When it comes to Imperial Valley high school boys basketball, many would not dispute that Calexico High's Diego Lopez is the best player in the area.
He's only played five games and is averaging a double-double at 16 points and 10 rebounds.
He missed the early part of the season to concentrate on preparing for the high school baseball season, but decided to return to the hardwood to get in better physical shape.
The 17-year-old senior is making a strong case for himself as a basketball player, scoring 30 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing five assists in Calexico's 63-44 win over Southwest on Jan. 23. While his numbers weren't as impressive against Central Union on Friday, his 13 points helped give the Bulldogs a 64-57 win.
Lopez said he wasn't happy with his play against Central.
"I don't know what it was, I just wasn't feeling it," said Lopez. "I really wasn't too happy with that game, but now I know I have to work harder."