Returning and prospective members of Central Valley High School’s boys basketball program had a productive summer.
“We played all over,” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “We were bouncing around in different leagues and tournaments. Our goal was to have the kids play some games so we could evaluate them. The guys were dedicated.”
Central Valley had more than 30 contacts.
“We beat a lot of teams we should beat,” Rodriguez said. “We struggled against better teams. We have to improve.”
The Hawks played in tournaments at Central Valley, Central Catholic, Galt and Rocklin.
Central Valley was also members of the Galt and Ripon summer leagues.
“We definitely saw a lot of good things,” Rodriguez said. “We also saw some things we need to work on for the upcoming season. We got to get better defensively and at rebounding.”
The Hawks used 11 different players during the course of the summer season, including Gage Mastropierro, Cameron Bradshaw, Alex Prado, Jagdeep Hundal, Jeremy Alvarez, Gabriel Abracosa, Jayson Casias, Jorge Del Valle, June Mitchell, Andrew Ruiz and Raghuivir Singh.
Mastropierro, Bradshaw, Prado, Hundal and Alvarez were returning varsity players.
Abracosa and Casias were key players at the JV level a season ago.
Central Valley’s boys basketball program will strive for improvement during the 2022-23 school year.
The Hawks compiled an 8-20 overall record and finished last in the Central California Conference standings (0-12) this past winter.
Central Valley lost four players to graduation, including Yoshi Kumar, Jordan Powers, Willy Souksavath and Erick Pena.
“It’s been a tough league for us,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll see what happens.”