After an offseason that saw San Marcos lose its two top returners, the season outlook wasn't clear. But by fall, it was clear that the Knights would likely not skip a beat.
One of the biggest reasons was the leap taken by 2022 G Devon Arlington, who emerged as the region's top sophomore prospect.
Arlington, a 6-3 combo guard, averaged 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, leading the Knights to within an overtime loss of the CIF Division 1 finals.
For this reason, he is the Full-Time Hoops Sophomore of the year.
Alexis Marmolejos, Army Navy - the 6-0 scoring guard played more of a support role in Year 2 to the Knights seniors, but steal managed to average 13.4 points for the Warriors.
Max McCall, San Marcos - The ultimate glue guy, the 6-3 guard/wing averaged a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals and was its most important defensive piece.
Camden McCormick, Francis Parker - Breakout sophomore campaign for the 6-2 lefty combo guard, who averaged 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals on 41.3 percent shooting from deep.
Vinny Ferrari, Francis Parker - Playing along older brother Kimo in the Lancers starting lineup, Vinny averaged 10 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the surprise team of the section.
Vinny Signorelli, Christian - Sharpshooter averaged 6.5 points and 2 rebounds and 2 assists, but provided the Patriots with an evolving playmaker in addition to his team-high 40 made 3 pointers.
Jaden LeBel, Foothills Christian - A full-time starter in Year 2, LeBel posted 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5-steal averages for the Knights and became a deadly corner-three threat.
James Hapgood, La Jolla Country Day - A 6-2 wing, Hapgood was the unquestioned leader of the Torreys after the graduation of Ryan Langborg and transfer of his twin brother, John.
Vincent Berlucchi, SFC - A full-time starter for the Knights, his length and versatility played a major role in the Knights Division 1 title run.
Nick Payne, Escondido - The 6-3 Valley League Player of the Year averaged 20 points per game, including two 30-point efforts in Valley League play.
Justin White, Mission Hills - White, a 6-5 forward, built on his solid freshman campaign by leading the Grizzlies in rebounding and becoming a strong third option scoring the ball.
Otto Landrum, Torrey Pines - The 6-9 Colorado transfer carved out a role as a low-post threat and rebounder for the Falcons, averaging 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.
Toby Harris, Carlsbad - Emerged as a surprise starter for the Lancers and one of the toughest players in San Diego, averaging 7.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Jaysten Ramos, Mission Bay - The 5-6 blur averaged 11 points, 3 assists and a steal for the Bucs, which will return most of its core next season.
Cam Marshall, Patrick Henry - Sat out the first half of the season due to transfer rules, but emerged as the Patriots top offensive threat, capping the season off with a 30-point outburst in a near upset of the eventual D2 champion San Diego.
Jahlil Florence, Lincoln - Arguably one of the top on-ball defenders in the section, Florence also averaged nearly 10 points per game for the Hornets.
Nico Peerenboom, Del Norte - Another versatile wing type, the 6-4 Peerenboom averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and often guarded the opponent's top scorer.
Jake Bluestein, La Jolla Country Day - A top shooting threat, the 5-10 guard averaged 10.3 ppg (12.2 in Coastal League play) while shooting 38 percent on a team-high 75 made threes.
James Kerzic, Madison - A big-time bucket getter for the Warhawks, Kerzic averaged 15 points per game despite missing 10 games with the flu.
Benji Hilstock, Vista - The younger brother of former Vista standout Jordan Hilstock, Benji - now 6-1, started and played a major role down the stretch for the Panthers.
Tre Irvin, Olympian - Averaged 9.1 points per game after transferring from Kentucky.
Jaden Matusalem, Mt Carmel - Averaged 10.3 points (second-high on the Sundevils) and emerged as the team's top playmaker in his second year.
Rami Anglo, Mission Bay - A strong defensive presence on the wing, the 6-1 guard averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Bucs.
Tedrous Teshome, Montgomery - Averaged 9.7 points per game for the Aztecs.
Tate Smith, La Jolla Country Day - An injury-shortened sophomore year saw the 6-2 shooter become a top player for the young Torreys.
John Hapgood, La Costa Canyon - Became a quality rotation player upon becoming eligible for the Mavericks the second half of the season.
Joshua Macagapal, Mission Bay - feisty on-ball defender was the Bucs best defender all season.
Marc Begin, La Jolla Country Day - Another promising Torrey, the 6-0 point guard emerged from injuries
Jayden White, Mission HIlls - The ever-growing White, now 6-4, emerged as a major role player for the improved Grizzlies.
Damian Monge, Hilltop - Averaged 6.3 points and 3 assists as the starting point guard for one of the Top D4 teams in the section.
Spencer Hall, Mira Mesa - The 5-11 leading scorer for the Marauders averaged 9.9 points per game.
Jack Hudson, Mira Mesa - A scrappy, tough-minded playmaker, Hudson averaged 7.1 points per game.
Tajon Evans, Mira Mesa - One of a quartet of sophomores to have a big role for the Marauders, Evans averaged 6.7 points and 3 rebounds per game.
Loren Daniel, Olympian - An underrated presence on the Eagles team, Daniel averaged 7.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.
Josh Dupree, Mar Vista - The defensive anchor for the Mariners, the 6-5 Dupree averaged 8.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Daisean Desinor, El Capitan
Marley Gonzalez, Escondido Charter - The 6-6 post improved game by game, averaging a team high 12.3 points and 7 rebounds for the White Tigers.
Josue Amaya, Valhalla - The wiry combo guard averaged 9 points per game.
Tristan Hernandez, Escondido Charter - 9 points and 5 assists per game
Luke Beesley, High Tech High SD - 12 points
Reid Celestin, Pacific Ridge 11.6 points per game
Brady Burman, Pacific Ridge 11.1 points per game
Courtland Camper, Mar Vista - The 6-2 Chula Vista transfer averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Aidan Montanez, Tri-City Christian -Averaged 10.8 points for the Eagles.
Lucas Gordon, Maranatha Christian - Averaged 10.6 points per game for the Eagles.