Gaskin is our STLB Norcal Player of the Year

STLB Norcal Coach of the Year:

Miguel Johnson (Contra Costa): Johnson is our coach of the year in Northern California after leading the Comets to a 23-5 record this past season. Contra Costa went 14-2 in Bay Valley Conference as Johnson led the Comets to the conference championship. Contra Costa picked up a 5 seed going into the post season, and picked up a second round win over San Jose, before losing in the sweet 16 to the College of the Sequoias. Contra Costa had 13 freshmen on the roster and the Comets should be among the elite going into the the 2022-2023 season.

STLB Norcal Player of the Year:

Naseem Gaskin “6-4” (Guard) (Sophomore) (CCSF): Gaskin is our Player of the Year in Northern California after the guard averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the state champion Rams. The “6-4” guard led the Rams in scoring and was one of the most dynamic guards in the state. Gaskin which was named Co Player of the Year in the Coast North Conferrence scored over 20 points ten times last season and scored a season high of 30 points against San Mateo. Gaskin shot 53% from the floor and 42% from downtown and produced three double doubles in his sophomore season. In the state championship game against West Valley, Gaskin produced 20 points and 14 rebounds as the guard averaged 16.0 points and 5.6 rebounds at the Elite Eight in Lemoore.

STLB Norcal 1st Team:

G: Naseem Gaskin (see above):

G: Ryan Johnson “6-5” (Sequoias): Johnson was a key player this season for the 27-5 Giants in his sophomore campaign after averaging 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. The Central Valley Conference Player of the Year scored 20 or more points nine times and hit the 30 point mark three times including a season high of 37 points twice (vs Fresno and Columbia). In the Elite Eight game against San Bernardino, Johnson exploded for 30 points and made five three pointers to lead Sequoias to the Final Four. Johnson shot 46% from the floor and 38% from downtown in his sophomore season. The sophomore from Hanford finished his junior college career with 1081 points and made 147 career three pointers for Sequoias.

G: John Wade “6-6” (Contra Costa): Wade had a standout season for the Comets as he was one of the sophomores on the squad and played a huge role in Contra Costa’s success. The wing averaged 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds and was named to the 1st team in the Bay Valley Conference for the Comets. Wade scored 20 or more points seven times and scored a season high of 31 points against Alameda. The sophomore scored in double figures in his last 11 games and shot 47% from the floor and 37% from downtown for the Comets and had six double doubles for the Comets this season. Wade should be recruited to a division one university as he was one of the best wings in the state this past season.

F: Keenami Maggard “6-5” (Los Medanos): Maggard had a sensational year for the Mustangs as he was a match up problem all season long for opponents. The double double machine averaged 19.3 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Mustangs in his sophomore season. Maggard scored in double figures in 26 games and scored over 20 points thirteen times in the 2022 season. The forward scored a season high of 32 points against Lassen and had a season high of 20 rebounds against Mendocino. Maggard posted 21 double doubles, shot 56% from the floor and was named to first team All team in the Bay Valley Conference while leading the Mustangs to the Sweet 16 in the Northern California playoffs. Maggard has committed to Bellevue University next season after having a year to remember for the Mustangs.

C: Adam Afifi “6-9” (West Valley): Afifi showed why he was one of the best big man in the state after having a sensational sophomore campaign. The big man helped lead his team to the state championship game after averaging 17.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Afifi scored in double figures in 28 games this season and posted a season high of 27 points twice this past season and had 11 double doubles. The big man shot 47% from the floor and 35% from downtown and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Coast South Conference after leading his team to the conference championship.

STLB Norcal 2nd Team:

G: Jacob Henry “5-9” (Yuba): The sophomore guard had a standout season and helped lead the 49ers to a 20 win season. Henry averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds in his sophomore season. The guard scored in double figures in 25 out of 26 games in the 2021-2022 season. The guard scored over 20 points twelve times and scored a season high of 33 points against Mendocino. Henry shot 44% from the field, 37% from the three point line, 10th in the state in steals, and 6th in the state in assists for the 49ers. Henry was named to the Bay Valley Conference after having a great sophomore season for the 49ers.

