Copeland named Signal The Light Northern California Player of the Year

Northern California Coach of the Year

Andrew Jones (Sacramento): Jones led Sacramento City College to an 18-11 record and a second place finish in the Big 8 Conference. The Panthers picked up an eight seed in the post season but lost in the second round to a solid Butte team at home. In their last 14 games of the season, Sacramento went 10-4 and the Panthers were one of the most consistent teams in the second half of the season. Sacramento finished the season winning their last six games of the regular season. The Panthers had a solid season and had a standout season after Signal The Light Basketball picked them finishing sixth in the Big 8 Conference preseason rankings.

Northern California Player of the Year

Zach Copeland “6-4” Oakland, CA sophomore (San Francisco): One of the most explosive scorers in the state. The Illinois State signee averaged 18.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest in his sophomore season for the 29-3 Rams. Copeland shot 49% from the field and made 47% of his threes while making 103 on the season. The sophomore was 2nd in the state in three pointers made and 4th in the state in percentage and also went 156-181 from the free throw line for 86% on the year. Copeland also recorded 57 steals on the year and scored 970 points in his two year career for San Francisco. Copeland scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games last season and had a season high of 36 points against Las Positas on January 18th. Copeland scored over 20 points 12 times last season and in his last game of his career, the “6-4” guard made 6 of 11 from downtown and had 28 points in a losing effort in the Final Four against San Diego.

1st Team All Northern California

G: Zach Copeland: SEE ABOVE

G: Mike Pickney “6-0” San Mateo, CA sophomore (Canada): Pickney helped lead Canada to a 23-8 record and an elite eight appearance this past season. The “6-0” guard averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 assists this past season for the Colts. The sophomore guard shot 42% from the floor and made 71 three pointers on the season. Pickney had a season high of 37 points against Las Positas on February 3rd, and scored over 20 points last season seven times. Pickney had a season high of 7 assists and had 18 points at the Elite Eight in a loss against Fullerton. Pickney was second on the Colts in scoring and led the team in assists.

F: Jihad Woods “6-8” Fairfield, CA sophomore (Yuba): Woods had a standout season for the 49ers as the “6-8” sophomore led Yuba in scoring averaging 15.4 points per contest this past season. Woods had a standout season as he had a season high 27 points against San Diego on November 19th and scored over 20 points seven times last season. Woods scored in double figures in 28 out of 31 games and also averaged 8.3 rebounds for the Bay Valley Conference champions. Woods posted 11 double doubles and had a season high of 14 rebounds against San Francisco in his sophomore season. Woods shot 59% from the floor (17th best in the state), and had 92 offensive rebounds (13th in the state), and also had 39 blocked shots in the 2016-2017 season.

F: Anthony Smith “6-6” Sacramento, CA sophomore (Feather River): The “6-6” athletic sophomore had a standout season for the Golden Eagles as Smith averaged 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in his sophomore campaign. The UNLV signee led Feather River to a Final Four appearance as the sophomore had a season high of 31 points twice last season (Marin and against Citrus) and the forward scored over 20 points 15 times last season and recorded a season high of 15 rebounds against Butte last season. Smith recorded 11 double doubles last season and scored in double figures in 28 games last season. The sophomore finished his career at Feather River with 1094 points, 480 rebounds and 120 steals in two solid seasons for the Golden Eagles.

C: Stokley Chaffee “6-8” Oakland, CA sophomore (Las Positas): The sophomore forward helped lead Las Positas to a standout season as the Hawks posted a 22-8 as the standout sophomore averaged 13.0 points and 10.4 rebounds last season for Las Positas. Chaffee scored a season high of 23 points in the post season against Feather River and posted double figures 24 times last season for Las Positas. The “6-8” sophomore averaged a double double had a season high 19 rebounds twice last season including 19 against Feather River in which 10 of them came on the offensive end. Chaffee posted 14 double doubles and will continue his career next season at Tennessee State University after a standout season with the Hawks.

