NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Jessica Barrow of Fullerton Sunny Hills (No. 20 in team photo) and Darrin Person Jr. of Reedley Immanuel are two of this week's NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week. Photos: Sunny Hills High School/ & Chris Aguirre/Reedley Exponent.

Jessica Barrow of Fullerton Sunny Hills (No. 20 in team photo) and Darrin Person Jr. of Reedley Immanuel are two of this week’s NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week. Photos: Sunny Hills High School/ & Chris Aguirre/Reedley Exponent.

L.A. Fremont’s Jajuan Johnson is ja one for this week among SoCal boys with a monster outing of 57 points that set a school record for a school with a long, great hoops tradition. Other honorees this are from Reedley, Sacramento and Fullerton.

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Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Darrin Person Jr.
(Immanuel, Reedley) Sr.

A four-year starter for the Eagles, it looks like Person is going to do more than fine as the No. 1 player at Immanuel, which graduated all-state standout Colin Slater off last year’s team (now at Tulane).

The 6-foot-6 senior had 21 points and 10 rebounds last Saturday when Immanuel topped Redwood of Visalia 77-62 to win Fresno’s long-standing Holiday Invitational Tournament. Person, who was named MVP, also had 30 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and three assists the night before at the HIT in a 84-74 victory vs. Fresno High.

A recent signer with Cal State Bakersfield, Person averaged 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior for Immanuel’s CIF Central Section D4 title team that also was moved up to the CIF SoCal Open Division and lost in the first-round to eventual state champ Chino Hills.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Makaila Sanders
(Foothill, Sacramento) Jr.

Two years ago, Makaila was one of the top freshmen in Northern California at Rio Linda. She’s now at Foothill and after having to sit out last season as a transfer she’s among the top scorers in Northern California.

The 5-foot-9 point guard had 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in two separate games last week against Nevada Union of Grass Valley (63-55 win) and Placer of Auburn (56-51 win). She ended the week with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and seven steals as Foothill topped Lincoln 60-32.

In the Mustangs’ first 11 games (10 wins), Sanders is averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 assists, 10.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals.
Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Jajuan Johnson
(Fremont, Los Angeles) Sr.

A 5-foot-10, 195-pounder built like a linebacker, Johnson set a school record by pumping in 57 points to lead the Pathfinders past Manual Arts of Los Angeles 102-41. It’s a new school record for a school that goes back to 1924 and has had a few NBA players, including UCLA’s Curtis Rowe. Current Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale also is an alum.

Johnson broke the former school record that was held by current Fremont assistant coach Danny Williams. He also hit for 13 three-pointers in the same game. It takes 65 points for a single game to get into the Cal-Hi Sports state record book, but Johnson’s 13 three-pointers makes the cut.

Earlier this season, Johnson scored 27 points in a win by the Pathfinders against Kalaheo of Kailua, Hawaii.

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Jessica Barrow
(Sunny Hills, Fullerton) Soph.

After she poured in 41 points for the Lancers in a 65-48 triumph against Maranatha of Sierra Madre last Friday, Barrow was pleased but saw room for improvement.

“I think I did OK,” she told Prep2Prep student reporter Daniel Jung. “I still could have gotten more rebounds and made all my free throws and layups.”

The 5-foot-8 sophomore wing followed up that performance by hitting for 31 points already this week in a 54-25 romp past San Pedro.

So far this season, Barrow is averaging 22.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.

Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens also contributed to this post. Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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