Question: With Jesuit being the area's top-ranked boys basketball team this season, how do you think the Marauders would stack up with some of the nation's powers?
- Jim, Sacramento
Answer: Although they haven't cracked USA Today's top 25 teams, the 18-1 Marauders are definitely one of the nation's top programs. They outplayed unbeaten Montverde Academy, the Florida power that is undefeated and ranked eighth this week, in the championship game of the Les Schwab Shootout in Folsom in early December, only to lose at the buzzer by one point on a short jumper by 7-foot-1 Solomon Alabi, who Jesuit otherwise neutralized, even without a player taller than 6-4. Jesuit also became the first Northern California team to win the Holiday Prep Classic in Torrey Pines over Christmas vacation, beating Southern California power Dominguez in the finals. The unselfish and talented bunch are the real deal. So if they can avoid injuries and the ball bounces their way, they could be playing for a Division II state title in March at Arco Arena.
- Bill Paterson