Top 15 players to watch in 2020 CIF Los Angeles City Section boys basketball Open Division playoffs

The CIF Los Angeles City Section released their 2020 high school basketball playoff brackets on Saturday. The eight Open Division teams will play a single elimination tournament to determine the champion. The first round matchups are listed below. The games will be played Friday, with the exception of Gardena vs. Birmingham, which will be played on Thursday.

FULL BRACKET

No. 8 El Camino Real vs. no. 1 Fairfax

No. 5 Gardena vs. no. 4 Birmingham

No. 7 Washington Prep vs. no. 2 Westchester

No. 6 Taft vs. no. 3 King/Drew

Scorebook Live California reporter Connor Morrissette breaks down the top players from the eight Open Division teams below.

FAIRFAX

Keith Dinwiddie – 2020

Dinwiddie is committed to San Diego State. He’s a sharpshooter.

Keith Dinwiddie, Fairfax

Justin Gladney – 2020

Gladney led Fairfax from 18 points down to beat rival Westchester last month.

Westchester

Marland Harris – 2020

Harris scores and rebounds well. He led the Comets to a 52-34 win over Colony last month scoring a team high 18 points.

King/Drew

Fidelis Okereke – 2020

Fidelis Okereke is the best big in the City. He’s an excellent defender.

Birmingham

David Elliott – 2021

Elliott is one of the top shooters in the City Section. He hit a game-winner from downtown to beat Mayfair last month.

Corey Cofield – 2021

Cofield is a tremendous athlete. When he’s on, he can take over games.

Elisha Cofield – 2020

Elisha Cofield is another one of the City’s top bigs. The Patriots have a scary front court with the Cofield brothers both on the floor.

James Nobles – 2021

Birmingham coach Nick Halic described Nobles as being, “everything to our team.” The junior is dealing with injury issues and won’t play against Gardena on Thursday.

Gardena

Michael Frankling – 2020

Frankling is a great scorer. He’s one of the main reasons Gardena is 25-3 on the year.

Michael Frankling, Gardena

Chris Page

Page is a scorer too. Gardena has very strong guard play.

Taft

Ramel Lloyd – 2022

Lloyd is the best point guard in the City. He has multiple Division 1 scholarship offers.

Ramel Lloyd, Taft

Khalil Haywood – 2020

Haywood has fantastic athleticism. He’ll try and score inside against King/Drew and Fidelis Okereke in round one.

Washington Prep

DeShawn Johnson

Johnson is Washington Prep’s anchor. He’s a hard worker who rarely comes off the floor for Generals head coach Jovante King.

DeShawn Johnson, Washington Prep

D’Anthony Ward – 2020 (but hoping a hardship waiver gives him another year)

If there were a City Section Comeback Player of the Year it would be Ward. He didn’t play a year ago due to having to take care of his little brother. He’s lit the City up as a senior.

El Camino Real

Kyle Braun – 2020

El Camino Real has been hit with the injury bug this season, but they’ve still made the Open Division field and Braun has been a big reason why. The Navy commit scored 16 points in a win over Cleveland last week.

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