BurlisonOnBasketball all-junior selections

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The identity of the 2016-17 BurlisonOnBasketball Southern California Most Outstanding Junior shouldn’t exactly come as any kind of seismographic shock to anyone who follows high school hoops anywhere it’s played.

Marvin Bagley III’s dazzling play helped lead Chatsworth Sierra Canyon High to the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section’s Open Division playoff bracket and a Top 5 or so national ranking for much of the season.

Sierra’s Canyon’s season ended well short of the expectations that had been set in place for it going into a campaign in which the Trailblazers returned four starters (Bagley was ineligible after transferring to the school in January of 2016) from a team that lost to Chino Hills in the 2016 CIF Southern Section Open championship game.

Sierra Canyon was upset by eventual state champion Torrance Bishop Montgomery in the semifinals of the CIF SS Open semifinals. And then it was stunned in the first round of the State Open Regional competition, at home, by San Diego St. Augustine.

But those stumbles didn’t negate from the superb junior season turned in by the multi-skilled Bagley.

As was the case with my all-freshman and all-sophomore selections,  players from the CIF Southern, L.A. City and San Diego Sections were eligible for the “all” selections, and each player should have been a starter or at least, if a reserve, often played something approaching “starters’ minutes”.

And players were selected based upon their individual accomplishments coupled with their teams’ successes – not on “college potential” or “how many scholarships offers” they may have received at this point of their prep careers.

One notable absence: 7-foot-2 Bol Bol was not placed on any of the teams listed below because he played less than half of Santa Ana Mater Dei’s games after transferring to the school from Kansas City in January.

Bol Bol, who played in 15 of Mater Dei’s 36 games, would have likely been a first team selection he had played in three more games.

The “Junior” selections follow:


Player of the Year

Marvin Bagley III 6-9 Chatsworth Sierra Canyon


First Team

Matt Bradley 6-4 San Bernardino

Taeshon Cherry 6-8 San Diego St. Augustine

Devonaire Doutrive 6-5 Lake Balboa Birmingham

Spencer Freedman 6-1 Santa Ana Mater Dei

David Singleton 6-4 Torrance Bishop Montgomery


Second Team

Riley Battin 6-8 Oak Park

Jules Bernard 6-5 Los Angeles Windward

Kessler Edwards 6-6 Etiwanda

Bryce Hamilton 6-4 Pasadena

Taurus Samuels 6-1 Vista


Third Team

Kihei Clark 5-8 Woodland Hills Taft

Jamal Hartwell 6-1 Los Angeles Fairfax

D.J. McDonald 6-0 Mission Hills Alemany

Miles Norris 6-9 La Mesa Helix

Fletcher Tynen 6-6 Torrance Bishop Montgomery


Fourth Team

De’Sean Allen-Eikens 6-6 Santa Monica

Wayne Arnold 6-3 Compton Dominguez

Jordan Guest 6-8 RSM Santa Margarita

Joel Mensah 6-9 San Juan Capistrano JSerra

Cameron Shelton 6-2 La Verne Damien


Fifth Team

Dawson Baker 6-2 Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley

Jacob Eyman 6-7 Los Alamitos

Fred Odhiambo 6-11 Mission Hills Alemany

Darryl Polk Jr. 5-9 Long Beach Poly

Dezmond Washington 6-6 Pasadena Blair


Sixth Team

Trey Anderson 6-6 Chula Vista Mater Dei Catholic

Harrison Butler 6-4 Santa Ana Mater Dei

Mehkel Harvey 6-8 Huntington Beach Ocean View

Antwan January 6-8 Woodland Hills Taft

Wes Slajchert 6-4 Oak Park


Seventh Team

Jeremiah Martin 6-5 San Bernardino Cajon

Eli McCullough 6-2 La Verne Damien

Michael Wang 6-8 Santa Ana Mater Dei

Ofure Ujadughele 6-3 Chino Hills

Warren Washington 6-9 San Marcos Mission Hills

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