2018-19 boys All Northern Section basketball teams released

Mount Shasta’s Kole Riccomini was named the Northern Section boys basketball MVP after leading the Bears to the CIF Division V state game. His brother Kaden joins him as a first-team selection, while seven Shasta County players were honored on one of the three all section teams. (Photo by Eddie Saltzman)

The 2018-19 All Northern Section boys basketball team includes seven Shasta County players, two Mount Shasta brothers and six others who all led their teams to impressive seasons and equally impressive postseason runs.

Leading this year’s boys selections is MVP Kole Riccomini of Mount Shasta, who led the Bears to the CIF Division V state title game. Joining him on the first team is twin Kaden Riccomini.

Shasta County players Austin Larson of Redding Chrisitan and Foothill’s Josiah Hutt both land on the first team along with Pleasant Valley center Treyson Keating. Larson led the Lions to a 33-1 season and a NorCal Division VI title-game appearance, while Hutt paced the Cougars to another deep Division III NorCal playoff run.

Paradise’s Jerry Cleek was named Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to a league title and NorCal appearance despite dealing with the deadly Camp Fire and the aftermath of not having a school to practice at.

Second-team selections include Shasta’s JT Beasley, West Valley sharpshooter Sean Proscher and Enterprise big man Khristian Clements. The Shasta County trio is joined by Gridley’s Grant Tull and PV’s Tyler Otterlei.

Third-team choices include U-Prep sophomore Tanner Stephens, Foothill junior Luke Lindsey along with PV’s Daniel Montoya, Paradise’s Joe Lawrie and Jonathan Corchado of Pierce.

The All Northern Section basketball teams are selection by consensus of media members in the North State including Shasta County Sports, the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Redding Record Searchlight, the Marysville Appeal-Deomcrat and MaxPreps.

First team

G – Kole Riccomini, Mount Shasta, MVP, Sr.
The stats: 17.7 points per game, 5 rebounds, 3.9 assist, 3.6 steals; 621 points this season (1,262 career, good for third all-time in Bears history)
The accolades: Shasta Cascade League MVP
The eye test: The numbers might be better overall for Kaden Riccomini, but Kole was the fuel that powered the Mount Shasta engine. In the state final, Foothill worked a box-and-one designed to slow him down, but he still managed 13 points. In the NorCal final against Dinuba he led the team with a “quiet” 26 and paced the Bears with a team-high 27 in the section finals.
They said it:
“He’s upped his game in so many ways,” said Kaden Riccomini. “We knew we’d be good coming into the season, but he knew that if we wanted to go to that next level, he’d have to get even better and lead us there … and he did.”

G – Austin Larson, Redding Christian, Sr.
The stats: 29.8 ppg, 15 rebounds, 6.1 assist; 3.4 steals, 1,014 points (Northern Section single-season record), 2,159 career points
The accolades: Five Star League MVP
The eye test: Larson obliterated the section scoring mark held by Quincy’s Ricky King by 191 points and led the Lions to the NorCal Division VI title game and a 33-1 season (a section record). Larson could score at will, inside or out, but he also had a nose for the ball and a knack for making big plays. In the section final, the senior dropped 33 points, including all 17 of the Lions’ fourth-quarter points in the 54-50 victory.
They said it: “He’s big time,” said Lions coach Todd Dwyer. “He always comes up big when the moment is the brightest.”

C – Treyson Keating, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
The stats: 12.3 ppg, 8.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The Vikings’ big body in the middle is a multi-faceted player. He’s got the ability to fill up the bucket, but also is a tremendous passer. He’s a monster on the board and was a calming influence during the games for Tim Keating’s group. The coach’s son was patient, took what the defense gave the Vikings and helped them to a second-straight Northern Section Division III title.
They said it: “Very fundamental,” said Foothill coach Bill Elliott. “If you don’t think about moving (defensively) as the ball moves, he’ll get position on you and take you to ‘The Woodshed.’ ”

F – Josiah Hutt, Foothill, Sr.
The stats: 18.4 ppg, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: A four-year varsity starter, Hutt’s team reached the section finals every year. The lanky guard/forward had a deadly jumper from anywhere this side of half court. He wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger with a hand in his face and hit a slew of clutch shots on the Cougars’ deep run in the NorCal playoffs.
They said it: “He’s a kid that could potentially play at the next level,” Foothill coach Bill Elliott said. “He knows it, everyone knows it and we are going to rely on his floor leadership.”