G: LJ Hallums “6-2” (Mednocino): Hallums was one of the best scorers that the state saw this season as the guard was 3rd in the state in points per game. The guard from Brooklyn, New York averaged 25.1 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Eagles in his sophomore campaign. Hallums scored in double figures in 27 out of 28 games and had 20 points or more 20 times, scored 30 or more points eight times, and had a season high of 50 points for the Eagles. Hallums shot 53% from the floor, 38% from downtown, had 16 double doubles, and had a game where he had 27 points and 25 rebounds against Solano. Hallums scored 1339 points and grabbed 516 rebounds in his two year career for the Eagles.

F: Camron Wilson “6-5” (West Hills Lemoore): Wilson had a standout season for the Golden Eagles in his sophomore campaign. Wilson averaged 21.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per contest in his second season. Wilson scored in double figures in 24 games and scored over 20 points seventeen times, while posting 18 double doubles for the central valley school. Wilson posted a season high of 22 rebounds and had a season high of 32 points against Hartnell. Wilson shot 49% from the floor, and shot 43% from the three point line in his sophomore season. Wilson was in the top 10 in the state in rebounds and points for the Golden Eagles. Wilson was named to the Central Valley Conference 1st team after a solid season for the West Hills Lemoore.

F: Sam Manu “6-7” (San Mateo): Manu was a standout for the Bulldogs this past season after having a solid sophomore campaign. Manu averaged 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in his second season and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 20-9 season. Manu scored in double figures 24 times in his sophomore season and had a season high of 28 points. The forward shot 51% from the floor and 43% from downtown and was named to the Coast North All Conference team.

C: Dillon Iwaye “6-9” (Cosumnes River): Iwaye had a great season for the Hawks after leading the state in offensive rebounds and total rebounds per game in his sophomore season. Iwaye averaged 14.3 points and 15.8 rebounds and helped lead the Hawks to 17 wins. The big man shot 63% from the floor, scored in double figures in 21 games, and had 22 games where he was in double figures in rebounding. Iwaye had 20 double doubles and had 20 or more rebounds in seven times and had a season high of 23 rebounds against Modesto in his sophomore season. The big man from Elk Grove was also named to the all conference team in the Big 8 Conference.

Honorable Mention: Jase Brock (Alameda), David O’Looney (American River), Derek Gordon (Butte), Austin James (Cabrillo), Jonel Aponte (Cabrillo), Isaiah Veal (Chabot), Skylar Robinson (Chabot), Marcus McCutchen (Columbia), Noah Alexander (Columbia), Jake Rick (Feather River), Tahjae Ordonio (Gavilan), Chris Brahma (Foothill), Isaiah Jones (Columbia), Andre Huddleston (Cosumnes River), Pierce Rexford (Folsom Lake), Dathan Satchell (Las Positas), Lee Jones Jr. (Las Positas), Zack Martinez (Los Medanos), Jason Holman (Los Medanos), Dera Vixon (Los Medanos), Marcus Neal (Mendocino), DJ Leaks (Merritt), Jacob Staton (Modesto), Jaivon Williams (Napa), Shakir Howard (Napa), Chirrag Sidhu (Porterville), Drew Gillette (Redwoods), Donald Willis (Redwoods), Bradley Willis (Redwoods), Dwayne Howell (Reedley),Jake Paxton (Sacramento), Chris Gray (Sacramento), Seyi Reiley (CCSF), Jaycson Bereal (San Jose), Malachi Butler (Merced), Eyoel Massay (Merritt), Jayden Madise (Monterey), Trent Blackshire (San Jose), Bobby Arenas (San Mateo), Garrett Siebels (Santa Rosa), Aaron Porcil (Santa Rosa), Shannon Ferguson (Santa Rosa), Seth Dawson (Sequoias), Conner Jackson (Sequoias), Bryce Fitzgerald (Sequoias), Scott Ator (Sequoias), Krei Kyncy (Sierra), Derek Gorden (Shasta), Kody Bauman (Siskiyous), Colby Vasquez (Skyline), Elijah Flowers (Skyline), Fredery Cuello (West Hills Coalinga), Tyrell Edwards (West Hills Coalinga) Milton Burnett (West Hills Lemoore), Mack Tarver Jr. (West Hills Lemoore), Sufyan Elkannan (West Valley), Alphonse Alfred (Cabrillo), Ben Baker (West Valley), Jordan Bryant (Yuba), Jabari Merritt (West Hills-Coalinga),

