All-State Boys BB: Underclass

Two of the state's top juniors, Solomon Young (left) of Sacramento and Ben Kone of San Jose Archbishop Mitty, battle for position in CIF NorCal D2 final. Photo: Willie Eashman.

Two of the state’s top juniors, Solomon Young (left) of Sacramento and Ben Kone of San Jose Archbishop Mitty, battle for position in CIF NorCal D2 final. Photo: Willie Eashman.


The day has arrived when honors begin to be announced for the 37th annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state boys basketball teams. We begin with the best of among juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth leads the way with three honorees.

Note: We’ll have an inside look at this year’s boys basketball all-state teams after all of the teams are chosen, including names of players we really wanted to pick but couldn’t. That post plus all of our player rankings and our all-time archive of all-state underclass boys basketball teams (which also has been added to the site today) are for Gold Club members only. To join our team today, CLICK HERE.

For the All-Time All-State Underclass Teams (1982-2014), CLICK HERE.
For more on this year’s Mr. Basketball honoree, CLICK HERE.
For more on this year’s Junior, Sophomore & Freshman of Year, CLICK HERE.

Physical guard Carlos Johnson of El Cerrito (left) makes move vs. Campolindo while De'Anthony Melton of Encino Crespi makes presence known in CIF D4 state final. Johnson played last year in Arizona. Photos: Everett Bass Photography & Willie Eashman.

Physical guard Carlos Johnson of El Cerrito (left) makes move vs. Campolindo while De’Anthony Melton of Encino Crespi makes presence known in CIF D4 state final. Johnson played last year in Arizona. Photos: Everett Bass Photography & Willie Eashman.

ALL-STATE UNDERCLASS
BOYS BASKETBALL

First Team Juniors (15)

G – Milan Acquaah (Cathedral, Los Angeles) 6-1
G – Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills) 6-5
C – Michael Cage Jr. (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-10
G – Jordan Ford (Folsom) 6-1
F – Oscar Frayer (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) 6-6
G – Leland Green (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach) 6-2
F – Vance Jackson (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-8
F – Carlos Johnson (El Cerrito) 6-4
F – Ben Kone (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-8
F – T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian, El Cajon) 6-8
G – De’Anthony Melton (Crespi, Encino) 6-5
G – Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 5-11
F – Lucas Siewart (Cathedral, Los Angeles) 6-9
G – Colin Slater Jr. (Immanuel, Reedley) 6-1
F – Solomon Young (Sacramento) 6-6

Second Team Juniors (15)

G – Shacquille Dawkins (Alemany, Mission Hills) 5-8
G – Christian Ellis (Modesto Christian) 6-2
F – Keith Fisher (Westchester, Los Angeles) 6-7
G – Donald Gipson (Fairfax, Los Angeles) 6-4
F – Javontie Jackson (Compton) 6-6
G – Evan Leonard (Cerritos) 6-0
G – Dikymbe Martin (J.W. North, Riverside) 6-2
F – Johnny McWilliams (San Marcos) 6-4
G – Eric Monroe (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-2
G – Justin Moore (Mission Bay, San Diego) 6-4
F – Jordan Ratinho (De La Salle, Concord) 6-4
C – Tommy Rutherford (Grossmont, La Mesa) 6-8
G – Bryce Peters (Damien, La Verne) 6-4
G – Christian Terrell (Sacramento) 6-3
F – Bryson Williams (Roosevelt, Fresno) 6-8

STATE JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills)

Sophomore Adrease Jackson (left) had big game when Tesoro upset Thousand Oaks in CIFSS playoffs. Remy Martin of Sierra Canyon had big games in the playoffs for his team, which was loaded with top young players. Photos: Mark Bausman/OCSidelines & Willie Eashman.

Sophomore Adrease Jackson (left) had big game when Tesoro upset Thousand Oaks in CIFSS playoffs. Remy Martin of Sierra Canyon had big games in the playoffs for his team, which was loaded with top young players. Photos: Mark Bausman/OCSidelines & Willie Eashman.

