Courtesy: Sean Culligan, The Chronicle / SF

Mitty Meets Salesian in a Battle Between Fellow "Soldiers"

The Archbishop Mitty Monarchs of San Jose and Salesian Pride of Richmond meet tonight in the most anticipated high school basketball game of the young season in the bay area.  The game features two of California’s highest ranked teams.  Both programs have storied histories as Mitty won the Division II State championship last season, and Salesian won the Division IV State Championship.

Tonight’s tussle at California State University, East Bay in Hayward will feature a marquee subtext:  Aaron Gordon of Mitty is the nation’s 7th-ranked recruit for the class of 2013, and Salesian’s Jabari Bird is the 23rd-ranked 2013 recruit, according to ESPN.  The 6’8″ consensus All-American Gordon is undecided on his college choice, and will sign in the spring with Washington, Arizona, or Kentucky.  The 6’6″ Bird has decided to stay local and has already signed a national letter of intent to play for Mike Montgomery’s California Golden Bears next season.  Both are top northern California players in recent history, and both are friends and teammates on the vaunted Oakland Soldiers AAU club team, winners of the prestigious Nike Peach Jam last summer.

Mitty (3 – 1) has already been on national TV, losing to the Andrew and Aaron Harrison twins of Travis Fort Bend (TX) 56 – 53 in overtime in a game broadcast by ESPN.  Salesian enters this epic matchup with a 6 – 1 record.

Tip off is 7:30 pm Pacific time at Pioneer Gymnasium on California State University, East Bay’s campus in Hayward.


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