Gonzalez chosen as 'Cream of the Crop'

By Andrea Camarena

While the Monarchs are still pushing through football season, one wide receiver is already working on his basketball game. Senior Johnny Gonzalez has reason to spend nights after football practice in the Cardinal gym working on his well known three-point shot.

Last weekend Gonzalez played in an All-Star game in front of scouts from all over the country. The EBO & Superstar Basketball Fall Showcase presented a "Cream of the Crop" game at Redwood High School in Visalia on Saturday. Of the 20 participating high school players, 18 have already been recruited by NCAA Division I colleges.

Among the high school stand-outs, Gonzalez was one of only two players invited from the Tulare and Kings County area.

"It was an honor," said Gonzalez. "It was a good experience for me to play with the top players from all around the Valley."

In front of a packed gym on Saturday evening, Gonzalez scored 12 points for the "White Jersey" team in their 82-81 victory. With an injured wrist and among the best players from San Diego to Stockton, Gonzalez did not see the court as much as he would during a Cardinal game. But his performance did turn a few heads leading to discussions with college scouts.

"Scouts are looking for pure three-point shooters," said Ruben Gonzalez, J. Gonzalez

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