Freshman of the Year: Nigel Burris, Stuart Hall.
Burris was one of the best freshmen in the entire Bay Area, and his rise coincided with Stuart Hall’s journey to a Northern California title.
Honorable mention: Angelo Abulencia, South San Francisco; Tahj Farley, Lincoln; Anthony Sharp, Stuart Hall.
Co-Sophomores of the Year: Je’Lani Clark, Riordan and Bryce Monroe, Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The two friends are both excellent point guards, and their two battles this year set the stage were excellent. Both were fast-paced, high-scoring games, and their clashes in the next two years might be even better.
Honorable mention: Nico Alimorong, South San Francisco; Rafiq Griffin, Lincoln; Allen Wilson, Lick-Wilmerding; Tomas Wolber, Stuart Hall.
Junior of the Year: Miles Amos, Stuart Hall.
The lone returning starter for Stuart Hall had a monster year, establishing himself as an incredibly talented and intelligent player.
Honorable mention: Shakur Blaylock, Lincoln; Marquez Costiniano, Jefferson; Max Fried, University; Ben Knight, Mission; Jackie Luong, Washington; Charley Moore, University; E.J. Neal, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Wrenn Robinson, St. Ignatius; Kamiri Smith, Mission.
Senior of the Year: Spencer Spivy, University.
The Red Devils’ star led University to a 31-4 record, and he scored 45 in a first-round state tournament win over Patterson that took three overtimes.
Honorable mention: Brandon Beckman, St. Ignatius; James Chun, Riordan; Ari Gamshad, Urban; Leo Krinsky, Urban; Rodney Lawrence, Jefferson; Walter Lum, Lick-Wilmerding; Julian Manyika, University; U’Jah Pratt, Mission; Matt Redmond, St. Ignatius; Teddy Snyder, St. Ignatius; Jerry Tang, Washington; Darrion Trammell, St. Ignatius.
Girls Player of the Year: Brittney Cedeno, South San Francisco.
The Cal Baptist-bound star hit game-winning shots in both the PAL Semifinal and PAL Championship.
Honorable mention: Alyssa Downs, St. Ignatius; Maddie Ennis, St. Ignatius; Yaniah Fleming, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Samantha Foong, Lick-Wilmerding; Errayanna Hatfield, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Rachel Harvey, St. Ignatius; Yasmin Jimenez, Lincoln; Talo Li-Uperesa, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Courtney Resch, University; Rain Sheh, Urban; Gianna Silvestri, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Rainah Smith, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Fiona Tam, Lincoln.
Point Guard of the Year: Walter Lum, Lick-Wilmerding.
His best performance may have come in a loss, when he scored 34 to keep the injury-laden Tigers close against Riordan.
Honorable mention: Miles Amos, Stuart Hall; Daniel Benjamin, Jefferson; Je’Lani Clark, Riordan; Bryce Monroe, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Kamiri Smith, Mission; Darrion Trammell, St. Ignatius..
Big Man of the Year: Rodney Lawrence, Jefferson.
The three-year starter did it all as a senior, breaking the 1,500-point mark and scoring 25 in a PAL Semifinal win over Mills. His improvement as a free throw shooter and finisher was evident throughout the year.
Honorable mention: Anthony McBride, Mission; Amin Oglesby, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Teddy Snyder, St. Ignatius.
Offensive Player of the Year: Darrion Trammell, St. Ignatius.
Trammell led the Wildcats to back-to-back rivalry wins, scoring 24 points in the Bruce-Mahoney Game and 23 in the Jungle Game.
Honorable mention: Brandon Beckman, St. Ignatius; James Chun, Riordan; Ben Knight, Mission; Walter Lum, Lick-Wilmerding; Bryce Monroe, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Spencer Spivy, University.
Defensive Player of the Year: J.P. Johnson, Jefferson.
Known to his teammates as “Lightning”, Johnson was an energizing presence for the Grizzlies who could lock down any opponent, from point guards to centers.
Honorable mention: Finn Conway, Urban; Marquez Costiniano, Jefferson; Robert Lee, Mission; Matt Redmond, St. Ignatius; Darrion Trammell, St. Ignatius; Chimae Ugbaja, Riordan.
Coach of the Year: Charley Johnson, Stuart Hall.
Johnson’s team quickly went from one that lacked experience to a state title contender with serious potential for next year.
Honorable mention: Randy Bessolo, University; Joey Curtin, Riordan; John Falabella, Jefferson; Arnold Zelaya, Mission.
Game of the Year: South San Francisco’s overtime win at rival El Camino.
Two teams that combined to go 11-36 played the best game of the year. Nico Alimorong scored 28 for the Warriors, but it was freshman Angelo Abulencia’s three at the buzzer that gave South City a thrilling 62-59 overtime win.
Honorable mention: Lick-Wilmerding’s Senior Night win at the buzzer over Urban; Riordan’s CCS Championship comeback against Monterey; Riordan’s overtime win over SHC on Kevin Restani Night; St. Ignatius topping Serra in the Jungle Game; Stuart Hall’s 17-point comeback at St. Mary’s in the NorCal Division IV Championship.
Play of the Year: Neal Begovich’s dunk vs. Fremont.
SI had tons of highlight-worthy plays on the year, but Begovich’s reverse dunk in the second quarter against Fremont of Oakland on December 6 takes the cake. The 6-foot-8 junior flew in out of nowhere to throw down the alley-oop from Darrion Trammell. Unfortunately, Begovich injured his knee later in that game, but it was a glimpse of his capabilities.
Honorable mention: Begovich’s dunk to seal the Bruce-Mahoney Game; Je’Lani Clark’s buzzer-beating three to beat Mitty; Watida Mukukula’s buzzer-beating three to force overtime against SHC; Teddy Snyder’s dunk off the backboard in the Beach Game; Allen Wilson’s buzzer-beating three to beat Urban.
Prep Focus writer Ethan Kassel covers high school sports throughout the Bay Area. If you have a story tip, game to watch or player to track, email him at email@example.com.
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