ALL-NORTH COAST SECTION
Player of the Year
DAMARI MILSTEAD, MOREAU CATHOLIC
By NATE SMITH
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
FRANK KNIGHT, MOREAU CATHOLIC
Moreau Catholic's Frank Knight is the choice for Prep2Prep NCS Coach of the Year.
By NATE SMITH
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.
FIRST TEAM ALL-NCS
Jade Smith, St. Joseph Notre Dame
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
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
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.
SECOND TEAM ALL-NCS
Joey Calcaterra, Marin Catholic
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
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
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
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
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.
THIRD TEAM ALL-NCS
Kirmarje Trent, Antioch
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.
Noah Conner, James Logan
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
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.
Scott Tran, Sam Wettergren
Aidan Toner-Rodgers, Dominic Tripodi, Spencer Vogel
Thomas Nelson, Bryce Mateer
Josh Lunsford, Christian Pitcher
BJ Shaw, Naseem Gaskin
Cody Baker, Gavin Dove
CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER:
Garrett Pascoe, Nick Klarman
Raazhel Watkins, Nick Lombardi
DE LA SALLE:
Colby Orr, Connor O’Dea
Jacob Long, Elijah Sturgis
Inua Ramos Andrews, Noah Bice
Tre Gray, Kenneth Tims
Andrew Mork, Trevon O’Neal
Andre Terry, Kile Kleiner
Kyle Brandt, Alex McCombs
Landon Courtman, Juan Aguilar
Ricky Griffin, Anthony Bayonne
Anthony Dennis, Tyriq Mack
Ryan Parilla, Edra Luster, Jordan McGlory
Robert Prince, Tanner Wallace
Tyler Pelascini, Mason Sand
Alex Soria, Riley O’Neil
Decaurey Brown, Caleb Beltz
OAKLAND MILITARY INSTITUTE:
Joey Potts, Brendan O’Neill
JoVon McClanahan, Jamario Bibb
AJ Bramah, Elijah Jones Haley
Patrick Pancho, Justin Baylis
CJ Van Meter
ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME:
Darne Duckett, Cameron Ba, Adam Campos
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT:
BJ Standley, Romeo Mays, Marquel Johnson
Jack Duboff, Jordan Jackson
Spencer Spivy, Julian Manyika
Jaylen Edmonds, Nathan Narciso
Riley Smith, Travis Carlozzi