UCLA coach Steve Alford had to enjoy what he saw when No. 1 Chino Hills faced Foothills Christian (El Cajon) in a showdown in Southern California on Saturday night.
What had to make Alford happy was that the stars for both teams are UCLA commits.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the Ball brothers — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — combined for 63 points for Chino Hills. Senior T.J. Leaf scored 43 points for Foothills Christian. That’s 106 of the game’s 169 points by future Bruins.
Lonzo, a senior, had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. LiAngelo, a junior, finished with 21 and LaMelo, a freshman, had 17 points.
Leaf was 20 for 24 for the field and also reached the 2,500-point mark for his career. He added 21 rebounds.
First to Westwood are Lonzo Ball and Leaf, who arrive on campus in the summer.
Leaf on Lonzo via The Los Angeles Times: “Lonzo does everything well … he’s a great passer and his defense is sometimes overlooked but he has really quick hands and you have to protect the ball at all times. He’s going to get his, you just have to limit what everyone else does. Next year is going to be a blast playing with him and Coach Alford is a great coach to play for.”
Lonzo on Leaf also via The Times: “It seemed like he scored 60 on us. He’s one of the best big men in the country and I can’t wait to play with him.”