First Team Sophomores (20)

G – Jemearl Baker (Roosevelt, Eastvale) 6-1
F – LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills) 6-4
G – Joey Calcaterra (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-2
G – Jaylen Hands (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-1
G – Jalen Harris (Windward, Los Angeles) 5-11
G – Tavion Henderson (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo) 6-3
F – Adrease Jackson (Tesoro, Las Flores) 6-6
G – Remy Martin (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 5-10
C – Brandon McCoy (Morse, San Diego) 6-10
G – Damari Milstead (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) 6-1
G – Miles Oliver (Etiwanda) 6-0
F – Darrin Pearson Jr. (Immanuel, Reedley) 6-5
F – Richard Polanco (Army-Navy, Carlsbad) 6-7
F – Cody Riley (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-7
F – Jordan Schakel (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) 6-5
G – Ernie Sears (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-3
G – Ethan Thompson (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) 6-2
G – JoJo Walker (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) 6-0
G – Ryse Williams (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach) 6-3
F – Zafir Williams (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-5

STATE SOPHOMORE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Cody Riley (Sierra Canyon)

First Team Freshmen (10)

G – Wayne Arnold (Dominguez, Compton) 6-2
F – Riley Battin (Oak Park) 6-5
G – Jules Bernard (Windward, Los Angeles) 6-4
C – Jordan Brown (Woodcreek, Roseville) 6-9
C – Taeshon Cherry (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-8
G – Spencer Freedman (Santa Monica) 5-11
F – Jordan Guest (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-7
G – Elijah Hardy (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-0
C – Elias King (Christian Brothers, Sacramento) 6-7
F – Miles Norris (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-7

STATE FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Jordan Brown (Woodcreek)

Special thanks to Ronnie Flores for contributions to these teams.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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21 Comments

  1. Danielle Cherry
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the article and recognizing the talent. A minor correction Taeshon Cherry is 6’8″. Thanks!

  2. Clifford Perry
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Tyree Winborn freshman Arleta Hi. SC. again overlooked or whatever you what to call it. Numbers don’t lye.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted April 27, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      There’s only room for 10 freshmen in entire state of California. His stats also were not available anyplace we looked and no one nominated him.

      • Ronnie Flores
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        We know about Tyree Winborn Clifford. Another factor that kept his off is the level of competition that Arleta is playing in the LA City Section. Regardless of his numbers, it was going to be hard for him to make it with the 10 limit unless he received major honors from the L.A. Daily News.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Very Strong List! However; Isaiah Tenette Is An Unbelievably Phenomenal Guard From Sacramento. Led His Section In Assists, & Was Top 10 In Scoring. He Also Was 5th In The State For APG & Top 20 In The State For PPG. & Don’t Forget The Kid Had 15 Dunks At Only 5 FEET 8 INCHES TALL. That’s Amazing. & A 52 Point Game. I Believe The Kid Is All State Quality. He’s Pure. I Saw His Name On The Nominee’s List, & Thought He’d Have Spot On The Team For Sure. Just Give It/Him A Review, He Is Definitely Worth It (You Can Look At His Highlights On Youtube As I Did, By Just Typing His Name In Or “Isaiah Tenette Best Kept Secret”.) I Believe The Kid Deserves A Spot On The Team. His Numbers Don’t Lie, & Neither Does His Film.
    Congrats To All The Players That Made It, Well Deserved! I Love To See So Much Young Talent. & I Firmly Believe Isaiah Should Make The Team, & Those Who Know Of Him Would Agree.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted April 27, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      i don’t dispute anything you say but he wasn’t on Sac Bee team and we do use those teams in selection process. Hope Isaiah has a great summer.

      • Ronnie Flores
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        What travel ball club is Isaiah Tenette going to play with this summer?

  4. Anonymous
    Posted April 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    JoJo Walker is not a true sophomore. The young man is 18 years old, hence he is not a true sophomore… Huge biast is present in this selection.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted April 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Coach Mott nominated him and we don’t ask for age verification. That’s up to the CIF.

  5. anonymous
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Timmy falls 2017 should be on that sophomore team one of the best young guards in northern cali period in any class.

  6. Ronnie Flores
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    We’ll be watching Tim Falls this summer. Bubble pick.

  7. Gary
    Posted May 7, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    What about Otto Taylor in the sophomore group?

  8. Craig Daniels
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Top elite point guards 2007 Los Angeles
    Brandon Jennings Dominguez high school -18. 3 ppg The nation’s top prospect at point guard and and the Golden State this player is special Real star power one of the best ball handlers we’ve seen In prep ball for years parade all America first team as a junior also a All-Star at rebook abcd elite camp a elite athlete
    Jashon Hampton fairfax high -13.5 ppg 3 steals The best defensive guard in the city Can guard multiple positions plays for the number 4 ranked team in the nation that features 7 other division I caliber players a true hard nose guard
    True holiday camball hall- 24.7 ppg ,9 reb, 8 assist.although holiday plays at a small school in a small division he is proven to be one of the most dominant guards not only in the city but in the country completely ambidextrous can finish with both hands dominate smaller guards and his younger brother of Justin holiday stand out freshman at University of Washington plays his AAU for pump and run elite ucla is a favorite for the prospect but he will be able to write his own ticket being the number four ranked player in the nation

