What's not to like about Rogers Printup, a 6-foot-5 senior guard at Orange Lutheran who scored 21 points on Monday to lead the Lancers past Loyola, 72-50, in a first-round game of the Fairfax tournament.
He's an A student. He loves to play defense and has such a tough, defensive mentality that he was asked last season to guard the likes of Stanley Johnson, Daniel Hamilton and Tyler Dorsey. He's improving his scoring skills. And most importantly, he's a teenager who knows how to deal with adversity. He wears hearing aids and has overcome a hearing issue since he was young.
"He's a great kid," Coach Chris Nordstrom said.
Printup said about playing defense, "You can't always score. You can always control your defensive effort and intensity. I pride myself on my defense."
Last week he attended the Harvard camp. UC Davis and UC Irvine are among the schools expressing interest.
Orange Lutheran also received 18 points from CJ Hankins. The Lancers will get a severe test from Sierra Canyon in Wednesday's 6 p.m. quarterfinals. Freshmen Michael Feinberg and Cassius Stanley each scored 14 points in Sierra Canyon's 66-47 win over El Segundo.
Lawndale held off Chaminade, 70-64. USC-bound Chimezie Metu led Lawndale with 17 points. Jordan Ogundiran and Remy Martin had 19 points apiece for the Eagles, who struggled at the free-throw line and played without Michael Oguine.
Lawndale will play Chino Hills on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Chino Hills received 45 points from UCLA commit Lonzo Ball in an 85-76 win over Harvard-Westlake. Alex Copleland scored 26 points for Harvard-Westlake.
On Tuesday, first-round games will match Alemany vs. Santa Monica at 3 p.m.; Corona Centennial vs. Crespi at 4:30 p.m.; Fairfax vs. La Canada at 6 p.m. and Mater Dei vs. Brentwood t 7:30 p.m.