Which area plays better high school basketball?

Leading Off: Where does region stand in prep hoops?

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 6:31 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 7:04 pm

While football rolls on during this last week of college bowl season and in the expected freeze of Lambeau Field and other cold fronts in the NFL, it’s come to an end at the high school level – at long last – with a flood of basketball games heating up a new season.

The Sacramento region, which has been a player on the state stage in basketball for decades, has another promising group of top teams and top players this season.

And, thus, the debate continues: Can this area hang with the Bay Area?

You can decide for yourself on Saturday, when some of the top boys’ programs in Northern California will be at Jesuit for the annual Father Kelly Tribute.

At 5 p.m., Monte Vista of Danville (11-0), ranked No. 2 in Northern California, plays Granite Bay. Monte Vista guard Michael Musselman is the son of Arizona State assistant coach Eric Musselman, the former Kings and Warriors coach.

At 1:30 p.m., defending CIF state Division I champion Pleasant Grove, led by national recruit Marquese Chriss, takes on El Cerrito (13-0).

In the nightcap at 8 p.m., Jesuit (12-0), led by Lake Lutes, Brady Anderson and Isaiah Bailey, plays longtime power Salesian (9-3).

It will be a perfect day to bolster the argument, no matter which way you lean.

What to watch

College football, Orange Bowl, 5:30 p.m., ESPN: The starting quarterbacks, Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Braxton Milliion of Ohio State, have combined to run or throw for 70 touchdowns, so this should be a shootout.

Today’s poll

Which area plays better high school basketball?

• Sacramento

• Bay Area

• It’s about even

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s results

Who is your favorite Kings starter?

• DeMarcus Cousins: 35%

• Rudy Gay: 13%

• Ben McLemore: 4%

• Isaiah Thomas: 44%

• Jason Thompson: 4%

Total votes: 293

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