Duh: Jurian Dixon headlines the Full-Time Hoops All San Diego teams
My belated parade through the post season continues with the most straightforward Player of the Year Award we've had in a while, which is pretty incredible given the competition.
At the beginning of the season, the talk in San Diego was Mikey Williams' return, the addition of JJ Taylor to San Ysidro, and the Cougars being the odds-on favorite to win the CIF Open Division Championship.
Meanwhile, the reigning player of the year wasn't going anywhere. Jurian Dixon, a 6-5 guard who recently committed to UC Irvine to play college hoops, was returning, and so were the majority of his teammates from the 2021-22 Open Division championship team.
The Saints quickly dispelled any thoughts that they would simply quietly cede their perch to the Border Boyz. In fact, they loudly retorted.
How loudly, you might ask? They rattled off 35 straight wins against San Diego competition since December 2021, including an undefeated run through the county this year, including a 32-point drubbing of Montgomery in the Open Division title game, becoming the first team in the Open Division era to win back-to-back titles in the highest division.
At the center of it all was Dixon, who averaged a team-high 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, racked up his second-straight Western League player of the year honor, CIF Player of the Year award and was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All State First Team.
And, of course, I get to honor him as well. Dixon is your Full-Time Hoops Player of the Year.
The Full-Time Hoops All San Diego Team
Player of the Year: Jurian Dixon, St. Augustine
Lolo Rudolph, Jr. PG, St. Augustine
Every bit as impactful as Dixon, Rudolph established him as one of top 2024 players statewide.
Mikey Williams, Sr. G, San Ysidro
Averaged 23.9 points and a region-high 9.2 assists per contest for the Open Division semifinalists.
JJ Taylor, Sr. W, San Ysidro
The gifted Donda Academy transfer swingman led the Cougars with 25.5 points per contest.
Jake Hall, So. G, Carlsbad
The FTH Sophomore of the Year and Palomar League Player of the Year averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game, scoring a career high 50 against San Ysidro.
JJ Sanchez, So. F, Montgomery
The Mesa League Player of the Year led the Aztecs to the Open Division title game averaging 18.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Christian Brown, Sr. F, La Costa Canyon
Brown averaged 25 points per game to lead the Mavs back to the CIF Open Division playoffs.
Brycen Mackenzie, Jr. G, Santa Fe Christian
Mackenzie (pictured) was one of the breakout stars of the section, averaging 23.5 points per game and earning Coastal League Player of the Year honors.
Kristian Gonzalez, Sr. G, Mater Dei Catholic
An All Mesa League 1st team selection, Gonzalez led the Crusaders averaging 20.5 points per game and was one of the region's top defenders. Headed to Idaho.
Jaden Matingou, Sr. G, St. Augustine
The repeat All-Western League 1st team selection averaged 12.3 points and most importantly was the region's top perimeter defender.
Kyelin King, Jr. G, Lincoln - Exploding onto scene for the Hornets after an injury-hampered sophomore year, King (pictured, right) averaged 17.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, was named City Player of the year and led Lincoln to its first CIF title since 2011.
Charlie Hutchison, Jr. F, Mission Bay - The 6-7 swingman averaged 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds and was named to his first All Western League First Team
Ty Hendler, Sr. G, La Costa Canyon - A gifted scoring guard (19 ppg), Hendler, committed to Colorado College, made the All Palomar League First Team.
JJ Bartelloni, Sr. W, Torrey Pines - Continuing the long line of Falcons seniors with breakout final campaigns, Bartelloni averaged 18.6 points, connected on 75 3-pointers and was named to the All Palomar League First Team.
Ian De La Rosa, Jr. W, St. Augustine - De la rosa more so than any Saint sacrificed personal stats (11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists) for a title defense, but still netted All league second team honors.
Tony Duckett Jr., Jr., Carlsbad - Gifted, two-way guard had a breakout season, averaging 18.2 points, 5.2 assists and blocking 43 shots en route to All Palomar League First Team Honors.
Derrius Carter-Hollinger, Sr. F, St. Augustine - The most versatile defender in San Diego, Carter-Hollinger averaged 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Noah Marte, Sr. G, San Diego - The Cavers first All Western League first-team selection since 2021, Marte averaged 20 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Headed to George Fox.
Ben Lee, Sr. G, Del Norte - Lee, the Avocado League Player of the year, became the first All-CIF selection in program history.
Alek Sanchez, So. G, Montgomery - Underrated stat stuffer was named to the All Mesa League first team and averaged a team high 4.9 assists per game.
Anthony Aruffo,Sr. G, La Jolla Country Day
Shea Fitzgerald, Sr. G, Cathedral Catholic
Derek Edmond, Jr G, Victory Christian
Dalton Norvell, Sr. G, Ramona
Cyprian Hyde, Sr. C, Vista
Elijah Stephens, So. F, Sage Creek
Euan Davis,Jr. G, El Camino
Ozzeno Diallo, Sr. G, Hoover
Gavin Girouard, Jr. G, Mission Bay
Chris Carrillo, So. G, La Jolla Country Day
Kai Brown, Jr. G, Scripps Ranch
Jake Jackson, Sr. W, Madison
Jayden Wade, So. F, San Diego
Chase Newman, Jr. F, Ramona
Jayden Gray, Fr, G, Victory Christian
Ty Ingram, Fr. G, San Ysidro
Derrion Manson, Jr. G, Lincoln
Juju Lebel, Fr. W, Foothills Christian
David Scariano, Jr. F, Imperial
Xair Mendez Montgomery
Jack Jillson, Jr. G, Mission Hills
Devin Hamilton, So. W, Montgomery
Tyler Hagan, Sr. G, Bishop’s
Angel Ochoa, So. G, St. Joseph Academy
Drew Bickley, Sr. G, Santa Fe Christian
Zaki Monqad, Sr. G, Valhalla
Isaiah Pomare, Jr. W, El Camino
Jaeden Robley, Jr. W, University City
Bruck Kifleyesus, Sr. G, Helix
Jake Bishop, Jr. G, Mission Hills
Vincent Ricchiuti, St. Augustine
Xavier Ogle, Rancho Bernardo
CJ Aldrich, Fr. G,Rancho Buena Vista
Alex Jenkins, Sr. G, Steele Canyon
Micah O’Dell, Sr. F, El Capitan
Jaden Herrera, Sr. G, Del Norte
Justin Ayubi, Sr. G, Coronado
Nolan Reuter, Sr. G, Coronado
Josiah Jefferson, Jr. F, Mater Dei Catholic