Freshman of the Year - Beon Riley, 6-3 180 G, Mater Dei Catholic
Few pundits would have predicted that Mater Dei Catholic would lose potentially two All Americans in two consecutive years and still manage to remain one of the top teams in San Diego.
But the Crusaders (23-5) did just that, earning a berth in the CIF Open Division playoffs after running through the Metro Mesa League with an undefeated record.
One of the biggest reasons for Mater Dei's staying power was the emergence of freshman guard Beon Riley, the chiseled 6-3 lead guard who finished as the Crusaders' second leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, while contributing 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals, earning All Mesa League First Team honors in the process.
He also had big moments, none bigger than 30-foot buzzer beater to defeat West Salem, one of the top teams in Oregon, 53-50 in the championship game of the Capitol City Classic.
Beon Riley is the Full-Time Hoops Freshman of the Year.
All Full-Time Hoops Freshman Team
Chibuzo Agbo, 6-6 190 PF, St. Augustine- Agbo, a strapping power forward with an emerging perimeter game, averaged 9.3 points and 7 rebounds per contest for the Open Division champions Saints. Coming off the bench, Agbo had his biggest moments under the bright lights, including 16 points in an emotional victory over rival Cathedral Catholic.
Kimo Ferrari, 5-11 160 PG, St. Augustine- Ferrari inherited the starting point guard spot for the Open Divison champions after Otto Taylor went down with injury, and never let go of the position. His statistics - 2.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game - bely the impact he had for the Saints.
Yassine Gharram, 6-2 170 PG, Point Loma- Gharram, who arrived to the Pointers just before the start of the season, spearheaded a renaissance year that culminated with a Div. 3 semifinals appearance. The flashy lead guard led all freshman scorers with 15.9 points per game, as well as an impressive 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
Nakial Cross, 6-7 180 PF, Bishop's - The bouncy forward was a starter from Day one for the Knight's, and had some huge games en route to an All-Coastal League South second team selection. Cross averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds and a block per game.
Logan Cremonesi, 6-6 185 PF, El Camino - Cremonesi was thrown into the fire as a starter for the Division 1 semifinalists. In one of his first big moments, the big man scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a December game against La Costa Canyon. Will be a big factor in the Avo East for years to come.
Gio Martinez, 5-6 140 PG, Olympian- The diminutive sparkplug for the Eagles averaged 12 points and a whopping 3.3 steals per game, helping to lead the Eagles to a huge turnaround season that culminated with a CIF Division 4 championship game appearance.
Dakarai Allen, 6-0 160 PG, Point Loma- While often overshadowed by Gharram's statistical output, Allen had a banner campaign as well for the Pointers, averaging 7.3 points and 9 assists, which led all freshman statewide, in addition to 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 steals per contest.
Elijah Randall, 6-3 190 G/F, San Marcos- The do-it-all point forward had a strong freshman campaign for the CIF Division 1 quarterfinalists, averaging 8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Knights.
Jailen Nelson, 5-9 150 PG, Sage Creek- The Bobcats hoisted their first CIF crown in hoops on Saturday, and Nelson was a big reason why. Nelson averaged 7.8 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and is poised to inherit the role of full-time point guard in the post-Xavier Allison era at Sage Creek.
Kaleb Lowery, 6-5 180 PF, Foothills Christian- Played a solid role for the CIF Open Division semifinalists off the bench, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.
Savaughn Davis, 6-2 170 G, Mission Bay- The sixth man for the CIF Division 1 quarterfinalists had several big games as a freshman and averaged 6 points per contest.
Joel Calhoun, 6-3 180 W, Fallbrook
Maurice Holmes, 6-5 180 F, Helix
Grant Mahler, 6-1 170 G, Pacific Ridge
Frank Gelfman, 6-1 170 G, Canyon Crest
Tyler Morris, 6-6 200 PF, Point Loma
Steve Stinson, 5-10 170 G, Lutheran
Xavier Otis, 6-2 180 F, Lutheran
Albert Pichardo, 6-3, 190 F, Army Navy Academy
Philix Kilbourne, 5-11 140 PG, San Ysidro
Kailen Raines, 5-11 140 G, San Ysidro
Kobe Sanders, 5-10 140 G, Steele Canyon
Patrick Roberts, 6-5 170 F, Christian
Alton Dubois, 6-0 160 G, San Ysidro
Jalen Wilson, 5-7 140 PG, Lutheran
Reggie Everett, 5-9 150 G, Lincoln
Marquese Allen, 6-1 170 G, Lincoln
Miles Williams, 5-5 120 PG, Parker