Chino Hills senior Eli Scott chooses Loyola Marymount

Chino Hills High School junior, Eli Scott, plays strong forward for the Chino Hills basketball team, he poses for a picture at the Chino Hills High School gym in Chino Hills, CA., Thursday, March 24, 2016. Eli Scott transfered from Upland High School last year and had to sit out because of the transfer, but now he is part of the of tittle winning No. 1 team. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills basketball standout Eli Scott has made a verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount.

He also had offers from UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Utah State but Loyola Marymount was the only school he visited.

“I like their style of play and when I went to visit it felt like a family,” Scott said. “I have also known coach Morris (assistant coach Reggie Morris) for a long time.”

Scott said he liked the school and its program but the fact that is was relatively close to home was a bonus. He is glad to stay to stay close with former teammate Lonzo Ball, now at UCLA, and Ball’s two brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo current Huskies teammates who have also committed to UCLA.

Scott is happy to have the decision made before the season starts.

“I want to be able to work on my game and getting better,” he said.

Scott, a 6-foot-4 forward, transferred to Chino Hills from Upland his sophomore year but wasn’t cleared to play by the CIF so he had to sit out. He had a breakout season last year as a junior, helping the Huskies to a 35-0 record that included state and national championships.

While the Ball brothers got most of the accolades, Scott was an impact player as well, averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds and earning first team All-Baseline League and All-Inland Valley honors.

Here is link to a story on Scott that ran late last basketball season.

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Stephen Gilling to replace Steve Baik at Chino Hills

There isn’t much more the Chino Hills boys basketball team could have done last year. The Huskies were 35-0, won league, state, regional and national championships. Perhaps win by a bigger margin. But the Huskies are going to try.

Stephen Gilling was named head coach today, replacing Steve Baik who served as head coach the last six years.

It was a good choice. Gilling is from the area, having graduated from nearby Ayala in 2005 where he excelled under then coach Tom Gregory.

He has also been on staff for the last two years so he knows the personnel and the style of play that has been the Huskies trademark. The school would have been stupid to look outside for a successor,

Gilling won’t be looking to put his own stamp on the program, He’ll go with what has worked. Chino Hills will run the same entertaining, up-tempo offense that made them a phenomenon across the country.

“If it’s working you don’t go out and change anything,” he said. “You can always be stronger, bigger, better. We’re going to go out and try and do it even better than we did last year.”

Indeed there will be pressure to repeat. The Huskies only graduated one player, although that player is Lonzo Ball, the straw that stirred the drink, so to speak.

The other two Ball brothers – senior LiAngelo and sophomore LaMelo will be back, as will be senior Eli Scott and sophomore Onyeka Okongwu who rounded out the starting lineup. All have multiple Division I offers with both the other Balls having committed to UCLA.

Nothing short of another title is expected.

The Huskies scored 100 points or more 18 times, tying a state record. That was a particularly impressive number given the caliber of competition the Huskies faced.
They won every playoff game by 20 points or more with no outcome more convincing than a 48-point win over national power Mater Dei which had been ranked as high as sixth nationally.

“We have the same expectations,” Gilling said. “That’s what we’re out there working hard toward. The guys are getting better.”

Gilling played guard for two years at Colorado State, then moved on to Long Beach State where he spent three years, the first as a red-shirt,

He is on the Chino Hills campus as an aide and was the person Baik endorsed as his successor.

“I’m excited about the opportunity and we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off last year,” he said.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball given one last national award

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Add another honor the the growing resume of Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball.

MaxPreps has named the 6-foot-6 guard who is headed to UCLA its Male High School Athlete of the Year.  That’s not basketball player of the year, yes he claimed that title earlier. This one is Athlete of Year, like for all sports.

Everyone knows by know Ball propelled the Huskies to a 35-0 record that included league, section, regional and state championships, topped off by national championships from seven of eight polls.

Ball was the lone senior on that team and averaged a triple-double with 23.9 points, 11.5 assists and 11.3 rebounds per game – numbers pretty much unheard of at the high school level.

