Mick Cronin in the Final Four with a Mission League MVP (Juzang), a Coastal Canyon League MVP (Jaquez), stands out from the Gold Coast League (Riley, Bernard) So has the basketball talent in the Daily News anchored the run of UCLA 😜

It wasn’t long ago that the core of the UCLA men’s basketball team started in the backyard of the Daily News

I had the pleasure to meet Johnny Juzang in Harvard-Westlake, Cody Riley in Sierra Canyon, Jules Bernard in Windward, David Singleton in Bishop Montgomery and Jaime Jaquez Jr at Camarillo High, Jake Kyman at Santa Margarita, Jaylen Clark at Etiwanda, and even Russell Stong at Crespi

Here are notable moments that I capture as I cover the players who now make up the Final Four UCLA Bruins team while they were in high school:

Did you know that Johnny Juzang and Cassius Stanley are teammates? The two helped Harvard-Westlake win a CIF Division 1-A title in 2017. You can watch Juzang celebrate Stanley’s windmill to finish the game in half-place, Stanley is now in the NBA …

Cassius Stanley knows how to finish a game Harvard-Westlake 68, Pasadena 58FINAL – Division 1A Championship @ cassius_stanley picTwittercom / kygrY87gjN

Johnny Juzang with a smooth dribble pull-up of 3 nails it @ hwathletics | @ JohnnyJuzang ImageTwittercom / FrJqN0MTK9

BIG SHOT Johnny Juzang shortens Alemany’s lead from 4 to 1 with this pull-up from 3 straight away 57-56 1:55 still in the game @hwathletics @JohnnyJuzang BildTwittercom / ONzaJqmMMd

Back-to-back dunks by Cody Riley & Marvin Bagley at the end of the 3rd Quarterly Sierra Canyon ranks Heritage Christian 82-71 on 4th Place @ SCanyonSports BildTwittercom / fLrsP7ifFm

UCLA commit Cody Riley puts the finishing touches to Sierra Canyon’s inaugural game. Trailblazer defeated Chaminade 93-61 @Futuredoesit_ picTwittercom / 1VNheFLv98

Bernard stepping back a little 3-pointer, the same type of shot he hit in the Sweet Sixteen win over Alabama …

Windward Trails Heritage 39-32 at HT Jules Bernard from Wildcat, who wanted to fight back, had 14 in the first half. Dillon Depina from HCS had 17 picturesTwittercom / n0gMpRLjpE

David Singleton hits wing 3 to give Bishop Montgomery a 24:18 lead over Mater Dei in first place. Singleton has 8 points so far @BMHSKnights BildTwittercom / 1VCz0aYViv

Jaime Jaquez Jr in Ventura County at Camarillo High School, but came to town a few times a year

I see a lot of sweet jams from today’s games Anyone getting close to this Jaime Jaquez slam? Great feed also from Andrew Wetter @ACHS_BoysHoops @latsondheimer @LACourtReport @JoelFranHoops @Tarek_Fattal @pollonpreps picTwittercom / D5H6lvQlZa

Great sequence for Centennials Jalen Hill Block on D, then Tipdunk on the offensive! Huskies perform at HT 33-24 via Roosevelt in @ClassicAtDamien picTwittercom / 5uCSq2Yv68

In transition Jaylen Clark from Corona Centennial with a tough finish The second watch is good But Johnny Juzang lights it up! Has 11 points in the 2nd Quarter ImageTwittercom / BU6EWILa6H

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