STLB Norcal Freshman of the Year:

G: Seneca Willoughby “6-4” (Contra Costa): Willoughby was a bright light that shined as a freshmen for the Comets this season. The versatile guard averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds in his freshman season that helped lead the Comets to a sweet 16 finish. The guard shot 51% from the floor while shooting 48% from downtown. Willoughby scored in double figures 23 times and posted two triple doubles for the Comets. Willoughby had a 3.4 to 1 assists to turnover ratio and was 4th in the state in assists. The guard made 52 three pointers and was 11th in the state in three point field goal percentage.

STLB Norcal All Freshman 1st Team:

G: Seneca Willoughby (see above)

G: Quinn Denker “6-2” (West Valley): Denker had a great first season as the guard helped lead the Vikings to the state championship game. The guard averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds in his first season in Saratoga. Denker scored in double figures in 26 out of 30 games and posted a season high of 34 points against San Mateo. Denker shot 48% from the floor, and 44% from downtown and averaged 13.3 points at the Elite Eight. The guard was 14th in the state in assists and had a 2.6 to 1 assists to turnover ratio. Quinker was named Freshman of the Year in the Coast South Conference and had a solid freshman campaign for the Vikings.

F: Casey Cappo “6-6” (Diablo Valley): Cappo was a standout this past season for the Vikings after a stellar freshman season. The freshman forward averaged 16.2 points and 9.6 rebounds and showed his skill set throughout the 2021-2022 season. Cappo scored in double figures in 21 out of 25 games he played in and scored a season high of 31 points against Folsom Lake. The freshman scored 20 or more points in 7 games, and recorded a season high of 16 rebounds twice in his freshman season. Cappo posted 11 double doubles and shot 52% from the floor and shot 35% from downtown in his first season for the Vikings.

F: Jon Nchekwube “6-7” (College of the Redwoods): The player of the year from the Golden Valley Conference made his mark in his first season in Northern California. Nchekwube had a standout first season and helped lead the Corsairs to a Golden Valley Conference championship, a playoff win, and 21 wins under his belt in his freshman campaign. The freshman from Portland averaged 16.3 points and 13.8 rebounds while shooting 60% from the floor. Nchekwube scored in double figures in 24 out of 26 games and posted 19 double doubles in the 2021-2022 season. The forward had four games where he had 20 rebounds and Nchekwube scored a season high of 25 points against Feather River.

C: Jordahn Johnson “6-8” (Las Positas): Johnson had an elite year for the Hawks as the big man helped lead Las Positas to an Elite Eight appearance in his freshman campaign. Johnson averaged 16.4 points and 11.0 rebounds in his first season while shooting 75% from the floor. The big man led the state in field goal percentage, was 6th in offensive rebounding, 10th in rebounds per game and 15th in the state in blocks. Johnson scored in double figures in 23 out of 29 games and he posted 17 double doubles for the Hawks. Johnson pulled down a season high of 25 rebounds against Ohlone and scored a season high of 41 points against Ohlone.

STLB Norcal Freshmen 2nd Team:

G: Miles Lewis “6-0” (Contra Costa): Lewis led the Comets in scoring and had a standout first season. Lewis averaged 15.9 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.4 rebounds for Contra Costa in his freshman campaign. The guard scored in double figures in 26 out of 27 games and had a season high of 23 points against Merced. Lewis shot 48% from the floor, 33% from downtown and 77% from the free throw line. Lewis averaged 20 points per game in two playoff games while shooting 51% from the floor against San Jose and Sequoias.

