Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball named Naismith semifinalist

Chino Hills High School senior guard Lonzo Ball is a semifinalist for the Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year.

Ball, who has signed with UCLA, is the top point guard and No. 5 ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN. He has propelled the Huskies to a 25-0 record and a No. 1 national rankings from multiple sources.

He has already been selected to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game.

Here is the lists of finalists:

  • De’Aaron Fox, PG, Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas)
  • Bam Adebayo, PF/C, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.)
  • Frank Jackson, G, Lone Peak (Alpine, Utah)
  • Jayson Tatum, SF, Chaminade Prep (St. Louis)
  • Josh Jackson, SF, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
  • Lonzo Ball, PG, Chino Hills (Calif.)
  • Malik Monk, SG, Bentonville (Ark.)
  • Markelle Fultz, G, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
  • Miles Bridges, SF, Huntington Prep (Huntington, WVa.)
  • TJ Leaf, PF, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.)
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Chino Hills freshman lands offer from UCLA

Chino Hills High School freshman Onyeka Okongwu is quite a hot commodity.

The 6-foot-9 center has been offered by UCLA, according to Chino Hills coach Steve Baik.

Okongwu’s stock has been rising rapidly. He came up huge foe the Huskies ina  71-67 win over Bishop Montgomery on Saturday at the Fairfax State Preview at Cerritos College.

On a night when much-heralded senior standout Lonzo Ball had a tough shooting game, Okongwu delivered 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 block shots with one of those coming on a potential game-winning basket by the Knights in the last minute.

Okongwu is the fourth player from this year’s team offered by the Bruins. The senior Ball already has signed with UCLA. Younger brothers LiAngelo, a junior, and LaMelo, a freshman, have made verbal commitments.

 

 

 

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Chino Hills heads local teams in CIF boys basketball rankings

Here are CIF rankings in girls basketball for week of Jan. 25 with teams from the Sun/Bulletin coverage area denoted in bold:

Division 1AA – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Bishop Montgomery; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Corona Centennial; 6. Damien; 7. Roosevelt; 8. Santa Margarita; 9. Los Alamitos; 10.  Long Beach Poly; 11. Rancho Verde; 12. Village Chr.; 13. JW North; 14. Etiwanda; 15. St. John Bosco; 16. Compton.

Division 1A – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Temecula Valley; 4. Beaumont; 5. tie, Walnut, Foothill; 7. Camarillo; 8. Villa Park; 9. Cresecnta Valley; 10. Beckman; 11. Highland; 12. Burbank Burroughs; 13. Cajon; 14. Oxnard; 15. Peninsula; 16. Valley View.

Division 2AA – 1. Ayala; 2. Edison; 3. Kaiser; 4. West Ranch; 5. Capistrano Valley; 6. El Toro; 7. Loyola; 8. Newport Harbor; 9. Claremont; 10. Miller; 11. Tesoro; 12. Mira Costa; 13. Woodbridge; 14. Thousand Oaks; 15. Burbank; 16. Citrus Hill.

Division 2A – 1. Santa Barbara; 2, tie, La Mirada, Lynwood; 4. Redlands East Valley; 5. Hart; 6. Northwood; 7. Mayfair; 8. Cerritos; 9. Torrance; 10. Simi Valley; 11. Agoura; 12. Royal; 13. Dos Pueblos; 14. Whittier; 15. Kennedy; 16. Silverado.

Division 3AA – 1 . Calabasas; 2. Oak Park; 3. Gahr; 4. Cathedral; 5. Los Altos; 6. Esperanza; 7. Dominguez; 8. Colony; 9. Bonita; 10. San Marcos; 11. tie, Pasadena, Buena Park; 13. Hesperia; 14. Palm Desert; 15. Moorpark; 16. La Sierra.

