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Boys' basketball: Fairfax set to pick up its fifth transfer student

There are City Section basketball coaches voicing concern at the stockpiling of talent going on at Los Angeles Fairfax, where the Lions are on the verge of landing their fifth promising transfer student in a year.

Pierson Ro, a 6-foot-6 freshman at LACES, has told his coach he will be transferring to Fairfax for his sophomore year. Ro ended up starting for LACES at the end of last season. He has attended the school since seventh grade but lives in the Fairfax attendance boundaries.

Taj Adams, a senior-to-be and the top scorer at Los Angeles West Adams, arrived at Fairfax in the spring semester. The Lions last season picked up Landon Drew from Woodland Hills Taft, Brendyn Taylor from Los Angeles View Park Prep and Chaunce Hill from Los Angeles Windward.

"It's their prerogative if they move into the area," Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said of the transfers.

Taylor has since been declared ineligible. The transfers are certain to make the Lions one of the top teams in the City Section next season.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Here's the bottom line..if Kitani or someone else is recruting these kids, or redirecting them, as it were, I could see where some other schools mught bet upset.

But, the fact of the matter is, Fairfax has, for a long time, had a reputation for being a basketball school. They are sponsored by Nike, so the kids get top of the line gear, they play in top tournaments nationwide, and by all accounts, Kitani is a good coach and cares about these kids.

As for academics at Fairfax...I don't know. But, I sat next to these kids on Saturday at the Mater Dei tournament, before they played LB Poly....they were all well spoken, polite, funny, and even kid asked another..."ya know, I have been wondering what Mater Dei means?". I didn't hear any swearing nor any offensive comments, unlike the kids from Roosevelt High, in Corona...who were nice enough, but foul mouthed when I sat next to them at one point.

Hey Chaunce Hill...get better, young fella. Hope that shoulder heals up quick. You are a very talented player, great basketball IQ, animated in all the right ways on and off the court, and a true leader. Out of all the talent at that tounrmanet...young stood out! Ben NEED this kid!

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I think that CIF should let any student-athlete play where he/she want to go. Who cares if their transfer hurts someone? They shouldn't have to sit out a year just because they transferred. Let the kids enjoy basketball and let do what they think is best for them.


To those who say this raises concerns about private vs public: it doesn't. I go to the Harvard-Westlake School, the best prep school on the west coast and also the home of the best basketball team among private schools in LA. We have sports motivated transfers all the time. This year we made no less than one and a half dozen sports motivated acceptances. Private schools do it, public schools do it, everyone does. Get over it.


I don't see nor hear anyone clamoring for the demise of the private schools. Are you going to tell me these moves are academically motivated? I have a bridge on my backyard to sell. Just read about the head coach's comments. He knows what's going on. these kids aren't just popping in. Someone in the program is involved in "redirecting" these kids to this school. I wonder academically how the school is doing? anyone knows?

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This should raise some concerns about private vs public should it not? What would the headlines read if Mater Dei had 5 transfer students?


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