On Saturday the talent in San Diego descended upon La Jolla Country Day School for the Crème of the County basketball showcase. The top players from San Diego in the 2017-2021 classes were in attendance for the second annual event. Premier, local scout Aaron Burgin once again put the event together and this year was even better than last year.
A number of the top evaluators made their way to San Diego for the event and I joined them to get a glimpse at some of the talent in America’s Finest City. I was hoping to get a good look at the local San Diego State recruits as well as any other local names that may be on the radar. Taeshon Cherry and Warren Washington were the two Aztecs recruits that showed up to the showcase.
A basketball showcase may not be the best place to get a good look at what a player truly plays like, the intensity is not at game level, however it is a good chance to see players first hand and get a feel for their game.
This was my first time seeing Cherry play in person and it is clear that he was on another level than any other player at yesterday’s event. Just watching him on the court, he was physically stronger, faster, bigger, and better than everyone else. Yesterday he was hitting from three, taking the ball to the hole, and throwing down vicious dunks. A superior athlete, the 2018 prospect would be a great pickup who could see early playing time for the Aztecs.
If Cherry is in the top tier of San Diego basketball, then Washington is in the tier right beneath him. Yesterday Washington showed a much-improved game than what I saw last December. The 6-10 big man was a defensive presence when he parked himself in the lane. He had a number of blocks in yesterday’s games, including a monster swat of Cherry. Offensively Washington is working on extending his shooting range. If he can add a three point shot to his already strong post game then Washington could find himself in that top tier. Washington is number two on my 2018 wish list for the Aztecs, therefore I hope his development continues.
A Name to Watch
One player that stood out to me yesterday was 2019 La Jolla Country Day shooting guard Ryan Lamborg. Lamborg was named co-MVP for the 2019 Crème game with a solid performance. San Diego State is keeping an eye on the 6-3 shooter and I expect that once the season comes around his recruitment will begin to take off.
The Crème of the County game is a great event. Supporting local basketball is important and helping develop the kids in our community is a noble undertaking. The Aztecs recruits were the headliners and definitely showed out during their games, but in reality all kids made for a day of excellent basketball. Let us hope that
San Diego basketball continues to grow and that the local kids stay home to become Aztecs.