NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Two of this week’s NorCal/SoCal honorees are freshman Kyree Walker of Hayward Moreau Catholic and senior Camille Parker of Alta Loma. Photos: Paul Muyskens & BeRecruited.com.

If you haven’t noticed before, we do like to go young for some of these weekly honors and have done that this week with a freshman and a sophomore selected for the boys. This week’s choices also are headed to Hayward, Moraga, San Pedro and Alta Loma.

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Note: For these honors, we consider CIF Central Section players for Northern California. To find out how your business could benefit by sponsoring these honors each week or to nominate someone by 12 noon on most Mondays, email markjtennis@gmail.com.

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

Kyree Walker (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) Fr.

We were among those who braved the stormy weather last Friday night to get to a game and the one attended was to see the Mariners against league rival Newark Memorial of Newark.

We were rewarded with an outstanding performance as this highly regarded freshman tied his season-high with 30 points during a 78-47 win. Going 11 of 16 from the floor, he also had four assists and three steals and looked like a complete player.

Our own Ronnie Flores before the season started had Walker as our No. 1 player in the state for the Class of 2020. That’s looking like a good call. That list (for Gold Club members only) can be found here http://www.calhisports.com/2016/10/02/boys-bb-introducing-2020-class/

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

Haley Van Dyke (Campolindo, Moraga) Jr.

For the second time this season, this junior had a triple-double as she finished with 28 points, 23 rebounds and a season-best 11 blocks during a 79-46 win over Antelope at last Saturday’s Lamorinda Classic. Earlier this season, Van Dyke had a game that saw her score 23 points, grab 15 rebounds and make a season-best 11 steals for her first triple-double.

Last season as a sophomore, she averaged 18.8 points and 12.9 rebounds and that has increased this season since she is currently averaging 23.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. It is just a matter of time one would think before the D1 college offers start coming as our friends at NorCalPreps have her ranked as one of the top 10 juniors in the region.

Joseph Octave has been the rave of Mary Star hoops for the last two seasons. Photo: Twitter.com.


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

Joseph Octave (Mary Star, San Pedro) Soph.

A player we’ve been familiar with since last season when he was under consideration for the all-state freshman team but just missed out since there are only 10 spots available for that honor, Octave has upped his game as a sophomore so far.

In fact, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard already has reached 1,000 career points after a strong week. First, he hit the game-winning shot with 2.2 seconds left and finished with 23 points and seven rebounds in a 48-46 victory over Bosco Tech of Rosemead. Then later in the week, Octave connected for 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Stars past Verbum Dei of Los Angeles 73-70.

To get to 1,000 points basically a little more than halfway through his sophomore season, Octave averaged 18.9 points as a ninth grader and so far this season is knocking down 25.4 ppg.

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

Camille Parker (Alta Loma) Sr.

Nearing the end of a successful four-year varsity career that has seen her average double digit points every year, Parker had two big double-doubles last week that weren’t far off from being a triple or quadruple-double.

Opening the week by nearly outscoring Montclair on her own, the powerful guard had 22 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals and six assists in a 71-25 win. She then ended the week with 23 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists during a 72-48 win over Colony of Ontario.

Parker does have two triple-doubles this season and is averaging 15.1 points, 15.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.9 steals per game for the Braves, who started this week 9-6 on the season. It’s those kind of totals that helped Parker gain a spot on last year’s Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Team.

Paul Muyskens is the assistant editor at the Stockton office of Cal-Hi Sports. 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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