The surprise co-league leader in the Mission League is Crespi (16-5), and the Celts' top player, 6-foot-3 junior De'Anthony Melton, doesn't need to score to find a way to contribute.
He didn't score on Friday in a win over St. Francis, but his defense, rebounding and steals helped spark the Celts, who play Alemany on Wednesday for first place.
Melton could break Crespi's single season record for steals this season. "He can defend five positions," Coach Russell White said. "He's lengthy, he's athletic, he's smart."
He's averaging 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds. And, if Crespi wins the league, he might be the league player of the year for his many contributions.