apr 06 2021 | BEN BOLCH | THE L.A. TIMES | ARTICLE LINK
Alfred Ponce attended USC graduate school, roots for the Fresno State Bulldogs and lives 3.5 hours from Westwood.
In one, Jaquez is shown shooting the ball in front of the Mexican flag. In another, Juzang is tugging on the front of his jersey to accentuate the four letters across his chest. In a third, Campbell is preparing to fling a pass with a kaleidoscope of Southern California images behind him, including Kobe Bryant Avenue, palm trees and the iconic Hollywood sign.
Each card takes about an hour to produce. Ponce said he starts with photos of players taken from Twitter or Google searches before inlaying his own vivid designs.
Jaquez was so moved he put his son on the phone with Ponce to pass along his appreciation. The images reminded Jaquez Sr. of the loteria cards he once used with his mother while playing the Mexican game resembling bingo.
Highlighting his heritage was the only return Ponce sought.
“He said, ‘I’m going to be better,’ ” Ponce recalled, with a laugh, of the center who helped the Bruins reach three Final Fours before going on to play for the Mexican national team.