Reeves Nelson averaged 26 points per game for the Modesto Christian boys basketball team last season. Allen Huddleston went for 25.4 points per game for Merced.
The two players are expected to be key components for their teams as the boys basketball season heats up.
But both players have adjustments to make.
Nelson is recovering from a torn meniscus suffered during the football season, and isn't expected to play until the prestigious Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic after Christmas. The focus will be solely on Nelson this season, as the Crusaders' other top player from last year, D.J. Seeley, is now playing college ball at Cal. Nelson, one of the state's top forward college prospects, is signed with UCLA.
Huddleston was also part of a potent 1-2 combo. He and backcourt mate Jarrett Sparks combined to average over 45 points per game. Now, Sparks is playing football for Cal and Huddleston -- who has signed to play basketball for Pacific next year -- will be the Bears' main focus.
Nelson and Huddleston are among several story angles for the boys basketball season:
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.