2nd Team All Northern California

G: Richard Reed (American River) “5-10” Elk Grove, CA sophomore (American River): The sophomore guard had a standout season for the Beavers last season as Reed averaged 20.6 points and 4.6 rebounds last season. Reed was an elite scorer as the 5-10 guard posted a season high of 35 points against Santa Rosa on January 27th. Reed scored over 20 points 15 times last season and had back to back 30 point games against Diablo Valley and San Joaquin Delta in the beginning of January. Reed shot 38% from downtown and he also posted a season high of 12 rebounds against Santa Rosa.

G: Jabriel Allen “6-4” Muncie, IN sophomore (Napa Valley): The sophomore had a standout season for the Storm as Allen averaged 20.0 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. Allen shot 48% from the floor and Allen shot 45% from the three point line as the “6-4” sophomore made 93 of 208 from downtown and he also shot 77% from the free throw line. Allen scored a season high of 43 points against Merritt on January 25th. Allen posted 12 games where he had 20 or more points last season. Allen scored over 30 points five times last season and made five or more three pointers in eight games last season including seven of them twice last season for the Storm.

F: Deonta Woodard “6-6” Wilson, NC sophomore (Merced): The sophomore had a standout season and helped lead the Blue Devils to a playoff appearance. Woodard averaged 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds and shot 56% from the floor and 82% from the free throw line last season for the Blue Devils and helped lead Merced to a playoff appearance. Woodard scored a season high of 30 points against Porterville on January 25th and the “6-6” sophomore scored over 20 points last season eleven times and had a very solid season for the Blue Devils. Woodard had a season high of 14 rebounds against West Hills last season and the sophomore posted 9 double doubles last season for Merced. In two seasons Woodard scored 875 points and had 378 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

F: DeAndre Stallings “6-8” Galt, CA sophomore (Columbia): The “6-8” sophomore had a standout season for the ClaimJumpers as Stallings averaged 18.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. Stallings made 72 three pointers and shot 82% from the line last season as a sophomore. Stallings scored over 20 points eleven times and had a season high of 31 points against Diablo Valley on November 3rd and also scored 31 against Merced on February 15th. Stallings scored in double figures in 21 games last season and the “6-8” sophomore collected a season high of 19 rebounds on February 8th against Cerro Coso. Stallings had nine double doubles last season for the Sonora based school.

C: Jonah Underwood “6-9” San Jose, CA sophomore (San Jose): The “6-9” sophomore had a standout season for the Jaguars averaging 20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds last season. Underwood had a season high of 37 points against Monterey on January 6th, the “6-9” sophomore scored in double figures in 23 games and he scored over 20 points thirteen times last season for the Jaguars. Underwood had 13 double doubles and the sophomore posted a season high 18 rebounds against Los Angeles Pierce on December 28th. Underwood averaged a double double on the season and was one of the elite big men in the state as Underwood was second in the state in blocks as the big man recorded 68 on the season.

Honorable Mention

Jericho Avery (American River), Josiah Wood (Butte), Brett Reed (Cabrillo), William Green (Canada), Lewayne Grant (Columbia), Leondre Lintz (Cosumnes River), Chris Turner (De Anza), Jovontae Carlton (Diablo Valley), Rodney Pope (Diablo Valley), Derrick Randolph (Feather River), Chris McDonald (Feather River), Christian Carroll (Fresno), Cole Morgan (Fresno), Shane Shuttles (Gavilan), Riley Knowles (Hartnell), Keith Hunter (Las Positas), Kameron Johnson (Las Positas), Caleb Baskett (Las Positas), Albert Waiters (Los Medanos), Royce Henry (Los Medanos), Mark Thomas (Los Medanos), J.T Thomas (Marin), Ronald Turkvan (Mendocino), Joe Barnes (Mendocino), Anthony Nolen (Merced), Jose Gonzalez (Merced), Ty Alcorn (Merritt), Trent Rojas (Napa), Tule O’ Rourke (Redwoods), Will Ingersoll (Redwoods), Vari Bonney (Redwoods), Marquis Macumba (Reedley), Rakim Murphy (Reedley), K.J. Duronslet (Sacramento), Armani Collins (San Francisco), Jovian Cormier (San Joaquin Delta), Devan Howe (Shasta), Bret Lynch (Sacramento), Eric Toles (Sierra), Justin Gutang (Skyline), R.J. Louis (Solano), Romario Saunders (West Hills), Steve Coulanges (West Hills), Eric Schieve (Yuba), Jourdan Johnson (Yuba), Xaiver Francois (Yuba), Mohammed AbdulRasul (West Valley)

