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Open teams continue Southland dominance Saturday

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The CIF Southern Section’s “Open Division” squads continue to mow through the State Southern Regional competition Saturday night during Round II of play in Divisions I-V. The 16 teams from the Section’s first-ever Open Division are now a collective 25-1 after Chino Hills, L.A. Loyola, Corona Centennial and Lakewood Mayfair (I),…

Southern Section dominates opening of State action

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – There wasn’t much in the way of significant surprises during Wednesday evening’s opening-round games of the California State Southern Regional Playoffs. And those teams in action that were among the 16 clubs that competed for the Southern Section’s first-ever “Open Division” title demonstrated why that playoff field was the strongest ever…

Stanley the Man again for Mater Dei

ANAHEIM, Ca. – There has have been more overwhelming and esthetically pleasing championships for Santa Ana Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight. But, undoubtedly, few have been as gratifying as was Southern Section crown No. 22 for McKnight’s Monarchs Saturday night in the Honda Center. The Monarchs improved to 31-0 in 2013-14 with a gut-crunching 48-44…

Teams and ratings are knocked for a SoCal loop Friday

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The state’s best team and best player kept plowing toward an unbeaten season, state title and California Player of the Year honors Friday night. Other highly-ranked CIF Southern Section teams and players didn’t find the sledding quite as smooth in the latest round of playoff action, however. Santa Ana Mater Dei,…

Future Western standouts on display in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Ca.  – The Pangos Junior All-American Camp, held this past weekend at Cabrillo High, once more provided an insightful look into the future – both short- and long-term – of high school hoops in the west. Southern California, the Bay Area (east and west), Sacramento and Washington were particularly well-represented, as were Utah…

Barefield Family has quite the Saturday at Cathedral

LOS ANGELES – Calling it “The Greatest Showcase on Earth” might have been a more than just a tad hyperbolic. But the last of the major regular-season high school hoops “one-day events”, played host to by Cathedral High Saturday, was a day well-spent by those who participated and watched the action. The finale proved “grand”,…

Cathedral vs. Centennial keys “Greatest Showcase”

LOS ANGELES – “The Greatest Showcase on Earth”, a one-day, seven-game boys’ hoops event, tips off Saturday morning at 10:30 at Cathedral High, tips off at 10:30 Saturday morning. Rancho Dominguez High (from Long Beach) faces Rosemead Bosco tech in the opener. In the finale, two strong contenders to play in the CIF Southern Section’s…

Johnson, McLaughlin & Stewart shine at Nike X 19

SANTA ANA, Ca.  –Three of the top seniors in the country put on marvelous displays for their Southern California teams Saturday during Saturday’s marathon nine-game, 15-hour and second-day session of the 19th Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High. The trio combined to go for 2-for-3 in the victory department, though. *USC-bound guard Jordan McLaughlin had…

McDonald’s AA picks in 19th Nike X finale Saturday

SANTA ANA, Ca. – The 19th Nike Extravaganza wraps up Saturday night with a hook-up of McDonald’s All-Americans when the host Mater Dei Monarchs take on Chicago Whitney Young at approximately 8:45 p.m. PT. The other 13 games that begin Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock should be pretty cool as well! The Monarchs (21-0 after…

Loyola, Compton impress at Fairfax High

LOS ANGELES – The sixth James Samson State Preview Classic was an all-day, eight-game affair at Fairfax High Saturday. And those that forked out the $10 admission for the whole shindig got a 20-fold return, in basketball entertainment and insight, on their investment. The event was capped, appropriately enough, by another impressive performance from the…

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Frank Burlison

Frank Burlison is a well-regarded basketball writer who was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2005. His opinions on the potential of high school and college players are widely respected and sought by college coaches and NBA scouts, personnel directors and general managers from coast to coast. Oh, yes – he can offer plenty of thoughts on movies, television and pop music. Yes, he can rank those, too. Hint: He’s a big The Godfather, Larry Sanders, The Wire and The Beatles loyalist.

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“I’ve known Frank since he was a student at Long Beach State and no writer ever worked harder at studying and understanding basketball. When I was coaching I always put more stock into what he said about (high school) players than anyone I knew. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best there is at evaluating the potential of basketball players.”
Lute Olson, Hall of Fame and NCAA Championship Winning Coach

"I have known Frank for 15 years and there is no one outside of those in the Clippers' organization that I trust more than Frank when it comes to player evaluations."
Neil Olshey, Los Angeles Clippers' Vice President of Basketball Operations

“Frank Burlison has always been a proponent of my talent and, even more so, of my potential – far before it was evident to most. Even as a smaller and determined player who was being overlooked by most high-major colleges and national scouting services, Frank always served as a friendly voice who got me into the door to most events to help me prove my talents.”
Russell Westbrook, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA and an all-star guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder

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