That was the response blurted by former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas as his 15-year-old freshman son Alijah launched a 25-footer from the highest of the important thing for Chatsworth High in opposition to Taft on Monday. The ball swished, three of his son’s 36 factors in a 110-75 loss to Taft.
There’s an attention-grabbing experiment underway. Gilbert was an All-City participant at Grant, made it to Arizona, then the NBA. His son might have gone to any basketball energy on the town however his dad determined it will be good for him to expertise the ups and downs related to taking part in for a staff that didn’t have stars all through the lineup, forcing him to be taught to be aggressive. So recreation by recreation and apply by apply, the 6-foot-4 Alijah is gaining perception taking part in for a staff that’s scuffling with a 5-18 report.
“It gets rough, but I still try to find out what I can do,” he mentioned. “I just want to learn.”
The plan is for him to spend not less than two years at Chatsworth, then discover a state of affairs that can assist him discover and increase his recreation in preparation for taking a shot at a professional profession if his expertise reaches that time.
Alijah is about to return to AAU ball for the primary time in years this summer time taking part in with one other proficient freshman, Jason Crowe Jr. of Lynwood, for the Compton Magic. Alijah scored 56 factors in a recreation earlier this season. Crowe scored 51. Together they need to be fairly a duo.
For now, the Chancellors try to get higher. Taft (13-10) obtained 31 factors from Keyon Kensie Jr. and 26 factors from Bishop Brooks. Before the sport, former Taft standout Larry Drew Jr. made an look within the Taft dressing space.
There wasn’t lots of protection on show by both staff. Something to work on for one more day. You can depend on Arenas and Arenas to work on it. There is one factor Alijah hasn’t performed: overwhelmed his father in a recreation of one-on-one.
“I’m close,” he mentioned.
Birmingham 87, Cleveland 60: Naseef Lubowa scored 17 factors for the first-place Patriots (4-0) in a West Valley League recreation.
Granada Hills 49, El Camino Real 37: Noah Ramirez completed with 14 factors for Granada Hills.
Venice 55, University 32: Tyler Hunt had 19 factors and 12 rebounds for Venice.
Narbonne 88, Rancho Dominguez 36: Marcus Adams Jr. had 18 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. Troy Jones and Max Choi added 15 factors every.
Brentwood 78, Milken 55: Owen Clark led the Eagles with 14 factors.
Damien 72, Upland 48: Nate Garcia continued his spectacular play with 33 factors.
Etiwanda 86, Chino Hills 53: Zion Booker completed with 18 factors for the Eagles.