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Boys Hoops: 2017 All-Los Angeles Team

Ethan Thompson of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance takes it to the hole in the Knights' 70-55 win over Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the CIF-SS Open Division finals on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Photo/Mak Bausman.

Ethan Thompson of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance takes it to the hole in the Knights’ 70-55 win over Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the CIF-SS Open Division finals on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Photo/Mak Bausman.

2017 SO CAL SIDELINES BOYS BASKETBALL HONORS


ALL-LOS ANGELES TEAM


PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Ethan Thompson of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Ethan Thompson of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

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 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 Los Angeles Player of the year.


COACH OF THE YEAR


Doug Mitchell of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Willie Eastman.

Doug Mitchell of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Photo/Willie Eastman.

Doug Mitchell, Bishop Montgomery of Torrance

How often does a team win a CIF-SS title and a CIF State title in the same season? For the Knights, it’s their third time, and all came under Coach Doug Mitchell.

Mitchell had a solid squad this season and it was needed to get past the other three So Cal powerhouses — Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Chino Hills and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth. Mitchell coached the Knights to the Trevor Ariza Tip-Off Classic title, the Mission Prep Christmas Classic and the D1 Bound Christmas Classic, while winning their fifth straight Del Rey League title. Bishop Montgomery eventually took care of Mater Dei in the CIF-SS Open Division finals and Woodcreek of Roseville to capture the CIF Open Division State Title.

For all his accomplishments this season, Doug Mitchell is the Los Angeles Coach of the year.


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.

He 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 Los Angeles Freshman Player of the Year.


FIRST TEAM


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.

Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth's Marvin Bagley III with a sky hook. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth’s Marvin Bagley III with a sky hook. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, Sr.

Cody Riley definitely lived up to the hype that came with him when he was a freshman and he has shaped Sierra Canyon’s basketball program into what it is today. Riley averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds with season highs of 34 points against Heritage Christian of Northbridge and 16 rebounds against Memphis East at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, MO. The Cody Riley era at Sierra Canyon has ended, but he won’t be going far as he will take his talents to UCLA next season.

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.

Devonaire Doutrive, Birmingham of Lake Balboa, Jr.

The younger Doutrive brother played a huge role in helping Birmingham win their first CIF-LACS title in school history and picked up the slack when opponents were on his older brother. Doutrive averaged 19.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game with season highs of 33 points against Heritage Christian of Northridge at the Take Flight Challenge, 18 rebounds against Chatsworth, 12 assists against Santa Margarita of Rancho Margarita at the Pac Shores Tournament and six steals against Taft of Woodland Hills in the semifinals of the CIF-LACS playoffs. The Patriots lose a couple key players to graduation, but return the younger Doutrive next season.

From left to right: Devonaire Doutrive, Deschon Winston and Devante Doutrive of Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

From left to right: Devonaire Doutrive, Deschon Winston and Devante Doutrive of Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

Deschon Winston, Birmingham of Lake Balboa, Sr.

Winston was Devante Doutrive’s go-to guy and did a tremendous job in helping the Doutrive brothers win a CIF-LACS title. Winston averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game with season highs of 43 points against Heritage Christian of Northridge, 13 rebounds against Rancho Christian of Temecula at the Pac Shores Tournament, 10 assists against Cleveland of Reseda and 10 steals against Chatsworth. It is going to be hard for Birmingham to replace Devante Doutrive and Winston as well.

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.

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.

David Singleton (No. 34) of Bishop Montgomery of Torrance battles for a rebound with Mater Dei of Santa Ana's Bol Bol in the CIF So Cal Regional Finals. 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 in the CIF So Cal Regional Finals. Photo/Mark Bausman.

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, 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.

Jarod Lucas, Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, So.

Many people at Los Altos knew how important Jarod Lucas was to the team. Despite losing in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs, Los Altos still has two more years with Lucas, who averaged 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and five assists per game. Los Altos should make a much deeper run next season.

Cassius Stanley, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, So.

Stanley, who is one of the best dunkers in the country, helped lead the Wolverines to a CIF-SS title. He averaged 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game with season highs of 27 points against La Quinta of La Quinta at the Rancho Mirage Invitational, 15 rebounds against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, 10 assists against St. Francis of La Canada and five steals against Loyola of Los Angeles. With Juzang and a talented group of freshmen at his side, Harvard-Westlake could have a dynasty on its hands.

Cassius Stanley of Harvard-Westlake of Studio City with last year's CIF State Division IV championship trophy. Photo/@cassius_stanley.

Cassius Stanley of Harvard-Westlake of Studio City with last year’s CIF State Division IV championship trophy. Photo/@cassius_stanley.

Marvin Bragg, Gahr of Cerritos, Sr.

Bragg put the finishing touches on his career at Gahr by helping the Gladiators win a San Gabriel Valley League title. Bragg averaged 19.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with season highs of 35 points against St. Joseph-Notre Dame of Alameda at the Under Armour Holiday Classic, 14 rebounds against Dominguez of Compton and six assists against Downey and Los Alamitos in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. Gahr loses  four starters next season, but none of them will be as tough to replace as Bragg.

Jamal Hartwell, Fairfax of Los Angeles, Jr.

Hartwell helped lead a young Fairfax squad to the semifinals of the CIF-LACS Open Division and a trip to the CIF So Cal Regionals. Hartwell will be one of five returning starters for Fairfax next season, which is bad news for the rest of the West Valley League and CIF-LACS.

DJ McDonald, Alemany of Mission Hills, Jr.

McDonald had a big year for the Warriors, leading them to a Mission League title and a berth to the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs. McDonald averaged 17.7 points and five assists per game with season highs of 31 points against Capital Christian of Sacramento at the Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic, 10 assists against Chaminade of West Hills and five steals against Houston of Big Lake, Alaska, at the Lahainaluna Invitational and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. McDonald hopes to lead the Warriors to a deeper run in the playoffs with Fred Odhiambo as his go-to guy next season.

Luis Rodriguez, Westchester of Los Angeles, Sr.

Unlike most of the top teams in So Cal, Westchester didn’t have a hyped-up superstar, but luckily for Westchester it had Coach Ed Azzam, who was beneficial in developing Luis Rodriguez, who led the Comets to the CIF-LACS Open Division finals and a trip to the CIF Open Division Regionals. Westchester will lose some of those talented seniors including Rodriguez, but never count out the Comets.

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