What does the future hold for the South Bay high school basketball all-stars?
Most of last year's South Bay all-stars are playing, with various degrees of success.
The big success story among the nine seniors from last year's boys team was Elden Campbell, who had a solid year as Clemson University's first big man off the bench. The 6-9 Morningside High graduate took the Atlantic Coast Conference in stride, averaging about 10 points and ranking among ACC leaders in blocked shots. His major deficiency? He led the team in fouls and fouling out. His play helped Clemson gain an NCAA Tournament berth.
Last season's player of the year, Keith Malone of Serra, was a backup guard at Oklahoma State. Jeff Pelton from Palos Verdes and Steve Florentine from Redondo also attended major colleges. Florentine saw limited action at UC Irvine, averaging 1.5 points in 15 games with a season high of 8. Pelton redshirted at Montana and will compete for a guard spot next season. Montana graduates both starting guards.
James Johnson out of Chadwick had an injury-plagued season at Pomona-Pitzer but played well for the junior varsity and figures in varsity plans next season.