Campbell Hall names former UCLA assistant David Grace boys basketball coach

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David Grace has been named the new boys basketball coach at Campbell Hall.

Grace has been an assistant coach at several NCAA Division I schools, including UCLA from 2013-18 under Steve Alford. He has also coached at Sacramento State, San Francisco, Oregon State, Cal and Vanderbilt, where he was the associate head coach from 2019-21.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Viking family,” said Campbell Hall director of athletics Kris King. “With David’s experience at high major college programs and his skill development success with middle and high school players, we are confident that David will build upon our culture and lead our program both on and off the court.”

This will be Grace’s third stint as a high school basketball coach. He was the coach at Centennial High in Arizona this past season.

“I am honored and excited to be the next head basketball coach at Campbell Hall,” said Grace.

Grace will take over the reins at Campbell Hall after Steve Tolbert stepped down after five seasons in early March. The Vikings went 14-13 overall and 1-7 in the Gold Coast League last season.

Grace is expected to coach the youngest son of LeBron James, Bryce James, who will be a junior next school year. Bryce, who is currently enrolled at Sierra Canyon with his older brother, Bronny, is expected to transfer to Campbell Hall.

Bronny, who is a senior, is expected to make a decision on his future this spring.

Campbell Hall is expected to return top point guard Aaron Powell, shooting guard Tanner Jones, who is the son of former NBA guard Dahntay Jones, and junior-to-be Isaiah Johnson, the son of well-known NBA skills trainer Chris Johnson.

QUICK ANALYSIS

There’s a feeling that Campbell Hall is trying to recreate what Sierra Canyon had the last four seasons with Bronny James, but what the expectations are for the Campbell Hall program moving forward will be worth keeping an eye on. The Sierra Canyon program eyes going to the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs each season, which is the most competitive division in the section.

Campbell Hall has star power on its roster with names and teens from NBA bloodlines and ties, which creates a buzz, but the Vikings’ roster might need to be bolstered in order to compete with the likes of Sierra Canyon, Notre Dame, Corona Centennial, Harvard-Westlake, St. John Bosco and several others.

The alternative could be to compete at the Division 1 or Division 2AA level, which is a field also loaded with talented players and notable programs. Only time will tell.

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