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Boys Hoops: 2017 All-So Cal Team

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2017 SO CAL SIDELINES BOYS BASKETBALL HONORS


ALL-SO CAL TEAM


PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Ethan Thompson (No. 5) of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Ethan Thompson (No. 5) of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Ethan Thompson, Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, Sr.

At some point this dynasty at Bishop Montgomery will come to an end, but with Ethan Thompson leading the way, it will end some other time.

Thompson, the Los Angeles Player of the Year, put an exclamation point to his stellar high school career at Bishop Montgomery after leading the Knights to a CIF-SS Open Division Title and a CIF Open Division State Title, which is the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Knights won both titles in the same season. Thompson averaged 22.8 points per game and was just 52 points shy of scoring 2,000 for his career at Bishop Montgomery. Thompson also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game.

Oregon State got a huge steal and will get to enjoy having Ethan Thompson on their roster. A chapter ends at Bishop Montgomery, but for his incredible season, Ethan Thompson is the So Cal Player of the Year.


COACH OF THE YEAR


Kevin Reynolds of Villa Park. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Kevin Reynolds of Villa Park. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Kevin Reynolds, Villa Park

Standout big man Evan Battey, who is headed to the Pac-12 next season, was declared ineligible for his senior season, but fortunately Reynolds had Myles Franklin ready to step up for the Spartans. Reynolds, the OC Coach of the Year, added Battey to his coaching staff, which probably made the difference in helping the Spartans reach the CIF-SS Finals and CIF State Finals.

Reynolds coached the Spartans to a 28-6 record that got them ranked No. 4 in Orange County and No. 20 in So Cal with a third-place finish at the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions, a consolation title in the Silver Division of the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas and a consolation title at the Joe Schram Tournament at St. Francis of Mountain View. The Spartans also took the North Hills title and made a trip to the CIF-SS 2AA Finals, losing to Colony of Ontario 74-70, but they got their revenge and beat Colony to win the CIF So Cal Regional title to make their first trip to the CIF State Finals where they lost in overtime to Mission of San Francisco, which only lost one game the entire year.

Many have wondered how good this team would have been had it had Battey, but Reynolds guidance earned him the So Cal Coach of the Year.

2017 All-Inland Empire Team

2017 All-Los Angeles Team

2017 All-Orange County Team

2017 All-San Diego Team


FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Johnny Juzang of Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Johnny Juzang of Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Johnny Juzang, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, Fr.

After his older brother won a CIF-SS title last season at Viewpoint of Calabasas, Juzang lived up to the hype at Harvard-Westlake. Juzang helped lead a young Wolverines team to a CIF-SS title this season, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Freshman Player of the Year had season highs of 25 points against Sheldon of Sacramento and King of Riverside in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS playoffs, 15 rebounds against Capital Christian of Sacramento at the Rancho Mirage Invitational and seven assists against La Quinta of La Quinta at the Rancho Mirage Invitational. The next three years are going to be insane, especially with Cassius Stanley at his side for the next two seasons.

For his leadership and talents on the court, Johnny Juzang is the So Cal Freshman Player of the Year.


FIRST TEAM


UCLA-commit Jaylen Hands of Foothills Christian of El Cajon throws down a dunk. Photo/Mark Bausman.

UCLA-commit Jaylen Hands of Foothills Christian of El Cajon throws down a dunk. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Jaylen Hands, Foothills Christian of El Cajon, Sr.

It was going to be difficult for the Knights to replace TJ Leaf, the former Foothills Christian standout who became a star freshman at UCLA this season, but Foothills Christian managed to find a new superstar when Jaylen Hands arrived on campus this season.

Hands had a huge year, leading Foothills Christian, ranked No. 5 in San Diego in the final So Cal Sidelines poll, to a 24-7 record, a third-place finish at the Battle Zone and tournament titles at the Grossmont Tournament and the Under Armour Holiday Classic. Hands led the Knights to the CIF-SDS Open Division semifinals, losing in controversial fashion to St. Augustine of San Diego.

Hands averaged 29.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game with season highs of 42 points and 10 assists against St. Edward’s of Lakewood, Ohio, at the Under Armour Holiday Classic, 12 rebounds against Chino Hills at the Battle Zone, Mira Mesa of San Diego and Oak Park in the first round of the CIF So Cal Division I Regionals, 10 assists against Orange Lutheran at the Battle Zone and Calvert Hall of Baltimore, Md., at the Under Armour Holiday Classic and six steals against Rancho Christian of Temecula at the Battle Zone.

Foothills Christian will lose another star, Hands, to UCLA. For his huge year, Jaylen Hands was selected the San Diego Player of the Year.

UCLA-commit LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

UCLA-commit LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, Sr.

