P2P NCS Boys Basketball Honors
Moreau Catholic guard Damari Milstead is the Prep2Prep NCS Player of the Year. (Dylan Kattengell/Prep2Prep)


Player of the Year


Appearances in four North Coast Section title games. Victories in three of those four section title games, three Mission Valley Athletic League titles, two CIF NorCal titles, and two state title game appearances. These simple facts only scratch the surface of one of the greatest high school basketball careers in NCS history, accomplished by Moreau Catholic’s Damari Milstead, who will now head to Grand Canyon University to continue his playing career at the NCAA Division I level.

Milstead, who finished his career as the Mariners’ all-time leading scorer with over 2,300 points scored in his four years of varsity basketball, led Moreau Catholic back from a struggling start this season to capture the MVAL co-title, then go a post-season run which included a NCS Division 2 championship and a CIF NorCal title, with a thrilling overtime win against St. Francis-Mountain View.

Moreau won 21 straight games after playing a nationally elite schedule to start the season. Milstead averaged nearly 26 points this season, including 43 points in the NorCal final victory against St. Francis. That was just one point shy of his season-high 44 points, which came during an overtime loss to eventual CCS Open Division champion Archbishop Mitty. His top performances also included a 32-point, nine-rebound effort against Tamalpais in the NCS Division 2 championship game.

“You won’t be able to find a better resume out there among players who played in this section,” said Moreau Catholic coach Frank Knight. “He has done everything he can do here. Now it’s time to take it to the next level.”

One of the final challenges remaining this year for Milstead was to take a team that had graduated all the previous star power which had surrounded him, players such as current Grand Canyon standout Oscar Frayer and San Jose State’s Terrell Brown. While he did gain the ability to play alongside freshman phenom Kyree Walker, even that brought new challenges, as did the influx of 11 other new varsity players.

“Looking back, one of the last things Damari needed to do was learn how to lead a young team,” Knight said. “He developed that this season, and completed what we set out for him to do. He took this team under his wing, and we are happy to see him move on.”

Now, the 2017 NCS Prep2Prep Player of the Year will move on to the Division I level, where he will be back alongside Frayer, looking to lead the Lopes to a WAC title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Grand Canyon was not able to play in this year’s conference tournament or NCAA tournament during its transition period from Division II.

Coach of the Year

Moreau Catholic's Frank Knight is the choice for Prep2Prep NCS Coach of the Year.


Records can be misleading, especially early in the season. That was certainly the case at Moreau Catholic, where the Mariners opened the season 2-6 and 4-9, but did so after taking on top-10 nationally-ranked programs such as Basha-Chandler (AZ) and Morgan Park-Chicago. The tough schedule to open the season was a testament to the approach of coach Frank Knight, who guided a young but talented team back from that start to win 21 games, claim a share of the Mission Valley title, and continue its run deep into the post-season.

“We constantly referred to those early games,” Knight said. “Nobody was as good as those early teams we played. They were good, but we had seen better. That was the best part of our early schedule.”

Still, the Mariners reached a point in the season where Knight had to step in, and make a push to get better leadership, and to bring along the 12 new players to the varsity level, which included 11 players from last year’s junior varsity team along with freshman Kyree Walker.

“The Freedom game was a low point for us,” said senior point guard Damari Milstead. “We had a team meeting right after that, and Coach (Knight) laid down a personal challenge to me, along with the whole team. We just got focused on how we could make this team the best in the North Coast Section and in the state.”

The game Milstead referred to was the final loss before the winning streak, a streak which included a win over CIF Division 1 NorCal champion James Logan to share the league title, and runs to both the NCS Division 2 crown and the CIF Division 2 NorCal title, before falling to Esperanza in the CIF championship game.

The scary part for the rest of the section and the state is that this was a young team, one which graduates only two key pieces from this year’s roster.

“We return almost everyone next season, other than Damari Milstead and Booda (Ison),” Knight said. “The bar has already been set high for next year’s returners.”

For his ability to challenge his team, guide them through rough patches, and oversee a maturing group both league, section, and regional titles, Frank Knight is the 2017 Prep2Prep NCS Coach of the Year.

