SAN DIEGO — The Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines high school is consistently among the best post-Holiday high school basketball tournaments in the country. This year’s edition featured 80 teams hailing from 10 different states that were divided among the…
SAN DIEGO — The Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines high school is consistently among the best post-Holiday high school basketball tournaments in the country. This year’s edition featured 80 teams hailing from 10 different states that were divided among the five divisions. We were able to make the trek down to San Diego on the final day of action at The Holiday Classic where we got to see all of the National Division participants as well as the American Division championship game. Here’s a look at the best scorers we saw.
Aidan Fowler Aidan Fowler 5'10" | PG JSerra | 2024 State CA-S , JSerra
Fowler was torching the Torrey Pines’ nets all week long and Friday was no different. The 6-foot junior point guard had his dribble pull-up jumper dialed in a loss to De La Salle. Fowler is great when exploding out of ball screen action and into his balanced stop and pop jumper from 15-17 feet. He finished with a team-high 19 points on the game.
Alec Blair Alec Blair 6'5" | CG De La Salle | 2025 State CA-N , De La Salle
Blair is really an interesting player to watch. At 6-feet-7 with a rangy and thin frame, the sophomore handles the point guard duties for De La Salle and brings an unorthodox style to the floor. The lefty isn’t quickest or most explosive athlete on the floor, but his creativity with the ball and his ability to change speeds and direction allow him to get to his spots. Blair is a lethal mid-range jump shooter who can knock down those shots whether on or off balance and contorts his body to create space from his defenders. Blair finished with a game-high 20 points in De La Salle’s win over JSerra.
Cooper Lewis, Lehi (UT)
It was clear during warmups that Lewis had his perimeter jumper ready to go and he wasted no time making use of it. The 6-foot-1 junior knocked down four three-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points to lead Lehi to the American Division championship with a win over Westchester. Lewis had a knack for making tough, contested two’s and three’s and carried himself with a high level of confidence.
Noel Davis, O’Dea (WA)
Davis is a quick and crafty junior guard with elite shot-making ability off the dribble and off the catch. The 5-foot-10 combo guard is a knock-down three-point shooter from multiple spots on the floor, deep range, and a quick trigger, all of which make him a tough cover on the perimeter. Davis is also a capable driver and finisher when he’s run off the line by a defender closing out. Davis scored 21 points in O’Dea’s win over Coronado (NV)
Malik Mack Malik Mack 6'0" | PG St. John’s | 2023 State #260 Nation MD , St. John’s Collegiate (DC)
The Harvard-bound senior had his smooth offensive game on full display as St. John’s Collegiate took home The Holiday Classic National Division championship with a 71-65 win over hometown St. Augustine. The 6-foot-1 combo guard knocked down perimeter jumpers with consistency and was especially effective when probing the mid-range area of the floor for pull-up jumpers. It was easy to tell that Mack can take the pulse of his team and know when to score and when to distribute. Mack led the Cadets with 19 points in the title game.
Ryan Beasley Ryan Beasley 5'11" | PG Dougherty Valley | 2023 State #228 Nation CA-N , Dougherty Valley
If there was one guy who embodied the “wired to score” terminology, Beasley was that guy. The 5-foot-10 guard is a dynamic playmaker in transition as the pace his team plays, and the speed and quickness he possesses, go together in perfect harmony. Beasley has the ability to knife his way through the defense for paint touches and buckets at the rim and can also create his own shot in the half-court setting. Beasley drained multiple three-point shots off the bounce and broke defenders down in isolation for blow-by layups. The University of San Francisco-signee had 34 points in Dougherty Valley’s win over Eastside Catholic.
Zander Kamai, Centennial (AZ)
Kamai is a scrappy inside-out scoring guard whose ability to stretch the floor to the three-point line in the half-court is his most lethal weapon, but he’s much more than just a shooter. The 6-foot-3 lefty also showed impressive offensive rebounding and put-back prowess in addition to his ability to get out in transition and finish strong at the rim.