Gelo Ball put up some very big numbers and shockingly enough no scoreboards were harmed. Helping to lead the Huskies to a 30-3 record, Ball also helped Chino Hills win the Battle Zone, Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas and the Rancho Mirage Invitational and make trips to the CIF-SS Open Division semifinals and the CIF So Cal Regional Open Division semifinals. Ball put up some impressive numbers with a season high of 72 points against Rancho Christian of Temecula at the Battle Zone, while scoring more than 50 points five other times. Just like his older brother Lonzo, Gelo will head to UCLA with the title of Inland Empire Player of the Year.

Stanford-bound Kezie Okpala of Esperanza of Anaheim. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Stanford-bound Kezie Okpala of Esperanza of Anaheim. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Kezie Okpala, Esperanza of Anaheim, Sr.

Okpala, the undisputed OC Player of the Year, broke so many records at Esperanza that he started to break some of his own records. Thanks to Okpala, Esperanza just completed the greatest season in school history with a 30-3 record, which got them ranked No. 2 in Orange County and No. 12 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines, and a CIF Division II State title. Okpala is headed to Stanford and many experts believe the Cardinals got a big steal by signing him. Okpala averaged 30.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game with game highs of 47 points against Crossroads of Santa Monica in the semifinals of the CIF So Cal Regionals, 19 rebounds against Yorba Linda in the “Battle of the Boulevard,” nine steals against El Dorado of Placentia and seven blocks against Villa Park and Dorsey of Los Angeles in the first round of the CIF So Cal Regionals.

Marvin Bagley III of Sierra of Chatsworth takes it to the rim with authority. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Marvin Bagley III of Sierra of Chatsworth takes it to the rim with authority. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Marvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, Jr.

After sitting out his sophomore year due to a transfer issue, Marvin Bagley III lived up to the hype and had a huge junior year for Sierra Canyon, whih was ranked No. 1 in So Cal for most of the season. Bagley averaged 24.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and two blocks per game with season highs of 42 points against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas at the Nike Extravaganza, 17 rebounds against Bishop Gorman and against Viewpoint of Calabasas and six blocks against Windward of Los Angeles. There’s a good reason why many believe Bagley could be a future top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but this kid has one more year to go. The Trailblazers better make the best of it next season.

UCLA-commit LaMelo Ball of Chino Hills. Photo/Mark Bausman.

UCLA-commit LaMelo Ball of Chino Hills. Photo/Mark Bausman.

LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills, So.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are very familiar with Melo Ball, in fact way too familiar. Even though they had another big year at Chino Hills, the bar was set so high that it wasn’t as successful as they hoped it would be. The Huskies expect more from themselves, but it was a huge year for Melo nonetheless. Ball averaged 26.2 points this season with a season high of 92 points against Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga. If you are a sports fan, I’m sure you saw that on Sportscenter. Although he has two more years left with the Huskies, Ball is already planning to join the Bruins of UCLA, just like his brothers.

Brandon McCoy of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/@FCHSBBALL.

Brandon McCoy of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/@FCHSBBALL.

Brandon McCoy, Cathedral Catholic of San Diego, Sr.

McCoy is considered one of the top players in the country and despite a very slow start to the season, McCoy and the Dons bounced back with a second place finish in the Western League and a trip to the CIF-SDS semifinals. McCoy will be a very tough piece to replace for Cathedral Catholic. McCoy is uncommitted at the moment, but whoever gets him probably won’t enjoy him for all four years because he will be headed to the NBA real soon.

Matt Mitchell throws down a dunk in Roosevelt of Eastvale's 68-65 victory over Cenetnnial of Corona in the CIF So Cal Division I Regional Finals on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Matt Mitchell throws down a dunk in Roosevelt of Eastvale’s 68-65 victory over Cenetnnial of Corona in the CIF So Cal Division I Regional Finals on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Matt Mitchell, Roosevelt of Eastvale, Sr.

Matt Mitchell never took his game face off this season. Mitchell was in the zone and didn’t smile until his job was done. Luckily, he got to smile when the Mustangs captured the CIF Division I State Title. Mitchell averaged 25.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game with season highs of 36 points against Santiago of Corona, 18 rebounds against Centennial of Corona in the consolation semifinals of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, seven assists against Chino Hills at the Tarkanian Classic and against Norco and seven steals against Taft of Woodland Hills in the semifinals of the CIF So Cal Regionals. Mitchell will keep the Orange and Blue and head to Cal State Fullerton next season, but you have to wonder how the big-time schools missed out on him.

Devante Doutrive of Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Photo/Scout.com.

Devante Doutrive of Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Photo/Scout.com.

Devante Doutrive, Birmingham of Lake Balboa, Sr.

Doutrive helped lead Birmingham to the best season in its 64-year history with a CIF-LACS Open Division title. Doutrive averaged 22.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.7 steals with season highs of 39 points against Chino Hills in the first round of the CIF Open Division So Cal Regionals, 18 rebounds against Dorsey of Los Angeles and 13 assists against Long Beach Poly at the Damien Holiday Classic. Doutrive will be leaving Birmingham, but will hand over the keys to his younger brother Devonaire.

