FTH Player of the Year Jaylen Hands headlines All-Region teams
For the second time in as many years, the Full-Time Hoops Player of the Year hails from Foothills Christian, is headed to UCLA and is a McDonald's All-American.
Last year, it was 6-foot-10 TJ Leaf who led his team to a runaway victory in the CIF Title game over Cathedral Catholic.
This year, it's Jaylen Hands.
Hands, a 6-3 point guard, was originally slated to play with Leaf as a junior after transferring from Mater Dei Catholic, but a CIF ruling thwarted the pairing, and Hands spent his junior year at Balboa Prep. After being cleared by CIF for his final year, Hands wowed fans with his electric athleticism and playmaking ability, willing an otherwise mundane supporting cast to exhilarating heights (the Under Armour Holiday Classic National Division Title) and a strong regular season.
Statistically, Hands' dominance speaks for itself, scoring 29.5 points per game, while grabbing 7.9 rebounds and handing out 6.2 assists per game, all team highs.
But perhaps more importantly, he has become the biggest attraction San Diego has seen in quite some time, packing games with young hoopers who hang on to his every exploits.
For those reasons, Hands is the clear-cut choice for Full-Time Hoops Player of the Year. Here is the rest of the Al-FTH San Diego Section Team.
All-Region First Team:
Reed Farley, 6-5 Sr. G, La Jolla - Was having an Eastern League MVP season before tearing his ACL. Body of work still speaks for itself.
Brandon McCoy, 7-0 Sr. C, Cathedral Catholic - One of two McDonald's All-American selections in San Diego, the 7-0 big man willed his team back from early-season woes to a second-place finish in the Western League.
Robby Robinson, 6-9 Sr. PF, Kearny - Kearny's big man averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds and willed his team to some impressive wins and near-upsets.
Taurus Samuels, 6-0 Jr. PG, Vista - The unquestioned leader of the a Vista team that made it to the CIF Open Division Semifinals and qualified for the state playoffs, while averaging 20 points and 6 assists per game.
Miles Norris, 6-10 Jr. PF, Helix - Changed the game for the Highlanders, who won the CIF Division 2 title after starting the season 10-4.
Taeshon Cherry, 6-8 Jr. PF, St. Augustine - Can make compelling case for Cherry to be POY, as he averaged 20.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and led the Saints to the CIF Open Division title.
Jake Gilliam, 6-10 Sr. C, Torrey Pines - Gilliam spearheaded a Falcons team that made it to the CIF Open Division finals, and averaged a double double for a second consecutive year.
JJ Overton, 6-5 Sr. G, Rancho Bernardo - Electric scoring guard led to Broncos to a Palomar League Championship and a Division 2 Quarterfinal appearance.
Warren Washington, 6-10 Jr. PF, Mission Hills - Washington paired with Ed Fenzi to push the Grizzlies to the CIF Open Division playoffs and an upset in the CIF State Playoffs of fifth-seeded Rancho Verde.
Trey Anderson, 6-7 Jr. F, Mater Dei Catholic - Anderson led the Crusaders in scoring and rebounds en route to a CIF Open Division playoff appearance.
Boogie Ellis, 6-0 So. PG, Mission Bay - Willed Bucs to a CIF Division 1 quarterfinal appearance.
Zach Reiter, 6-3 Jr. G/F, Poway - Titans leading scorer and rebounder was an All Palomar League selection.
Ethan Esposito, 6-6 Sr. F, Torrey Pines - the Avo West Player of the Year was one of the more improved players countywide.
Christian Choice, 6-5 Jr. G, Patrick Henry - the Eastern League Player of the Year led the upstart Patriots in scoring and a CIF Division 2 playoff appearance.
Malik Parsons, 6-2 Sr. G, Lincoln - The Hornets leading scorer had huge offensive games, including a 35-point effort in a CIF playoff win over Mission Bay.
Owen Aschieris, 6-0 Sr. PG, Santa Fe Christian - Averaged 22 points per game and fueled the Eagles to a CIF Division 1 title.
Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 So. G, Vista - the most versatile defender in the section averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds en route to his second All League 1st team selection.
Michael Diaz, 6-2 Sr. G, Orange Glen - Stout defender averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and led the Patriots to a CIF Division 2 title appearance and an upset of third-seeded Capistrano Valley in the state playoffs.
