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High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
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Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline sons of current and former NBA stars set to make an impact in high school basketball next season - OFFICIAL
Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline sons of current and former NBA stars set to make an impact in high school basketball next season
There have been many famous father-son duo in sports over the years. Barry Bonds, Kobe Bryant, Ken Griffey Jr., Patrick Mahomes and Peyton Manning are among high-profile stars with fathers who also played professional sports.

There is plenty of potential to add to the list as LeBron James, Dikembe Mutombo, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Dwyane Wade are among those with kids playing high school basketball.

Several of second generation players are regarded as Top 100 prospects in their class.

Read on for a look at 10 sons of former and current NBA players ready to leave their mark on high school basketball next season.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
1. D.J. Wagner, Camden (N.J.)
Father: DaJuan Wagner
Last season, Wagner led Camden to the No. 16 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25, averaging a team-high 18.5 points per contest. Widely regarded as the top prospect in the Class of 2023, Wagner has a long NBA lineage as both his father and grandfather (Milt Wagner) played in the league after stellar amateur careers.

Father: Adrian Griffin
Regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2021. When healthy, the 6-foot-7 wing can take over a game and is a strong rebounder. He is committed to play for Duke.

Father: Dikembe Mutombo
Mutombo is a late bloomer, rising from the No. 198 overall prospect in the Class of 2021 to the No. 65 overall prospect in the most recent update.

Father: Mike Miller
Much like his father, Mason is a terrific shooter. Listed at 6-9, a long and lanky frame will need to develop muscle for the next level. Expect a big senior year for the No. 60 overall prospect in the Class of 2021.

Father: LeBron James
Although Bronny played a limited role off the bench for the Trailblazers last season, he showed flashes of his potential. His most memorable moment came against his father's alma mater, St. Vincent St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), putting up a career high 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting including the go-ahead bucket late in the game.

Father: Juwan Howard
Jett put up strong numbers as a sophomore for University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), averaging 15.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He is regarded as a Top 60 prospect in the Class of 2022 and announced he will be attending IMG Academy for his junior year.

Father: Shaquille O'Neal
The youngest of Shaq's five children, Shaqir is an under the radar 6-5 shooting guard still looking for a college scholarship offer. He is regarded as a 3-star prospect and ranks as the nation's No. 211 overall prospect in the Class of 2021.

8. Abdullah Olajuwon, Village (Houston, Texas)
Father: Hakeem Olajuwon
Listed at 6-3, little information is available on the son of the one of the most dominant big men in NBA history. Next season, Abdullah will be a junior looking to make a name for himself where his father shined in Houston.

Father: Dwyane Wade
Recently announced his intentions to reclassify and attend Brewster Academy with hopes of bolstering his college recruitment.

10. Lynn Kidd, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Father: Warren Kidd
Regarded as a Top 100 prospect nationally, Kidd was a contributor off the bench for IMG Academy last season. Next year, Kidd will join IMG Academy's post-graduate program as a member of the Class of 2021.
Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener - OFFICIAL
Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener
Video: Massive expectations for Sierra Canyon boys basketball
The Trailblazers opened the season with a big win over Montgomery in Bronny James' first game.

With many eagerly anticipating the high school basketball debut of Bronny James, No. 3 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) opened its season Thursday night with a 91-44 victory over Montgomery (San Diego) at the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge.

The two-time defending CIF Open Division state champions jumped to a 7-0 advantage and led by as many as 53 points in the wire-to-wire victory.

The Trailblazers were paced by strong efforts from Kentucky pledge B.J. Boston, who finished with 22 points to lead all scorers, and TCU commit Terren Frank, who chipped in 20.
Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
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Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
James – the son of Lakers star and NBA legend LeBron James – produced 10 points off the bench. The freshman knocked down a pair of threes from the left corner and added a couple of layups.

Harold Yu , a 7-foot-3 center from China, scored eight points. Zaire Wade , the son of three-time NBA champ Dwyane Wade, and Shy Odom had six points apiece.

Sierra Canyon will return to the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge tomorrow night to face off against St. Augustine (San Diego), which won its opener as well on Thursday night.
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Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
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Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
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Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
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Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.
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The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.

High school basketball: Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline list of sons of former NBA stars - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline list of sons of former NBA stars
There have been many famous father-son duos in the NBA over the years. In all, 89 second-generation players have made their marks in the league including Devin Booker, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Pete Maravich among others.

There's potential to add to the list as LeBron James, Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen and Dwyane Wade are among those with sons shining on the high school hardwood.

Several sons of former players are regarded as Top 100 prospects in their class, while others are freshman beginning their high school hoops journey.

Read on for a look at 24 sons of former and current NBA players ready to carve their own paths this season.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
Ray Allen Jr., Gulliver Prep (Miami)
Father: Ray Allen, 10-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Son: Like his father who leads in all-time 3-point makes, the sophomore guard has a smooth shooting stroke and is expected to contribute for the Raiders this season.