Division 3A – 1. Crespi; 2. Inglewood; 3. Diamond Ranch; 4. Rancho Mirage; 5. Beverly Hills; 6. Servite; 7. Corona del Mar; 8. Yorba Linda; 9. Tahquitz; 10. Lompoc Cabrillo; 11. Chaminade; 12. Ocean View; 13. Bishop Amat; 14. Palm Springs; 15. Golden Valley; 16. Gabriellino.

Division 4AA –1 . Orange Lutheran; 2. Alemany; 3. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 4. La Canada; 5. Harvard-Westlake; 6. Serra; 7. JSerra; 8. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 9. Laguna Beach; 10. Mission Prep; 11. San Gabriel Aca.; 12. San Dimas; 13. Atascadero; 14. St. Francis; 15. El Segundo; 16. San Marino.

Division 4A – 1. Viewpoint; 2. Maranatha; 3. Heritage Chr.; 4. Crean Lutheran; 5. St. Anthony; 6. Campbell Hall; 7. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 8. La Salle; 9. Compton Centennial; 10. Trinity Classical; 11. Oaks Chr.; 12. Twentynine Palms; 13. Whittier Chr.; 14. Muir; 15. St. Bonaventure; 16. St. Paul.

Division 5AA – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Santa Maria St. Joseph; 3. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 4. Flintridge Prep; 5. Brentwood; 6. Woodcrest Chr.; 7. Blair; 8. Chadwick; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Oakwood; 11. Yeshiva; 12. Pasadena Poly; 13. Temecula Prep; 14. Santa Clara; 15. Providence; 16. Linfield Chr.

Division 5A – 1. Rancho Chr.; 2. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 3. St. Bernardin; 4. Shalhevet; 5. Santa Clarita Chr.; 6. Orangewood Aca.; 7. Valley Torah; 8. Holy Martys; 9. Rolling Hills Prep; 10. tie, Pilibos, Aquinas; 12. Bishop Diego; 13. Thacher; 14. Tarbut V’Torah; 15. Ribet Aca.; 16. Brethren Chr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball gets All-American jersey

Chino Hills senior Lonzo Ball talks about being selected for McDonald’s All-American Game.

Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball was presented his McDonald’s All-American game jersey in noon hour festivities at the school on Wednesday.

He was flanked on stage by his younger brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo and Huskies head coach Steve Baik, as well as members of the All-American staff.

He was cheered by fellow students and administrators.

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“It’s a game you dream about playing in and I’m honored to be selected,” he said.

Ball found out Sunday night while the team was on the East Coast participating in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

“It was great having my teammates there with me when I found out,” he said.

The game will be held March 30 at the United Center in Chicago and features the top 24 players from around the country.

Huskies coach Steve Baik feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach a player of Ball’s caliber.

“I feel like I won the Power Ball Lottery getting to coach a player like him for four years,” he told the crowd.

It has been quite the season for the Huskies (18-0) who remain the No. 1 ranked team in the country. They face Damien on Friday in what is expected to be their stiffest test in Baseline League play.

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No. 1 Chino Hills won’t be seeking bigger venue for boys basketball games

The Chino Hills boys basketball team remains ranked No. 1 nationally and has drawn capacity crowds where ever it has played, thanks largely to its entertaining brand of basketball. But the Huskies are not looking to move home games to a bigger venue which can accommodate more spectators.

The Huskies have yet to play a home game and won’t do so until Tuesday when they host Upland.

Athletic Director Phil Garcia says his gym seats about 1,300 and the school has a plan on how to handle the crowd, That will include starting to sell tickets at halftime of the boys junior varsity game, which precedes the girls varsity game which precedes the boys.

Tickets will not be sold during school hours.

Some space will be reserved for parents and some for the media.

Coach Steve Baik is not in favor of moving games.

“It’s high school basketball,” he said. “You might have to get there early to get a seat. That’s part of the fun and it creates a great atmosphere.”

The Huskies did move an Open Division playoff game to Colony last spring but that was mandated by the requirements for postseason games in that elite division.

Chino Hills (15-0) will play at Rancho Cucamonga Friday night, then will fly to the East Coast for a game in Springfield, Mass. Monday night.

