Who is the best high school boys basketball player in Southern California over the past 20 years? Over the next two weeks we’ll give you a chance to decide.
Our 32-player bracket tips off Tuesday with first-round matchups in the Ed Azzam region. In this matchup, Bishop Montgomery’s Ethan Thompson, a seven seed, takes on Westchester’s Trevor Ariza, a two seed.
Here’s a look at the matchup:
(7) Ethan Thompson, Bishop Montgomery HS
Thompson scored 1,948 career points at Bishop Montgomery and he averaged 22.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game as a senior. He led Bishop Montgomery to the CIF State Open Division championship as a senior in 2017. Following that season, Thompson was selected Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year and he earned CIF Open Division, John R. Wooden and Los Angeles Times Player of the Year honors. He currently plays at Oregon State.
(2) Trevor Ariza, Westchester HS
In 2003, Ariza led Westchester to the CIF State Division I State title, a 32-3 overall record and a No. 5 USA Today national prep ranking (No. 2 in the West). In the 2002 state title game, a 73-63 Westchester victory over Oakland Tech, Ariza scored 21 of his 30 points in the final 16 minutes of the game, to go along with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. As a senior, Ariza averaged 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 3.0 blocked shots and steals per game. He was named the Cal-HiSports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year, the Los Angeles Times Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, Los Angeles City Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF in 2003. Ariza won four City titles in his four years at Westchester. He played one season at UCLA before going to the NBA. He won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.