While We Prepare Our NorCal Postseason Honors Release, We’re Asking Readers To Take Part In Our Boys Basketball Fan Vote For The Region’s Top Player •
SportStars will be releasing its NorCal Player of the Year and All-NorCal teams in our upcoming April 10 issue. While we’ll be producing our own NorCal Player of the Year, we want to find out the People’s Player of the Year. So welcome to the 2019-20 boys basketball fan vote.
UPDATE: Voting CLOSED at Noon, April 9.
Readers can vote for one player every six hours. While the winner may not be OUR final choice, we’ll be sure to uniquely highlight the player with the most votes. You can also vote for Girls Player of the Year.
Here are the now 11 nominees. Listed alphabetically.
Marcus Bagley, Sheldon-Sacramento, Sr. — Our NorCal Player of the Year selection from a season ago. Injuries kept the Arizona State signee to just 17 games, but he still averaged 22 points and 8.8 rebounds for the NorCal Open Division regional finalists. In his final game, he scored 27 to lead the Huskies’ comeback win over Dublin.
Robby Beasley, Dougherty Valley-San Ramon, Sr. — The versatile Montana-bound guard averaged 23.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals over 20 games. The Wildcats were 22-2 and ranked No. 4 in NorCal before Beasley suffered a season-ending torn meniscus. DV finished the season 0-5 without him.
Je’Lani Clark, Riordan-S.F., Sr. — Clark was named the Co-MVP of the West Catholic Athletic League after leading the Crusaders to a share of the regular season title. The Nevada-bound wing was a stat monster, averaging 15.8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.7 steals.
NEW! Quinn Denker, Bellarmine-San Jose, Sr. — Denker is now the second player to work his way into the click-vote portion of this vote. We received more than 300 votes by email since Sunday evening. Named the Central Coast Section Player of the Year by 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, Denker averaged 16.6 points, 6.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
Aidan Mahaney, Campolindo-Moraga, So. — Considered one of the nation’s top 2022 recruits, Mahaney was the top player on a Cougars team which reached the state final for a second straight year. He averaged 19.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and slightly more than one steal a game.
Mike Mitchell, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, Jr. — One of the best all-around players in the WCAL, the Pepperdine commit shared the league’s Co-MVP honors with Clark. Mitchell averaged 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals a contest.
Bryce Monroe, Riordan-S.F., Sr. — Truly added by popular demand, SportStars’ February cover kid is being added to the poll after more than 100 write-in votes were emailed in. He’s certainly deserving however. The Sam Houston State-bound PG led the Crusaders in both points (20.2 per game) and assists (3.2). He also added 3.2 rebounds per game.
Marsalis Roberson, Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, Jr. — The shifty, sharp-shooting guard was recently named Bay Area News Groups’ Bay Area Player of the Year. He led the NCS Open Champions and NorCal Open finalists with 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Anthony Roy, Dublin, Sr. — Roy stepped front and center into the alpha role vacated when Beasley transferred out of Dublin in the summer of 2019. The 6-foot-5 forward nearly doubled his scoring average from his junior season and led Gaels to within a point of the NorCal Open final. He averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Isa Silva, Jesuit-Carmichael, Jr. — Silva will be the Sacramento area’s most coveted recruit this summer and into his final season with the Marauders. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior.
Corey Yerger, Grant-Sacramento, Jr. — The 6-foot-1 guard went from being just a scorer as a sophomore, to an all-around standout as a junior. Yerger led the Pacers in points (20/game), assists (4) and steals (2.2). He also averaged 5 rebounds a contest.
WRITE-IN VOTES: Teiano Hardee (Vallejo) — 12, Quinn Denker (Bellarmine-San Jose) — 304 (prior to being added), Gavin Wilburn (Weston Ranch-Stockton) — 20