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Chino Hills, Ayala earn No. 1 rankings in boys basketball

Here are boys basketball polls for the week of Jan. 11 with local teams denoted in bold.

Division 1AA – 1. Chino Hills; 2. Bishop Montgomery; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Redondo Union; 5. Corona Centennial; 6. Santa Margarita; 7. Long Beach Poly; 8. Los Alamitos; 9. Damien; 10. Rancho Verde; 11. Roosevelt; 12. Village Chr.; 13. St. John Bosco; 14. JW North; 15. Downey; 16. Etiwanda.

Division 1A – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Beaumont; 4. Temecula Valley; 5. Foothill; 6. Villa Park; 7. Walnut; 8. Crescenta Valley; 9. Beckman; 10. Camraillo; 11. Corona; 12. Burbank Burroughs; 13. Oxnard; 14. Peninsula; 15. Highland; 16. Westlake.

Division 2AA – 1. Ayala; 2. Edison; 3. Kaiser; 4. West Ranch; 5. El Toro; 6. Loyola; 7. Capistrano Valley; 8. Claremont; 9. Woodbridge; 10. Newport Harbor; 11. Miller; 12. Tesoro; 13. Mira Costa; 14. Saugus; 15. Thousand Oaks; 16. tie, Burbank, Canyon Country Canyon.

Division 2A – 1. Santa Barbara; 2. Redlands East Valley; 3. La Mirada; 4. Lynwood; 5. tie, Cerritos, Northwood; 7. Simi Valley; 8. Hart; 9. Dos Pueblos; 10. Mayfair; 11. Warren; 12. Royal; 13. Agoura; 14. Silverado; 15. tie, Whittier, Torrance.

Division 3AA – 1. Gahr; 2. Oak Park; 3. Calabasas; 4. Cathedral; 5. tie, Colony, Dominguez; 7, Esperanza; 8. San Marcos; 9. Bonita; 10. Los Altos; 11. Buena Park; 12. Palm Desert; 13. Arlington; 14. Pasadena; 15. Hesperia; 16. El Dorado.

Division 3A – 1. Crespi; 2. Inglewood; 3. Servite; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Diamond Ranch; 6. Rancho Mirage; 7. Chaminade; 8. Beverly Hills; 9. Tahquitz; 10. Cabrillo; 11. Yorba Linda; 12. Bishop Amat; 13. Ocean View; 14. Adelanto; 15. Golden Valley; 16, tie, Palm Springs, Gabrielino.

Division 4AA – 1. Orange Lutheran; 2. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 3. Alemany; 4. La Canada; 5, Harvard-Westlake; 6. JSerra; 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 8. Serra; 9. San Gabriel Academy; 10. Laguna Beach; 11. San Marino; 12. San Dimas; 13. San Luis Obispo; 14. El Segundo; 15. St. Francis; 16. Banning.

Division 4A – 1. Viewpoint; 2. Maranatha; 3. Heritager Chr.; 4. Crean Lutheran; 5. Campbell Hall; 6. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 7. Compton Centennial; 8. La Salle; 9. St. Anthony; 10. Paraclete; 11. Oaks Chr.; 12. Whittier Chr.; 13. Twentynine Palms; 14. Trinity Classical; 15. Crossroads; 16, tie, Muir, St. Genevieve.

Division 5AA – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. Santa Maria St. Joseph; 3. Saddleback Valley Chr.; 4. Flintridge Prep; 5. Brentwood; 6. Blair; 7. Woodcrest Chr.; 8. Chadwick; 9. St. Margaret’s; 10. Yeshiva; 11. tie, Oakwood, Providence; 13. Santa Clara; 14. Temecula Prep; 15. Linfield Chr,; 16. Pasadena Poly.

