Oct 5th at Mira Costa College in Oceanside. The event was co-hosted by Charlie Mercado of Gamepoint basketball and Chad Groth of Area Codes basketball and featured 7 games. There were 3 teams made up of players from the 2016 and 2017 classes and 4 teams designated as USC, Cal, UCLA and SDSU made up with players from the 2015 and 2014 classes.
Each team got to play 2 games during the session.
The 2016 class was loaded with good prospects but two players really stood out: Brandon Cyrus, 6-3 soph from Torrey Pines HS, and Tim Harrison, 6-8 soph from Francis Parker HS.
Harrison has spring in his step but Cyrus was the hottest shooter. In his first game Cyrus made 13-19 from the field and totaled 35 points while Harrison was 9-22 and scored 20. In their second game against each other Harrison outscored Cyrus 17-16, hitting 6-15 from the field while Cyrus was 7-12.
No free throws were shot all day in order to keep the day's schedule on time. Players fouled in the act of shooting were given two free throw points and if fouled while making the basket they were given the and one.
Both Cyrus and Harrison started on varsity at their high schools last year, with Harrison making second team all-league at Christian in the Coastal League and Cyrus making second team all-league in the Palomar League.
Harrison has transferred to Francis Parker for his Sophomore season and will be eligible to play in December. I can guarantee you that both he and Cyrus will be first team all-league players in the coming season. Coach John Olive of Torrey Pines calls Cyrus the best athlete he has had in his long career at the school.
A couple of other good big man prospects from the class of 2016 are Reid Johnson, 6-6 PF from Cathedral Catholic, and Burke Twyman, 6-6 C from Mission Vista.
Johnson was in the playing rotation on the Cathedral Catholic team that was ranked #2 in San Diego County last season. They had returned all 5 starters from the prior year's 2011-12 team so he will move into a starting role this season and should do very well, as he is very good inside and a tough rebounder.
Twyman averaged over 9 points a game after being moved up to the varsity and looks like a good all around player. He scored?21points and had several assists, steals and rebounds in his first game at the Super 80 Showcase, and 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a blocked shot in his second game.
The top point guard in the class of 2016 appeared to be the bespectacled Eric Monroe from St. Augustine high school. He got a lot of experience coming off the bench at St. Augustine as a freshman and they were ranked #3 in San Diego County last season. He'll be a starter this year.
His coach, Mike Haupt, says that Eric has a real feel for the game that you want in your point guard. After starting?and practicing against older players all last season, Haupt says Monroe has a good chance of developing into the best point guard in San Diego County in the next couple of years.
Other guards?of note in the class of 2016 were 6-3 sophomore shooting guard Anthony Coleiro of Temecula Valley and 5-9 sophomore point guard Michael Pelaiz of Francis Parker.
There were quite a few class of 2017 & 2018 guards that could see some varsity playing time this coming season, including 5-5 Quincy Ferbee (2017 San Diego Serra), 5-9 Jailen Moore (2017 Lakeside), 5-10 Jalen Flanagan (2018 Cesar Chavez MS), 6 ft Warren Washington (2018 Rincon) and 5-11 Cliff Kidd (2017 Mater Dei of Chula Vista).