No State Champs Were Crowned In 2020, But Our All-NorCal Boys Basketball Teams Still Highlight Plenty Of Championship-Level Talent •
Meet the SportStars’ All-NorCal Boys Basketball teams from the 2019-20 season. Only five players can play on the floor at a time. And we stick to that rule. So here are the 15 players from our first, second and third teams. We follow that with a few honorable mentions.
All-NorCal Boys Basketball First Team (listed alphabetically)
Wing | Sheldon-Sacramento | 6-3 | Senior
HUSKIES HEARTBEAT: An electric player who would do whatever Sheldon needed on any given night, Brown led the NorCal Open finalists in assists and steals. He was second in blocks (1.1 per game) and third in overall rebounds. The Appalachian State signee also led the team in charges taken. He averaged 9.1 points per game for the Huskies and was named the Sacramento Bee’s Co-Player of the Year.
Wing | Campolindo-Moraga | 6-3 | Sophomore
COUGAR CORNERSTONE: 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. His strong outside shot combined with his ability to finish at the rim make him a nightmare perimeter matchup.
Guard | Archbishop Riordan-S.F. | 5-11 | Senior
SHOWSTOPPER: The Sam Houston State-bound point guard led the Crusaders in both points (20.2 per game) and assists (3.2). He also added 3.2 rebounds per game. Monroe and his cousin Je’Lani Clark comprised the best backcourt in the Bay Area. Monroe, who could slash to the basket and also stick the 3, saved his best games for the best opponents. He scored 44 in a win over Campolindo.
Wing | Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland | 6-5 | Junior
SHAPE SHIFTER: The sharp-shooting guard was named Bay Area News Groups’ Bay Area Player of the Year after helping lead the Dragons to the NCS Open title and the NorCal Open final (the game was cancelled). His versatility showed as he could lead the Dragons in scoring one night and complement fellow standouts Monty Bowser or Jalen Lewis on other nights. He led the team with 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Wing | Dublin | 6-4 | Senior
A COMPLETE LEADER: Roy stepped front and center into the alpha role vacated when former Dublin standout Robby Beasley transferred in the summer of 2019. The 6-foot-5 forward nearly doubled his scoring average from his junior season and led the Gaels (24-7) to within a point of the NorCal Open final. He averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He was the East Bay Athletic League MVP and the SportStars’ NorCal Player of the Year.
All-NorCal Boys Basketball Second Team
Forward | Sheldon-Sacramento | 6-8 | Senior
Our NorCal Player of the Year 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 finalists. In his final game, he scored 27 to lead the Huskies’ comeback win over Dublin.
Guard | Dougherty Valley-San Ramon | 6-2 | Senior
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 a week before the playoffs.
Guard | Archbishop Riordan-S.F. | 6-3 | Senior
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.
Guard | Arcbishop Mitty-San Jose | 6-3 | Senior
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.
Guard | Jesuit-Sacramento | 6-3 | Junior
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.
All-NorCal Boys Basketball Third Team
Guard | Bellarmine-San Jose | 6-3 | Senior
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 for a Bells team which reached the CCS Open final.
Wing | Vanden-Fairfield | 6-5 | Senior
The Sacramento State-bound Hardee will graduate as the City of Fairfield’s all-time scorer with 1,903 points. This year he averaged 18.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Center | Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland | 6-9 | Freshman
Plenty of hype preceded his first year of high school ball, and Lewis delivered. He shined brightest in big games, like his 22-point, 10-rebound, four-block effort in the NCS Open final.
Forward | Weston Ranch-Stockton | 6-8 | Senior
Wilburn wrapped up his four-year varsity career by averaging 14.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in leading the Cougars to a NorCal Div. II title.
Guard | Grant-Sacramento | 6-1 | Junior
The 6-foot-1 talent led the Pacers in points (20/game), assists (4) and steals (2.2). He also averaged 5 rebounds a contest for the 26-win Pacers.
NEXT SQUAD UP (Underclass Honorable Mentions)
Jaden Alexander (St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo), Jr.
Bryce Batchan Jr. (De Anza-Richmond) , So.
Breckin Beamen (Sacramento Adventist), Jr.
Nigel Burris (Archbishop Mitty-San Jose), Jr.
JT Byrne (Carmel), Jr.
Miles Daniels (De La Salle-Concord), Jr.
Tyree Gill (Burbank-Sacramento), Jr.
Varick Lewis (Monterey Trail-Elk Grove), Fr.
Sione Lose (Capital Christian-Sacramento), Jr.
Jaylen Thompson (St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda), So.
Justin Anderson (Menlo-Atherton-Atherton)
Monty Bowser (Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland)
Ian Elam (Bellarmine-San Jose)
Dishon Jackson (St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo)
Darius Kendall (Rocklin)
Alex Merkviladze (Modesto Christian)
Jalen Patterson (Liberty Ranch-Galt)
Tejon Sawyer (Salesian-Richmond)
Ciri Sawyers (San Leandro)
Brah’jon Thompson (James Logan-Union City)
Josh Williams (Sheldon-Sacramento)