With the high school basketball season officially a wrap, it’s time we start to roll out our All SoCal Player and Coach of the year, along with our first, second and third All-SoCal teams. These teams were constructed with input…
With the high school basketball season officially a wrap, it’s time we start to roll out our All SoCal Player and Coach of the year, along with our first, second and third All-SoCal teams.
These teams were constructed with input from our SoCal writers and contributors and take into account a player’s full body of work, from statistical contributions, to the impact they had on winning and how far their team went in the postseason in their respective Sections and State Divisions. Here are the All-SoCal Second Team selections.
G Devin Askew Devin Askew 6'3" | PG Mater Dei | 2020 State #18 Nation CA-S , Mater Dei
Askew was the orchestrator for the 25-8 Monarchs. The 6-foot-4 point guard pulled all the right strings more often than not when initiating offense and balancing when to score and when to get teammates involved. His signature performance came against Rancho Christian in the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs when he scored 43 points to will his team to victory. The senior, after reclassifying from the 2021 class to 2020, will take his increased point guard feel and pinpoint passing ability to Kentucky next fall after leading the Monarchs to the Southern Section Open Division title game where they fell to Sierra Canyon.St. Francis coach Todd Wolfson had high praise for four-year standout [player_tooltip player_id="644871" first="Andre" last="Henry"], calling him one of the best players he’s ever coached.
G Andre Henry Andre Henry 6'4" | CG St. Francis | 2020 State #384 Nation CA-S , St. Francis
Henry fits in to that Paris Dawson Paris Dawson 6'1" | PG Corona Centennial | 2020 State #356 Nation CA-S mold of being one of the most important individual players to his team’s success. The 6-foot-4 senior played every position on the floor for the Golden Knights and was most effective with the ball in his hands where he made all the right decisions when choosing to score while also trusting his teammates to make shots. Henry, who is headed to UC Irvine, led St. Francis to the CIF-SS Division 2AA final where it fell to Santa Clarita Christian and followed that up with a CIF State SoCal Division II Regional title. The Co-MVP of the Mission League led the Golden Knights to 30 wins with averages of 24.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 3.5 assists per game.
G Lamont Butler Lamont Butler 6'1" | PG Riverside Poly | 2020 State #151 Nation CA-S , Riverside Poly
Butler’s ability to control the pace of a game offensively and impact it in a variety of ways defensively are why we consider him such a valuable asset at the high school level. The 6-foot-1 senior epitomizes the term “true point guard” and ran the Poly Bears offensive with precision and basketball IQ. Butler upped his aggressiveness as a scorer this season, which also led to an improved stroke and confidence from three-point range. Butler’s on-court and off-court leadership helped Poly reach the CIF-SS Division 1 title game, where it fell to Windward in a close game, and the CIF State Division II SoCal quarterfinals before falling to Damien in a six overtime thriller. Butler, who will be at San Diego State next fall, finished the season with averages of 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
F Jaylen Clark Jaylen Clark 6'4" | SF Etiwanda | 2020 State #108 Nation CA-S , Etiwanda
Clark made the move from Centennial to Etiwanda and while there was no questioning Clark’s talent and impact on both ends of the floor, it was going to be interesting to see how he fit in with an Eagles’ squad, whose core group had been playing together for the last three seasons. Clark’s impact was swift when he became eligible after sitting out per CIF-SS transfer rules as his ability to create offense and defend multiple positions lifted Etiwanda on both ends of the floor. the UCLA-bound wing helped the Eagles reach the CIF State SoCal open Division title game where they fell to Sierra Canyon by two.
C Mason Hooks Mason Hooks 6'10" | C Harvard-Westlake | 2020 State #271 Nation CA-S , Harvard-Westlake
Hooks shared Mission League MVP honors with the above-mentioned Henry and led Harvard-Westlake to 25 wins and appearances in the Southern Section and State Open Division fields. The 6-foot-10 center provided the Wolverines with a true interior presence, something not often seen in the current state of high school basketball. Hooks wasn’t just a defensive enforcer and rebounder, either, as his back-to-the-basket skill set and touch around the rim made him a difficult cover for just about any opponent tasked with stopping him. The Princeton-bound senior closed the season with averages of 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and 1.7 blocks per game.