Beverly Hills High School is excited about the forthcoming boys basketball season, and for good reason. The Normans return a handful of players from a team that finished 2014-15 season 26-6, providing a solid platform. Yet, what really has fans and other student athletes excited is a trio of transfers, one of whom has a pretty famous name.
Ron Artest is back in Los Angeles, both with the Lakers (Ron Artest Jr.) and Beverly Hills (Ron Artest III). Artest III is the son of his namesake, the professional star most famous for the brawl at Auburn Hills. Like his father, Ron Artest III is plenty athletic, as he showcased during a recent fall scrimmage at Dorsey. A 6-foot-7 junior who transferred from Palisades, Artest III clearly has talent, but also a total lack of sophistication; as noted by the Los Angeles Times, he has only been competing in the sport for two years. The 2015-16 campaign will be his third in competitive basketball.
“I gotta just keep going in the gym,” Artest III told the Times. “Even when you’re struggling you have to keep trying hard.”
There’s little question that Artest III does that, and he has supreme athleticism as a bona fide x-factor in his growth, and Beverly Hills’ success this season. Now we all get to see just how well he can follow in his father’s footsteps.