Ryan Langborg, 6-4 So. G, La Jolla Country Day - the Torreys leading scorer led the team to a CIF Open Division playoff appearance.
Jalen Flanagan, 6-3 Jr. G, El Camino - The Wildcats leading scorer at 23 points per game, Flanagan willed the team to a CIF Semifinals appearance.
Richard Polanco, 6-7 Sr. F, Army Navy - Polanco put up huge stats (20 points, 14 rebounds) en route to a CIF Division 1 playoff appearance for the Warriors.
Baturay Koyuncu, Sr. G, Scripps Ranch - Falcons leading scorer, All League first team
Dejon Jackson, Sr. F, Coronado - Leading scorer and rebounder for Islanders
Isaiah Morris, Jr. G, Vista - 2nd leading scorer for Panthers and All League 2nd team
Ryan Kelly, Sr. F, Granite Hills - Grossmont Valley POY, leading scorer for Eagles
Otto Taylor, Sr. G, St. Augustine - Returned to lineup after injury to help lead Saints to Open Division crown.
Kody Clouet, Jr. G, San Marcos - Leading scorer on CIF Division 1 quarterfinalist
Josue Lara, Sr. W, St. Augustine - unheralded wing was versatile defender and playmaker for Saints.
Jaylen Arnold, Sr. F, Helix - Defensive and rebounding ace was the Grossmont Hills POY.
DJ Wilson, Sr. PG, Horizon - Panthers leading scorer led shorthanded Panthers to surprise season
Ed Fenzi, Sr. PG, Mission Hills - Two-way player was Grizzlies second-leading scorer.
Blake Seits, Sr. G, Ramona - Averaged 22.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Quincy Ferebee, Sr. PG, Serra - All League First Team appearance for the Q's guard.
Ryan Michaels, Sr. G, Canyon Crest - Top scorer on the CIF Division 2 semifinalists
Ben Okhotin, Sr. F, Westview - Top scorer on upstart Wolverines team that made CIF D2 semis
Hayden Helfrich, Sr. PG, Torrey Pines; Finn Sullivan, Jr. G, Torrey Pines; Cade Kinney-Shackleford, Sr. G, Torrey Pines; Mike Singletary, Sr. G, Lincoln; Alex Dumas, Sr. G, Lincoln; Darian Norwood, Sr. W, Mt Miguel; Logan Wazny, Sr. G, La Costa Canyon; Thomas Marcus, Jr. G, Horizon; Yassine Gharram, Fr. PG, Point Loma; Ronnie Latting, So. F, Mission Bay; Jack Peterson, Sr. G, St. Augustine; Matt Bender, So. F, La Jolla Country Day; Josiah Esselstrom, Sr. G, La Jolla Country Day; Derek Sit, Sr. PG, Poway; Jordan Cooke-Harper, Jr F, Poway; Beon Riley, Fr. G, Mater Dei Catholic; Chibuzo Agbo, Fr. F, St. Augustine; Christian Rose, So. F, Bishop's; Damien Miller, Jr. PG, Orange Glen; Trevor Owens, Orange Glen; JC Canahuate, Jr. G, Army Navy; Charlie Gal, Jr. F, La Jolla; Nashom Carter, Jr. PG, Christian; Timmy Crawford, Jr. G, Montgomery; Xavier Allison, Sr. PG, Sage Creek; Adalberto Lopez, Sr. G, Brawley; Isaiah Williams, Jr. F, Olympian; Phillip Willis, Jr. G, Maranatha Christian; Stephen Sedlock, Sr. F, Tri-City Christian; Josh Clarke, Sr. G, Health Sciences; Kyle Grant, Sr. F, Guajome Park; Jaren Nafarette, So. PG, Foothills Christian; Kale Baldado, Sr. F, Foothills Christian; Jordan Van Ommering, Sr. G, Foothills Christian; Dylan Lee, Sr. G, Helix; Amari Green, Jr. PG, Helix; Adrian Lee, Jr. F, Castle Park; Eivan Villagracia, Jr. G, Sweetwater; Neil-Ryan Pangilinan, Jr. G, Sweetwater; Derek Moore, Sr. G, Santa Fe Christian; Charles Dudley, Sr. F, Santa Fe Christian; Myles Manning, Jr. G, Coronado; Caden Gentry, So. G, Coronado