THRILLING 30: Our first, second and third teams for boys and girls 2015-16 SportStars All-NorCal Basketball Teams
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SOLOMON YOUNG | 6-7, Forward | Sacramento | Sr.
The Dragons’ big man led Sacramento to a 30-win campaign that included a Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II championship. The Iowa State-bound big man is capable of dominating down low and knocking down jumpers from the outside, and is an imposing presence on the defensive end. Young averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks to help the Dragons to the NorCal Open Division semifinals.
JORDAN RATINHO | 6-2, Guard | De La Salle-Concord | Sr.
The USF-bound guard delivered whatever the Spartans needed on their way to 31 wins and a CIF NorCal Open Div. title. He was bestowed Player of the Year honors from multiple Bay Area publications as the best player for the region’s best team.
JAKE KILLINGSWOTH | 6-5, Forward | Serra-San Mateo | Sr.
The West Catholic Athletic League and Mercury News Player of the Year is bound for Columbia after averaging a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for the CIF Div. II state champions. He scored 15 points and grabbed 16 boards in the state final.
JORDAN FORD | 6-0, Guard | Folsom | Sr.
The Saint Mary’s-bound point guard was a four-year starter who led the Bulldogs to two SJS championships and a CIF NorCal title. Averaging in double digits in each of his four years, Ford returned Folsom to prominence with an 87-13 record over the last three years.
DAMARI MILSTEAD | 6-2, Guard | Moreau Catholic-Hayward | Jr.
The versatile guard was electric night-in and night-out, averaging 19.1 points and 5.4 assists to help the Mariners go 25-5 and win the North Coast Section Div. III title.
SAYEED PRIDGETT | 6-5, Guard/Forward | El Cerrito | Sr.
The Montana-signee averaged 21.9 points in league; led team to NCS Div. II repeat.
ROBINSON IDEHEN | 6-10, Center | Modesto Christian | Sr.
He averaged 15.8 points, 8.7 rebounds for Crusaders team which went 32-2.
KENNY WOOTEN | 6-8, Forward | Manteca | Sr.
Nevada-bound dynamic scorer and rim protector averaged 13.6 points, 10.9 rebs. and 4 blocks.
CHRISTIAN TERRELL | 6-4, Guard | Sacramento | Sr.
Ticketed for UC Santa Barbara after posting averages of 13.2 points, 8.2 rebs. and 4.7 assists this season.
OSCAR FRAYER | 6-6, Forward | Moreau Catholic | Sr.
The Grand Canyon-signee averaged 15.8 pts., 9.6 rebs; will go down as one of school’s all-time best
JADÉ SMITH | 6-2, Point Guard | St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda | Jr.
CHRISTIAN ELLIS | 6-1, Guard | Modesto Christian | Sr.
SOULEY BOUM | 6-2, Guard | Oakland Tech | Jr.
JORDAN BROWN | 6-10, Center | Woodcreek-Roseville | Jr
JAMES KELBERT | 6-3, Guard/Forward | Leland-San Jose | Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SABRINA IONESCU | 6-0, Guard/Forward | Miramonte-Orinda | Sr.
There wasn’t much the McDonald’s All-American didn’t accomplish in her final season with the Matadors. She averaged 25.9 points, 8.8 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 steals to propel her team to a 32-1 record and a CIF NorCal Open Div. title. She was the MVP of the McDonald’s A-A game, the USA Today National Player of the Year and took State Player of the Year honors from both Cal-Hi Sports and Gatorade. Her announcement as to which college she’ll attend will be big news later this month.
MINYON MOORE | 5-9, Guard | Salesian-Richmond | Sr.
The USC-bound Moore avearged 21 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 5.2 steals for 27-win Pride. She scored 40 in a CIF Open Div. first-round upset of favored Archbishop Mitty-San Jose.
AARION MCDONALD | 5-7, Point Guard | Brookside Christian-Stockton | Sr.
The Washington-signee posted season averages of 22 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 6 steals. The Knights went 26-9 and won the SJS Div. IV championship.
AQUIRA DECOSTA | 6-2, Center | St. Mary’s-Stockton | So.
The sophomore sensation followed up an outstanding high school debut season with an all-around game that led the Rams to a 28-1 record and the SJS Div. I crown. She averaged 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals.
MADELINE HOLLAND | 5-10, Guard/Forward | Archbishop Mitty-San Jose | Jr.
Holland was named the San Jose Mercury News Player of the year after pacing a potent Monarchs team. She led the Central Coast Section Open Div. champs in scoring (10.8), rebounds (8.9) and assists (3.9).
ILMAR’I THOMAS | 6-1, Guard/Forward | Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. | Jr.
Averaged 23.3 points, 11.8 rebounds for CIF Div. III state champs.
KAT TUDOR | 6-0, Guard | St. Mary’s-Stockton | Sr.
Oregon State-bound long-range shooter for the Rams averaged 12.8 points per game for national powerhouse.
LAUREN CRAIG | 6-2, Forward | St. Francis-Sacramento | Sr.
Helped Troubadours to a CIF NorCal Div. I championship with averages of 16.8 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.
NiNA BESSOLO | 6-1, Guard/Forward | Castro Valley | Sr.
Headed to UC Davis, she averaged 17.7 points and 9.6 rebs for NCS Div. I champs.
BAYLEE VANDERDOES | 6-1, Forward | Castro Valley
San Diego State-bound post player averaged 21.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game for 21-9 Placer team..
URIAH HOWARD | 5-11, Forward | Miramonte | Sr.
MCKENZIE FORBES | 6-0, Forward | Folsom | Sr.
MIKAELA TOPPER | 5-5, Point Guard | Pinewood-Los Altos Hills | Jr.
MYAH PACE | 5-11, Guard/Forard | Bishop O’Dowd-Oaktown | Jr.
TIA HAY | 5-7, Guard | St. Francis-Sacramento | Sr.