August 15, 2011

The Upcoming NorCal Clash

Kevin McCarthy

You've seen the shirts with the slogan that reads: old guys rule. That viewpoint will be tested at 1 PM on August 28 in the Third Annual NorCal Clash at Contra Costa College where the best of the 2012 class will attempt to lord their elder status against their 2013 opponents.

The 2012-ers have one big size advantage with 7-footer Robert Upshaw (#32 Rivals national rankings) patrolling the paint. Richard Longrus (#2 Nor Cal Preps rankings) and Langston Walker (#6 Nor Cal Preps rankings) will also be headlining the 2012 squad and it will also be the initial opportunity for many to view Michael Bryson, the shooter deluxe out of Sacramento who is drawing Pac-12 interest after playing on the circuit this summer. Franklin High's Theo Johnson (#10 Nor Cal Preps rankings) is another to check out.

6-foot-7 2013-er Marcus Lee (#5 Nor Cal Preps rankings) will probably draw the Upshaw assignment. Teammate Jabari Bird (#2 Nor Cal Preps rankings) will shoulder much of the offensive load with Dakarai Allen (#13 Nor Cal Preps rankings), Rae Jackson (#16 Nor Cal Preps rankings) and Elliott Pitts (#11 Nor Cal Preps rankings) also bringing firepower. Raymond Bowles (#10 Nor Cal Preps rankings) out of Modesto Christian has not been witnessed by many

Successful head coaches will helm each team with Don Lippi of Division V state champion St. Joseph's-Notre Dame matching moves with Castro Valley High's Nick Jones, whose team was the Division I Nor Cal runner up last season.

The purpose of the event is simple: to help promote NorCal basketball and its elite prospects.

 2011 NorCal Clash Rosters 

Class of 2012

Coach: Nick Jones - Castro Valley

Class of 2013

Coach: Don Lippi - Saint Joseph's Notre Dame (Alameda)