Northern California Freshman of the Year

Erik Poulsen “6-11” Santa Rosa, CA (Santa Rosa): Poulsen averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds for the BearCubs last season. Poulsen shot 54% from the floor and shot 41% from the three point line (39-96) and the “6-11” freshman will be attending the University of San Francisco next season after having a big year for Santa Rosa. Poulsen was first in the state in defensive rebounds as the big man pulled down 239 last season and also posted 43 blocks last season for the BearCubs. Poulsen scored a season high of 26 points twice last season against Citrus and against Diablo Valley in conference action. Poulsen had a season high of 22 rebounds against Sierra on February 16th and he posted double digits in rebounding in his final eight games and posted double figures in rebounds 19 times last season and had 17 double doubles on the season. Poulsen had a standout season for the BearCubs and is our Signal The Light Basketball Norcal Freshman of the Year.

Northern California All Freshman 1st Team

G: Malik McCowan “6-3” Valencia, CA (Porterville)McCowan had a standout season for the Pirates after averaging 17.5 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.3 rebounds last season. McCowan shot 47% from the floor and 75% from the free throw line as a freshman. McCowan scored in double figures 24 out of 27 games and had a season high of 34 points twice last season (Sequoias and Merced in conference action). McCowan scored over 20 points ten times last season and the “6-3” freshman had a season high of 10 assists against Cerro Coso on February 4th in Central Valley Conference action. McCowan led the state in steals as a freshman as the “6-3” guard had 76 on the season.

G: Jamel White “6-0” New Iberia, LA (Feather River): White had a standout season for the Golden Eagles after averaging 14.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds in his freshman season. White scored in double figures 24 out of 29 games and had a season high of 31 points against American River on December 20th. White shot 44% from the floor and had a season high of 15 assists on the season against Butte on January 25th. White helped lead Feather River to a 26-4 record and had a standout first season for the Golden Eagles.

F: Antony Navarrete “6-5” San Lorenzo, CA (Canada): Navarrete led the Colts in scoring and rebounding and had a standout season for Canada. The freshman from San Lorenzo averaged 15.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest and helped lead the Colts to an elite appearance and a 23-8 record. Navarrete scored in double figures in 27 out of 30 games and had a season high of 28 points against Ventura on November 12th, Navarrete scored over 20 points seven times and had a season high of 17 rebounds against Skyline on February 15th in Coast North Conference action. The “6-5” posted 18 double doubles on the season and had 9 in his last 11 games of the season. Navarrete was third in the state in defensive rebounding, and 8th in total overall rebounds last season. He also posted 48 steals in his first season for the Colts.

F: Darae Elliott “6-4” Inglewood, CA (Butte): Elliott had a standout season for the Roadrunners as the “6-5” freshman averaged 14.4 points and 11.0 rebounds. Elliott was a force on the offensive glass as he pulled down 122 rebounds (4th in the state), and 319 overall rebounds last season (3rd in the state). Elliott posted a season high of 27 points against Merced on December 18th and had 20 points or more four times last season. Elliott shot 48% from the floor and had a solid season for the Roadrunners. Elliott had 20 rebounds twice last season and had double figures in rebounding 17 times and had 15 double doubles in his freshman campaign.

