P2P Southern California Boys Basketball Honors
Lonzo Ball led Chino Hills to one of the best seasons in California high school boys basketball history.

ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Player of the Year
LONZO BALL, CHINO HILLS


By TYLER DRAGON
Prep2Prep

Point guard Lonzo Ball was the leader of one of the most dominant teams that we’ve seen in high school basketball history. Ball led Chino Hills to an unblemished 35-0 record and capped off his fantastic season with an Open Division state championship. The UCLA-bound point guard averaged 23.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 12.9 assists on the season and was a clear choice as Prep2Prep's first-ever Southern California Player of the Year.

When asked what his favorite moment was during Chino Hills’ magical year, Ball told Prep2Prep winning the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida was his fondest memory.

“That was the hardest (competition),” Ball said.

The 6-foot-6 point guard won Prep2Prep’s top winter sports honor for his superb season. Ball also won the Naismith Player of the Year and several other awards.

Part of his success was the team chemistry that the Huskies played with all season. A key factor in the team’s success was that Ball played with his two younger brothers Li’Angelo and LaMelo Ball.

“It’s pretty easy because we have been playing (together) our whole lives," the point guard said.

Camaraderie is a major reason why some are hailing the Huskies as one of the best teams of all time. Ball has heard such talk and is humbled by the chatter.

“It’s kind of crazy because a lot of people played and a lot of different teams came up," he said. "To be considered one of the best is kind of crazy.”

He did, however, proclaim to Prep2Prep that Chino Hills was the best team in the country this year.

Now that his high school basketball season is over, Ball plans to finish out his high school senior year strong, prepare for UCLA and watch his favorite player LeBron James in the NBA playoffs.

If all goes as planned for Ball, he’ll be playing against or with his favorite player relatively soon.

The point guard, who often gets compared to Jason Kidd, wants to go to the NBA and hopes his play at UCLA is good enough where he can leave Westwood early.

“Yeah I’m trying to,” an optimistic Ball said when asked if he wanted to declare for the NBA Draft early.

Opposing coaches who have game-planned against the all-around point guard see a player who can eventually play in the NBA.

“The guy (Lonzo Ball) is probably a multiyear pro. This is what they look like in high school," Sierra Canyon coach Ty Nichols said after his team lost to Chino Hills.

Professional scouts will definitely have their eyes on the guard while he hopes to lead UCLA to the NCAA tournament after a down year. If Ball does have a good freshman campaign, Bruin fans can expect his time in Westwood to be short-lived.

For now, though, Ball is closing the chapter in what has been an outstanding high school career. A few months from now, the Prep2Prep Player of the Year will be at UCLA trying to build a legacy just like the one he left at Chino Hills.


Coach of the Year
STEVE BAIK, CHINO HILLS

Steve Baik led Chino Hills to an undefeated season and California Open Division championship.

By TYLER DRAGON
Prep2Prep

Steve Baik was blessed this year for having probably five Division I basketball players in his starting lineup. Some will argue that any coach would have been successful with the talent that the Huskies had. But going 35-0 and playing a national schedule is nothing to scoff at.

“I have the best point guard, the best player in the nation with guys that he’s played with his whole life,” Baik said.

Baik did enjoy a talented roster, but somebody had to coach them.

“I feel that he’s a great coach. He doesn’t try to over-coach. He kind of just let’s you do your thing. He’s an easy guy to get along with,” Chino Hills point guard Lonzo Ball told Prep2Prep.



Senior of the Year
T.J. LEAF, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN

The UCLA-bound Leaf led Foothills Christian to a 25-5 mark overall, scoring 28.4 points per game to go along with 12.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Foothills Christian reached the Southern California Open Division semifinals, losing to Chino Hills.


Junior of the Year
BRANDON MCCOY, CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC

McCoy is considered one of the nation's top juniors. An excellent defensive player, the 7-0 center also averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks per game in leading Cathedral Catholic to the second round of the Southern California Open Division playoffs with an upset of nationally ranked Sierra Canyon.


Sophomore of the Year
DAVID SINGLETON, BISHOP MONTGOMERY

Singleton helped Bishop Montgomery reach the Southern California Open Division championship game, where the Knights lost to Chino Hills. Singleton averaged 18.9 points per game, hit 69 3-pointers and shot 92 percent from the free-throw line.

Freshman of the Year
LAMELO BALL, CHINO HILLS

LaMelo Ball certainly did his part for the state champions during his freshman year, averaging 16.4 points per game and dropping in a total of 86 3-pointers.



FIRST TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The Naismith Player of the Year put together a spectacular season with averages of 23.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 12.9 assists per game to lead Chino Hills to an undefeated season and the California Open Division championship.


Brandon McCoy, Cathedral Catholic
Position: Center
Year: Junior

Cathedral Catholic-San Diego center Brandon McCoy is one of the nation’s top juniors. The 7-0 center averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game for Cathedral. Look for McCoy to compete to be California’s top prep basketball talent next season.


T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The UCLA-bound forward averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds for Foothills Christian. Leaf joined Ball in the McDonald’s All-American game.


De'Anthony Melton, Crespi
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The USC-bound guard led Crespi to a state Division I championship. Melton averaged 20 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season. He is also Crespi’s all-time leading scorer.


LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills
Position: Guard
Year: Junior

Forward LiAngelo Ball led the undefeated Huskies in scoring with 27.5 points per game. The junior is verbally committed to UCLA.



SECOND TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Keith Fisher, Westchester
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Fisher led Westchester to the Southern Section Open Division playoffs, where it lost to eventual Southern California runner-up Bishop Montgomery.


David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore

David Singleton stood out amongst a stout Knights team this season. The sophomore averaged 19 points for Bishop Montgomery.


Ike Anigbogu, Centennial
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Ike Anigbogu averaged 19 points and nine rebounds for Centennial. The 6-foot-10 post player is headed to UCLA with Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf.


Bryce Peters, Damien
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Bryce Peters averaged 22 points and five assists over the year. The guard has signed with Colorado.


Jonah Mathews, Santa Monica
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Jonah Mathews averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists this season. The guard will join De'Anthony Melton at USC.



THIRD TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jemarl Baker, Roosevelt
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Jemarl Baker averaged nearly 16 points for Roosevelt. He’s headed to play ball at California.


Devearl Ramsey, Sierra Canyon
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Senior Devearl Ramsey averaged 14 points for Sierra Canyon. The guard committed to Nevada.


Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Eyassu Worku averaged 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his senior season. He will play at UC Irvine next year.


Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Cody Riley averaged 13 points and eight rebounds for Sierra Canyon this season. Riley is one of the top juniors in the nation.


Michael Cage Jr., Mater Dei
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Power forward Michael Cage Jr. was Mater Dei’s best player all year. He signed to play basketball at Oregon.


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