Outstanding Offensive Player
AUSTIN ARMSTEAD• School: Bullard
• Grade: Senior
• Position: Guard
• He’s qualified because: The 6-3 left-hander and County/Metro Athletic Conference MVP closed one of the most successful four-year careers in Fresno County history by averaging 19.7 points for a 19-11 Knights team that tied for the league title and placed second to Edison for the Central Section D-I crown. Bullard went 96-30, including a 38-2 CMAC record, won four league championships and made the D-I finals at Selland Arena all four years — winning twice — in his career. He scored 1,169 career points, according to section historian Bob Barnett, and was even better defensively. He has a few college options but remains undecided.
• He said it: “Austin has the unique ability to play all positions on the court, offensively and defensively, which was important for our success. He put us on his back and carried us in several big games. He’s had an unbelievable four-year career, and not a lot of guys can say they played four years varsity at this level. He’s a wonderful young man and a pleasure to coach.” — Bullard coach Jeff Schmidt.
Outstanding Defensive Player
JAMONT WILSON• School: Edison
• Grade: Senior
• Position: Center
• He’s qualified because: At 6-7, he was the enforcer on a 22-9 Tigers team that tied Bullard for the County/Metro Athletic Conference championship and won a second straight Central Section Division I title. He led the team in scoring (12.5), rebounds (8.5) and blocks (2.1). In Edison’s 54-46 win over Bullard at Selland Arena in the D-I final, he delivered 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. He’s being recruited heavily by junior colleges in addition to a few D-I and D-II schools.
• He said it: “Last year, he was a role guy who helped us win the title. But, this year, he had to be the guy. He has learned the importance of hard work in all aspects of his life. He’s a great kid with a bright future.” — Edison coach T.J. Wilkins.
Coach of the Year
C.J. HAYDOCK• School: Immanuel
• He’s qualified because: He was dealt a hot hand and played it exceptionally through meticulous daily preparation and thorough scouting of the opposition in a school-record 30-3 season, highlighted by a Central Section Division IV title and a 77-60 thumping of Oaks Christian-Westlake Village in the quarterfinals of the Southern California D-IV Regional. No one in the section could match the skills of juniors Colin Slater and R.J. Horn, sophomore Darrin Person Jr. and a rising star in freshman Nate Kendricks. And Haydock drew the best out of them as the Eagles went 24-0 within the section, winning by an average of 34 points. Only D-I Centennial (54-51) and D-II Roosevelt (65-57) were threats. Immanuel’s only losses were to 30-4 and state 10th-ranked Modesto Christian (56-54), 29-4 and state No. 16 El Cerrito (76-61) — both D-II teams — and 27-10 Campbell Hall-North Hollywood (77-71) in the regionals semis.
• He said it: “As a coaching staff, it was, ‘OK, we’ve been blessed with a lot, with an administration that gets it, a community that’s unbelievable and, all of a sudden, we have all this talent. So now let’s be faithful with what’s been given to us, pay attention to detail every day, how process oriented can we be, and let’s not be the guys to screw this up.’ Most rewarding was without a doubt the relationships and watching our kids sacrifice for something bigger than themselves, watching them put aside their self ambitions and stats. I’m tremendously proud of them.” — Haydock.
The Pretty 30• Adrian Antunez, sophomore, Clovis West
• Kilon Bradford, senior, Granite Hills
• Jonell Burton, senior, Mission Oak
• Nathan Dodlinger, senior, Fowler
• Justin Duran, junior, Porterville
• Jaylunn English, junior, Lemoore
• Rovan Halloway, senior, Central
• Braxton Hicks, senior, Edison
• Trevor Hooper, senior, Washington
• R.J. Horn, junior, Immanuel
• Kevin Howland-Wolaridge, senior, Bullard
• Ju’Wuane Hughes, junior, Hanford
• Jahvon Johnson, junior, Clovis North
• Brian King Jr., senior, Roosevelt
• Stacey Leggett, senior, Clovis West
• Lee Major, sophomore, Fresno
• Jalonni McCorvey, senior, Sunnyside
• Donovan Mitchell, junior, Buchanan
• Austin Molezzo, junior, Mission Oak
• Elijah Moreno, junior, Porterville
• Michael Orlich, senior, Clovis West
• Jeremiah Quinn, senior, Fresno
• Trent Reynolds, senior, Hanford
• Ethan Richardson, junior, Madera
• David Rico, sophomore, Kerman
• Will Shannon, junior, Mission Oak
• Lavelle Smith, junior, Clovis East
• Lunden Taylor, frosh, Memorial
• Brandon Waltrip, senior, Caruthers
• Bryson Williams, junior, Roosevelt