With High School basketball in full swing, and the season being so short, it's going to be difficult to see all of the teams, and the players, that I'd like to. That's why going to tournaments is a great way to see some of the best talent around without having to travel all over the place. Case in point, Chris Avenant, of Sacramento High School. I will get an opportunity to watch him and other members of his Squad, such as Chase Tapley, take to the hard wood this week at the 2009 Hoops Classic Event at the California State University Sacramento.
Let's update you on Avenant and follow up with an in depth interview in a subsequent article.
Chris Avenant is a 6'4", 190 lb starter and co-captain of the Sacramento High Dragons, one of the top-ranked high school basketball teams in Northern California. In 2007-2008, in his first year of Varsity basketball, the Dragons went on to have the best season in the schools' 150 year history, finishing with a record of 30-4 overall, 10-0 in the league, Div III NorCal Champions and runners-up in the California State Championship.
In January 2009, Chris was nominated as a McDonald's All-American, along with 5 other Sacramento players. In July 2008 Chris made the Top 20 All-Star team at the Hoop Mountain NE Super Week II Camp in Boston and the Senior All-Star team at the Double Pump West Coast All Star II Camp. On Scout.com they had this note after the West Coast camp: "Chris Avent (spelled wrong), 6-4 wing, 2009, Sacramento High - The high flying wing from Sac High was one of the top performers at the camp on Saturday. He was a bundle of energy, as he scored in transition on dunks, scored on jumpers and was overly aggressive looking to make plays on both ends of the court". We'll have to get that spelling corrected.
He is an exciting and athletic swingman with lots of upside potential who has shown great improvement in his game each year over the last 4 years that he has played basketball. He is a team player who works incredibly hard on offense and defense, on and off the court. He currently leads the team in rebounding and averages just under 10 points a game.
Chris did not start playing basketball (in any form) until 4 years ago when he made a switch from competitive soccer. In his first full year of basketball (05/06) he made the starting roster of the Del Oro High Freshman Basketball team, and then went on to captain the JV team the following year (06/07). He averaged more than 15 points a game during his JV season, finishing as the team's top scorer and MVP (Golden Eagle Award).
Chris is interested in playing ball for the following colleges, but is also open to talking to other schools that may be interested in him:
Chris at the 2008 Hoops Classic.
Sac High is such a talented team. Chris being named a co-captain is a testament to his skills as a player and a leader. You can follow Chris's, and his team's progress, at www.SacHighHoops.com. This is the official school website, and one of the best school sites I've seen. You'll find highlights of Chris doing his thing, slamming it down. You'll also find highlights of Chris in his Scout.com player profile. Check him out; you will be pleasantly surprised, intrigued and wanting to see more. A D1 attraction and ticket seller – Chris Avenant.
One on One.. Chris Avenant guards Klay Thompson, Santa Margarita H.S. and now at Washington, during the State Finals at Arco - 2008.