Charlens named coach of the year for Southern California by STLB

Southern California Coach of the Year

Mitch Charlens (San Diego): Charlens led San Diego City College to an undefeated record in Pacific Coast South Conference play going 10-0 and helped coach the Knights to the state championship with a victory over Fullerton in the title game. San Diego finished the season 31-5 and the Knights also finished with a 17 game winning streak to finish the season. San Diego lost one game in 2017 to Bakersfield and beat 12 opponents in that span by 15 or more points. San Diego went into the Elite Eight knocking off Yuba by 16, beat defending state champion San Francisco 79-77 and won the state championship in heroic fashion as Darien McClain floater in the lane help bring home the state championship over Fullerton 53-51. Mitch Charlens is our Southern California Signal The Light Basketball Coach of the Year.

Southern California Player of the Year

T.J. Shorts “5-10” sophomore Tustin, CA (Saddleback): The UC Davis signee had a standout season for the Gauchos despite an early exit from the post season. Shorts was a big reason why Saddleback was an elite team and had a solid showing this season. Shorts averaged 16.8 points, 5.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the 24-5 Gauchos. Shorts shot 48% from the floor and shot 75% from the line in the 2016-2017 season. The “5-10” point guard scored in double figures 25 out of 29 games and had a season high 33 points against Riverside on December 9th. Shorts scored over 20 points eight other times during the season and had 11 assists against Cypress on January 18th. In his career at Saddleback Shorts scored 895 points, had 278 assists and pulled down 265 rebounds in 62 games.

First Team All Southern California

G: T.J. Shorts (Saddleback): See Above

G: Jayvon Brown “6-0” sophomore Los Angeles, CA (Compton): Brown averaged a team high 17.3 points for the 27-5 Tar Tars this season. The sophomore shot 43% from the floor and had a season high of 33 points against Long Beach on February 1st. Brown scored over 20 points twelve times last season and was one of the main catalyst for the Tar Tars this season providing scoring to one of the highest scoring offenses in the state. Brown also averaged 4.3 assists per game and had a season high of 10 assists against El Camino. Brown has committed to UC Riverside for next season and had a stand out season for Compton last season.

F: Brandon Jolley “6-5” sophomore Pasadena, CA (San Bernardino): Jolley averaged a team high 17.4 points per game and 5.5 rebounds in his sophomore season for the Wolverines. The “6-5” sophomore had another standout season and had a season high of 34 points against East Los Angeles on November 20th. Jolley scored over 20 points eleven times and had over 30 points over three times during the 2016-2017 season. Jolley went to the line this season 243 times during year and made 191. Jolley was a key player for the Wolverines season as San Bernardino went 23-8 and Jolley scored 1018 points and grabbed 359 rebounds in two seasons for the Wolverines.

F: Roderick Williams “6-7” Freshman Los Angeles, CA (East Los Angeles): One of the premier freshman across the state, the athletic forward averaged 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his freshman campaign and helped lead the Huskies to an Elite Eight appearance. Williams scored a season high 32 points against Mt. San Jacinto and went over the 20 point mark 14 times during the 2016-2017 campaign. The freshman also posted a 30 point and 15 rebound game against West Hills at the San Diego Mesa Tournament in the 2016-2017 season. In the post season, Williams posted a 25 point and 8 rebounds against Compton to knock the TarTars out the postseason and the freshman was 10 of 12 from the floor in the game. Williams shot 59% from the floor and posted seven double doubles for the Huskies. Williams will be attending the University of Texas El Paso next season.

C: Jailen Gill “6-7” sophomore Raytown, MO (Antelope Valley): The sophomore forward had a standout season for the Marauders averaging 13.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Gill had a season high of 24 points against Citrus and had four games of over 20 points per game in the 2016-2017 season. Gill had a season high 16 rebounds against Santa Monica and also posted 9 double doubles for the season. Gill has committed to the University of Tennessee Martin next season but the sophomore had a standout season for the 22-11 Marauders who made a trip to the Elite Eight this past season.

Second Team All Southern California

G: Ian Fox “6-0” sophomore Redondo Beach, CA (Fullerton): Fox had a standout season for the Hornets who fell one game short of a state championship. Fox averaged 14.2 points and 3.4 assists for the 26-7 Hornets. Fox scored a season high 35 points in the state quarter final against Canada and scored over 20 points nine times during the 2016-2017 season. Fox shot 45% from the floor and 42% from downtown. Fox finished with 817 points in two seasons for the Hornets and made 125 three pointers in two seasons as well. Fox made six three pointers on two different occasions during the year and was a standout point guard for coach Perry Webster and the Fullerton squad.

