Catch and shoot with Connor Morrissette: Corona Centennial’s Jared McCain has big week

Every Monday, Scorebook Live California reporter Connor Morrissette writes a column on the most intriguing storylines in Southern California high school basketball. He breaks down the previous week and previews the upcoming one below.

TOP PERFORMER

Headlined by San Ysidro’s Mikey Williams, Crespi’s Mike Price and Sierra Canyon’s Bronny James, the 2023 high school basketball class in Southern California is loaded. Add Corona Centennial freshman guard Jared McCain to the list of top prospects.

McCain hit nine threes and finished with 36 points in a win over Norco on Friday.

He followed that performance up by scoring 14 points in a 59-51 win over Richmond Salesian College Prep on Saturday. The freshman is a great shooter and ball handler who also defends well. Remember the name.

BEST FINISH

How about this shot from La Canada’s Kyle Brown? La Canada is 10-0 in the Rio Hondo League. The above shot kept the Spartans perfect.

BEST PLAY

Etiwanda senior Jaylen Clark threw down an incredible dunk in the Eagles’ 63-33 win over Westchester on Saturday.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Justin Gladney played his butt off. He made plays when we needed them. That’s what being a senior is all about.” – Fairfax head coach Reggie Morris following the Lions’ comeback win over Westchester.

Gladney scored 16 points to lead Fairfax to the 65-57 win on Wednesday. The Lions trailed by 18 points at one point in the first half. Watch the highlights here.

THIS WEEK’S BEST GAMES

St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei – Tuesday

Mission League Tournament – semifinals Wednesday, championship Friday

Ribet Academy vs. Rancho Christian – Saturday

THIS WEEK’S BOLD PREDICTION

St. John Bosco over Mater Dei

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