2014-15 All-State Grid Hoopers

Two of this year's very best grid-hoopers in the state were Kaleb Wilson of Gardena Serra (left) and Keisean Lucier-South of Orange Lutheran. Photos: Mark Tennis & Craig Takata/OCSidelines.com.

Two of this year’s very best grid-hoopers in the state were Kaleb Wilson of Gardena Serra (left) and Keisean Lucier-South of Orange Lutheran. They will be going to USC & UCLA, respectively. Photos: Mark Tennis & Craig Takata/OCSidelines.com.

We honor 15 as the state’s best football-basketball combo athletes on our annual Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop All-State team. We have even more listed as Grid-Hoop athletes of distinction and some of these players are sure to be on our state athlete of the year lists at the conclusion of the school year.

To check out a writeup of Grid-Hoop State Player of the Year Justice Shelton-Mosley, CLICK HERE.

Note: We’ve been selecting grid-hoop all-state teams since the 1986-1987 school year when the San Diego Section Player of the Year in both sports, Junior Seau, was named Grid-Hoop State Player of the Year. Since the immortal Seau was selected, other combo athletes we’ve honored as Grid-Hoop POY include Willie McGinest, Tony Gonzalez, Marcedes Lewis and Matt Barnes. We are in the process of archiving all of our all-state teams online, including all the Grid-Hoop all-state teams. To access those, you need to be a member of our Gold Club. It’s a great deal and will be less than $2 per month for a limited time only. Join our team today by CLICKING HERE.

Below is the complete Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop All-State Team for the 2014-15 school year (additional writeups & selections from editor Mark Tennis):

FIRST TEAM

Isaiah Bailey (Jesuit, Carmichael) 6-2 Sr. WR/G

Isaiah Bailey helped Jesuit of Carmichael win 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I crown in basketball. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Isaiah Bailey helped Jesuit of Carmichael win 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I crown in basketball. Photo: Mark Tennis.


One of those closest to Justice Shelton-Mosley was another from the Sacramento area. Bailey aarned Sacramento Bee All-Metro honors in both sports and has also been lauded for his high character. On the gridiron, Bailey had 39 receptions for 876 yards and six touchdowns. He added another 363 yards on returns for team that made it to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 quarterfinals. In hoops, Bailey was a three-year starter known for his leadership and was among the top scorers in the section. He pumped in 24.9 ppg and grabbed 5.4 rebounds for a traditional NorCal power.

Keisean Lucier-South (Lutheran, Orange) 6-5 Sr. DL/F
He moves up from second team after a solid school year that saw him end up signing with UCLA for football. After the summer of 2014, it looked like Lucier-South could develop into one of the nation’s best football players and be a cinch for Grid-Hoop POY, but he didn’t have quite that type of impact. He did record 47 tackles and seven sacks, but the Lancers failed to win a Trinity League game. He actually made just as big an impact in basketball, playing a key role for a 24-6 team that advanced to the CIFSS Open Division semifinals. Lucier-South upped his numbers to 11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.7 spg while playing in one of the state’s toughest leagues.

Johnny McWilliams Jr. (San Marcos) 6-4 Jr. G/WR
He is following in the footsteps of his father, who was a first-team Grid-Hoop All-Stater at Pomona for the 1990-1991 school year. He isn’t quite on the two-sport level as his father (who eventually played tight end in the NFL), but the younger McWilliams took up football again after sitting out his sophomore season and made an immediate impact. He had over 30 catches and 600 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, including a 90-yarder. He has
offers in football, but his future is in basketball. He was named CIF Division I All-State second team and ranks as one of the state’s best shooting guard prospects in the 2016 class.

Justice Shelton-Mosley (Capital Christian, Sacramento) 6-0 Sr. RB/DB/G
He is our 2014-15 State Grid-Hoop Player of the Year. Mosley credits his dad for his love of sports and his mother for his dedication to the classroom.

Kaleb Wilson (Serra, Gardena) 6-5 Sr. TE/F
In his only year in California, Kaleb made the most of it as he was a major contributor at a school that plays both football and basketball at a high level. The son of USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson, Kaleb got playing time at quarterback but eventually gave way to junior Khalil Tate. Kaleb’s transition to tight end was smooth, as he caught 18 passes for 310 yards with seven of those going for touchdowns. In basketball, Wilson was a talented all-around performer who could dribble and pass quite well for a rugged forward type with a football background. In fact, he was Serra’s best player in some of the many games we evaluated. He was going to play quarterback at Old Dominion, but USC needs tight ends so he decided to join the Trojans as a preferred walk-on.