Earlier this season he was named National Player of the Year by MaxPreps, USA Today, Naismith and Morgan Wooten. He also earned three state Player of the Year awards.

Here is link to full MaxPreps story on the latest honor.

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Steve Baik talks about transition from Chino Hills to LA Fairfax

Steve Baik, head coach for Chino Hills boys basketball, led the team to an unbeaten season, and a CIF state championship, has resigned as head coach. (Staff file photo/Southern California News Group)

Steve Baik admits when he stepped down as basketball coach at Chino Hills earlier this month he thought about not coaching. You can’t do much better than what his team did last year – undefeated, national championship.

And he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two sons.

Then Los Angeles Faifax coach Harvey Kitani, a close friend of his, called and told him he was going to step down there to take a position at Rolling Hills Prep and the door was open there. It was an opportunity Baik could not pass up.

“With the program and tradition they have there it is a great opportunity,” he said, talking about the new position for the first time. “I am going to keep the staff there that is already in place. Will be a great place to just worry about coaching basketball.”

Baik lives in Altadena not far off the 2 freeway and says the commute has been cut in half so the job does get him a little closer to home.

With Chino Hills and Fairfax both likely being in the Open Division again next year his new team could be facing his old team. He thinks they’ll likely meet in summer play along the way too and says he will be the Huskies No. 1 fan when the teams are not playing each other.

“I’m going to miss all those kids and I wish nothing but the best for them. I love them like sons,” Baik said. “I’m going to be their biggest fan.”

News of his appointment broke on Friday, a few hours before the Huskies were presented national championship mementos from both MaxPreps and USA Today. He didn’t want to talk about the new job then and take away from the attention he wanted on his now former players.

Baik had been with the Huskies for nine years, the last six of those as head coach.
With all the festivities honoring his team taking place Baik acknowledges there was never going to be a “good” time to resign or announce a new position which is also why he considered not coaching the next school year.

“Opportunities like this don’t come around often,” he said. “I felt like I had to jump at it but will always be grateful for my time at Chino Hills.”

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Chino Hills boys basketball team collects honors: Baik confirms new job

The undefeated and national champion Chino Hills boys basketball team was honored in festivities at the school’s football stadium Friday night.

Representatives from MaxPreps were on hand to present the Huskies their national championship trophy with coach Steve Baik, who resigned two weeks ago, accepting on behalf of the team.

USA Today, another of the outlets that crowned the Huskies national champion, presented a banner.

The Huskies went 35-0, winning CIF Open Division honors and going on to win a state title as well.

They scored 100 points or more 18 times and won every playoff game by 20 points or more. That kind of dominant effort has most basketball experts putting the Huskies among the best high schools teams ever assembled.

Lonzo Ball, the lone senior on the squad, was presented an award for being named National Player of the Year.

Younger brother LaMelo and Onyeka Okongwu were joint recipients of the Freshman of the Year honor. Okongwu was not on hand but LaMelo collected his award.

Baik confirmed that he had just accepted the head coaching position at Los Angeles Fairfax High School but didn’t want to comment on that and take attention away from his team.


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Chino Hills coach Steve Baik issues statement on resignation


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Chino Hills boys basketball coach Steve Baik has resigned after a 35-0 record and national championship.

Here is his statement on that decision:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the Head Coach of the Chino Hills Boys Basketball team. This is the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make in my coaching career. Although the timing may be questioned, my reasons are completely related to my personal life.

This decision will allow me to prioritize my family and to be more present as a husband and father, specifically in the lives of my two young boys. Therefore, I am pursuing options that will allow me to work closer to home.

I have had the privilege of coaching some of the most incredible student-athletes at CHHS, and it goes without saying that this past season was the most special to me.

It has been such a blessing to work with amazing people such as my coaching staff, the faculty, and for Principal Brenes at Chino Hills High School. The support from the community and families has been incredible. I am particularly grateful to the Ball family for their trust in me over the past four years. They have also continued to support me in making this decision and I am thankful that our friendships will continue.

