Prolific Prep

Prolific Prep head coach Billy McKnight speaks to his team during a timeout in a recent game against the Simpson University JV squad from Redding at Napa Valley College.

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For Philippe Doherty, the task of putting together the Crush in the Valley started a year ago.

“I have to do this a year in advance,” said Doherty, the director of operations and co-director for Prolific Prep Academy of Napa. “My job is to get the best high school teams here and the best prep teams.”

Doherty has assembled a line-up of top teams for the Crush in the Valley, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 at American Canyon High School.

The Crush in the Valley is part of The Grind Session, a circuit of elite national high school basketball events throughout the winter.

“That Saturday, Jan. 27, there’s not a better day in the state of California for high school basketball, in terms of talent in one gym, and the mix and blend of prep teams, national teams and local teams,” said Doherty. “There might be 30-35 Division I players in that gym, playing that day.”

Prolific Prep, off to a 7-0 start and listed is No. 6 in the USA TODAY High School Sports’ 2017-18 Super 25 Preseason Boys Basketball rankings, will play two games at the Crush in the Valley

American Canyon High, the host school, will play one game.

“The Crush in the Valley is two days of showcase games of top teams from around the country,” said Doherty. “There’s a lot of talent in this event. It’s showcase games for high school teams in different sections to play each other, intermixed with our major Grind Session games. I think it’s awesome.”

There are six prep teams and eight high school teams entered.

The schedule for Saturday, Jan. 27:

* Bella Vista College Prep (Arizona) vs. Balboa City School, 11:30 a.m.

* American Canyon High vs. Las Lomas High-Walnut Creek, 1 p.m.

* Stuart Hall High-San Francisco vs. Sacramento High, 2:30 p.m.

* Trinity Prep (Nevada) vs. Hillcrest Academy (Arizona), 4 p.m.

* San Joaquin Memorial High-Fresno vs. Salesian High-Richmond, 5:30 p.m.

* Prolific Prep of Napa vs. Aspire Academy (Kentucky), 7 p.m.

* Clark High (Nevada) vs. Bishop O’Dowd High-Oakland, 8:30 p.m.

The schedule for Sunday, Jan. 28:

* Balboa City School vs. Trinity Prep, 11 a.m.

* Bella Vista College Prep vs. Aspire Academy, 1 p.m.

* Hillcrest Academy vs. Prolific Prep of Napa, 3 p.m.

“They’re big-time games,” said Doherty. “We want to give the basketball fans, during basketball season … an opportunity to come and see a lot of talent.

“It’s for the community. It’s for basketball fans.”

Two more wins for Prolific Prep

Prolific Prep won both of its games last weekend at a Grind Session event at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix.

Jared Martin scored 21 points and had four assists and five rebounds as the Crew beat Taylor Made Prep of Phoenix, 82-61.

Jordan Brown had 16 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and four assists.

Nimari Burnett had 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Jeenathan Williams had 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks.

Amadou Sow had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Sekou Toure had six points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Onyinyechi Eyisi had four points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Alimamy Koroma had two points, three rebounds and three blocks.

Prolific Prep beat Bella Vista Prep of Scottsdale, 59-58.

Brown hit the winning shot off a last-second assist from Sow.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the