Anonymous asked: Love what you had to say about the all CIF team and player of the year. All of your points were valid and hard to argue with. There was one question that i did not get. Does Mater Dei have one player that it relies on more than others? Look at their 4 wins vs top 10 teams. They beat LCC and Hoover in the same tournament. Who was the tournament MVP? One of the top 5 on the ball defenders in the county? Reigning Mesa League Player of the Year. He does it all. pts,rebs,blocks,steals,assists,dunks
Thanks for the mail! What I meant by that one question regarding Mater Dei Catholic, which upon further review you’ve answered aptly, was a nod to the fact that Mater Dei has five seniors and one very talented freshman who I believe play a pivotal role in their success. Robert Harris has been the heart and soul of their interior defense, Spencer Vering averages in double figures and is difficult for teams to cover in the middle. Israel Seales defends multiple positions and scores in double figures. Jonathan Dutra’s leadership at the point has been invaluable, and Hands has had some huge moments on the big stage, including against LCC when he carried the team until the fourth when Iman Chatman came alive. But you are right, upon further review, Chatman has been the heart and soul of this team for two years, and is a clear first-teamer.
Thanks again for mail!