This isn’t exactly breaking news, but it’s something I had hear some rumblings about and finally got around to looking into and confirming from this LA Times story. You may remember Mater Dei as last year’s Div. II state champions who beat a good Archbishop Mitty team 65-53. Well, now the Monarchs — who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USA Today — will be playing in Div. I for the state playoffs this year, meaning a McClymonds potential repeat would go through them. Mater Dei has twin 6-foot-10 post players David and Travis Wear, who are committed to North Carolina, 6-5 guard Tyler Lamb (UCLA commit), 6-2 guard Gary Franklin Jr (USC commit) and 6-8 small forward Andy Brown (Stanford commit). That could be a force to be reckoned with.