GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Day Two of EYBL Los Angeles was much like Day One: Hall of Fame head coaches strolling around, five-star athletes rattling rims and a whole lot of talent filling a small Southern California gym.
Dastrup makes big decision
Possibly the best 2014 big man on the West Coast, four-star center Payton Dastrup, won't play Division I college basketball until 2016.
It's not that he's in trouble or lacks the grades or is bouncing around prep schools. No, Dastrup has made a life-altering religious choice that will remove him from the game for two years straight out of high school.
"I'm Mormon," the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Cali Supreme center said. "I'm going to take my LDS mission. … So right out of high school, I'll probably leave in the summer of 2014 and then I'll be gone."
It's a painstaking decision for many LDS athletes such as Dastrup. It's one that five-star 2013 prospect Jabari Parker wrestled with earlier this season.
"He chose not to go," Dastrup said, "but I'm choosing to take my mission."
Despite putting his basketball life on hold for two years out of high school, Dastrup said, he hasn't encountered one college that has a problem with his choice.
2015 five-star Cali Supreme guard Aaron Holiday was excellent Saturday afternoon, aggressively attacking the basket and showing he's possibly the best 2015 guard on the West Coast. Still, shockingly, Holiday said no schools have offered him.
Four-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin revealed a top seven Saturday night: USC, UCLA, San Diego State, Indiana, Connecticut, Kansas and Gonzaga. He said he'll have an in-home with UCLA on Wednesday and likely will have one with Gonzaga on Thursday.