Mater Dei, the defending Southern California Regional Division I champion, is top-seeded in the 32-team Mater Dei summer basketball tournament that begins today at two sites.
Mater Dei returns starters Marmet Williams, Miles Simon, Terence Wilborn and Kamran Sufi from last year's team that finished 34-2 and was runner-up to Alameda St. Joseph in the State Division I championship.
Second-seeded Capistrano Valley returns starting point guard Dave Sedgwick from last year's team that finished 30-4 and lost to Mater Dei in the regional final.
The four-day tournament features some of the top players in Southern California, including center Alex Lopez (North Hollywood Campbell Hall), center Leif Nelson (Riverside Arlington), guard Jimmy Harris (Ocean View), guard Jameel Mahmud (West Covina), forward Zerrick Campbell (Long Beach Poly), guard Ed Gray (Riverside J.W. North), forward Jim Faulkner (Estancia) and guard Jacque Vaughn (Pasadena Muir).