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Boys' basketball: Gardena Serra could produce December surprise

Don't forget about Gardena Serra emerging as one of the best basketball teams this coming season.

The Cavaliers probably won't be at full strength until late December, but beware. Chris Sandifer, a 6-foot-6 junior who transferred last season from Price, should be eligible then. He can shoot. Ajon Efferson, a point guard who transferred from Pasadena, is still waiting for eligibility clearance.

Tavrion Dawson, a 6-8 junior, has grown several inches in the off season and will surprise many. Emmanuel Ndumanya, a 6-10 senior, is back, and football standout Adoree' Jackson is going to pull a Marqise Lee and become a three-sport athlete, playing basketball before trying to win another state long jump title.

But the player I like most of all is sophomore point guard Ellis Salahuddin, a star in the making. Unselfish, intelligent and full of poise, he made a huge impact as a freshman when the Cavaliers went 31-3 and I can only imagine what he's going to look like as a sophomore.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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