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Fryer on basketball: Ranking O.C.'s point guards

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A look at Orange County boys basketball:

•A ranking of the county's top point guards: 1. Evan Zeller, Mission Viejo: He doesn't always bring the ball up the court, but he does so enough to get on this list. 2T. Jordan Strawberry, Mater Dei: Rock-solid, offensively and defensively. 2T. Kendall Small, Ocean View: ultra-quick sophomore. 4. Justin Davis, Foothill: good distributor. 5. Josh Rodriguez, Sonora: Always sees the open teammate under the basket. 6. Johnnie Vassar, JSerra: One of the better-scoring point guards.

•The next five, in order: Scott Lynds, Aliso Niguel; Brian Beard, Orange Lutheran; Xavier Powell, Tustin; Josh Armstrong, Fountain Valley; Hayden Fredrick, Dana Hills.

•How this writer voted in the county top-10 poll this week: 1. Mater Dei; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. El Toro; 4. Mission Viejo; 5. JSerra; 6. Tustin; 7. Tesoro; 8. Sonora; 9. Villa Park; 10. Foothill.

•Most voters had JSerra ranked above Orange Lutheran. This ballot had Orange Lutheran higher than JSerra because of expectations that Lutheran will beat JSerra on Wednesday. Foothill, when healthy, is higher than No. 10 but that team is not yet healed.

•El Toro made 22 3-pointers during two South Coast League victories last week against county top-10 teams Mission Viejo and Tesoro. The El Toro-Mission Viejo rematch is Jan. 30 at Mission Viejo.

•Six-foot-10 Villa Park junior Lamont Tyler last week scored 28 points in a victory over Brea Olinda and 27 in a triumph over Canyon.

•How valuable is junior guard Jason Walker to Western? When he was out of the lineup last Monday when the Pioneers played Valencia, they lost the Empire League game in which they scored only one point with 14 turnovers in the third quarter. Walker, averaging 19 points per game, played in the next two Western games, league victories against Pacifica and Kennedy.

•Top games this week: Northwood at Corona del Mar and Foothill at Canyon, today; Troy at Sonora, Aliso Niguel at El Toro, Orange Lutheran at JSerra and Ocean View at Westminster, Wednesday; Mission Viejo at Tesoro and Katella at Savanna, Friday.

•If a top-25 poll was taken, this is how this voter would select teams 11-25: 11. Aliso Niguel (15-5 record); 12. Fountain Valley (15-4); 13. Servite (12-7); 14. Santa Margarita (12-7); 15. Huntington Beach (10-4); 16. Canyon (13-4) 17. Troy (16-4); 18. Ocean View (11-5); 19. Northwood (13-5); 20. Laguna Beach (13-8); 21. Dana Hills (15-4); 22. Sunny Hills (15-5); 23. Trabuco Hills (9-6); 24. San Clemente (11-8); 25. Edison (10-6).

•The county's top five scoring leaders: 1. Mamadou Ndiaye, Brethren Christian, 26.1 points per game; Chris DaSilva, University, 24.9; Small, 23.4; Zeller, 23.2; and Payton Banks, Orange Lutheran, 19.7.

•Ndiaye, a 7-foot-5 senior, and his Brethren brethren will play Cal Lutheran of Wildomar, featuring 6-10 senior Ryan Smith, on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Liberty Christian. That is the final game of an eight-game Small Schools Showcase at Liberty Christian. Also on the schedule is St. Margaret's vs. Desert Christian of Lancaster at 4 p.m.


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