Division 5A – 1. Rancho Chr.; 2. Capistrano Valley Chr.; 3. St. Bernard; 4. Shalhevet; 5. Valley Torah; 6. tie, Aquinas, Santa Clarita Chr.; 8. Orangewood Aca.; 9. Bishop Diego; 10. Holy Martyrs; 11. Rolling Hills Prep; 12. Brethren Chr.; 13. Thacher; 14. Tarbut V’Torah; 15. Ribet Aca.; 16. Pilibos.

 

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Chino Hills ready to compete in Sierra Canyon Showcase

The Chino Hills basketball team has survived some pretty tough challenges en route to a No. 1 national rankings. Next up for the Huskies is a foe it already knows – Foothills Christian.

 

Chino Hills (12-0) will play that team at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday as part of the Sierra Canyon Showcase at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth. The Huskies beat Foothills Christian 106-86 the first week of the season at The Battlezone at Corona Centennial

“We had a really big first quarter the first time we played them, but they won every other quarter,” Chino Hills coach Steve Baik said of the first meeting between the teams. “We know them and they know us. We’re expecting a great game.”

The Huskies are led by All-everything senior guard Lonzo Ball. But the Knights (8-2) have a marquee player of their own in 6-9 T.J. Leaf, a future teammate of Ball’s at UCLA.

The Huskies are currently playing without sophomore Andre Ball, cousin of the three Ball brothers. He dislocated his knee in the first game of the MaxPreps Tournament and will be out at least another couple of weeks, according to Baik.

The complete schedule:
Chatsworth vs. Saugus, 11 a.m.
Sierra Canyon (girls) vs. Gardena Serra (girls), 12:30 p.m.
Rancho Christian vs. Immanuel, 2 p.m.
Alemany vs. St. Augustine, 3:30 p.m.
Cathedral vs. Modesto Christian, 5 p.m.
Chino Hills vs. Foothills Christian, 6:45 p.m.
Sierra Canyon vs. Las Vegas Desert Pines, 8:30 p.m.

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Chino Hills sophomore LiAngelo Ball commits to UCLA

Chino Hills High School sophomore basketball standout LiAngelo Ball made a verbal commitment to UCLA on Wednesday.

He follows in the footsteps of much-heralded junior brother Lonzo who did the same a year ago. But Lonzo’s decision to go there wasn’t a factor in LiAngelo’s decision.

Why is that? Well Lonzo has said publicly he hopes to be one-and-done at UCLA and then go on to the NBA. If that happens he’d be leaving before LiAngelo gets there.

“I really like that they play an up-tempo game and the school has a great legacy in basketball,” he said.

The school being close to home was also a factor.  The brothers have considerable family support and presence at games and it’s something they would miss.

LiAngelo has made two unofficial visits to UCLA and never really considered another school.

Last season LiAngelo averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 rebounds with a season high of 53 in one early season tournament game. He was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection, helping the Huskies to a spot in the Division I state championship game.

He wanted to get the decision out of the way and make it public to focus on the rest of his high school career.

The high school season may have ended but he hasn’t stopped training. In addition to travel ball (Big Ballers) he is doing considerable conditioning.

“A lot of running hills and lifting weights,” he said. “We’re still working hard.”

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Lonzo Ball lands ANOTHER postseason award

Yet another award for Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball.

A few days after earning national recognition, Ball has garnered praise from CalHi Sports which named the Division I player of the Year as well as the state’s overall top junior.

Ball, a 6-foot-6 guard, can play any position on the floor and boasted top notch numbers in several offensive categories, averaging 24.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, five steals and five blocked shots per game playing tough non-league competition and in arguably the toughest league in the state.

He was also CalHi Sports sophomore of the year last season.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball lands another honor

Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball has another accolade to add to his growing resume.

The 6-foot-6 guard was one of the top five juniors in the country according to MaxPreps which named an All-American junior team that consisted of five players on first team, five on second and five on third.

Ball, who has committed to UCLA, nearly averaged a triple-double (24.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists per game) while leading Huskies to Division I state title game.

Only one other Californian was singled out, that player being T.J. Leaf of Foothills Christian who was a second team selection.

 

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