Player of the Year: Bryce Pope, 6-3 2019 SG, Torrey Pines
For the first time in the Open Division era, the Torrey Pines Falcons hoisted the crown.
And all year, their best player was Pope.
From big shots in early season tournaments to huge games throughout league and the playoffs, Pope quietly put together a player of the year resume even as much of the attention was focused on Duke-bound Boogie Ellis, Foothills Christian star Derrick Carter-Hollinger and Saints rising forward Chibuzo Agbo.
But in such an up and down season, where every player had moments where they looked to be the player of the year, you have to honor the player from the team who won it all.
Pope averaged 19.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, and was always the player the Falcons turned to when they needed a big play. He finished his career with 1,550 points, the second most in a Falcon uniform since 2004, and was named the Avocado West Player of the Year and San Diego Section Player of the Year. Pope is headed to UC San Diego.
This year, I tried my best to honor the region by putting together a first through ninth team. If I missed a player, please let me know and I will definitely update the list. This was a pretty massive undertaking.
All Region First Team
Derrick Carter-Hollinger, 6-5 2019 W, Foothills Christian
You could argue that Carter-Hollinger, the Coastal League Player of the Year, was the section's most dominant player. The Montana signee averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, and had huge games against top opponents throughout the season. Carter-Hollinger also mad his second straight All San Diego Section first-team appearance.
Michael Pope, 6-3 2019 SG, Torrey Pines - The Avocado West first teamer averaged 17.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, finishing his career as the fifth highest scoring Falcon since 2004.
Boogie Ellis, 6-2 2019 G, Mission Bay - The Duke signee once again had a prolific year scoring the ball, averaging 25.13 points, 4.7 assists and 5 rebounds and became the school's leading scorer in the process, passing former Bucs great Justin Moore.
Ryan Langborg, 6-4 2019 SG, La Jolla Country Day - Langborg, who made his third consecutive All-Coastal League first-team appearance, averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game and eclipsed the 2,000-point barrier earlier this year. He's headed to Princeton.
Obinna Anyanwu, 6-7 2021 F, Cathedral Catholic - Anyanwu, who scored the game-winning layup in the Division 1 title game, averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Dons in his second season. All Western League first-team selection.
Chibuzo Agbo, 6-7 2020 F, St. Augustine - At one point, Agbo was the front runner for player of the year, averaging 22 points and 9 rebounds per game to lead his team to an Open Division appearance and his second straight All Western League first team appearance.
Yassine Gharram, 6-3 2020 PG, Foothills Christian - The Knights leading scorer averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.8 steals per game, making his second straight All Coastal League first team appearance.
Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 2019 G, Vista - The Avocado East Player of the Year averaged a team high 18.2 points and 7 rebounds per game to lead his team to an Open Division Semifinals berth. Widely considered one of the section's top defenders.
Luke Haupt, 6-5 2020 F, St. Augustine - The Saints' wing made his first All Western League first team appearance after putting together a breakout season, averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Kimo Ferrari, 6-0 2020 PG, Parker - The All Coastal League first teamer had a monster campaign in his first full season with the Lancers, averaging for the CIF Division 1 runners up.
All Region 2nd Team
Kyle Paranada, 5-6 2019 G, Montgomery - Became the Aztecs career leading scorer while leading the team to the CIF Division 1 semifinals and the team's first Mesa League championship.
Makiah Morris, 6-2 2019 G, Vista - Morris doubled his scoring average in his senior season, averaging 17.2 points per game en route to his first All Avocado East first team selection.
CJ Jackson, 6-7 2019 C, Sweetwater -The Mount Miguel transfer dominated the South Bay, avearging 16.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per contest, en route to an All South Bay League first team selection.
Chase Pagon, 6-3 2019 G, Santa Fe Christian - The Virginia transfer catapulted the Eagles into the Open Division and Coastal League title discussion and made the All Coastal League first team in his only season.
Jaren Nafarrete, 5-8 2019 PG, Foothills Christian - The lone link from the TJ Leaf era capped his four-year varsity run with an All Coastal League 2nd team and All Section 2nd team selection. Averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game and was named to the all-tournament team at the prestigious Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Marquise Edwards, 6-5 2019 W, Mt. Miguel - Edwards put together a massive statistical season, posting 25 points and 11 rebound per game averages en route to the Grossmont Hills Player of the Year and All San Diego Section 2nd team selections.
Jailen Nelson, 5-10 2020 PG, Carlsbad - Nelson transformed the Lancers offense after the 30-day sit out period, averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game to lead the Lancers to the Division 2 championship.
Jackson Larsen, 6-7 2019 W, Christian - The Northern Arizona signee averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game in the rugged Western League, making the All Western League 2nd team.