Other coaches considered for this award include: St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s Derek Walker, De La Salle’s Justin Argenal, Dublin’s Tom Costello, and James Logan’s Melvin Easley.


Damari Milstead, Moreau Catholic
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The four-year starter went to four North Coast Section championships during his high school career, and averaged in double digits for scoring during every season.

Jade Smith, St. Joseph Notre Dame
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The Pepperdine-bound Smith led the way for a Pilots team which won 30 games, captured the NCS Division 4 title, and finished the year as the top-ranked team in the section. He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals per game.

James Akinjo, Salesian
Position: Guard
Year: Junior

The three-year starter for the Pride averaged over 13 points per game for a team which had multiple scoring options, along with over four assists per game. Akinjo led Salesian to the NCS Division 3 title and a berth in the NorCal Open Division.

Tavian Henderson, St. Patrick-St. Vincent
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Only one of two Bruins’ starters standing 6-foot-4 or taller, Henderson led the CIF Division 4 champions in scoring with 16 points per game, while also averaging nearly nine rebounds and three assists per game. He had a season-high 30 points in a TCAL win over Saint Mary’s, and had double-doubles in NorCal victories over Ripon and Lick-Wilmerding.

Kyree Walker, Moreau Catholic
Position: Forward
Year: Freshman

Walker burst on the scene in the North Coast Section, and established himself as one of the top freshmen in the country, especially with a 28-point, 10-rebound performance in the CIF title game against Esperanza.


Joey Calcaterra, Marin Catholic
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The MVP of the Marin County Athletic League, Calcaterra torched opposing defenses to the tune of 29.5 points per game, carrying the Wildcats to the MCAL title. He topped the 40-point mark on three occasions, including a season-high 48 points in a win over Burlingame. The University of San Diego commit scored over 2,500 points in his four-year varsity career.

Timmy Falls, Dublin
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The Player of the Year in the EBAL led the Gaels to a league tournament title and a berth in the NCS Division 1 title game, averaging over 15 points per game. Falls is headed to the University of Montana.

Damian Wallace, Cardinal Newman
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The multi-sport standout for the Cardinals was named MVP of the North Bay League after leading Newman to the league title. He also spurred a run to CIF NorCal semifinals, dropping a career-high 29 points in a CIF quarterfinal win over Serra-San Mateo.

Emeka Udenyi, De La Salle
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL selection was the Spartans’ force in the paint, averaging a near double-double for the season, with over nine points and nine rebounds per game. His presence led DLS to the NCS Division 1 title and nearly knocked off Woodcreek in the NorCal Open Division semifinals.

Jonathan Ned, Heritage
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Ned was named MVP of the Bay Valley Athletic League after leading the Patriots to their first league title in seven years. He averaged nearly 18 points and five rebounds per game, including 29 points in a big win over cross-town rival Liberty and 26 points in a playoff win over El Cerrito.


Kirmarje Trent, Antioch
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

The senior transfer from Portland was a revelation for the Panthers’ backcourt, leading the team in scoring and earning first-team All-BVAL honors. He also hit the buzzer-beating game-winning three which handed Heritage its only loss of the league season, and scored 28 points in a playoff win over rival Deer Valley.

Elijah Hardy, Bishop O’Dowd
Position: Guard
Year: Junior

One of the top returning players next season, Hardy was named MVP of the WACC-Foothill Division this season after averaging over 11 points and seven assists per game for the league champion Dragons.

Noah Conner, James Logan
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Conner was a first-team All-MVAL selection and half of the Colts’ dynamic backcourt. The sharp-shooter averaged 13.5 points per game while also serving as the team’s primary floor general and distributor, with four assists per game.

Isaih Hood, Bentley
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Hood was named Co-MVP in the BCL-East, along with Smith from St. Joe’s, showing the respect that the 6-foot-5 post for the Phoenix had earned during the year. He led Bentley to the NCS Division 5 title game and the CIF NorCal semifinals.

Devin Payne, Las Lomas
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

The MVP in the DAL-Foothill led the Knights to a league title and a berth in the CIF NorCal playoffs, as a combo guard/forward. He had 24 points in a win over Campolindo that clinched the league title.