G: Brian Beard “5-10” sophomore Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Chaffey): Another standout point guard in southern California that had a standout season. Beard averaged 19.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds this past season for the Panthers. Beard posted over 20 points sixteen times last season and had a season high of 35 points against Los Angeles Trade Tech last season. In February, Beard posted five straight games in which the point guard posted 30 points. Beard scored 33 in back to back games against East Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio, followed that up with a 32 point game against Rio Hondo, followed by a 35 point game against Trade Tech and then 31 against Pasadena. Beard posted 15 assists against for a season high against Los Angeles Trade Tech. Beard had two standout seasons for the Panthers.

G: Tre Nottingham “6-1” sophomore Moreno Valley, CA (Mt. San Jacinto): Nottingham had another stand out season for the Eagles as the sophomore averaged 19.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Nottingham scored over 20 points nineteen times in the 2016-2017 season and had a season high 29 points against Riverside on December 3rd. Nottingham had a standout season despite struggling from downtown as the sophomore shot 26% from downtown in  his sophomore season but still had an elite season for the Eagles who went 22-11. Nottingham had a season high 11 assists against Cuesta and posted a season high 12 rebounds against San Diego Miramar on January 14th. Nottingham will continue his career next season at Texas State.

F: Jordan Rogers Garcia “6-7” sophomore Valencia, Spain (Barstow): Garcia was a key component for the Vikings last season. The “6-7” sophomore averaged 17.9 points and 4.8 rebounds and scored a season high of 30 points against Los Angeles Valley on February 11th. Garcia scored over 20 points with fourteen times last season and posted one double double last season for the Western State East Conference co champions. Garcia shot 45% from downtown and made 83 three pointers in the state which was the 9th best in the state for the Vikings. Garcia was 6th in the state in steals as the sophomore had 71 on the season and averaged 19 points per game in the postseason in two games.

F: Crisitan Perez “6-7” sophomore (Cerritos): Perez had a standout season for the Falcons as the sophomore forward averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest last season. Perez scored a season high 27 points against El Camino on February 17th and the “6-7” sophomore was one of the most fundamentally sound forwards in the state. Perez shot 44% from downtown and also posted a season high of 19 rebounds in the 2016-2017 campaign. In two seasons, Perez scored 480 points and collected 255 rebounds in his career for the Falcons. The sophomore will continue his career at Sacramento State next season after having a solid season for the Falcons.

Honorable Mention

 Marcellus Garrick (Allan Hancock), Cory Dollarhide (Antelope Valley), Antone Warren (Antelope Valley), Shane Christie (Bakersfield), Christian Drayton (Barstow), Brian Nebo (Cerritos), Tyler Payne (Cerritos), Kameron Curl (Chaffey), Dejuan Fulgham (Desert), Kenneth Cyprian (Citrus), Anthony Fitzpatrick (Compton), Zeno Lake (East Los Angeles), Chandler Reddix (East Los Angeles), Kenny Barnes (Fullerton), Dillon Reise (Fullerton), Alex Ouandie (Cuesta), Daijon Henderson (Compton), Kyvonte Davis (Compton), Michael Chavers (Compton), Karem Ozel (Cuesta), Andres Aguado (Cuesta), Christian Pumphrey (Los Angeles Harbor), Sequan Walker (East Los Angeles), QV Johnson (Santa Ana), Robert Hutchins (Santa Barbara), Javan Perry (San Diego Miramar), Marc Williams (San Diego Miramar), Ja Morgan (San Bernardino), Breaon Brady (Saddleback), Andy Cleaves (Riverside), Todd Barnes (Pasadena), Dejon Williams (Pasadena), Kemar Reese (Orange Coast), Jaryn Taylor (Mt. San Jacinto), Carl Brown (Mt. San Jacinto), Ryon O’ Quinn (Mt. San Antonio), Brady Twombly (Mira Costa), Breamon Richard (Long Beach), Antonio Singleton (Los Angeles Trade Tech), Willie Barnes (Los Angeles Trade Tech), Kevin Caberera (Los Angeles Valley), Jordan Young (Los Angeles Southwest), Alonzo Taylor (Compton), Alex Wilbourn (San Diego), Darien McClain (San Diego), Brandon White (Los Angeles Pierce), O’ Shae Williams (Cypress), Isiah Ajiboye (Santa Monica), Cordel Hankerson (Ventura), Vida Faniel (Ventura), Richard Grove (Southwestern), Joe Rushing (Victor Valley), Craig Owens (West Los Angeles), Tawuan Cargill (West Los Angeles), Keywhon Powns (El Camino), McKay Anderson (Pasadena), 

