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, starting with Westchester’s Dwayne Polee Jr., an eight seed, taking on Compton Dominguez’s Tyson Chandler, the number one overall seed in the tournament.
Here’s a look at the matchup:
(8) Dwayne Polee Jr., Westchester HS
Polee was named the California State Player of the Year and the Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year after helping Westchester to a 32-3 record and their second-straight Division I title in 2010. He averaged 20.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game that season. Polee went on to play collegiately at St. John’s and then San Diego State before spending two seasons in the G-League. Polee’s father Dwayne won the City Section Player of the Year award in 1981 as a player at Manual Arts. The only other father-son duo to win the award are Marques and Kris Johnson of Crenshaw.
(1) Tyson Chandler, Dominguez HS
In his junior year at Compton Dominguez, Chandler averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks per game. In his senior year, Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship and a 31–4 record, averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds, and eight blocks a game. He was a two time state player of the year award winner in 2000 and 2001. Chandler entered the 2001 NBA Draft straight from high school and was picked second overall by the Chicago Bulls. He won an NBA title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. Chandler now plays for the Houston Rockets.
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