SECOND TEAM

Breland Brandt (Windward, Los Angeles) 6-4 Jr. LB/F
He makes the jump to second team after a stellar school year in which be began to concentrate on football more after playing travel basketball following his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Brandt committed to UCLA during the football season and joined a talented Windward basketball team that features a plethora of future D1 players and averaged 7.8 and 7.1 rebounds, the latter second on the team to Roman Davis. Brandt is a physical specimen and one of the more talented basketball players on this team, but cannot make the first team due to missing games on both the gridiron and hardwood.

Highly touted running back Sheldon Croney led Ridgeview to CIF D2 South bowl game. Photo: CentralValleyFootball.com.

Highly touted running back Sheldon Croney led Ridgeview to CIF D2 South bowl game. Photo: CentralValleyFootball.com.


Sheldon Croney (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) 6-1 Sr. RB/G
Croney is a three-time Grid-Hoop all-state choice, as he was the only 10th-grader on the elite team in 2012-13. He was a second five selection as a junior. Croney earned second team all-state honors for the 2014 season after rushing for 2,270 yards and scoring 34 total touchdowns. Over the last three seasons, Croney rushed for 6,080 yards and scored 89 touchdowns at Ridgeview and Garces of Bakersfield where he played as a sophomore and junior. In hoops, Croney was one of the top players in the South Yosemite League on a team that advanced to the Central Section semifinals.

Mason Randall (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 6-2 Jr. QB/G
It was a breakout year for Randall that included leading a talented football team to the CCS Open Division title and third place in the CCS Open Division basketball playoffs. For good measure, Randall helped the school’s baseball team with the CCS D3 championship. As the signal-caller on a 13-0 club, Randall completed 124-of-193 pass attempts for 2,077 yards while throwing 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions. On the 24-5 basketball team, Randall was one of four players to average double figures (13.9 ppg) while also contributing 6.3 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.4 spg.

L.J. Reed (Tokay, Lodi) 6-4 Sr. WR/F
Last year, his teammate at Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove, Alex Van Dyke, was selected Grid-Hoop Player of the Year. Reed wasn’t far behind and after moving to a new school, Reed repeats as a second five selection. As a wideout on a 7-4 team, Reed caught 29 receptions for 501 yards and four scores even though he missed five games. Reed joined the basketball team late, but still managed to put up averages of 13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.4 apg and 2.2 spg. All of those marks except the rebounding total were team highs. A fine all-around basketball player and athlete, Reed will play football at Fresno State.

Josiah Deguara (Folsom) 6-2 Sr. WR/F
Yes, it’s another SJS athlete making it to the top 10. Deguara moves up from the third team after making an impact on excellent teams in both sports the past two years. Playing on an offense that set a multitude of state and national football records, the Cincinnati-bound Deguara hauled in 114 passes from Mr. Football Jake Browning for 1,671 yards and 24 touchdown receptions. In his three-year career, he caught 240 passes for 3,274 yardsand 42 touchdowns, all marks that put his name in our state record book. He missed an early portion of the hoops season while Folsom was wrapping up its dominant run to a CIF DI state football title, but still did his usual dirty work for a team that competed in the NorCal Open Division playoffs. Deguara averaged 7.6 ppg and 3.0 rpg for a 28-5 club.

Ju'Wuane Hughes will be one of the top corners in Northern California this football season and will be one of the top point guards in hoops. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Ju’Wuane Hughes of Hanford will be one of the top corners in Northern California this football season and will be one of the top point guards in hoops. Photo: Mark Tennis.


THIRD TEAM

Ju’Wuane Hughes (Hanford) 5-11 Jr. WR/DB/G
At the recent NorCal Nike event, Hughes hung with the top cornerbacks and is getting D1 offers. Last fall, he shined as an all-purpose player and defender for team that went 12-1 and won the CIF Central Section Division III title. He had 40 catches for 773 yards and nine TDs plus nearly 400 yards rushing and six scores not to mention 52 tackles and seven interceptions on defense. In basketball, Hughes led Hanford to the CIF Central Section D2 title. The team then lost to Compton in overtime in the SoCal D2 semifinals. Hughes was named to the Fresno Bee’s honors team.

Hunter Johnson (Sierra, Manteca) 6-4 Sr. WR/F
The other top Grid-Hooper from San Joaquin County along with L.J. Reed, Johnson was the only athlete named first team all-area by the Stockton Record in both sports. As a power forward, he teamed alongside Joshua Patton to average 14 points and nine rebounds. As a wide receiver, Johnson led the team with 38 receptions, 716 yards and nine touchdowns to help Sierra win its second Valley Oak League title. Johnson is headed to NAIA Cal Maritime Academy to play basketball.