Adam Sevier, 5-10 2020 PG, Poway - The Palomar League Player of the Year led the Titans to a surprise appearance in the CIF Open Division playoffs, averaging 18 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game.
Thomas Notarainni, 6-4 2021 SG, Cathedral Catholic - The Dons leading scorer averaged 19 points per game and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in only his second varsity season.
Diego Edwards, 6-3 2019 G, San Diego Southwest - The South Bay League Player of the Year dominated the Division 4 competition en route to the Raiders second straight CIF Title.
All Region 3rd Team
AJ Burgin, 6-2 2021 G, San Diego - The City League Player of the Year averaged 18.7 points, 6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, leading the Cavers to their second straight CIF Title.
DJ Dudley, 6-2 2022 G, San Ysidro - Dudley led all freshmen in scoring (24.8 ppg), and added 8.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the Cougars, who made the Division 3 quarterfinals.
Noah Tumblin, 6-2 2019 G, Mira Mesa - The Eastern League Player of the Year led the Marauders to their first Eastern League title since 2016. He's headed to SDSU for football.
Domanic Safarta, 5-8 2019 PG, Valhalla - The Grossmont Valley Player of the Year spearheaded the Norsemen's record-setting (3 pointers made) season, averaging 23 points and 7.3 assists per game for the Division 3 runners up.
Chris Howell, 6-6 2021 PG, San Marcos - Making his second straight all-league first team appearance, Howell averaged 12.3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game and was the team's best defender.
Patrick McLachlan, 6-3 2019 G, Rancho Buena Vista - The Longhorns senior averaged 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game to lead the team to the most wins in school history and a CIF Division 2 runner up appearance.
Graham Cook, 6-4 2019 G, La Costa Canyon - The All Avocado West First team selection (for a second straight season) averaged a team high 19.3 points per game.
Christian Rose, 6-6 2019 F, Bishop's - The heart and soul of the Division 2 semifinalist was arguably one of the section's two-way players and rebounders.
CJ McMillan, 6-5 2021 F, Sweetwater - The two-time South Bay League first teamer averaged a team high 18.6 points, along with 9.3 rebounds per game.
Noah Fields, 6-6 2020 F, Rancho Buena Vista - Fields broke out in a big way his junior year, averaging 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game on his way to his first All Avocado East First Team appearance.
Ronnie Latting, 6-7 2019 C, Mission Bay - The anchor of the Bucs team averaged 11 points and 14 rebounds per game, earning an All Western League 2nd team selection.
Brandon Angel, 6-7 2020 WF, Torrey Pines - The All Avocado West second team selection averaged 10.4 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game for the CIF Champions.
All Region 4th Team
Keavie Love, 6-2 2021 G, El Camino - All Avo East first team selection as a sophomore
Maurice Holmes, 6-6 2020 F, Helix - All Grossmont Hills First Teamer led the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding
Keatten Smith, 6-1 2021 G, Santa Fe Christian - All Coastal League second team selection as a sophomore
Noah Viera, 6-9 2019 C, Torrey Pines - All Avo West honorable mention had a huge game in the CIF title game.
Jalai O'Keith, 6-5 2020 WF, Foothills Christian - Quietly blossomed into nearly a double-double guy for the Knights.
Caleb Nelson, 6-5 2021 WF, Carlsbad - The Knights All League 2nd teamer averaged 12 points per game and knocked down crucial shots.
Zach White, 6-1 2020 PG, Bishop's - The Knights leading scorer at 17 ppg and one of the section's most improved players.
Jay Norton, 6-1 2019 G, Mission Bay - All Western League second team selection was the Bucs second leading scorer.
Devon Arlington, 6-2 2022 G, San Marcos - All Avo West second team selection as a freshman was the Knights second leading scorer.
Elijah Randall, 6-4 2020 W, San Marcos - The Knights leading scorer (15.1 points) and rebounder (7.4 rebounds) was an All Avo West second-team selection.
Melo Sanchez, 6-4 2021 W, Mater Dei Catholic - Was the unquestioned leader of the Crusaders before an ankle injury severely limited him during the second half of the season.
Ricardo Hopping, 6-4 2019 SG, Westview - The leading scorer of Division 2's second-seeded team, All Palomar League first team selection.
Cole Stephens, 6-9 2021 C, Poway- One of the most improved sophomores was named to the All Palomar League first team.
Matt Bender, 6-7 2019 F, Francis Parker - The Lancers leading rebounder anchored the inside for the Division 1 runners up.
