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High School hoopers show wares

A good day of hoops was had Saturday at Jesuit High School’s 8th Annual Father Kelly Tribute.

Some of the area’s best hoopers displayed their wares. Sheldon High School junior Darius "Boo" Nelson helped lead the Huskies to a 92-86 overtime victory against the Clovis East Timberwolves.

Nelson, along with Sacramento junior guard Josiah Turner, are deemed the two best players in the area. It’s amazing that Nelson already fits into a category of "How good he could be, if…"

Nelson is listed at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds.

Nelson, whom I still see as an under-publicized player, is being recruited by many of the nation’s top college basketball programs. If (there goes that word again) he ever realizes how good he could become, Nelson might become a very motivated athlete. His older brother, DeMarcus Nelson, one of the area’s best-ever, moved on to Duke and now is playing professionally in Italy.

There is little that Darius Nelson is incapable of doing on a basketball court. Even in his current state of conditioning, he can grab a rebound and handle through-traffic to score or assist. He’s a scorer, but equally capable and willing at times to hit the open man.

Nelson’s coaches have failed to get their players’ statistics entered on Maxpreps, a website that exposes their information nationally. No doubt the information can be located on highly-recruited players such as Nelson and Turner, but providing information on those not as talented, but capable of playing somewhere on the next level, could bring a couple of scholarships to some needy kids.

Getting that information in-put could be an extra credit assignment – or a part-time job for another student.

Turner’s coaches at Sacramento High have his information on Maxpreps and his stats are descriptive.

Turner’s Dragons fell to 8-5 with their 88-81 loss to the Oakland High Wildcats, but the 6’3" guard scored 34 points and had five assists to accompany seven turnovers. Oakland High has a quick, tough and athletic squad that matched Turner’s crafty ability to get where he wants to go. Oakland’s Jabari Brown and TJ Taylor are major-college talents as juniors on a team with just three seniors.

Turner has the nicest handle in the area and like Nelson, takes opponents to the basket with either hand. Turner is averaging 28 points per game and is ably assisted by senior Will Davis, who had a strong game with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. By contrast, Travon Abraham, who is normally reliable, made just three of 15 field-goal attempts.

Host Jesuit was not exactly charitable when it furnished an 82-47 whipping on the Berkeley Yellowjackets in the night’s finale. The Marauders, who have been early-season surprises, executed offense impeccably in the first quarter and dominated from the start. Jesuit coach Greg Harcos has a stable of shooters in Brian Glodowski, Mackenzie McCullough, Akachi Okugo and James Moore, just to name a few. When they are making shots as they did early, Jesuit (12-4) will be tough to defeat.

Newark Memorial bashed Folsom’s Bulldogs, 53-24. Folsom definitely missed standout 6’4" junior Kori Babineaux, who did not play, reportedly due to a disciplinary action. The Bulldogs never scored more than eight points in any quarter.

The Foothill Mustangs (12-2) won their eighth straight game in the afternoon opener, with a 64-49 decision against Skyline of Oakland. Senior guard Nick Stanley led Foothill with 20 points.

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