Father: Shawn Bradley, 1997 NBA blocks leader and one of the tallest players in NBA history at 7-foot-6.
Son: The 6-foot-6 forward played in 16 games last season as a junior, averaging 1.3 points per contest.

Father: Anthony Carter, 13-year NBA veteran played for six NBA teams.
Son: A shoulder injury in February forced Carter to reclassify to the Class of 2021. Prior to being sidelined, the South Carolina signee averaged 28.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Father: T.J. Ford, Eight-year NBA career cut short due to injuries.
Son: The son of the former Texas Longhorns great is an under-the-radar Class of 2023 guard prospect.

Father: Adrian Griffin, Nine-year NBA veteran played for five NBA teams.
Son: Regarded as the No. 6 prospect in the Class of 2021, the Duke commit earned preseason MaxPreps All-American third team honors. He averaged 17.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in an injury-shortened, 12-game junior campaign.

Father: Juwan Howard, 1996 NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Son: Produced impressive numbers as a sophomore for University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), averaging 15.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He's regarded as a Top 50 prospect in the Class of 2022 and is expected to be a key contributor for the second-ranked Ascenders.

Father: Larry Hughes, 13-year NBA veteran scored over 10,000 points in his career.
Son: The three-star prospect showed potential as a sophomore, averaging 7.9 points per contest for the 21-7 Cadets. The 6-4 guard is ranked No. 211 in the Class of 2022.

Father: LeBron James, four-time MVP, four-time Finals MVP and four-time NBA champion.
Son: Bronny played a limited role off the bench for the Trailblazers last season, but showed flashes of potential in his freshman campaign. His most memorable moment came against his father's alma mater, St. Vincent St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), putting up a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including the go-ahead bucket late in the game.

Father: George Lynch, 12-year NBA veteran scored over 5,000 points in his career.
Son: The 6-1 guard brings plenty of intrigue into his freshman season for the Charlotte-area program.

Father: Vernon Maxwell, 13-year NBA veteran was a two-time NBA champion.
Son: The 6-foot freshman guard will compete for minutes on a loaded Vikings squad.

Father: Mike Miller, 2000-01 NBA Rookie of the Year and two-time NBA champion.
Sons: Mason, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a Top 100 prospect and recently committed to Creighton. Hopes also are high for sophomore Mavrick.

Sir Mohammed, Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)
Father: Nazr Mohammed, 18-year NBA veteran also won an NBA title.
Son: Sir, who is 6-4, has plenty of room to grow as his father stood 6-10. He brings intrigue into his freshman campaign for Myers Park paired with fellow freshman Lynch.

Father: Dikembe Mutombo, eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Son: The 6-11 senior follows in his father's footsteps after committing to play at Georgetown. Mutombo is a late-bloomer, rising from the No. 198 overall prospect in the Class of 2021 to No. 78 in the most recent update.

Father: Hakeem Olajuwon, 12-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP.
Son: Little has been written on 6-3 Abdullah as he heads into his junior year. Abdul-Rahman enters his freshman year with high expectations after breaking Village Schools' eighth-grade team single-game scoring record last season with 48 points.

Father: Shaquille O'Neal, 15-time NBA All-Star, 4-time NBA champion and three-time Finals MVP.
Son: The youngest of Shaq's five children, Shaqir is an under-the-radar 6-7 wing still looking for a college scholarship offer. The three-star prospect earned GISA 3A all-region honors after averaging 16 points per contest as a junior.

Father: James Posey, 12-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA champion.
Son: The 6-3 sophomore guard is a promising young prospect for the Fighting Crusaders.

Justin and Preston Pippen, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Father: Scottie Pippen, eight-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection and six-time NBA champion.
Son: Senior Preston and freshman Justin are often overlooked on a star-studded Trailblazers roster.

Zaire Wade, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Father: Dwyane Wade, 13-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion and 2006 Finals MVP.
Son: After an up-and-down senior season at Sierra Canyon, Wade reclassified and moved to Brewster Academy with hopes of bolstering his college recruitment.

Father: DaJuan Wagner, four-year NBA career cut short due to health complications.
Son: Last season, Wagner led Camden to the No. 16 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25, averaging a team-high 18.5 points per contest. Ranked as the top prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports, Wagner has a long NBA lineage as both his father and grandfather (Milt Wagner) played in the league after impressive amateur careers.

Father: Corliss Williamson, 12-year NBA veteran, one-time NBA champion and 2002 Sixth Man of the Year.
Son: Creed showed promise as a sophomore, averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 6-8 junior holds offers from Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, St. John's and Oral Roberts. Corliss is a promising freshman prospect.
Extending the Season: No Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy, but three fantastic finishes - OFFICIAL
Extending the Season: No Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy, but three fantastic finishes
Video: Sierra Canyon wins at buzzer
Trailblazers advance to state in dramatic fashion.

The lights at Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, have never shined so bright for a high school event.
 
In each of the past two seasons, the star-studded boys basketball team from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) played against hometown Sheldon (Sacramento). The energy and excitement was palpable for the games that capped the CIF's 12-game state basketball championships.