All Region 5th team
Drew Cisse, 6-9 2019 F, Rancho Bernardo
Carter Plousha, 6-5 W, Carlsbad
Alex Bell, 2020 PG, Serra
Andre Scott, 2019 G, Mission Bay
Roman Wright, 5-10 2019 PG, Rancho Bernardo
Derrien Carter-Hollinger, 6-4 2021 G, Foothills Christian
Tyson Robinson, 5-11 2021 PG, El Camino
Rahin Williams, 6-1 2019 G, Montgomery
Reggie Everett, 5-11 2020 G, Lincoln
Marquese Allen Patmon, 6-3 2020 G, Lincoln
Grant Norberg, 6-8 2020 C, Scripps Ranch
Kailen Rains, 6-4 2020 G, San Ysidro
Trevan Martin, 6-3 201 W, Santa Fe Christian
Hayden Gray, 6-1 2021 PG, Santa Fe Christian
Alex Wade, 5-11 2021 PG, Cathedral Catholic
Nikko Taylor, 6-3 2021 G, Vista
Jayson Taylor, 6-10 2019 C, La Jolla Country Day
Miles Williams, 5-9 2020 PG, Christian
Max Guinn, 6-5 2019 W, Francis Parker
All Region 6th Team
Jake Tawhiao, 2020 G, Mater Dei Catholic
Raymond Lu, 2019 PG, La Jolla Country Day
Albert Pichardo, 6-3 2020 W, Army Navy
Eldon Baptist, 2019 G, Olympian
Grant Childs, 2019 G, Steele Canyon
Jack Bailey, 2020 G, Rancho Buena Vista
Jordan Gaines, 2019 G, Valhalla
James Hapgood, 2022 G, La Jolla Country Day
John Hapgood, 2022 G, La Jolla Country Day
Ray King, 2019 W, Otay Ranch
Daniel Thomas, 2019 G, San Diego
Lawrence Gray, 2019 W, Mt. Miguel
Keyshawn Bradley, 2019 G, Madison
Brogan Pietrocini, 2019 F, Carlsbad
Philix Kilbourne, 2020 PG, San Ysidro
Jessie Campbell, 2021 G, Mater Dei Catholic
All Region 7th Team
Mikeece Dunbar, 2019 G, Mt. Miguel
Kobe Sanders, 2020 W, Christian
Jacob Hutchinson, 2019 G, Escondido
Ethan Davis, 2019 F, Escondido Adventist Academy
DJ Sanders, 2021 G, Bonita Vista
Robert Ligayon, 2020 G, Mission Hills
Casey Granfors, 2019 F, University City
Momo Stokes, 2021 G, Bonita Vista
Steve Stinson, 2020 G, San Diego
Sean Hernandez, 2019 G, Olympian
Matt Rivera, 2020 W, Vista
Gio Martinez, 2020 PG, Olympian
Tyler Morris, 2020 C, Point Loma
Dane Waurlamont, 2019 G, Point Loma
Caden Gentry, 2019 G, Coronado
Savaughn Davis, 2020 G, Mission Bay
All Region 8th Team
Nick Sonck, 2019 F, Sage Creek
Xavier Otis, 2020 F, Morse
Alexis Marmolejos, 2022 G, Army Navy
Cobey Harraway, 2020 G, Army Navy
Jeremiah Brown, 2019 G, Mira Mesa
Sam Rex, 2019 G, Rancho Bernardo
Clyde Harris, 2020 G, Oceanside
Daevion Rogers, 2019 W, El Cajon Valley
Kamron Beacham, 2021 W, Oceanside
Adam Nieves, 2021 W, Orange Glen\
Dreonta Raymond, 2021 G Crawford
Chase Webb, 2019 W, Tri-City Christian
Sam Kramer, 2019 F, La Costa Canyon
All Region 9th Team
Austin Newman, 2019 F, Ramona
Zach Moore, 2020 SG, Del Norte
Michael Grendahl, 2019 WF, Westview
Dorian Blue, 2019 G, Lincoln
Dillon Wilhite, 2021 C, Cathedral Catholic
Ron Arbib, 2019 G, San Dieguito Academy
Christopher Glenon, 2019 G, Kearny
Adrian Wade, 2019 F, Bonita Vista
Sebastian Morgan, 2019 G, Montgomery
Kevin Early, 2020 G, San Diego Academy
Aden Twyman, 2020 F, Mission Vista
Christian Ubochi, 2021 C, Victory Christian
All Region 10th Team
Bezhad Hashemi, 2019 G, La Jolla
Dexter Stratton, 2021 F, Patrick Henry
Taro Boyd, 2019 G, La Costa Canyon
McKay Roberts, 2020 G, Granite Hills
Jacob Pfitzner, 2020 G, El Capitan
Diego Sanchez, 2019 G, Otay Ranch
Colby Yates, 2020 F, Otay Ranch
Kamin Davis, 2019 G, Valley Center
Gabe Pennington, 2020 G, Scripps Ranch
Larry Oldham III, 2019 G, Victory Christian
Wayne Hampton, 2021 G, Hoover
Vernel Fournier, 2019 G, San Pasqual