In this an era of high flyers, 6-10 Jayson Taylor doesn't play above the rim.
But opponents wouldn't know that.
La Jolla Country Day's starting center, blessed with a 7-0 wingspan and great shot-blocking timing and IQ, proved to be the interior defensive force the Torreys needed to make a run to the program's first state championship.
Taylor, who is headed to Tufts, averaged 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game, and was huge for Country Day during their playoff run. Exhibit A, the Torreys CIF State regional semifinals win over Fairmont Prep: Taylor notched 12 points, but added 11 rebounds and 8 blocked shots and stifled the Huskies interior attack.
For this, Taylor is the Full-Time Hoops Defensive Player of the year and headlines the Full-Time Hoops All-Defensive Team.
All Defensive Team
Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 2019 G, Vista
The Avo East Player of the Year was also the league's top on-ball defender, capable of locking down the other team's top offensive threat every night.
Christian Rose, 6-6 2019 F, Bishop's
The most versatile defender in the counter, Rose's unique combination of length, lateral quickness and athleticism allowed him to guard 1-5 on the high school court.
Chase Pagon, 6-3 2019 G, Santa Fe Christian
Pagon night-in, night-out guarded the top players in the region's toughest league, with impressive results.
Derrick Carter-Hollinger, 6-5 2019 W, Foothills Christian
The linchpin of the Knights defense, Carter-Hollinger's ability to protect the paint at 6-5 took pressure off of the Knight's feisty guards.
Jay Norton, 6-1 2019 G, Mission Bay
The aggressive ball hawk is arguably one of the top 3 defensive guards in the county.
Roman Wright, 5-10 2019 PG, Rancho Bernardo
One of the few player capable of picking up speedy point guards full court the entire game.
Ronnie Latting, 6-7 2019 C, Mission Bay
A doorstop in the paint for the Bucs, Latting averaged nearly 12 rebounds per game while providing a stout position defender in the paint.
Chris Howell, 6-6 2021 PG, San Marcos
Capable of guarding all five positions for the Knights, Howell's length and versatility gave opponents fits all season.
Obinna Anyanwu, 6-7 2021 PF/C, Cathedral Catholic
One of the premier interior defenders in the region, Anyanwu doubled as a rim protector and one of the few bigs capable of picking up perimeter players on switches.
Kimo Ferrari, 6-0 2020 PG, Francis Parker
Feisty ball hawk frequently held opposing guards well under their season averages.
Jason Danso, 5-10 2019 PG, Rancho Buena Vista
Disruptive on-ball defender keyed the Longhorns effort on that end, picked up the ball fullcourt and racked up steals.
Ryan Brown, 6-2 2019 G, Torrey Pines
Took on the task of guarding the top perimeter player for the Falcons.
The best of the rest:
CJ Jackson, Sweetwater
Jeilen Jackson, Sweetwater
Frank Gelfman, Canyon Crest Academy
Zack Tynes, Mira Mesa
Grant Norberg, Scripps Ranch
Raymond Lu, La Jolla Country Day
Benito Hurtado, University City
Tyson Robinson, El Camino
Keavie Love, El Camino
Brad Yasukochi, El Camino
Marquese Allen, Lincoln
AJ Burgin, San Diego
Devin McCoy, Lincoln
Tyler Stanley-Castillo, San Diego
Carter Plousha, Carlsbad
Lachin Bechirov, Grossmont
DJ Sanders, Bonita Vista
Dasean Lynch, Christian
Miles Williams, Christian
Alex Kohlenberg, University City
Julian Hutchinson, Escondido
Chris Landry, Escondido
Ron Arbib, San Dieguito Academy
Clyde Harris, Oceanside
Christian Ubochi, Victory Christian
Alex Wade, Cathedral Catholic
Gio Martinez, Olympian
Rahin Williams, Montgomery
Jessie Campbell, Mater Dei Catholic
Bruen Roulier, Coronado
Misa Rosado, St. Augustine
Declan Bretz, St. Augustine
Patrick Roberts, Christian
Patrick Chima, Mount Miguel
Alex Moore, Del Norte
Cobey Harraway, Army Navy Academy
Max Raulston, La Jolla
Jett Wilson, La Jolla
Adam Sevier, Poway