Winners and my all-Tarkanian Classic choices

LAS VEGAS – Sorry for the delay in posting this but . . .

Las Vegas Gorman (69-56 over cross-town rival Clark in Platinum), Culver City of California (73-64 over Denver East/Select), Memphis Southwind (53-51 over Grandview of Colorado/Orleans), North Hollywood Campbell Hall (63-48 over Palmdale Knight/Gatorade), Compton Dominguez (54-41 over Riverside Poly/Eastbay) and Milwaukee (OR) La Salle Prep 68, Las Vegas Del Sol 55/Nike) were high school divisional champions during the sixth Tarkanian Classic.

It was the first time the Bishop Gorman Gaels have won the tournament in its six years of existence.

Culver City, in its first season under Coach Reggie Morris Jr., also captured a title for the first time.

Morris’ Redondo Union team won the Platinum title in 2014. The Culver City championships makes Morris the first coach to lead different programs to Tarkanian Classic crowns.

Among the divisional Most Outstanding Players was 6-foot-6 junior Jaime Jaquez Jr. (pictured) of Camarillo High, who averaged 37 points (with a high of 50) in four Orleans Division games.

My all-tournament choices (which don’t line up exactly with the “official” selections of tournament representatives) follow:



Platinum All-Tournament

Most Outstanding Player: Jamel Bay (Las Vegas Bishop Gorman)


James Akinjo (Richmond, CA, Salesian)

Kaelen Allen (L.A. Westchester)

Ayo Dosunmu (Chicago Morgan Park)

Jon’il Fugett (Denver George Washington)

Bryce Hamilton (Pasadena, CA)

Adokiye Iyaye (Putnam City, OK, North)

Tanner McCliment-Call (Post Falls, ID)

Blake Owens (Putnam City)

Jacob Pfennings (Post Falls)

Trey Woodbury (Las Vegas Clark)



Jordan Brinson (Jr./L.A. Westchester)

Isaiah Cottrell (So/Bishop Gorman)

D.J. Davis (So./Corona Centennial)

Jalen Hill (Jr./Las Vegas Clark)

Antwon Jackson (Jr./Las Vegas Clark)

Evan Mobley (So./Temecula, CA, Rancho Christian)

Isaiah Mobley (Jr./Rancho Christian)

Onyeka Okongwu (Jr./Chino Hills, CA)

Noah Taitz (So./Bishop Gorman)


Other Divisions

Most Outstanding Player: Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Jr./Camarillo, CA/Orleans Division)



Wayne Arnold (Compton, CA, Dominguez/Eastbay MOP)

Cyrus Johnson (Culver City/Select)

Maka Ellis (Las Vegas Sierra Vista)

Hunter Erickson (Provo, UT, Timpview/Orleans)

Mark Freeman (Memphis Southwind/Orleans MOP)

Jacob Heese (Las Vegas Desert Oasis/Select)

Tevian Jones (Culver City/Select MOP)

Daylen Kountz (Denver East/Select)

Mike Meadows (North Hollywood Campbell Hall/Gatorade MOP)



Amound Anderson (So./Lawndale, CA, Leuzinger/Eastbay)

Lamont Butler (So./Riverside, CA, Poly/Eastbay)

Keith Dinwiddie (So./Culver City)

Julien Franklin (Jr./Villa Park, CA/Eastbay)

Jalen Green (So./Fresno San Joaquin Memorial/Select)

Jaden Hardy (Fr./Las Vegas Coronado/Orleans)

Dajour Lewis (Jr./Palmdale, CA, Knight/Gatorade)

Kwane Marble II (Jr./Denver East/Select)

Julian Strawther (So./Henderson, NV, Liberty/Select)

T.J. Wainwright (Fr./Culver City/Select)

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