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2016 Michael Cage Jr Stepping Up

February 2nd, 2015 News 4 Comments

Ezra Amacher

For four years, Stanley Johnson was the go-to-guy for Mater Dei High School. In that span, the Monarchs never lost a state title game.

It’s near impossible to replace a talent like Johnson, but 2016 forward and Arizona target Michael Cage Jr. will try to help Mater Dei bring home a fifth straight championship this spring.

The 6’9 junior has emerged as one of the best prospects from the west coast while guiding the Monarchs to a 18-3 start this year.

“The season’s been going pretty well,” Cage said. “We’re continuing to come together and get wins.”

With his size and length, Cage can innately get by most high school opponents. Although he’s not superbly athletic, he loves being around the basket and can also step back and hit mid-range jumpers with consistency.

Plus it doesn’t hurt that he has some good genes in his family, being the son of former NBA great Michael Cage Sr. The younger Cage said his father has helped him develop some moves to use on the court.

In the past few months, the Santa Ana native has also taken it upon himself to improve on three point shooting and crashing the boards.

Of course playing for an elite school like Mater Dei, basketball is almost a 24/7 living.

“I just go to school and then I usually have practice right after,” Cage said. “Then I’ll go home and do my homework and maybe watch some TV. Then I’ll go shoot outside at the park.”

Cage still has time to go to the beach, hang out with friends, listen to Meek Mill; the things any high schooler in southern California would do.

But it’s a little different when you have some of the nation’s top programs constantly contacting you.

Even with his decision sometime way off into the future, Cage is already experiencing full recruiting mode. Kentucky along with a number of Pac-12 programs have offered the junior, but right now Arizona is coming at him the hardest.

“Arizona is just a great school basketball wise as well as academically,” Cage said. “They can help take my game to the next level.”

Cage doesn’t have any upcoming visits set up yet but said he’ll definitely be visiting Arizona again after taking trips to a few other schools.

For now, recruiting can be put aside. With the California state playoffs nearing, all focus is on returning Matter Dei back to the state championship game.

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  1. Papadeuce

    February 3, 2015

    It’s great to hear we’re continuing with our efforts to be the premier basketball school in the West and hopefully Michael will continue our streak of getting top CA talent. Would love to get a kid like this on the team in the future.

  2. Gary Watson

    February 5, 2015

    Been watching SoCal HS basketball for over 30yrs this kid is and will continue to be a special talent top CBK programs like the Kentucky’s and Arizona’s have been after him since frosh year highly skilled big who can pass,handle the rock and can knock down threes has high basketball IQ blocks shots with perfect timing runs the court well double teamed every night excellent hands catch tough passes solid fundamental very coordinated at over 6’10 fluid movements this kid still has tremendous upside will go down as one of the greats at Mater Dei from a family of athlete sister plays D-1 college volleyball mom played college soccer and dad was a former NBA player has all the tools length,size and speed for a big saw Utube stuff recently on him getting stronger and more polished NBA level talent one day keeping track of him for sure enjoyed reading this article.

  3. Joe

    February 6, 2015

    Kid’s a Meek Mill fan? Show him the dotted line, coach.

  4. Joe

    February 6, 2015

    He’ll alleyoop yo; G-phi off that backboard, throw it back. Slaw dawg in that McKale.

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