The Trailblazers brought an entourage that included former NBA players and Hollywood celebrities, who sat courtside for all to see.

They are high school basketball's version of the Showtime Lakers.

The hometown fans walked away disappointed each of the past two seasons as the flashy visitors showed more than just a little glitz — Sierra Canyon won each game handily, 76-52 and 75-62. But Huskies were hopeful that with a strong cast returning, including Marcus Bagley, younger brother of Kings' star Marvin Bagley, they would return in 2020 to flip those results.

The Huskies and Trailblazers appeared on a collision course before the coronavirus pandemic struck the country full force last week.

Sierra Canyon, featuring 5-star prospects in Ziaire Williams, Brandon Boston Jr. and Amari Bailey, plus the sons of LeBron James (Bronny James) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade), captured its third straight Southern California regional title in the most dramatic way possible.
This buzzer beater by Ziaire Williams against Etiwanda would turn out to be the last shot of the season for Sierra Canyon.
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This buzzer beater by Ziaire Williams against Etiwanda would turn out to be the last shot of the season for Sierra Canyon.
The Trailblazers pulled off a 63-61 stunner over Etiwanda as Williams, a McDonald's All-American, finished off a 13-0 run to close the game with a fade-away, 17-foot swish at the buzzer to set off a wild celebration.

"It was truly surreal," Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier said a week after the shot. "How magical was it for us to just fight all the way back from that seemingly endless hole? And then to win it on that shot by Ziaire. Truly surreal."

Sheldon's path to the Northern California finals was similarly unlikely — perhaps even more so.

One week before the finals, the plug was pulled on the Huskies' season after a student in Sheldon's district was quarantined as a precaution for coronavirus.

Two days of public outcry and political pressure led to top-seeded Sheldon being reinstated, but the Huskies found themselves down eight late on the road in the semifinals against a very determined Dublin squad.

Yet, they fought back to win 65-64, powered by Bagley's 27 points that included an improbable go-ahead shot with 17.5 seconds remaining.

"I'm proud of all of our guys, our team," Bagley told Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee. "I'm happy. We've been resilient all year. Learned a lot about our team. We're built for this. That's why this game meant so much."

That win vaulted Sheldon in the semifinals against another team built on great resolve, the Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) Dragons. Winners of 18 straight games after a 5-7 start, O'Dowd looked capable of derailing the Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy.

The Dragons had one the top freshman in the country, 6-foot-8 14-year-old forward Jalen Lewis, one of the state's top juniors in Marsalis Roberson and Cal signee Monty Bowser, as well as their own motivation.

It was five years ago that Ivan Rabb sank a game-winning free throw with less than a second to play to shock Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the state final. A book "Dragon Hoops," was supposed to be released on the anniversary of that game, and O'Dowd was bent on repeating the feat.

It would have been a tall order, but O'Dowd was at the top of its game after a decisive 13-point road win over second seed Archbishop Mitty in the NorCal semifinals.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is our last game," O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said after the game. "Tomorrow is not promised."

Turned out, Richie called it.

The morning of the delayed O'Dowd-Sheldon NorCal finals on March 12, CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti canceled that game and the weekend's 2020 state championship games.

"While we understand this decision is disappointing, we strongly believe that the opportunity to compete in this event does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of our member schools and school communities above all else," he said.

No Sheldon-Sierra Canyon trilogy. No O'Dowd epilogue. No Trailblazers' three-peat.

All three coaches lamented the disappointment — how thrilling it would have been to watch all those talented athletes under the simmering spotlight.

But each coach recognized the bigger picture — health and safety. They also found silver linings in ending on a high note.

Sheldon coach Joey Rollings focused on how his team inspired a community to keep them in the tournament, and how the Huskies reciprocated with a likewise effort, without practicing for three days.

"My kids never quit," Rollings told the Bee's Davidson. "We got to go out on an exciting note. We wish we could play another game, but we can't control that. Our kids seem to understand. They're disappointed, but kids are resilient." 

Richie had a similar message for his Dragons, who featured seven seniors.

"A lot of the kids were very upset," Richie said. "They're hurt. Disappointed. I tried to convey that they had a great season. It's disappointing it ended that way, but don't let things you can't control get you down. Besides that, when we focus on our last game, it couldn't have gone any better. If we played like that in the NorCal or state finals, we definitely would have had a shot."

Teams took their best shot at Sierra Canyon all season, Chevalier said. The Trailblazers had a giant "X" on their back from Day One.

Despite that target they finished 30-4, No. 15 in the final MaxPreps national rankings and won section and regional titles.

"It's always great to win your last game and the way we did was amazing," Chevalier said. "We would have loved to be able and play that last game to try to three-peat as state champion. But sometimes life takes priority over sport. We want our country and this world to be safe.

"All that said, going 30-4 this season, starting in China and going all over the U.S. with a big target on our back is a great testament to who we are as a team. I'm super proud of how they reacted to all they had to deal with, and then to play our best basketball at the end of the season was very special. It is a very special group."