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.
10. Kevin Cox | G | U-Prep | Sr.
Cox isn’t one to shy away from a big moment. Last week, he was the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game for football but most of his glory comes from the hardwood where he buried multiple clutch shots for U-Prep down the stretch in the Northern Section Division IV championship game to help the Panthers repeat. U-Prep coach Mark Stephens celebrates Cox’s ability to step up when the stakes are high and thinks he’s one of the best on-ball defenders in the Northern Section. With the skills to go coast-to-coast, pull up from beyond the arc and playing lockdown defense, Cox is one of the reasons why U-Prep should content as the top team in Shasta County this spring.