Sacramento Hardwood's Finest

Golden State takes a look at the top five players in Sacramento hoops from the past season...


TONY JOHNSON Guard, Folsom, High School  - Senior
Johnson is the  Delta River League MVP two years in a row. He led the Folsom High School Bulldogs to two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles.

Tony Johnson, #21, goes up against Xavier Thames - #1. Johnson is headed to Lafayette, a small Division I school in Pennsylvania.

STEVE LACKEY Forward/Center, Ponderosa High School Sr.
Lackey was the Sierra Valley Conference MVP.  Ponderosa is known for its patient offensive attack and stifling defense, to the dismay of their opponents. The team is seen here accepting their sixth Lehigh title in the last seven years. Lackey scored almost 40 percent of the teams total points.

Lackey, with arrow to head, seen here with his teammates.

RYAN SYPKENS Guard, Franklin High School - Senior
Had 14.6 points per game, 1.6 steals per game, 1.2 blocks per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 4.1 assist per game.

Ryan Spykens,#32, throws the ball in. Spykens is off to U.C. Davis – keeping it close to home.

CHASE TAPLEY Guard, Sacramento High School - Senior
A hometown favorite who averaged 23.2 points per game, 5.1 assists per game and 4.1 steals per game. He led his team to D-III section title this year. Chase had an extraordinary game last year for the CIF State Championship. He knows how to get the job done.

Chase Tapley, #22, against Sheldon H.S. at the 2009  Hoops for the Homeless classic at Sac. State.

Chase Tapley goes up for the dunk against one of the best prep superstars, Klay Thompson, I've ever seen. While Sac. High lost that game at Arco, Tapley made a name for himself at this game, scoring 35 points to Klay's 37. Tapley is off to San Diego State.

XAVIER THAMES Guard, Pleasant Grove High School - Senior
Xavier Thames is one of the most exciting players to watch. He knows how to make something out of nothing.  A clutch player who has no fear. He led his Eagles to their first postseason appearance. He averaged 20.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game. With the Eagles losing Armond Armstead  last season and now Xavier Thames, Glenn Akerland, Shauwn Brooks, Michael Madkins and others, for a total of 9 seniors, they are in for a tough rebuilding. With Coach John DePonte they will be in great hands.

Xavier Thames, #1, goes up against Tony Johnson - #21. Xavier is moving up to the next level.  He's signed with Washington State, but with Coach Tony Bennett headed to Virginia Xavier's may exercise his options on where to attend. I look forward to watching him on television, no matter where he decides to go.

Tony Johnson, Folsom High School, knocked down the free throw against Pleasant Grove High School for the 1 point win. Pleasant grove and Folsom had arguably two of the best games in NorCal. Folsom was the victor in both games. Both games came down to the last 30 seconds.

Here is the SacBee's final Poll Rankings

Previous ranking in parentheses, season record towards right:

1. (2) Rocklin 32-3
2. (1) Folsom 31-2
3. (3) Sacramento 26-7
4. (5) Bella Vista 25-5
5. (9) Franklin 24-9
6. (6) Sheldon 19-10
7. (7) Pleasant Grove 22-6
8. (8) Burbank 21-8
9. (15) Del Oro 22-9
10. (13) Woodcreek 21-8
11. (4) Yuba City 23-5
12. (10) Foothill 22-8
13. (14) Vista del Lago 21-9
14. (11) Ponderosa 22-6
15. (12)Nev. Union 18-10
16. (17)Oak Ridge 20-7
17. (19)Christian Bros. 21-8
18. (16)San Juan 25-5
19. (19)Granite Bay 18-10
20. (NR)Whitney 22-8

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