ACALANES: Jesse Marlow
ALAMEDA: Scott Tran, Sam Wettergren
ALBANY: Eric Mireri
ALHAMBRA: Thomas McDonald
AMERICAN: Kyle Vickery
ANALY: Aidan Toner-Rodgers, Dominic Tripodi, Spencer Vogel
ANTIOCH: Kaleb Smith
ARCATA: Thomas Nelson, Bryce Mateer
ARROYO: Nikko Echalas
BENTLEY: Mobeen Hirbod
BEREAN CHRISTIAN: Josh Lunsford, Christian Pitcher
BERKELEY: Kyree Brown
BISHOP O'DOWD: BJ Shaw, Naseem Gaskin
BRANSON: Will Jacobsen
CAMPOLINDO: Hunter Clarke
CARDINAL NEWMAN: Cody Baker, Gavin Dove
CASTRO VALLEY: Thomas Faustka
CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER: Garrett Pascoe, Nick Klarman
COLLEGE PARK: Raazhel Watkins, Nick Lombardi
COLLEGE PREP: Sasha Milton
DE ANZA: Devon King
DE LA SALLE: Colby Orr, Connor O’Dea
DEER VALLEY: Jacob Long, Elijah Sturgis
DEL NORTE: Dayton Skeen
DRAKE: Inua Ramos Andrews, Noah Bice
DUBLIN: Conner Jackson
EL CERRITO: Tre Gray, Kenneth Tims
ENCINAL: Angelo Gregory
EUREKA: Malachi Pratton
FERNDALE: Nathan Hansen
FORT BRAGG: Lucas Triplett
FORTUNA: Sam Betts
FREEDOM: Andrew Mork, Trevon O’Neal
HAYWARD: Andre Terry, Kile Kleiner
HEAD-ROYCE: Kyle Brandt, Alex McCombs
HEALDSBURG: Landon Courtman, Juan Aguilar
HERCULES: Ricky Griffin, Anthony Bayonne
HERITAGE: Anthony Dennis, Tyriq Mack
INTERNATIONAL: Emmanuel Nwabueze
IRVINGTON: Sahil Bobba
JAMES LOGAN: Ryan Parilla, Edra Luster, Jordan McGlory
JUSTIN-SIENA: Addison Holzkamp-Hadsell
KENNEDY-RICHMOND: Trevante Daniels
LAS LOMAS: Robert Prince, Tanner Wallace
LIBERTY: Ben Smith
LOWER LAKE: Hokulani Wickard
MCKINLEYVILLE: Tyler Pelascini, Mason Sand
MIRAMONTE: Charlie Hocking
MONTGOMERY: Alex Soria, Riley O’Neil
MT. DIABLO: Jason Glenn
MT. EDEN: Tony Covington
NEWARK MEMORIAL: Decaurey Brown, Caleb Beltz
NOVATO: Colin Farrell
PETALUMA: Joey Potts, Brendan O’Neill
PIEDMONT: Ben Barrett
PINER: Jace Foster
PITTSBURG: Tejon Sawyer
REDWOOD: Charlie Reis
RICHMOND: Khaleel Spain
SAINT MARY'S: Jason Roche
SALESIAN: JoVon McClanahan, Jamario Bibb
SAN LEANDRO: AJ Bramah, Elijah Jones Haley
SAN LORENZO: Patrick Pancho, Justin Baylis
SAN MARIN: Joe Malliaras
SAN RAFAEL: Jonathan Silva
SANTA ROSA: Kalei Aukai
SONOMA VALLEY: Luke Severson
ST. BERNARD'S: Isaac Drake
ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME: Darne Duckett, Cameron Ba, Adam Campos
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT: BJ Standley, Romeo Mays, Marquel Johnson
STUART HALL: Darna Stewart
SWETT: Jaquan Davis
TAMALPAIS: Jack Duboff, Jordan Jackson
TERRA LINDA: Roddy Marshall
UNIVERSITY: Spencer Spivy, Julian Manyika
URBAN: Leo Krinsky
WASHINGTON: Jaylen Edmonds, Nathan Narciso
WINDSOR: Riley Smith, Travis Carlozzi