G: Devan Sapp “6-4” (CCSF): Sapp had a standout season for the Rams and helped lead San Francisco to the state championship. The guard averaged 10.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in his freshman season for the Rams. Sapp shot 44% from the floor and 40% from the three point line in his first season. The guard was 8th in the state in three pointers made (80) and scored in double figures 19 times. Sapp registered a career high of 23 points against Canada and made at least one three pointer in 31 out of his 32 games. The sharp shooter made at least four three pointers in eight games and shot 77% from the line for the Rams.

F: Mahmoud Fofana “6-6” (West Valley): One of the most explosive players in the state that played well for the state runner ups in his freshman season. Fofana averaged 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in his first season for the Vikings. The forward scored in double figures 19 times but impacted the game in so many other ways. Fofana scored a season high of 22 against Hartnell, had a season high of 16 rebounds against San Jose and shot 63% from the floor. Fofana was 10th in the state in offensive rebounds, 6th in the state in block shots (77), 14th in the state in field goal percentage and had four double doubles for the Vikings in his first season.

F: Parker Hunt “6-7” (Monterey): Hunt had a standout season for the Lobos in his first year stepping on the floor at the junior college level. The big man averaged 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in his freshman season. Hunt scored in double figures 21 times and scored over 20 points six times in the 2021-2022 season. Hunt had 16 games where he had double figures in rebounding, had 10 games where he had 5 or more blocks (10 was his season high), and recorded 16 double doubles. Hunt shot 62% from the floor and had a season high of 16 rebounds against Lassen in his freshman year.

C: Vincent Olmo “6-9” (San Joaquin Delta): Olmo was a key player for the Mustangs in his first season in Stockton. The big man in the middle averaged 14.1 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 60% from thee floor. Olmo scored in double figures in 24 out of 28 games and scored a season high of 25 points against Sacramento. Olmo posted fourteen double doubles and had a season high against of 20 rebounds against Sacramento in Big 8 conference action against Sacramento.

Freshmen Honorable Mention: Anthony Vaughn (American River), Rolantae Knowles (Butte), Isaac Wood (Butte), Joe Rush (Cabrillo), Diggy Winbush (Chabot), Jaiden Rivera (Chabot), Ja’Rod Webb (Cosumnes River), Omarion Thomas (De Anza), Tobey Flores (De Anza), Alex Harris (De Anza), Mike Teal (Merced), Malik Edwards (Diablo Valley), Josh Niusulu (Diablo Valley), Gorday Lindsay (Diablo Valley), Terry Williams (Feather River), Dane Johnson (Folsom Lake), Chase Durkee (Foothill), Asrin Hackett (Fresno), Kiarie Patrick (Fresno), Tyler Biddison (Hartnell), Conner Brown (Hartnell), Brandon Fisher (Las Positas), D’montray Warner (Los Medanos), Daniel Fagan (Marin), Mike Teal (Merced), Lukas Prongos (Marin), Kymani Ladi (Merritt), Joshua Allen (Modesto), Chris Anderson (Monterey), Cameron Joseph (Napa), Ben Trette (Napa), Kaden Pierce (Merritt), Quame Smith (Porterville), Chozen Amadi (Porterville), Wrenn Robinson (CCSF), Mezziah Oakman (CCSF), Jamir Thomas (CCSF), Emmett Neal (CCSF), Julian Vaughns (CCSF), Kendrick Currey (Delta), Dayton Magana (Delta), Mason Ryan (San Jose), David Galentine (San Jose), Pearse Uniacke (San Mateo), Riley Smith (Santa Rosa), Terri Miller (Sequoias), Julius Alcantara (Skyline), Jonathan Cobbs (Solano), Jacob Ebert (Solano), RJ Smith (Yuba), Josiah Palumbo (Shasta), Braeden Walls (Siskiyous), Isaiah Duve (Sierra), David Ogunleye (Chabot), Darien Guyton (Lassen), Suheil Ibrahim (Gavilan), Caleb Onuonga (Gavilan), Jailen Daniel-Dalton (Gavilan), Jalen Williams (Foothill), Alfred Njunge (Los Medanos).