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Chris Howell leads the All FTH Defensive Team

It was no coincidence that Torrey Pines' best defensive team in recent memory coincided with the arrival of Chris Howell from San Marcos.

Now 6-7, the floor general is blessed with the length, strength, lateral quickness and IQ to guard all five positions on the floor - many times in the same game - a security blanket on defense that is every coach's dream.

For those reasons, Howell is the Full-Time Hoops Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the rest of the team.

All Defensive First Team

Chris Howell, 2021 G, Torrey Pines

Alex Wade, 5-11 2021 PG, Cathedral Catholic- Catalyst of Cathedral's suffocating matchup zone, Wade frustrated lead guards into turnovers and off shooting nights.

Keavie Love, 6-3 2021 G, El Camino -One of the region's more versatile defenders, Love was called on to shut down backcourt and frontcourt players, and did so regularly.

Derrien Carter-Hollinger, 6-5 2021 W, Foothills Christian - A gifted defender who was the glue of Foothills defensive efforts. Much like his cohorts on the first team, versatility is his calling card.

Obinna Anyanwu, 6-8 2021 F, Cathedral Catholic -an imposing force on the defensive end, Anyanwu's position defense and rim protection helped to propel the Dons to the CIF Open Division title.

Second Team

Miles Williams, Francis Parker - undersized but never underestimated, Williams defended the other team's best backcourt players to key the Lancers surprise run. Frank Gelfman Canyon Crest - Took pride in neutralizing the other team's top offensive threat, which helped Canyon Crest make it to the D2 semifinals. Max McCall, San Marcos - Versatile and agile defender also became a force on the boards, thanks to his unbridled motor. DJ Sanders, Bonita Vista - One of the best on-ball defenders in the city, Sanders clamped many of the section's top guards. Christian Ubochi, Mater Dei Catholic - Arguably the best rim protector in the county.

Saagar Dhanjani, Santa Fe Christian - Linchpin of Eagles defense, and pound-for-pound one of the top rebounders in the county.

Third Team

Jahlil Florence, Lincoln-Lockdown perimeter defender with size and strength. Tre Singleton, Serra - Guarded every position for the undersized Q's. Tyler Stanley-Castillo, San Diego- Became one of the section's top interior defenders. Jeric Lovgren, San Marcos - One of the toughest point-guard defenders in the section. Jalen LeFear, University City - Bigger bodied combo guard was a menace on the ball. Adam Nieves, Orange Glen - The linchpin of Orange Glen's defensive unit, Nieves is one of the section's more underrated players. Kimo Ferrari, Francis Parker - A thief on the ball, Ferrari led Francis Parker in steals.

Tyson Robinson, El Camino - Paired with Keavie Love to make one of the section's top defensive back courts.

Sam Hasegawa, Carlsbad - Physical guard

Wayne McKinney, Coronado - Lockdown point guard plays hard both ways

AJ Burgin, San Diego - The nerve of San Diego's defense, Burgin quarterbacked the zone and guarded the best offensive player in man.

Honorable Mention

Mekhi Shaw, Scripps Ranch

Hayden Gray, Santa Fe Christian

Sam Dudley, Santa Fe Christian

Alex Yphantides, Santa Fe Christian

Keishon Trice, Helix

Xavier Otis, Helix

Philix Kilbourne, San Ysidro

Jason Martinez, San Ysidro Jadyn James Helix Martin Gumwel, Calvin Christian Clyde Harris, Oceanside Marcus Ruesga, Hilltop Max McCall, San Marcos Francky Naguidebe, University City

Myles Bennett, San Diego

Mickey Chew, Orange Glen Dillon Wilhite, Cathedral Catholic

Beon Riley, Cathedral Catholic

Alex Crawford, Eastlake

Sean Mitchell, Eastlake

Alex Magdalena, Montgomery

Eddie Magdalena, Montgomery

Earl Shaw-Davis, Lincoln

Devin McCoy, Lincoln Elijah Johnson, Westview Miles Williams, Parker Kimo Ferrari, Parker Gabriel Pennington, Scripps Ronnie Green, Morse Sam Sitarz, Carlsbad

Gio Martinez, Olympian

Cobey Harraway, Army Navy

Yassine Gharram, Foothills Christian

Jake Altman, La Jolla Country Day

Brandon Angel, Torrey Pines

Justin Mitchell, RBV

Isaiah Rich, RBV

Alex Kohlenberg, University City

Nico Peerenboom, Del Norte

Adam Sevier, Poway

Lucas Shephard, Poway

Miles Wingfield, Poway

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