What’s up with Salesian?
The Pride might be back in the top spot, sooner rather than later. But graduating the McClanahan brothers — Jaden and JoVon — from a team that went undefeated and was ranked No. 1 in the state until running into another Open Division regional wall is a big hit, even for longtime coach Bill Mellis, this publication’s coach of the year last season. Shane Bell is back from the 31-1 team of a season ago. He was a first-team selection by this news organization after averaging a team-best 13.3 points per game. Salesian also returns Te’Jon Sawyer, a 6-7, 260-pound big man, Tyler Brinkman and Demarshay Johnson. Courtney Anderson is a freshman on a roster. The Pride had a remarkable run last season, successfully navigating through a national schedule until a stunning 56-55 loss to Modesto Christian in the Open Division regionals. The loss marked the fourth season in a row that Salesian lost in its first Open regional game, a hurdle the program no doubt wants to clear this March.
Players to watch
Shane Bell, Salesian, senior
Will be the leader of a team that will once again contend for NCS and regional crowns.
Te’Jon Sawyer, Salesian, senior
The big guy in the middle for the Pride. Will be a big piece to the team’s success.
Bay Area Preps HQ preseason Top 25
No. 2 Salesian
Voting points: 95*
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