The Saintsman: Jurian Dixon headlines the FTH All-San Diego Team
The Saints were the wire-to-wire No. 1 team in San Diego, but the debate over who was the player of the year wasn't resolved until the season's final game.
For most of the year, the debate centered around the region's two top players, Saint Augustine junior guard Jurian Dixon and San Marcos guard Devon Arlington.
Arlington, the senior standout, set San Marcos' all-time scoring record and crossed the 2,000-point threshold for his career, and had the Knights on the verge of clinching the top seed in the Open Division playoffs after beating San Ysidro at the Battle at the Bay. The Yale commit averaged 20 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Dixon, meanwhile, started the year off with a 30-point performance against his former team, San Ysidro, and averaged 22 points throughout the year, stringing together impressive performances against strong competition at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas and nonleague contests against Sierra Canyon and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
Arlington, however, suffered a season-ending injury on the eve of the CIF playoffs, which changed the trajectory of his team's season and the player of the year race. Meanwhile, Dixon shined bright through the playoffs, including huge games against La Costa Canyon, San Ysidro in the Open Championship, and a 27-point performance in a near comeback against Sierra Canyon in which he was the leading scorer.
It was these performances, and the entire season's body of work, that makes Jurian Dixon the Full-Time Hoops Player of the Year.
Here is the rest of the FTH All-San Diego Team. As in the past, I have the player of the year and a 10-player first team, a 10-player second team, a 10-player third team and will include honorable mentions in a future post.
Jurian Dixon, 6-5 Jr. G, Saint Augustine (POY)
Devon Arlington, 6-3 Sr. G, San Marcos
Finishes career as San Marcos' all-time leading scorer and earned his second straight Palomar League Player of the Year award
Sebastian Medina, 6-3 Sr. G, San Ysidro
Scored 60 points in a game this year, Averaged 20.5 points and 5.7 assists per game, earning Mesa League Player of the Year honors
Otto Landrum, 6-9 Sr. C, Torrey Pines
The Boston University commit averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was the Coastal NC League Player of the Year.
Martin Flores, 6-8 Sr. F, San Ysidro
San Ysidro's leading scorer averaged 21.8 points per game and was named to his second straight All Mesa League first team.
Justin White, 6-5 Sr. F, Mission Hills
The Grizzlies breakout star averaged 18.1 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Palomar League champions.
Christian Brown, 6-4 Jr. W, La Costa Canyon
The Mavericks leading scorer (17 ppg) was named to his first All Coastal NC League first team.
Lolo Rudolph, 6-1 So. PG, Saint Augustine
The FTH Sophomore of the year averaged 10 points and 6 assists per game, and was named to the All Western League First Team.
Jaden Lebel, 6-4 Sr. W, Cathedral Catholic
The All Western League first team selection averaged 18.9 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Jake Hall, 6-2 Fr. G, Carlsbad
The freshman had a record setting season for the Lancers, averaging 21.5 points per game and leading the Lancers to the Division 1 title.
Angelo Gil, 6-2 Jr. G, Mission Bay
Averaged 21 points per game, earning All Western League first-team honors
Camden McCormick, 6-3 Sr. G, Francis Parker
McCormick averaged a team high 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, earning Coastal League Player of the Year honors
Logan Huston, 6-3 Sr. G, Torrey Pines
The All Coastal NC first team selection averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds per game in his first season as a full-time starter.
Jaden Matingou, 6-3 Jr. G, St. Augustine
The All Western League first teamer averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game and was one of the region's best two-way players
Ian De La Rosa, 6-3 So. G, St. Augustine
An two-time All Western League second teamer, de la Rosa was the Saints second leading scorer (12.7 points) and leading rebounder (7.9 per game)
Miguel Figueroa, 6-3 Sr. G, San Ysidro
The senior sharpshooter averaged 13.3 points per game and was named to the All Mesa League first team
Jayden White, 6-6 Sr. G, Mission Hills
The All Palomar League first-team selection averaged 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and arguably one of the region's best defenders.
Cam Marshall, 6-2 Jr. G, Patrick Henry
The City League Player of the Year averaged 20 points per game and led his team to a City League championship and a Division 2 quarterfinals appearance.
Jaden Matusalem, 6-11 Sr. G, Mt. Carmel
The Valley League Player of the Year averaged 19 points, shot 47 percent from 3 on 253 attempts and led Mt Carmel to the school's first title in school history.
Markees Williams, 6-0 Sr. G, Helix
The Grossmont Hills League Player of the Year was one of the region's most underrated talents, and was arguably East County's best talent
KJ Gonzalez, 5-11 Sr. G, Mater Dei Catholic
Averaged 18 points and 8 assists per game, including several 30-point performances
Brycen Mackenzie, 6-1 So. G, Santa Fe Christian
Nicky Clotfelter, 6-6 Sr. F, Bishop's
John Hapgood, 6-2 Sr. G, San Dieguito Academy
Tedrous Teshome, 6-2 Sr. G, Montgomery
Fran Valenzuela, 6-8 Sr. F, San Ysidro
Kristian Gonzalez, 6-3 Jr. G, Mater Dei Catholic
Euan Davis, 6-1 So. G, El Camino
Alexis Marmolejos, 6-2 Sr. G, Army Navy
Noah Marte, 6-1 Jr. G, San Diego
Shea Fitzgerald, 6-2 Jr. G, Cathedral Catholic