Southern California All Freshman 

Southern California Freshman Player of Year

Roderick Williams “6-7” Los Angeles, CA (East Los Angeles): One of the premiere freshman across the state, the athletic forward averaged 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his freshman campaign and helped lead the Huskies to an Elite Eight appearance. Williams scored a season high 32 points against Mt. San Jacinto and went over the 20 point mark 14 times during the 2016-2017 campaign. The freshman also posted a 30 point and 15 rebound game against West Hills at the San Diego Mesa Tournament in the 2016-2017 season. In the post season, Williams posted a 25 point and 8 rebounds against Compton to knock the TarTars out the postseason and the freshman was 10 of 12 from the floor in the game. Williams shot 59% from the floor and posted seven double doubles for the Huskies. Williams will be attending the University of Texas El Paso next season.

1st Team All Freshman

G: Jeremy Smith “5-11” Temecula, CA (Citrus): The freshman from Temecula emerged as one of the best point guards in Southern California and helped lead Citrus to a 24-7 record this past season. Smith led the Owls in scoring averaging 15.8 points per contest and averaged 4.2 assists as well. Smith shot 40% from behind the arc and made 46 three pointers on the season as a freshman. The freshman shot 84% from the line and had a game high of 28 points against Imperial Valley on December 4th. Smith also posted a season high 8 assists against Barstow on January 28th in a big conference match up between the two teams. Smith went over the 20 point mark 11 times and averaged 21.5 points in his two post season games for the Owls.

G: Donal Hughes “6-8” Warrensville, MO (Los Angeles Harbor): Hughes had a standout season for the Seahawks in his first season. Hughes led the state in scoring by pouring in 23.2 points per game while averaging 6.4 rebounds per contest as well. Hughes shot 47% from the floor and shot 77% from the free throw line. Hughes scored in double figures in all 25 games he played in and had a season high of 48 points against Los Angeles Southwest and two nights later the freshman went off for 43 points against Long Beach. Hughes went for over 20 points 15 of his 25 games and the freshman had a season high of 12 rebounds twice and he had four double doubles over the season.

F: Lance Coleman II “6-6” St. Marys HS (Irvine Valley): Coleman stepped on the scene and had a solid freshman season for the Lasers as the “6-6” forward averaged 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in his first season. Coleman shot 44% from the floor and shot 38% from behind the three point line, and shot 83% from the free throw line. Coleman had a season high of 32 points against Los Angeles Valley on December 30th and posted 20 points or more 12 times during the 2016-2017 season. Coleman had a season high of 13 rebounds twice last season when the freshman posted it in back to back games against Cypress and Orange Coast in Orange Empire Conference play. In the post season Coleman went for 18 points and 11 rebounds and he was an all conference standout this past season.

F: Roderick Williams: SEE ABOVE

C: Armstrong Ojunkwu “6-9” Mission Bay, CA (San Diego Mesa): The freshman from Mission Bay had a standout season for the Olympians. Ojunkwu averaged 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first season for San Diego Mesa. The freshman scored in double figures in 24 of the 26 games he played in and had a season high of 27 points four times last season (Bakersfield, Barstow, Chaffey and San Diego) and posted eleven double doubles last season for San Diego Mesa. Ojunkwu had a season high of 18 rebounds against Victor Valley on December 29th. Ojunkwu led the Olympians in scoring and rebounding in his freshman campaign.

2nd Team All Freshman

G: Joel Anderson “6-4” Whitney HS (Los Angeles Harbor): The “6-4” freshman had a standout season for the Seahawks this past season. Anderson averaged 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and a state leading 9.9 assists per contest. The freshman shot 43% from the floor, 36% from downtown and made 78% from the line while attempting 231 free throws as a freshman. Anderson led the state in assists as the “6-4 guard had 267 assists for the season. Against Los Angeles Southwest, Anderson had a season high of 40 points and the “6-4 guard scored in double figures in 25 of his 27 games and went over the 20 point mark 10 times during the season. Anderson had a season high 17 assists against Long Beach on February 3rd and he posted 10 assists or more in a string of 10 straight games. Anderson posted two triple doubles and had 14 double doubles on the season.

