(First three teams chosen regardless of class or CIF division; all selections based more on high school accomplishment more than college recruiting potential)
G -- Hassan Adams (Westchester, Los Angeles) 6-4 Sr.
State Player of the Year averaged 18.3 points per game and headed to Lute Olson's top program in Tucson.
F -- Evan Burns (Fairfax, Los Angeles) 6-7 Sr.
That cut hand that prevented Evan from playing in the regionals also may have prevented him from possibly having a couple of big games that could have swayed player of year pick in his direction.
F -- Nate Carter (Horizon, San Diego) 6-6 Sr.
Led Panthers to Div. IV state title with 21.8 scoring mark and shine when team played Carlsbad.
C -- DeAngelo Collins (Inglewood) 6-10 Sr.
The state's top-ranked big fella averaged nearly 22 ppg and 14 rebounds. An injury that sidelined him for nearly a month probably cost him from even more postseason honors.
G -- Brandon Heath (Westchester, Los Angeles) 6-1 Sr.
When it was crunch time in the biggest games it was Heath who made the shots and made the plays for the Comets as much as Adams did.
F -- Bobby Jones (Poly, Long Beach) 6-7 Sr.
It was a tough call for Long Beach Press-Telegram player of the year, but we would have gone with Bobby over Gio St. Amant.
F -- Marquise Kately (Riordan, San Francisco) 6-5 Sr.
It was between Marquise and Leon Powe for top honors in the S.F. Bay Area and state final heroics for Marquise apparently tipped the scale slightly in his favor.
G -- Marvin Lea (M.L. King, Riverside) 6-5 Sr.
Averaged 25.8 ppg and was our Div. II player of the year. However, he shared honors in Riverside County with teammate Leon Rosborough.
C -- David Paris (Modesto Christian) 6-8 Sr.
Battled double teams and played a strong schedule but still put down 23 ppg.
C -- Leon Powe (Technical, Oakland) 6-8 Jr.
Averaged 27 ppg for the regular season with a high of 39. It'll be interesting to see this summer if he plays with LeBron James once again for Oakland Soldiers travel team.
F -- Richard Chaney (Verbum Dei, Los Angeles) 6-6 Sr.
Strong showings vs. Serra and Calvary Chapel (Downey) pushed Richard up to the second team.
G -- Eugene Jeter (Serra, Gardena) 5-10 Sr.
The Jet led Cavs to first-place finish in Del Rey League, which made him arguably the MVP of the league over Bishop Montgomery's Fred Washington.
F -- Donovan Morris (Cajon, San Bernardino) 6-4 Sr.
Scored 2,100 career points on the nose (including 25.3 ppg from this season) and was the top pick from San Bernardino County.
F -- Jayson Obazuaye (Andrew Hill, San Jose) 6-4 Sr.
Also scored over 2,100 career points, averaged 24.5 as a senior, and has signed with Colorado.
C -- Darius Sanders (Centennial, Compton) 6-6 Sr.
Came close to being on three straight CIF state title teams and was primary inside force for team that finished 31-2.
G -- Gio St. Amant (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-3 Sr.
Knocked down more than 24 ppg and did particularly well in Serra League matchups vs. Mater Dei and Santa Margarita.
G -- Armondo Surratt (Technical, Oakland) 5-10 Sr.
Super-quick point guard was the Bulldogs' top scorer in NorCal final win vs. De La Salle and state final loss to Westchester.
F -- Fred Washington (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) 6-5 Jr.
Picked up the pace for the Knights after the graduation of the Craven twins and nearly led them to a CIF state title.
F -- Wesley Washington (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-3 Jr.
Wesley's huge outing vs. Oak Hill pushed him up on many national recruiting lists and helped him earn Orange County Player of the Year honors. He also was Monarchs' leading scorer at 16.5 ppg.
G -- Marcus Williams (Crenshaw, Los Angeles) 6-3 Jr.
We can't get that one game in which Marcus had 37 points and 11 assists vs. Fremont out of our minds.
F -- Reggie Butler (Poly, Long Beach) 6-6 Sr.
If Bobby Jones hadn't arrived, Reggie probably would have had a lot better numbers and would have gotten more postseason honors. We still liked him anyway.
F -- Nick Debban (Clovis West, Fresno) 6-5 Sr.
Some in the Central Section thought Nick should have been player of year with his 20.4 ppg average and solid team leadership.
G -- Tim Drisdom (Calvary Chapel, Downey) 6-4 Sr.
Headed for Utah with Verbum Dei's Richard Chaney, Drisdom probably would have been Div. V player of the year but his team moved up to Div. IV.
F -- Antonio Lawrence (S.J. Memorial, Fresno) 6-4 Sr.
Fresno Bee's selection of him as player of the year probably wasn't popular among coaches in the Central Sequoia League. He averaged 24.6 ppg.
F -- Sean Marshall (Eisenhower, Rialto) 6-6 Jr.
Citrus Belt League MVP averaged 19.5 ppg and led team to CIF Div. I-AA finals.
G -- DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo) 6-3 Soph.
Averaged 27 ppg (with 11 games above 30) and already the all-time leading scorer for a school that's pretty old.
G -- John Sharper (St. Mary's, Berkeley) 6-1 Sr.
Scored at a solid 21.2 ppg clip and led team to NorCal Div. I semifinals.
G -- Derek Stockalper (Carlsbad) 6-4 Sr.
Scored 41 points in memorable San Diego Section Div. I final and deserving of honors, but hard to see how some felt he should have been player of the year for the section above Nate Carter.
F -- Mike Strawberry (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-5 Sr.
Four-year starter for the Monarchs was a warrior on the boards; named 1st team all-county and 1st team All-CIFSS Div. II.
G -- Brandon Worthy (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose) 6-2 Sr.
Averaged 27.6 ppg with 10.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists and a solid No. 3 pick from CCS behind Kately and Obazuaye.
State Player of the Year: Hassan Adams (Westchester, Los Angeles) 6-4 Sr. G
State Junior Player of the Year: Leon Powe (Technical, Oakland) 6-8 C
State Sophomore Player of the Year: DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo) 6-3 G
State Freshman Player of the Year: Dwain Williams (S.J. Memorial, Fresno) 6-1 G
State Coach of the Year: Ed Azzam (Westchester, Los Angeles) 32-2