J.J. Koski (San Ramon Valley, Danville) 6-2 Sr. WR/G
The two-sport star and solid performer at the 2014 NorCal Nike Camp as a wide receiver, the Cal Poly SLO-bound Koski was also a big part of the Wolves’ Division I state championship basketball team. On the gridiron, he caught 56 passes for 881 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns for a 7-5 team.

Jaaron Stallworth (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove) 6-1 Sr. QB/PG
Last year’s teammate of both Alex Van Dyke and L.J. Reed (second team Grid-Hooper this year from a different school) makes it onto the third team in what was basically a pick between himself and teammate Eric Toles Jr. Stallworth was essentially the QB in both sports. In football, he was the Capital Valley Conference MVP for an 8-3 squad with 1,502 yards passing (16 TDs) and five TDs rushing. On the court, Stallworth was right behind Toles Jr. in scoring (22.2 to 20.1 ppg). Both players were on the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro team.

Clarence Williams (Sylmar) 6-1 Jr. QB/G
The top combo athlete from the L.A. City Section, Williams is a talented basketball player who hit for double figures on many occasions for a team that advanced to the SoCal D1 regional. Football, however, has been his calling card since dominating the San Fernando Valley Pop Warner scene. He took over Sylmar’s quarterbacking duties as a 14-year old and last season passed for 2,379 yards and 34 touchdowns against only three interceptions. The Spartans played for their first city title in 20 years and Williams was named L.A. City Division II co-Player of the Year with Hamilton’s Jericho Flowers.

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Bolden Brace (Santa Barbara) 6-6 Jr. WR/F
Marco Cobian (Ramona) 6-5 Jr. QB/F
John Carroll (St. Francis, La Canada) 6-4 Sr. TE/F
Andrew Daschbach (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) Jr. TE/C
Foster Dixon (Fairfax, Los Angeles) 6-5 Sr. DE/F
Tanner Gallion (Fall River, McArthur) 6-1 Sr. TE/F
Mister Harriel (Antelope) 6-2 Sr. RB/G
Niamey Harris (Mission, San Francisco) 6-2 Soph. DB/G
Romello Harris (Tulare Union, Tulare) 5-11 Sr. RB/G
Lukas Hendricks (Folsom) 6-6 Sr. DE/PF
Elijah Hill (Frontier, Bakersfield) 6-0 Jr. QB/G
Chad Holloway (Grant, Van Nuys) 6-3 Jr. WR/F
Martrel Holmes (Mission Hills, San Marcos) 6-0 Sr. DB/G
Leandre Jefferson (Mission Oak, Tulare) 5-11 Sr. WR/DB/G
Lucas Johnson (Mt. Carmel, San Diego) 6-3 Jr. QB/F
Ajani Kennedy (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) 6-6 Soph. WR/F
Donovan Laie (Oceanside) 6-5 Fr. DL/F
Tommy Lopiparo (Sequoia, Redwood City) 5-9 Sr. DB/G
Joel Loth (Chaminade, West Hills) 6-5 Sr. TE/F
Isaiah Matthews (Enterprise, Redding) 6-1 Sr. RB/F
Ricky McCoy (Roosevelt, Fresno) 6-5 Sr. DE/F
Travis Mendes (Willows) 6-5 Sr. Ath/F
Bar Milo (Chaminade, West Hills) 6-6 Sr. OL/C
Dakari Monroe (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-0 Sr. RB/DB/G
Anthony Muse Jr. (Sylmar) 6-0 Sr. WR/G
Michael Nava (Chavez, Delano) 5-10 Sr. QB/G
Noah Rasheed (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-0 Soph. WR/G
Joah Robinett (San Marcos) 6-8 Jr. OL/C
Braylin Scott (Liberty, Bakersfield) 6-4 Sr. Ath/G
Bo St. Geme (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) 6-0 Sr. WR/G
Kevin Summers (Alemany, Mission Hills) 6-5 Sr. DE/F
Darius Thomas (St. Francis, Mountain View) 6-1 Jr. WR/G
Eric Toles (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove) 6-4 Sr. WR/F
Trey Udoffia (Del Oro, Loomis) 6-1 Jr. WR/DB/G
Kahale Warring (Sonora) 6-6 Sr. TE/PF

Ronnie Flores is the managing editor of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at ronlocc1977@yahoo.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores


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2 Comments

  1. mkirley
    Posted June 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    This is a great list but there is at least one glaring omission. Cedric Dashiell II of Buena Park led his hoops team to their best record in more than a decade averaging 9.0 points 6.7 rebounds 7.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game from his point guard position. He was even more impressive as a DE on the football field. He led his team into the CIFSS semifinals with 152 tackles 43 TFL’s and 18.5 sacks. The most impressive part? Cedric is only a sophomore.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for contributing. We’ll be sure to check on him for the next time.

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