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FULLERTON — Orange County’s best sophomore girls basketball player — who might be the area’s top overall prospect regardless of grade — has transferred to CIF-SS Open Division contender Mater Dei.
Guard Addison Deal, who led Pacifica Christian to its first CIF-SS title last season, has enrolled at the county powerhouse and made her debut with the Monarchs on Tuesday night at Hope International University’s annual girls summer league.
Deal sank multiple, early 3-pointers as Mater Dei played King of Riverside.
“It is a big one,” Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said of the transfer of 6-foot Deal, a first-team All-County selection in April. “She went through the process in the spring. Got interviewed and got accepted.”
Playing mostly point guard last season, Deal averaged about 21 points, seven rebounds, 5.5 assists and four steals last season in leading the Tritons to CIF-SS Division 4A title and the second round of the CIF SoCal Division II Regional playoffs.
She was named the Division 4A and Academy League player of the year.
In travel ball, Deal plays for the Sports Academy Cal Swish 17u Nike EYBL led by Vanguard coach Russ Davis and assistant James Parker. That team also includes Juju Watkins and Mackenly Randolph but both will be busy this summer with USA basketball.
Deal isn’t the only sophomore guard who has transferred to Mater Dei. Santa Margarita’s Amaya Williams, a third-team All-County selection last season, also has enrolled with the Monarchs and played on Tuesdaym, Kiernan confirmed.
Mater Dei’s backcourt returns first-team All-County senior Caia Elisaldez and senior Hannah Vela, an occasional starter last season.
“We play four guards at a time,” Kiernan said.
In other girls basketball news, junior sharp-shooter Annika Jiwani has transferred to Troy from Pacifica Christian, Warriors coach Roger Anderson said. Jiwani also plays club with Deal at Cal Swish.
The Warriors also have added Rosary sophomore guard Kaylene Vivo.
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