Freshman Alijah Arenas is playing at Chatsworth with father’s blessing

“Jesus Christ.”

That was the response blurted by former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas as his 15-year-old freshman son Alijah launched a 25-footer from the highest of the important thing for Chatsworth Excessive towards Taft on Monday. The ball swished, three of his son’s 36 factors in a 110-75 loss to Taft.

There’s an fascinating experiment underway. Gilbert was an All-Metropolis participant at Grant, made it to Arizona, then the NBA. His son might have gone to any basketball energy on the town however his dad determined it will be good for him to expertise the ups and downs related to taking part in for a crew that didn’t have stars all through the lineup, forcing him to be taught to be aggressive. So sport by sport and follow by follow, the 6-foot-4 Alijah is gaining perception taking part in for a crew that’s battling a 5-18 report.

“It will get tough, however I nonetheless attempt to discover out what I can do,” he stated. “I simply wish to be taught.”

The plan is for him to spend no less than two years at Chatsworth, then discover a scenario that may assist him discover and broaden his sport in preparation for taking a shot at a professional profession if his expertise reaches that time.

Alijah is ready to return to AAU ball for the primary time in years this summer season taking part in with one other proficient freshman, Jason Crowe Jr. of Lynwood, for the Compton Magic. Alijah scored 56 factors in a sport earlier this season. Crowe scored 51. Collectively they need to be fairly a duo.

For now, the Chancellors are attempting to get higher. Taft (13-10) acquired 31 factors from Keyon Kensie Jr. and 26 factors from Bishop Brooks. Earlier than the sport, former Taft standout Larry Drew Jr. made an look within the Taft dressing space.

There wasn’t lots of protection on show by both crew. One thing to work on for one more day. You’ll be able to depend on Arenas and Arenas to work on it. There may be one factor Alijah hasn’t achieved: overwhelmed his father in a sport of one-on-one.

“I’m shut,” he stated.

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