Beginning June 25, the elite of the elite will face off, and coaches are saying it's one of the few times all summer that their teams will be at full strength because of travel team and camp commitments. It's also a chance to see who has transferred where.
Chaminade has 6-foot-8 Jack Williams, guard Jaron Martin and incoming freshman Trevor Stanback, who is 6-foot-10 and the younger brother of former Fairfax standout Chace Stanback. Stanback can look up at the wall and see his brother being saluted from his high school days.
At 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica plays Harvard-Westlake. Santa Monica was impressive at a USC team camp and returns junior Jordan Mathews, who has offers from Colorado and San Diego State. Junior Derick Newton is Harvard-Westlake's top player.
At 7 p.m., Fairfax plays La Cañada.
At 8:30 p.m., Loyola takes on Pasadena. Loyola has one of the top junior point guards in the nation in Parker Carwright, plus 7-foot junior Thomas Welsh, three-point shooter Trey Mason and top sophomore Max Hazzard. Pasadena is led by the physical Brandon Jolley and guard Ajon Efferson.
Leading June 26's first-round games is Encino Crespi and point guard London Perrantes taking on City Section Division I title contender Woodland Hills El Camino Real at 4 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., defending state Division III champion Mission Hills Alemany plays Orange Lutheran. Alemany returns forward Bear Henderson and guard KJ Moffett.
At 7 p.m., perhaps the No. 1 team in the state, Long Beach Poly, plays Oaks Christian. Poly has the imposing trio of Jordan Bell, Roschon Prince and Kameron Chatman, a transfer from Oregon.
At 8:30 p.m., it's Santa Ana Mater Dei taking on North Hollywood Campbell Hall. Mater Dei has junior Stanley Johnson, but he may be unavailable after being a finalist for the U17 World Championship team. The Monarchs will likely unveil 6-8 freshman Jayce Johnson (no relation). Another freshman, Michael Cage Jr., is sidelined the rest of the summer after an injury.
The championship game is set for June 30 at 6 p.m. Admission is $6, and there's a six-day pass for $20.
As if the Fairfax tournament wasn't enough action, Westchester is also hosting a 16-team tournament beginning June 25.
St. John Bosco and Mater Dei are playing in both tournaments, which could be a problem, because the Westchester final is also June 30 at 6 p.m. Gardena Serra, Inglewood, Torrance Bishop Montgomery and Burbank Providence are also entered at Westchester.