Lolo the Leader: Rudolph headlines the FTH All Sophomore Team
On a team as deep as St. Augustine, statistics might not always tell the tale of a player's value.
Lolo Rudolph finished fifth on his team in scoring, averaging just under 10 points per game. He led his team in assists (5.9) and finished fourth in steals (2.4).
But in the Saints playoff run, Rudolph's game management, defense and clutch playmaking were all critical for his team. His final bucket in San Diego, a driving layup with 5 seconds left in the CIF Open Division championship win over San Ysidro, sealed the victory.
Rudolph is the Full-Time Hoops Sophomore of the Year.
This wasn't an easy selection, and his chief competition came from in the same starting lineup, as sophomore guard Ian De La Rosa continued his strong start to his career, earning a second All Western League second team selection while averaging 12.7 points, second to Jurian Dixon on the team.
Santa Fe Christian PG Brycen Mackenzie came into his own in his first season as a varsity contributor, cracking the starting lineup early in the year and then leading the Eagles to a surprise Coastal League title.
And El Camino PG Euan Davis had a very underrated season, earning all Coastal NC first-team honors and getting his squad in the D1 quarterfinals after graduating 70 percent of its offense from a season ago.
Here is the FTH All Sophomore Team:
Lolo Rudolph, 6-1 PG, St. Augustine (Sophomore of the Year)
Euan Davis, 6-1 PG, El Camino
The Wildcats leading scorer, assist man and rebounder on a team that made the D1 quarterfinals.
Ian De La Rosa, 6-3 SG, St. Augustine
Led the Saints in rebounds (7.9 rpg) and steals (4.8 spg) en route to an All Western League second team selection.
Charlie Hutchison, 6-6 PF, Mission Bay
An All Western League honorable mention selection, Hutchison's leap gave Mission Bay a potent duo with Angelo Gil.
Brycen Mackenzie, 6-1 G, Santa Fe Christian
The All Coastal League first team selection led the Eagles to the league title over Francis Parker
Chase Newman, 6-5 W, Ramona
Arguably the region's most improved sophomore, Newman averaged an eye-popping 20.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game en route to an All Valley League first team selection.
Kyelin King, 6-3 G, Lincoln
King exploded onto the scene early in the season scoring 46 points against Madison, and continued to pour it on for the Hornets all year. Was in line for all league honors but missed too many games.
Derrion Manson, 6-2 G, Lincoln
The Hornet's lead guard was named to the All Eastern League first team and led the team in assists.
Derek Edmond, 6-3 G, Granite Hills
Averaged 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, earning All Grossmont Hills second team honors
Jack Jillson, 5-10 G, Mission Hills
The All Palomar League second team selection was the lone sophomore on the All League teams.
Andrei Tovar, 6-8 C, San Ysidro
Didn't have the numbers of his contemporaries (6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds per game), he played a big role for the Open Division runners up as a part-time starter and a solid position defender.
Tony Duckett, 6-2 G, Carlsbad
Came on strong down the stretch for the Lancers to the point where he was arguably their second-best scorer during the playoff run. Averaged 9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
Kai Brown, 5-11 G, St. Augustine
Wasn't in the rotation during the summer, but emerged as a valuable reserve guard for the Saints, averaging 5.3 points per game, including a 15-point effort in the first half of the CIF Open Division championship game.
Zach Jackson, 6-5 W, Torrey Pines
A starter for the Falcons, the Coronado transfer posted modest numbers (4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds per game), but improved steadily as the year went on.
Jaeden Robley, 6-5 W, University City
His averages (15 points per game, 7 rebounds per game) made it a mild shock that he was not selected to the All Eastern League team
Amanuel Tesfahunegn, 6-0 G, Hoover
Injuries and COVID decimated his season, but his regained form helped Hoover make a run to the D2 semis
Jake Bishop, 6-1 G, Mission Hills
Trevor Ladd, 6-2 G, La Costa Canyon
Gavin Girouard, 6-1 G, Mission Bay
Dylan Kail, 6-1 G, Torrey Pines
Aaron Rosillo, 6-1 G, Southwest SD
Percy Whittaker, 6-3 W, Otay Ranch
Gianni Bernabe, 5-10 G, Mt. Carmel
Exavier Williams, 5-10 G, Hoover
Kumari West, 6-1 G, Mira Mesa
Andrew Garcia, 5-7 G, Cathedral Catholic
Jimmy Milder, 6-3 SG, Mt Carmel
Ben Lee, Coronado
Tekur Velasquez, Coronado
Ben Gavani, University City
Ryan Enos, Cathedral Catholic
Joshua Glanz, Eastlake
Santiago Estrada, Mar Vista
Elijah Wells, Mar Vista
Carson Yoder, Valley Center
Kaden Heinricy, Santana
Adam de la Cruz, Otay Ranch
Marquise Washington, Fallbrook
AJ Fournier, San Pasqual
Derek Tuason, San Marcos
Rowen Wimmer, Scripps Ranch
Raymond Hourani, Mt. Carmel