F – Kaden Riccomini, Mount Shasta, Sr.
The stats: 21.7 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 steals; 2,484 career points (second in section history behind Matt Bryant of Westwood)
The accolades: All Shasta Cascade League
The eye test: A true inside/outside threat, Kaden Riccomini could score from anywhere on the floor. From beyond the arc to a beautiful 10-foot jumper to the ability to take a defender off the dribble and finish at the rim, Riccomini was near impossible to stop. And if you did manage, he’s an excellent passer who had a knack for finding a teammate for an open look. Just like twin Kole, Kaden had the ability to take over a game on offense. Defensively, he was stout and had an uncanny nose for the ball.
They said it: “Kaden Riccomini can flat-out play,” said Foothill (Bakersfield) coach Wesley Davis III. “And I hear he’s a better baseball player … now that scary.”

Second team

G – JT Beasley, Shasta, Jr.
The stats: 15.4 ppg, 4.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The Wolves junior stepped up big-time this season, increasing offensive output by 10 points per night with a motor that doesn’t turn off or slow down. A tenacious in-your-jersey defender, Beasley showed his prowess on the other side by slashing to the rim, finishing on the break and developing a sweet floater in traffic.

G – Sean Proscher, West Valley, Jr.
The stats: 18.9 ppg, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals
The accolades: Northern Athletic League MVP
The eye test: Man, oh man can Proscher fill the bucket from range. A 40 percent shooter from distance, the Eagles’ sharpshooter proved deadly for the NAL. He dropped double-digits in all but one of the Eagles’ 31 contests and was responsible for nearly a third of West Valley’s nightly output.

C – Grant Tull, Gridley, Soph.
The stats: 18.7 ppg, 4.8 rebounds, 2 assists
The accolades: Butte View League MVP
The eye test: A typical, modern-day big, Tull can do a little of everything. He’s a great rebounder, can facilitate and will bury you if you let him shoot. A fearless competitor, Tull, whose sister also made All Section, is poised to lead the Bulldogs for two more years.

F – Khristian Clements, Enterprise, Sr.
The stats: 12.9 ppg, 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The Hornets big man developed a tremendous low-post game over the past two seasons. His footwork was amazing and his ability to finish in traffic was unparalleled. But the big fella also loved to get out on the break and was deceptively quick and money in transition. A defender always up to the challenge, Clements guarded the paint with dominating presence.

F – Tyler Otterlei, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
The stats: 11.1 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The Vikings senior has the body of a forward, the quickness of a guard and an all-around game that helped PV capture back-to-back section titles. Otterlei could shoot from outside, while also being able to finish in traffic.

Third Team

G – Tanner Stephens, U-Prep, Soph.
The stats: 13.8 ppg, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals
The accolades: All Northern Athletic League
The eye test: The Panthers sophomore emerged as a legitimate MVP threat in future years. He led the Panthers to a share of the NAL title before breaking his arm midway through league play. The 6-5 Stephens can score from just about anywhere and became a first-option on a senior heavy team.

G – Daniel Montoya, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
The stats: 10.4 ppg, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League honorable mention
The eye test: Don’t lose Montoya on defense or he can, and will, bury you. The PV senior had a sweet touch from range and was often the guy that daggered opponents who spent too much time defending Keating or Otterlei.

G – Joe Lawrie, Paradise, Sr.
The stats: 14.8 ppg, 3.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals
The accolades: Westside League MVP
The eye test: It’s not an exaggeration to say Lawrie’s favorite shooting spot was “anywhere.” The Bobcats guard has NBA range and was never afraid to pull the trigger.

F – Jonathan Corchado, Pierce, Sr.
The stats: 13.1 ppg, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals
The accolades: Sacramento Valley League MVP
The eye test: The three-year varsity starter was athletic, could shoot – 43 percent from range and nearly 50 percent from the field – and defend at any level. He saved his best for crunch time, too, scoring double-digits in the Bears’ final 12 contests.

F – Luke Lindsey, Foothill, Jr.
The stats: 11.9 ppg, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.4 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: Instant energy. Lindsey provided a spark for the Cougars all season and along the way polished his game to become a two-way threat. He has a nice jumper and was never afraid to mix it up in the paint for the section finalists.

2018-19 All-Northern Section Boys Basketball Team

MVP — Kole Riccomini, Mount Shasta, Sr.
Coach — Jerry Clink, Paradise

First Team
G — Kole Riccomini, Mount Shasta, MVP, Sr.
G — Austin Larson, Redding Christian, Sr.
C — Treyson Keating, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
F — Josiah Hutt, Foothill, Sr.
F — Kaden Riccomini, Mount Shasta, Sr.

Second Team
G — JT Beasley, Shasta, Jr.
G — Sean Proscher, West Valley, Jr.
C — Grant Tull, Gridley, Soph.
F — Khristian Clements, Enterprise, Sr.
F — Tyler Otterlei, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
Third Team
G — Tanner Stephens, U-Prep, Soph.
G — Daniel Montoya, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
G — Joe Lawrie, Paradise, Sr.
F — Jonathan Corchado, Pierce, Sr.
F — Luke Lindsey, Foothill, Jr.

About Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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