    Royale Harris westchester high school -top 100 players nationally size and academics will hurt this players recruitment .Runs the show at the nations premier program number one ranked in the nation Westchester high school every Player on the team has received Division I offers .grades may be a problem for this prospect Avg 15.3 with 9 assist . Highest 3pt shooting percentage in the Southern California at 69.8 %.made a huge splash at Nike all American With huge scoring performances and wins over some of the nations most elite prospects huge reputation for going on you scoring runs. Scored over 50 twice at Reebok big time tournament in Las Vegas mid to high major prospect depending on how much he grows strong point with a smooth handle and shooting touch already receiving interest from New Mexico State, Depaul, Arkansas, and Santa Clara .working on second state championship

    Larry Drew Jr. Taft high school- A true point guard it’s teammates involved can also score himself successor to Jordan farmer likely McDonald’s All-American candidate receiving every entrance from the University of Arizona and North Carolina a top 40 Prospect nationwide does not blow you away on the Stat sheet Son of NBA coach and former NBA player Larry Drew senior basketball pedigree

    Cameron brown mater dei- 6’2 guard with Elite Court vision and athletic background cif state champ plays with California mr basketball candidate 6’8 duke bound Taylor King Number two ranked team behind Westchester in California averages 14.8 and 9 assist on a loaded team . First team all cif .cousin of NBA point guard Salim Stoudemire

    • Tim
      Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      All good players different results

      • Jeff
        Posted June 15, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

        Royale Harris came off the bench and played with 5 huge bigs and just shot 3 during aau and passed it down low without creating

  9. Marty Collins
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I agree Jennings with the top point guard at the time Royal Harris and Cameron Brown never panned out this on Hampton end up having a child and never made it to Division I but on a high school level these were all amazing players and fun to watch that Westchester team almost one for state championships

  10. Andrew Jenkins
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Drew holiday end up being the best prospect out of everyone a played at the lowest of competition Royale Harris was over hyped because of a flicker of huge scoring performance and Larry Drew got dropped by unc only to go to ucla a have no impact

  11. Tim
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    CAMRON BROWN mater dei !!!!! They beat westchester in the Nike extravaganza

  12. Greg Daniel LA times
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Top elite point guards 2007 Los Angeles
    Brandon Jennings Dominguez high school -18. 3 ppg The nation’s top prospect at point guard and and the Golden State this player is special Real star power one of the best ball handlers we’ve seen In prep ball for years parade all America first team as a junior also a All-Star at rebook abcd elite camp a elite athlete
    Jashon Hampton fairfax high -13.5 ppg 3 steals The best defensive guard in the city Can guard multiple positions plays for the number 4 ranked team in the nation that features 7 other division I caliber players a true hard nose guard
    True holiday camball hall- 24.7 ppg ,9 reb, 8 assist.although holiday plays at a small school in a small division he is proven to be one of the most dominant guards not only in the city but in the country completely ambidextrous can finish with both hands dominate smaller guards and his younger brother of Justin holiday stand out freshman at University of Washington plays his AAU for pump and run elite ucla is a favorite for the prospect but he will be able to write his own ticket being the number four ranked player in the nation

    Royale Harris westchester high school -top 100 players nationally size and academics will hurt this players recruitment .Runs the show at the nations premier program number one ranked in the nation Westchester high school every Player on the team has received Division I offers .grades may be a problem for this prospect Avg 15.3 with 9 assist . Highest 3pt shooting percentage in the Southern California at 69.8 %.made a huge splash at Nike all American With huge scoring performances and wins over some of the nations most elite prospects huge reputation for going on you scoring runs. Scored over 50 twice at Reebok big time tournament in Las Vegas mid to high major prospect depending on how much he grows strong point with a smooth handle and shooting touch already receiving interest from New Mexico State, Depaul, Arkansas, and Santa Clara .working on second state championship

    Larry Drew Jr. Taft high school- A true point guard it’s teammates involved can also score himself successor to Jordan farmer likely McDonald’s All-American candidate receiving every entrance from the University of Arizona and North Carolina a top 40 Prospect nationwide does not blow you away on the Stat sheet Son of NBA coach and former NBA player Larry Drew senior basketball pedigree

    Cameron brown mater dei- 6’2 guard with Elite Court vision and athletic background cif state champ plays with California mr basketball candidate 6’8 duke bound Taylor King Number two ranked team behind Westchester in California averages 14.8 and 9 assist on a loaded team . First team all cif .cousin of NBA point guard Salim Stoudemire

  13. Fred
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Mike palarka deserves to be on this list

  14. AAU alumni
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Good players left out a couple guys but working for scout hoops I didn’t get a chance to see all these players play all different styles of play elite players gladiators of their time

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