Dedan Thomas Jr. reminds a lot of father in Southland debut

Like father, like son. It truly is true that children might be similar to their fathers. Take a look at junior level guard Dedan Thomas Jr., the son of former Taft Excessive All-Metropolis level guard Dedan Thomas Sr., who went on to star at UNLV after graduating in 1988.

Thomas by no means left Las Vegas, and Dedan Jr. performs for Liberty Excessive in Henderson. He made his Southland debut Tuesday within the Platinum Division of The Traditional at Damien, scoring 23 factors in an 85-68 win over Anaheim Canyon.

It’s Thomas’ passing that reminds a lot of his father.

“It’s absolutely come full circle,” Dedan Sr. stated sitting within the bleachers Tuesday. His different son, named Tyus after former UCLA level guard Tyus Edney, is a freshman at Liberty.

Dedan is taken into account among the many prime guard prospects within the West, with UCLA, Arizona and Gonzaga among the many colleges pursuing him. He’s taller than his dad at 6 toes 1 in comparison with 5-11 and stronger, with the ability to dunk. His father stopped taking part in him one on one 4 years in the past. “He’s too old and slow,” the son stated jokingly.

Dedan Jr. makes it clear he owes every little thing to his father and mom. His father taught him the basics and insights about taking part in level guard. And his mom made it clear that being a great individual and doing nicely within the classroom had been prime priorities.

“Without him, I would be nowhere near where I am now,” Dedan Jr. stated of his father.

About his grades, he stated, “That’s more important than basketball for me.”

Stated Dedan Sr.: “He’s a better scorer than I was, probably a better defender. He has a chance to be real good.”

Liberty will face Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

Jacob Huggins of Harvard-Westlake with considered one of his a number of dunks towards Narbonne.

(Craig Weston)

Harvard-Westlake 79, Narbonne 34: With Narbonne lacking Marcus Adams Jr. and his brother, Maximo (each sickness), No. 1 Harvard-Westlake (14-0) cruised to victory. Brady Dunlap scored 16 factors and Jacob Huggins had 14 at Damien.

West Ranch 63, Dublin (Calif.) 53: Andrew Meadow scored 19 factors for unbeaten West Ranch at Damien.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 50, Richmond Salesian 46: The Knights held on for the win at Damien. Caleb Foster led Notre Dame with 19 factors.

Mater Dei 64, Mira Costa 54: The Monarchs handed Mira Costa its first defeat behind Zack Davidson, who completed with 36 factors and 10 rebounds.

Crenshaw 56, Fullerton 44: AJ Robinson scored 22 factors for the 15-0 Cougars.

Eastvale Roosevelt 56, Birmingham 48: Wyatt Studer had 17 factors and Nate Simon 16 for Roosevelt within the Damien event.

Oxnard 59, Otay Ranch 50: The Yellowjackets improved to 13-1 as Reese Widerburg scored 21 factors.

Heritage Christian 73, Auburn (Wash.) 47: Auburn took a constitution bus from Washington after flights had been unavailable, made it to Southern California and did its greatest in a loss. Seven Bahati had 19 factors for Heritage Christian.

Windfall 64, Thousand Oaks 59: Sophomore Trent MacLean made a formidable debut for Thousand Oaks, scoring 32 factors.

Taft 69, Dominguez 52: Keyon Kensie scored 24 factors for Taft.

St. John Bosco 68, Torrey Pines 67: The Braves improved to 13-1 with the win at Torrey Pines. Delyle Williams made the game-winning basket. Kade Bonam had 20 factors.

Grant 70, West Torrance 59: Jayleen Jones led Grant with 22 factors and 13 rebounds.

Valencia 63, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 57: Mikah Ballew scored 26 factors for Valencia.

Calabasas 73, Washington Enumclaw 39: Gavin Murphy scored 32 factors for Calabasas.

Palos Verdes 63, Beverly Hills 41: Alex Hassanein completed with 24 factors and Dino Aguirre 20 factors within the Vacation Traditional in Palm Springs.

JSerra 52, Archbishop Mitty 48: The Lions acquired 17 factors from Sebastian Rancik and 16 factors from Aidan Flower to enhance to 12-1.

St. Paul 46, Oak Park 35: Isaiah Sherrard had 14 factors for Oak Park.

Campbell Corridor 72, Saugus 59: The Vikings received within the Damien event. Matt Tengan led Saugus with 16 factors.

Glendale 61, Eastside 57: Tino Zadorian completed with 26 factors for Glendale.

Women’ basketball

Mater Dei 92, St. Paul 45: Addie Deal led the Monarchs with 16 factors and Jenessa Cotton had 15.

Granada Hills 46, La Salle 43: Marianne Boco completed with 21 factors for the Highlanders (11-3).

Boys’ soccer

Birmingham 1, San Clemente 1: Birmingham advances at Chapman after Adrian Diaz, within the ninth spherical of penalty kicks, scored.