C: Erik Poulsen: SEE ABOVE

Northern California All Freshman 2nd Team

G: Eddie Stansberry “6-3” San Bruno, CA (San Francisco): The standout had a solid first season for the Rams averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his first season. Stansberry scored a season high of 18 points on the road against Gavilan on December 28th and scored in double figures in 18 games for the Rams. Stansberry turned it on in the second half of Coast North Conference play as the freshman scored in double figures in the final six games of conference. Stansberry also recorded two double figure games in scoring in the postseason including a post season high of 14 points against Antelope Valley.

G: Tyus Millhollin “6-1” Rescue, CA (Fresno): The freshman sharp shooter had a standout season as he averaged 15.7 points for the Rams. Millhollin scored a season high 34 points against West Hills and the freshman posted 20 or more points 9 times last season and made 72 three pointers for the Rams. Millhollin shot 41% from downtown and shot 84% from the free throw line. Millhollin made a season high 8 three pointers against West Hills and made seven three pointers against Porterville in Central Valley Conference action.

F: Linton Acliese “6-7” Manvel, TX (Cabrillo): Acliese had a standout season for the Seahawks as the big man averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in his freshman campaign. Acliese shot 58% from the floor and made 204 field goals (3rd in the state) in his first season. Acliese scored over 20 points nine times and scored a season high of 37 points against Shasta on November 20th. Acliese scored in double figures 26 out of 28 games and posted seven double doubles in his freshman season for the Seahawks. In a three game span in November, Acliese went 22 of 24 from the field and played solid basketball throughout the season.

F: Darius Scott “6-4” Pasadena, CA (West Hills): Scott had a standout season for the Falcons as he was the teams third leading scorer. Scott averaged 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in his first season in Coalinga. The “6-4” freshman shot 42% from downtown and 84% from the line and had a season high of 28 points against Porterville on January 4th. Scott posted 20 or more points nine times last season and Scott made 85 three pointers (7th in the state). Scott had a season high of 17 rebounds against Santa Ana and had three double doubles on the season.

C: Lamous Brown “7-0” Chicago, IL (Feather River): Brown had a standout season for the Golden Eagles this past season averaging 10.4 points and 4.0 rebounds for Feather River this past season. Brown scored a season high of 23 points against Marin on December 23rd and posted double figures in 15 of 25 games that he played in last season. Brown had a season high of 9 rebounds against Shasta and was 8th in the state in block shots as he had 50 on the season. Brown shot 54% from the floor and had a standout season for the Golden Eagles.

Honorable mention

Armoni Rivers (American River), John Moscoso (Butte), Keith Dickerson (Canada), Tynan Valesquez (Cabrillo), Sidney Lloyd (Cerro Coso), Michael Polman (Cerro Coso), Jordan Windley (Columbia), Jabarri Harris (Chabot), Curtis Harris (Contra Costa), Jordan Roberson (Cosumnes River), Khari Hutt (Cosumnes River), Marquel Hodge (De Anza), Victor Mijas (Diablo Valley), Erik Nielsen (Diablo Valley), Alex Gil Fernandez (Foothill), Fred Lavender (Fresno), Jess Spivey (Fresno), Jesus Salinas (Hartnell), Nick Evans (Las Positas), Kenny Macklin (Lassen), Derek Morgan (Marin), Joshua Willingham (Merced), Thomas Avent (Merritt), Jaron Dickson (Modesto), Jameil King (Modesto), Deshawnte Collins (Monterey), Marcus Wallace (Monterey), Elijah Nesbit (Monterey), Isaiah King-Halsey (Monterey), James Ned (Napa), Jack Macdonald (Ohlone), Carlos Angel (Porterville), Jeron Bowers (Reedley), Gabe Serna (Sacramento), Adrian Rico (San Francisco), Michael Wright (San Francisco), Justin Frazier (Santa Rosa), Jonell Burton (San Jose), Isaiah Johnson (Sequoias), Kentrey Bynum (Sequoias), Austin Armstead (Sequoias), Jordan Spaschak (Shasta), Deontrey Fuller (Siskiyous), KeDraun Buckner (Skyline), Sean Gray (Solano), Darius Scott (West Hills), Clayton Ladine (Skyline), Jaaron Stallworth (Yuba).