The vision was there. Slightly blurred. The picture came into sharp focus in a tantalizing few minutes.
There was the gold-haired forward handling, who hopped and fired a lookaway pass to the sweet-shooting point guard for a corner three-pointer. There was the shooting guard, picking up the pace on a quick break, hovering, spinning windmills and lighting the gymnasium. And there all three stood on the sidelines, grinning, sipping Gatorade cups and gaining such a head start that their night ended early.
When former five-star contender Ziaire Williams — now with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies — left Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for Chatsworth Sierra Canyon in 2019, the Knights had a “complete program reset,” said boys’ basketball coach Matt Sargeant. Darkness trickled in.
Would they ever get a player like that again?
Then in March, Mercy Miller strolled into the Notre Dame cafeteria with father Master P to hear disbelieving murmurs from Notre Dame players. Miller’s friend and Duke Commit Caleb Foster followed. Now, along with senior Dusty Stromer, Notre Dame looks to a triumvirate of talent largely unmatched in Southern California.
“Run DMC,” Miller said, grinning, pointing first at the Stromer, then at himself, then at Foster. “Dusty. Merciful. Caleb.”
Stromer, the Gonzaga conscript who has transformed from a three-point specialist into a jack of all trades forward. Miller, the high-flying shooting guard at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. And Foster, also from Oak Hill, the humble blue-chip ground general and now the senior recruit in California.
“I feel like we don’t have a cap, man,” Miller said with a nod and a smile from Stromer.
The Border League preseason tournament in Las Vegas provided top Southern California programs like Notre Dame with a chance to work on new talent and get a glimpse of how offseason transfers will change the dynamic of Southern Section boys’ basketball.
The biggest takeaways:
https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-10-18/takeaways-from-las-vegas-border-league-notre-dame Takeaways from Las Vegas Border League: Run-DMC at Notre Dame