Fastbreak: Four-year varsity letterman, two-year starting point guard and West Sierra League Player of the Year drove program to consecutive Division IV championship appearances at Selland Arena while the Horned Toads went combined 51-17 for best two-year record in school history. He'll play next season for his father, West Hills coach Mark Arce, after averaging 8.8 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 steals for 27-7 team this season.
Fastbreak: Tri-River Athletic Conference co-Player of Year closed four-year varsity career by averaging 17.7 points, 14.1 rebounds (including school-record 454 total), 3.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.0 blocks for 27-5 team that captured second straight TRAC title. He split his career (two years each) between Clovis East and Central, following his father and coach, Tim Amundsen at both programs. "It's hard for me to say because he's my son,"Tim Amundsen says, "but I've never had a player, inside and out, in 20 years of coaching better than Nate."
School: Clovis East
Fastbreak: Bee Player of Year runner-up closed four-year varsity career by managing floor with authority, attacking basket, shooting well from long distance and averaging 22.6 points in the Tri-River Athletic Conference while leading Timberwolves to 22-9 record a year after they went 8-20. "Amazing competitor," coach Adrian Wiggins says. "And super fun to coach; that was the best part."
Fastbreak: North Sequoia League Player of Year averaged 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for 27-6 team that won D-IV title. The 6-4, 220-pounder also averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds as a junior and 10.6 in both departments as a sophomore. "A great athlete who plays a lot bigger than he actually is," coach Tony Petersen says.
School: Clovis West
Fastbreak: All-Tri-River Athletic Conference selection averaged 19.7 points in league and 15.2 overall while shooting 56% from field and 78% on free throws and averaging 4.9 rebounds for 19-9 Golden Eagles. He was key in handing TRAC champ Central its only league loss, making six 3-pointers and scoring 26 points in 82-76 Eagles victory.
Fastbreak: Averages of 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds appear pedestrian in large part because this 27-8 team rotated 10 players while winning state record-tying 22nd section title (D-I) and reaching Southern California Regional quarterfinals. But the 6-5 senior dominated when lights brightened. Examples: 24-point, 13-rebound performance in 78-45 road destruction as sixth seed of No. 3 Clovis East in Central Section quarters and, above all, a crowd-stirring 23-point effort on 10-of-17 shooting and three dunks in 58-41 humbling of three-year reigning champion Bullard in section D-I final at Selland Arena.
Fastbreak: Central Section's most dominant freshman — and one of state's top rookies as well — averaged 20.2 points, 15.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for a 23-7 team that won section D-V title and reached SoCal Regional quarterfinals. "Darrin played with composure and maturity well beyond his years," Eagles coach C.J. Haydock says. "His talent makes him special, and when you add in his character, it makes him a once-in-a-lifetime kind of player. Without a doubt, his future is incredibly bright."
Fastbreak: Wire-to-wire anchor of 27-8 Central Section D-I champion averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals — numbers trumped by his team influence. "What a great inspiration he has been to us all; I've never been more proud of a player," Tigers coach T.J. Wilkins says of the 6-4 player who contributed nine points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 58-41 throttling of favored Bullard in the D-I final at Selland Arena.
Fastbreak: Breaking out at point guard after playing behind Bee 2013 co-Player of Year Chris Russell, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals while finishing close second to teammate Calvin Young for County/Metro Athletic Conference MVP. Knights' 10-0 league campaign was highlighted by Rystad's 27-point, four-steal performance in 81-72 win over Edison, the section's eventual D-I champion.
School: Mission Oak
Fastbreak: Among the most accomplished point guards in Tulare-Kings counties history, he checks out with school-record 1,919 points and 92-31 record in four varsity seasons. Losing a third of his senior season to high ankle sprain, he still averaged 20.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Next: Biola University.
Fastbreak: Spinning many heads in region — no less than Fresno State coach Rodney Terry, who has his oral pledge to play for Bulldogs — the 6-6 player averaged 13.2 points and Central Section season record 17.3 rebounds for 27-8 team. He had 12 points, 12 rebounds in 62-61 loss to Fresno for the D-I title after powering North Yosemite League sweep of Warriors while Rough Riders captured their first conference title in 35 years.
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