Boys' All-Star Team

GArron Afflalo, Compton Centennial6-5Jr.Returned to Centennial after a three-month stay at Los Angeles Price and led the Apaches to the Division III state title after averaging nearly 23 points a game. Afflalo, who signed with UCLA, was named Southern Section Division III-A co-player of the year.FJamal Boykin, Fairfax6-7Jr.Was named the state's best junior by CalHi Sports after averaging 19.5 points and 11.4 rebounds a game for the Division I state champions. Boykin also made 76.7% of his field-goal attempts. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino recently paid a home recruiting visit.GJordan Farmar, Taft6-2Sr.Farmar averaged 27.5 points a game for the Toreadors but might have averaged closer to 40 if he wasn't so adamant about getting the rest of his team involved. He was at his best down the stretch of big games, including his decisive performance against Fairfax in the City Section final. GBryan Harvey, Dominguez6-5Jr.The steady leader for Dominguez in its run to the Division II state title. Harvey averaged a team-high 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds a game and was named the division's state player of the year by CalHi Sports. Dominguez Coach Russell Otis said Harvey is one of the smartest players he has coached.CLorenzo Mata, South Gate6-9Jr.Averaged nearly 25 points and 18 rebounds a game for a team that didn't have much else to offer. His shot-blocking ability is another skill that convinced UCLA to offer him a scholarship. Mata helped South Gate go unbeaten in the Eastern League and post a rare playoff victory.FNick Young, Cleveland6-6Jr.After winning a petition to be granted an extra year of eligibility, Young took advantage by averaging 27.1 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. Young, who signed with USC, was especially active in the City playoffs, scoring 32 in a victory at Fremont and 28 in a loss to Fairfax.GGabe Pruitt, Westchester6-4Jr.Pruitt's tenure didn't go exactly how he hoped at Westchester. He was declared ineligible his junior season and the Comets were banned from the playoffs last season, but Pruitt still proved to be one of the top shooting guards in the state after averaging 22 points a game.GJosh Shipp, Fairfax6-5Jr.Averaged 30.4 points a game in leading the Lions to their first Division I state title. Shipp was especially tough the closer he got to winning a state title, scoring 33 in an overtime victory over Etiwanda in the Southern California Regional final and 22 of his team's 51 points in the state final.GTyler Smith, Santa Margarita6-3Jr.Smith seemed to play better the bigger the game. He averaged 15.7 points a game but outdid that in a victory over Mater Dei that helped clinch a share of the Serra League title, against Calabasas in winning the Southern Section Division III-AA title and against Compton Centennial in a regional final.GBryce Taylor, Harvard-Westlake6-5Jr.Shook off an inconsistent start to the season and emerged as the section's co-player of the year in Division III-A. Taylor, who signed with Oregon, averaged 24 points a game in leading the Wolverines to their second consecutive section title.Coach of the year: Randy Wellen, Sunny HillsTook a team that had lost seven consecutive games and nine of 10 in December all the way to the Southern California Regional Division II final. The Lancers won the program's first section title in Division II-AA, upsetting the second- and third-seeded teams along the way.

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