G: Michael Kalu “6-2” Granada Hills, CA (Canyons): Kalu averaged 17.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest for the Cougars in his first season. Kalu shot 47% from the floor and 36% from downtown and had a season high 30 points against El Camino and Kalu had two double doubles on the year which included his season high in rebounds with 10 each time. Kalu scored 494 points in his freshman season and led the Cougars in points, and steals  and was second in rebounding for the Cougars this past season.

G: Jamar Hammonds “6-5” Trotwood, OH (Bakersfield): The freshman helped the Renegades to a 20-10 record as he averaged 16.5 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Western State South Conference champions. Hammonds scored a season high of 32 points twice last season against Santa Monica and went over 20 points nine times last season for the Renegades. Hammonds shot 48% from the floor and had a season high of 13 rebounds against Canyons on January 28th. Hammonds got to the free throw line 182 times last season which was 19th best in the state.  In the post season, the freshman went off for 31 points against Chaffey in a losing effort but Hammonds had a standout season for the Renegades in his first season.

F: Eric Patten “6-7” Crescenta Valley HS (Cuyamaca): Patten had a standout season for the Coyotes as the “6-7” freshman averaged 17.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in his freshman campaign. Patten shot 43% from the floor in his freshman season. Patten had a season high of 33 points in back to back games in February against San Diego Mesa and Grossmont. Patten posted 20 or more points in 10 games last season. Patten posted a season high 14 rebounds against San Diego Mesa and posted 13 rebounds on three other times during the 2016-2017 season. Patten had a solid season as he went to the line 179 times as well in his freshman campaign.

F: Robert McCoy “6-7” Chicago, IL (San Diego): Mccoy had a standout season for the state champion Knights. The “6-7” freshman averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds for the state champions. His numbers do not reflect what he does on the floor this past season but the freshman had a season high of 22 points twice last season (vs San Diego Mesa and Los Angeles Pierce) and also recorded a season high of 12 rebounds in the Elite Eight against Yuba. McCoy scored in double figures 17 times during the 2016-2017 season and shot 51% from the floor last season. McCoy also had 53 steals on the season and recorded 28 blocks for the Knights this past season.

Honorable Mention

Erik Kinnebrew (Allan Hancock), D’Mauria Jones (Antelope Valley), Kendall Lauderdale (Fullerton), Jordan Newt (Los Angeles Pierce), Takoda Browne (San Diego Miramar), Jaylunn English (Bakersfield), Jason Horonsy (Canyons), Dezmon Murphy (Cerritos), Kyle Gray (Citrus), Noah Saunders (Cuesta), Shaquille Russell (Desert), Jamal Heckard (El Camino), Jordan Matthews (Glendale), Serigne Athj (Glendale),Philippe Salawa (Desert), Bryce Parsons (Grossmont), Ronald Blain (Grossmont), Emanule Bradbury (Imperial Valley), D’Lano Beckeles (Los Angeles Southwest), Dejwan Walker (Los Angeles Valley), Brett Hollins (Mira Costa), Charles Smith (Long Beach), Damien Wilson (Moorpark), Jeremy Bonifacio (Mt. San Jacinto), Josh Johnson (Mt. San Antonio), Jakari McClain (Oxnard), Dayshone Henry (Oxnard), Lavale Coleman (Palomar), Jackson Strong (Palomar), Keegan Cummins (Palomar), Deshaun Carr (Rio Hondo), Derek Ohara (Rio Hondo), Trevon Welch (Rio Hondo), Brae Ivey (Riverside), Brandon Thomas (Riverside), Andre Wilson (Riverside), Jake Hawes (Saddleback), Tymorae Glover (San Bernardino), Kevin Mcneal (San Bernardino), Chidi Udendwu (San Bernardino), Ben Clay (Santa Barbara), Joe Robinson (Santa Monica), Wonder Smith (San Diego), Robert Taylor (San Diego), Dwight Murray (Santa Monica), Terrell Walters (Santa Monica), Brandon Russell (Santa Monica), Jhmad Norwood (Santa Monica), Iman Chatman (Southwestern), Emilio Arellano (Southwestern), Isiah Reyes (Ventura), Tristan Angelo (Victor Valley), Prince Obeni-Bottan (West Los Angeles).