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April 1, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
John Calipari waited until he heard the question and quickly set the record straight when asked about his abilities as a recruiter. "Wait a minute. Wait a minute," the Kentucky coach said. "When I was at UMass, we had one McDonald's All-American, Donta Bright. When I was at Memphis, we may have had three over my years there. We weren't getting top-50 players at UMass. We were winning. We were a terrific team. I had to coach guys four years. " This is not the first time in this tournament, or over the years at Kentucky, that Calipari has pointed out he has built programs differently and won. But the Calipari everyone knows at Kentucky has become synonymous with one-and-done freshmen, five-star recruits who bolt to the NBA after one season.
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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The post-season playoff performances have only added to the dilemma and debate of trying to rank the best junior guards in Southern California. There's so many that college recruiters are going to have plenty of options for the class of 2015. Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade, Kendall Small of Mayfair, Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial, Stephen Thompson Jr. of Bishop Montgomery, Max Hazzard of Loyola, Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco are just a few who added to their already impressive resumes during the state playoffs.
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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There will be lots of local representation in Wednesday's McDonald's All American Game for boys' and girls' in Chicago. Stanley Johnson from Santa Ana Mater Dei and Thomas Welsh from Los Angeles Loyola are playing in the boys' game. Jordin Canada from L.A. Windward and Lajahna Drummer from Long Beach Poly are playing in the girls' game. The slam dunk contest will be shown Monday at 6 p.m. (West Coast time) on ESPNU. The girls' game will be on ESPNU at 4 p.m. (West Coast time)
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March 30, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Now that a seemingly never-ending high school basketball season is over, the next season can begin. That would be travel ball. And let the transfer season begin too. If you think one-and-done is popular in college, then get ready for one-and-done in high school basketball. Those are the players who spend one year at a high school, then move on to the next best deal. The CIF doesn't seem to mind. Its approach is, we'll send you to the Open Division to compete against the other schools who want to win badly.
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Kaylie Fandino's jumper at the buzzer punctuated a dominant first half fo Chaminade, which leads five-time champion Archbishop Mitty, 46-21, in the Division II state final at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The Eagles have shown no signs of nerves in their first finals appearance. They are shooting 19-of-27 from the field, led by Devin Stanback (13 points) and Valerie Higgins (11 points, three steals). Fandino has nine points and Chaminade is 4-of-7 from three-point range. Chaminade scored the first eight points of the game and led 26-9 after the first quarter.
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
The first of today's six state final games has begun at Sleep Train Arena and Sierra Canyon is 16 minutes away from its second straight state title, leading Justin-Siena 32-15 at halftime.  Cheyanne Wallace has 11 points and seven rebounds and Kennedy Burke, Zoe Goss and Alexis Griggsby all have seven points for Sierra Canyon, which held the Braves to four points in the second quarter. Northern California teams won four of the six state final games Friday, but the Trailblazers are trying to reverse that trend by winning the first of the three girls games today.
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Chaminade may have been playing in its first state final, but the Eagles made it look old hat Saturday afternoon at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.  Devin Stanback had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Chaminade set a state Division II record for points scored in an 80-51 blowout of five-time state winner Archbishop Mitty.  Natalie Valenzuela and Valerie Higgins each added 15 points and Kaylie Fandino had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks...
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bishop Montgomery didn't just defeat Moreau Catholic, 85-44, to capture the Division IV state championship at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, it set a record in the process. The Knights' 41-point blowout is the largest margin of victory in state finals history, eclipsing the previous mark of 36, which was reached twice -- both times in Division IV.   Stephen Thompson led the way with 20 points, four assists, three steals and two blocks for Bishop Montgomery (28-6), which built a 17-point halftime lead.  Bishop Montgomery out-rebounded the Mariners, 50-35, didn't allow a three-point basket, made 13 of 15 free throws and forced 22 turnovers.  Ethan Thompson had 14 points, Justin Bibbins had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Christian Oshita added nine points for the Knights, who won their third state title in four finals appearances.
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Not only does Mater Dei have perhaps the best player in California, it also has the best team.  On Saturday night, the Monarchs proved that where it counts: on the court. Mater Dei won its 11th state title, its fourth in a row and its second straight in the Open Division with a 71-61 victory over Bishop O'Dowd, a team the Monarchs edged 63-59 at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas in December. Arizona-bound Stanley Johnson led the charge with 25 points, eight assists, three steals and two blocks and his spectacular two-handed dunk early in the second quarter ignited a 10-4 run that put Mater Dei in front.
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