June 16, 2011

Club Preview: Team Santa Cruz

Kevin McCarthy

photo of a Ivo Basor of Team Santa Cruz
Ivo Basor

Going on 18 years, Coach John Swift has operated TSC during the spring and summer, providing an opportunity for county ballers to hone their skills and also test them out against solid competition during the so-called off-season.

It’s no different in 2011, as various high schoolers in the area have again come together. But it’s important to also note that TSC has teams of all age groups, eight in total for this spring and summer, ranging from the fifth grade to high school level.

Swift’s hoops bonafides include playing prep basketball his junior and senior seasons at Menlo Atherton High while also participating in track and baseball. He went on to college ball repping the University of California Santa Cruz basketball squad. Swift has also coached for many years at various junior high and high schools throughout the county.

Here’s a rundown on the top TSC players this season, with commentary supplied by Swift: