P2P NCS Girls Basketball Honors
Campolindo's Haley Van Dyke is the NCS Junior of the Year. Courtesy of Cal-Hi Sports

NCS Junior of the Year

While there it could a little bit of arguing about some of the selections for players of the year there is no argument about the top junior in the North Coast Section.

In fact, because of her voracious numbers she could be the overall NCS Player of the Year, however for now she is at the top of the pecking order for juniors.

Because of her prowess schools like Oregon, Washington and Princeton, plus others have shown a lot of interest in the 6-footer than can play pretty much any position on the court and play it well.

“You have some players that do a couple of things really well but Haley does everything well,” Campolindo Coach Art Thoms told Prep2Prep. “We can use her inside or on the perimeter, and she can dribble and bring the ball up and has pretty good range as a shooter.”

Van Dyke is not a rah-rah type girl but on a young team that returns everyone next season she became a leader by example.

“She’s an easy going kid that has a lot of fun,” continued Thoms. “But she works hard at practice and on the court she’s all business. “She wants to get every rebound, block every shot, and steal every ball.”

That type of tenacity led to per game averages of 23.1 points, 15.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 3.8 assists and 3.5 blocks. Those types of numbers can fill a stat sheet real fast.

The 46 points Van Dyke had in the Northern Regional Division III title game 78-56 victory over St. Mary’s-Berkeley was a NorCal record for all divisions, and her 20 rebounds was a record for a Division III NorCal title game.

Van Dyke struggled offensively but had 25 rebounds in the Cougars’ CIF Division III state title game 62-45 loss to Rosary-Fullerton, and that tied a record for rebounds in any CIF state championship title game. She had 29 points in a win and 21 points in a loss to Salesian, 28 points and 19 rebounds in a loss to CIF Division II state champion Vanden, and 31 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to NCS D1 power Heritage.

Like other top players in blowout games Van Dyke was subbed out by Thoms in several games or her numbers could have been higher. As it was she scored 30 points or more five times and had 20 rebounds or more eight times.

The good news for Cougars fans is the 2017 CIF North Coast Section Junior of the Year is back for another run next season.

NOTE: We would like to thank our media partners, coaches, parents, players and fans for contributing photos for our all-section features. We salute all of the players that have made this a wonderful season of NCS basketball.