Matt Bradley of San Bernardino. Photo/@coachdg_magic.

Matt Bradley of San Bernardino. Photo/@coachdg_magic.

Matt Bradley, San Bernardino, Jr.

Bradley put up numbers that would rival any video game. Bradley’s high scoring helped lead the Cardinals to the CIF-SS semifinals and the CIF So Cal Regional quarterfinals. Bradley averaged 33.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game with season highs of 72 points against Rubidoux of Riverside, 15 rebounds against Vista Murrieta at the Tarkanian Classic and Rubidoux, 10 assists against Colton, five steals against Banning and six blocks against Vista Del Lago of Moreno Valley. Bradley still has one more year remaining, which makes you very very happy if you are a San Bernardino Cardinal.

Riley Battin of Oak Park. Photo/Scout.com.

Riley Battin of Oak Park. Photo/Scout.com.

Riley Battin, Oak Park, Jr.

Battin had a huge season for Oak Park as he is rewriting the record books at Oak Park. Battin averaged 24.7 points and 12.3 rebounds with season highs of 36 points against Gahr of Cerritos at the Pac Shores Tournament and 22 rebounds and seven assists against Foothills Christian of El Cajon in the first round of the CIF So Cal Regionals. Oak Park is going to be insanely talented next year with Battin and three other key players returning.

Taeshon Cherry of St. Augustine of San Diego with the jumper. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Taeshon Cherry of St. Augustine of San Diego with the jumper. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Taeshon Cherry, St. Augustine of San Diego, Jr.

Cherry helped the Saints finish No. 1 in San Diego in So Cal Sidelines’ final rankings, but it wasn’t clear if they could break into the So Cal Top 5. Cherry answered those questions when he led St. Augustine to massive upset over powerhouse Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in the first round of the CIF So Cal Open Division Regionals. Cherry led St. Augustine to a CIF-SDS Open Division title, while averaging 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season. Cherry will hope to duplicate his performance in the 2017-18 season and get by Mater Dei of Santa Ana this time. Cherry was also a finalist for San Diego Player of the Year.

Justice Sueing of Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Justice Sueing of Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Justice Sueing, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Sr.

Sueing took the senior leadership role and excelled, helping the Monarchs reach the CIF-SS Open Division final and the CIF So Cal Regional final. Sueing averaged 17 points and 6.6 rebounds per game with game highs of 31 points against Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita, 15 rebounds against Bishop Gorman at the Tarkanian Classic and six assists against Knight of Palmdale at the Damien Holiday Classic. Sueing will take his talents to Cal next year.

Juhwan Harris-Dyson of Heritage Christian of Northridge. Photo/Scout.com.

Juhwan Harris-Dyson of Heritage Christian of Northridge. Photo/Scout.com.

Juhwan Harris-Dyson, Heritage Christian of Northridge, Sr.

Harris-Dyson had a huge year for the Warriors, leading them to the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs. Harris-Dyson averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game with season highs of 36 points against Birmingham of Lake Balboa at the Take Flight Challenge, 15 rebounds and eight assists against Village Christian of Sun Valley, eight assists in two other games against Royal of Simi Valley at the West Valley Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic and St. Augustine of San Diego at the Under Armour Holiday Classic, nine steals against Shalhevet of Los Angeles at the West Valley Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic and four blocks against Dorsey of Los Angeles at the West Valley Thanksgiving Tip-Off Classic and against Maranatha of Pasadena. Heritage Christian will have to figure out how to move forward without its superstar.

Bryce Hamilton of Pasadena. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Bryce Hamilton of Pasadena. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Bryce Hamilton, Pasadena, Jr.

Hamilton had a huge year for the Bulldogs, leading them to the CIF-SS Finals and the CIF So Cal Regional Finals. Hamilton averaged 23.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. Hamilton and the entire starting five return for Pasadena next season. The Bulldogs are going to be very scary next season.

David Singleton (No. 34) of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance battles for a rebound with Mater Dei of Santa Ana's Bol Bol. Photo/Mark Bausman.

David Singleton (No. 34) of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance battles for a rebound with Mater Dei of Santa Ana’s Bol Bol. Photo/Mark Bausman.

David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, Jr.

Many people talked about Ethan Thompson, but very few knew that David Singleton took the wheel every now and then. The duo had a big year in helping the Knights win a CIF-SS Open Division title and a CIF Open Division State title, but if it weren’t for Singleton’s performance in the CIF So Cal Regional finals, Bishop Montgomery wouldn’t have made it to Sacramento. Singleton averaged 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Singleton will be back next season, just 627 points away from joining the 2,000-point club at Bishop Montgomery. Expect Singleton to get there.

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