The Shasta County Sports Top 25 boys basketball players are ranked, in a countdown format, based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season. Coaches’ opinions, statistics, postseason accolades, video highlights and the “eye test” were all factors in compiling the list.
The only teams included are in Shasta County — Anderson, Burney, Central Valley, Enterprise, Fall River, Foothill, Redding Christian, Shasta, U-Prep and West Valley. Some schools (Burney, Fall River and Redding Christian) have opted out of playing hoops this spring to not compete for athletes and other sports during the pandemic but we ranked those players as if they were going to have a season — to be fair to those who have earned the spot to be on the list.
The Top 25 Returning Players List is sponsored by Redding Rancheria, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.
1. DeMarryea Lewis-Cooper | G | Enterprise | Jr.
It should come as no surprise to North State basketball fans that the No. 1 Shasta County Sports returning basketball player is DeMarreya Lewis-Cooper.
Unless you’re a total homer or just haven’t been paying attention, you’ve been waiting to see what DLC did in his junior campaign. Unfortunately for hoop-heads, the season was scuttled due to COVID, but thankfully we’ll take a shortened calendar – that begins tonight with a game at Shasta – to see the next step in the evolution of his game. And etch his name in the long line of Enterprise greats including Brody Angley, Anthony and James Williams, Ty Green and Kaelan Crisosto, among others.
He averaged nearly 15 points per night in his sophomore season, while adding 3.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per night for the 16-13 Hornets. And while the numbers are impressive, they don’t scratch the surface at showing the intangibles DLC brings to the floor each night.
Lewis-Cooper possesses court vision beyond his years and carries a quiet presence onto the floor that unmistakably announces “I’m the best player on the floor.” His basketball IQ is off the charts and even bad passes happen because he’s often two steps ahead of his teammates.
DLC dropped double-digits in all but four games last season with a full offensive arsenal to silence the crowd. He’s strong enough to pull a rebound down in traffic, and quick enough to turn it into transition points. He can hit from all over the floor and his quick trigger on the 3-ball often catches defenders napping. Running the point, his accuracy is pinpoint and command of the offense is thorough.
Defensively, DLC is an in-your-jersey defender who doesn’t shy from a challenge and makes pick-pocketing an opposing player look effortless.