I will greatly miss the opportunity to coach these players through the rest of their high school careers, particularly Gelo and Eli as upcoming seniors, and Melo and Onyeka who will lead the charge thereafter. This is truly difficult for me as I have grown to deeply respect and love these boys as family.

I am confident this group will continue to have great success. I am so proud of all that was accomplished and I will be forever grateful for my time at Chino Hills High.

And here is link to news story.


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So Cal Prep Legends Team of Year nominees announced

The Southern California Newspaper Group has announced its finalist for Team of the Year.

Here is the link to a rundown on each of the finalists.

Each of the publications in the SCNG nominated a team or individual for each category. The Daily Bulletin’s submission in this category was a no-brainer. It’s the undefeated and No. 1 Chino Chino Hills boys basketball team.

Among the other categories are Male and Female Athlete of Year as Well as Scholar Athlete of Year, Coach of Year, Game of Year, Performance of Year and Inspirational Story of Year.

Stay tuned for news on the others.




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Chino Hills basketball players share national honor

Chino HIlls High School's LaMelo Ball, right, drives to the basket as Mater Dei High School's MJ Cage defends during the CIF Open Division semifinals on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Chino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Many have had a hard time trying to decide which of the Chino Hills freshman basketball standouts have had the bigger impact – center Onyeka Okongwu or guard  LaMelo Ball.

Well MaxPreps couldn’t decide either and has named the two Co-Freshman Players of the Year. It is quite an honor given that five players were chosen to the first team nationwide and two come from the same team.

Here is the link to the MaxPreps rundown on those chosen.


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Honors continue to roll in for Chino Hills basketball players


Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's boys basketball Player of the Year.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s boys basketball Player of the Year. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The storybook season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team, continues to lands its players individual accolades.

Senior guard Lonzo Ball, who has already garnered four national player of the year and a state player of the year awards, has been named Mr. California Basketball by CalHi Sports. He averaged a tripled double – 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.5 assists, adding in 5.1 steals and 2 blocks a game.

He is the first state player of the year from the Inland Empire since current San Antonio Spurs standout Kawhi Leonard (Riverside Martin Luther King) in 2009. If you consider the San Gabriel Valley as part of the greater Inland Empire region along the 60-71 corridor, Ball joins Corey Benjamin (Fontana ’96) Casey Jacobsen (Glendora ’99) and Scott Williams (Hacienda Heights Wilson ’86) as winners of the state’s most prestigious honor from the vast region in the last 30 years.

In addition, CalHisSports named 6-foot-9 center Onyeka Okongwu the state freshman of the year. He averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds but upped that to 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7.4 blocks in the playoffs. His defensive presence was also evident in the number of shots he affected in the paint.

Here is the link to CalHi Sports players of year and link to overall player of year for those who want more information to see complete list of players honored.

Lonzo’s younger brother LiAngelo got recognition elsewhere. He was named second team “Junior Class” All-American by MaxPreps which picks All-American teams for each of four classes. He averaged a team-high 27.4 points with a best of 41 against High Point Christian (N.C.)

Here is link to that list of honorees.




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Baseline League honors: Boys basketball

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: Lonzo Ball, Sr., G, Chino Hills

First team
LaMelo Ball, Fr., Chino Hills
LiAngelo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
Garrett Carter, Sr., Etiwanda
Tian Daniels, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dion Hamilton, Sr., Los Osos
Miles Oliver, Jr., Etiwanda
Bryce Peters, Sr., Damien
Elizjah Scott, Jr., Chino Hills
Isaiah White, Sr, Damien
Nate Williams, Sr., Upland

Second team
Kessler Edwards, Soph., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Jr., Damien
Shane Johnson, Jr., Los Osos
Darren Jones, Fr., Upland
Kyle Lounsbury, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Elijah McCullough, Soph., Damien
Onyeka Okongwu, Fr., Chino Hills
Liam Ryan, Sr., Damien
Cameron Shelton, Soph., Chino Hills
Krystian Wilson, Soph., Etiwanda
Kelvin Wright, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga

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