Who is the best high school boys basketball player in Southern California over the past 20 years? Over the next few days we’ll give you a chance to decide.
Our 32-player bracket tipped off last week with first-round matchups in all four regions: the Ed Azzam region, the Gary McKnight region, the Harvey Kitani region and the NBA region. Sweet 16 voting wrapped up on Tuesday and the Elite Eight finished on Wednesday.
We now move into the Final Four.
Horizon’s Jared Dudley, a five seed, has upset his three opponents so far and looks to continue his winning ways in the Final Four against Campbell Hall’s Jrue Holiday, a two seed.
(5) Jared Dudley, Horizon (San Diego)
Dudley averaged 23.2 points and 14.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Horizon earning All-State honors. He captured 2002-03 San Diego Section Player of the Year honors from the Union-Tribune newspaper. He was also Cal-Hi Sports magazine’s 2002-03 state Division IV Player of the Year. Dudley led the Panthers to back-to-back Division IV San Diego Section and State titles (2002 and 2003) registering 16 points and 14 rebounds against Hercules in the 2003 state title game from Sacramento’s Arco Arena.
Dudley went on to play for four years at Boston College leading the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament each season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2006. Dudley was drafted 22nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. He now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
(2) Jrue Holiday, Campbell Hall
Holiday was named the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year. He was a 2008 McDonald’s All-American as well. As a senior at Campbell Hall, Holiday averaged 25.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.8 steals per game to help lead the Vikings to a 31-5 record and the California Division IV state title. As a junior, Holiday led Campbell Hall to a 33-1 mark and the 2007 Division 4 state title averaging 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 4.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Campbell Hall finished the 2006-07 season ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 4 in the West Region by USA Today. Holiday was also selected as the 2007 Gatorade California Player of the Year. As a sophomore, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as Campbell Hall finished 27-6. Holiday helped lead Campbell Hall to a perfect 32-0 record and a state title as a freshman as well.
He went on to play at UCLA before being drafted 17th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76er’s. Holiday now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. He was an NBA All-Star selection in 2013.
Jrue Holiday advanced winning 161-90.