This past weekend Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana hosted the Nike Extravaganza. The two-day basketball showcase hosts the best teams in Southern California as well as some of the best in the nation. This year was no exception and among those teams were three San Diego State recruits.
The first game I sat down to see was an offensive explosion between Sierra Canyon (CA) and Bishop Gorman (NV). This was a matchup between two Aztecs recruits, 2017 Aztecs signee Adam Seiko from Sierra and 2018 recruit Jamal Bey from Gorman. Sierra Canyon won the game 98-72 in a fast-paced affair.
Seiko ended the game with 7 points on 2-4 shooting, including 1-3 from beyond the arc. As always Seiko played exceptionally well on defense, holding McDonald’s All-American Charles O’Bannon Jr. to four points on 1-16 shooting. As the fourth offensive option on his team, Seiko did not take a lot of shots, however he continued affecting the game on the defensive end. It will be interesting to see what Seiko can do at San Diego State where his role on offense should increase.
Bey led Bishop Gorman in scoring in the loss with 21 points. He went 7-13 from the field, including 4-8 from three-point range. Bey is obviously a good shooter and while he settled for threes a little too often, he took advantage of the mismatch when he saw it. You can see the potential in Bey and if he continues developing he could become a big time national recruit.
The second game was St. Augustine from San Diego against the home team, Mater Dei. Mater Dei wound up being too much for the gritty Saints and scored a 74-62 victory.
2018 Aztecs recruit Taeshon Cherry led the Saints with 24 points. This was the best I had seen Cherry play. Offensively he was on fire, shooting 10-17 from the field (3-6 from 3PT). Defensively he guarded 7-2 Bol Bol and limited him in what could have been an even bigger night. Towards the end of the game with St. Augustine still within striking range Cherry fell hard and played noticeably hurt for the last two minutes or so. Even in the loss Cherry played exceptionally well and it was easy to see why he is a top 100 recruit.
The Nike Extravaganza was a great event. Even though only two games featured Aztecs recruits, there were many other enjoyable matchups. Seeing Seiko live was exciting since I have been higher on him than most people. Also by getting a look at Bey I was able to see how he might fit in with the Aztecs. Finally, it was nice to see Cherry play, and do well, against one of the top teams in the state. Overall there were three talented players on the court that would look great in the red and black.