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Shasta County Sports 2018-19 All-County boys basketball team

Chances are that if you rolled into a gym with any of the 26 members of the 2018-19 Shasta County Sports’ All Shasta County boys basketball team and called “Next” you’d be playing for a while. The collection of players represents the best the North State has to offer, with All Section players, section-title winners, explosive offensive threats and defensive stalwarts.

The 2018-19 All-County boys basketball team is led by Josiah Hutt, Sean Proscher, JT Beasley, Khristian Clements and Austin Larson. The quarter heads a class of 26 players that stood out on the hardwood this season (Graphic by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports, photos by Mike Daly & Eddie Saltzman)

Chances are that if you rolled into a gym with any of the 26 members of the 2018-19 Shasta County Sports’ All-Shasta County boys basketball team and called “Next” you’d be playing for a while. The collection of players represents the best the North State has to offer, with All Section players, section-title winners, explosive offensive threats and defensive stalwarts. From seniors and juniors to a sophomore and freshman, the All County boys basketball team — sponsored by Weaver Lumber and Milgard Windows — features players we are certain have a bright collegiate future and more than we will get to see do amazing things for the next few years.

Players were chosen by the Shasta County Sports staff and picked through extensive game coverage throughout the season. In addition to the “eye test,” players were also evaluated using statistics and coach input.

Foothill’s Josiah Hutt is this year’s Most Valuable Player after leading the Cougars a school record 25 wins and a NorCal semifinal finish. Along the way, he averaged nearly 19 points per night and was perhaps the most feared shooter in Northern California. He could hit from range, beat you off the dribble and wasn’t shy about banging down low for a bucket in the paint. But through it all, Hutt was the unquestioned leader of the Cougars.

This season’s Shasta County Sports’ Coach of the Year is Foothill’s Bill Elliott. After losing a ton to graduation, questions about how Elliott could transform a roster led by Hutt and a bunch of unproven guys. And as he usually does, Elliott whipped the Cougars into shape, taking them to their third straight Northern Section finals appearance and winning multiple NorCal games for the third straight season.

The 2018-19 Shasta County Sports All Shasta County boys basketball team

Guard — Sean Proscher | West Valley | Junior


Stats: 18.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League MVP,  All-Northern Section second team
Strengths: There wasn’t a shot that Proscher was unable or unwilling to take. In the biggest moments, the sharpshooting Eagles junior most often rose to the occasion. He not only was deadly from range, but was really good at getting to the basket and finishing. And he was money from the free throw line, shooting 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Moments: Shooters shoot. It’s the oldest axiom in basketball. And Proscher could shoot, especially on Dec.  11 against Shasta.  He went for 22 in a 68-54 win over the upper division Wolves, and it was his outside game that made the difference that night. Proscher was 5-of-5 from range and helped the Eagles turn a three-point halftime edge into the 13-point victory.
Photo credit: Eddie Saltzman

Guard — JT Beasley | Shasta | Junior


Stats:
15.4 ppg, 4.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals
Honors: All League Eastern Athletic League, All Northern Section second team
Strengths: A tireless defender, Beasley upped his offensive output and led the Wolves in scoring this season. The junior had a sweet-touch jumper from 10 feet in, could beat defenders off the dribble as well as spot up for a dagger 3-pointer. And while the offense was a pleasant surprise for coach Jordan Freilich, Beasley’s in-your-shirt defense was something he’d hung his hat on as a sophomore playing up last season.
Moments: After a night in which nothing fell in a 57-47 loss to West Valley in the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic opening, Beasley regrouped and blistered Elk Grove and Oroville for 32 and 31 points, respectively. In the 66-56 win over the Herd, Beasley hit on 6-of-10 from range, 10-of-10 from the free throw line. The next night he was 14-of-19 from the field (11-of-13 inside the arc) and added eight assists as the Wolves won the consolation title 89-48.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Center — Khristian Clements | Enterprise | Senior


Stats:
12.9 ppg, 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Honors: All League Eastern Athletic League, All-Northern Section second team
Strengths: Watching Clements as a junior, you knew he was poised for a big senior season. His footwork had improved and he looked comfortable in his 6-foot-4 frame. Fast forward to this season and Clements not only put his low-post game together, her worked to develop a nice mid-range jumper and was surprisingly good running the floor and finishing on the break.
Moments: The 42 point total might be inflated because the game went to triple OT, but Clements was big time in the 85-80 win over McKinleyville on Dec. 28. The senior sent the game into overtime with a top-of-the-key 3-pointer. He then attacked the rim for an and-1 layup in second overtime for a 72-71 lead with 48 seconds remaining but McKinleyville tied it at 73 to force a third overtime. His teammates would help seal the win with late free throws in the third overtime, but Clements tallied a game-high 42 points, scoring 26 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime periods.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Josiah Hutt | Foothill | Senior | MVP


Stats:
18.4 ppg, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals
Honors: All League Eastern Athletic League, All-Northern Section first team
Strengths: The four-year varsity player is a gym rat. Hutt lives to play ball and has honed his craft for years. The modern-day big man, Hutt is a shooter in a forward’s body. Long and athletic, he is adept around the basket, but deadly from beyond the arc. Hutt has a true shooter’s mentality and wasn’t afraid to pull up from anywhere with or without a defender in his face.
Moments: There are a handful of 30-point moments throughout the season for Hutt. But perhaps his signature game came in the Northern Section Division III semifinals against Enterprise, the one team that gave the Cougars’ fits all season. Hutt, limited to four and 12 points in the regular-season meeting, scored a game-high 20 points to lift Foothill into the section title game. He dropped 11 straight in the third period to held Foothill get past the Hornets 55-50. He was 5-of-7 from distance and added nine big rebounds.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Austin Larson | Redding Christian | Senior


Stats:
29.8 ppg, 15 rebounds, 6.1 assist; 3.4 steals, 1,014 points (Northern Section single-season record), 2,159 career points
Honors: Five-Star League MVP, All-Northern Section first team
Strengths: There weren’t many things Larson couldn’t accomplish on the court during his illustrious prep career. One of them that he mastered was taking over a game when he had to. Regularly scoring in the 30s, you’d think he be a ballhog. The exact opposite. Larson found ways to get his teammates involved like creating open passing lanes and open shots with his aggressive dribble penetration. Sure, he could score at will. He dropped dimes like the best of them and used his will to help the Lions register a blowout, something that was common as the Northern Section Division VI champions went 33-1, reached the NorCal Division VI championship game and outscored teams by an average of 30.3 points per game. He also became the 24th boys basketball player in California history to reach 1,000 points in a season.
Moments: There comes a time when a star player knows he has to put the game in his hands if they want to win. It mound sound selfish. It might sound like a bad idea. But those thoughts go out the window when it’s followed up with a win. Larson did just that in the 54-50 Northern Section championship game against American Christian Academy. Redding Christian isn’t used to close games or losing by any matter but the Lions trailed after each of the first three quarters. Then it was Larson time. The senior scored all of his team’s 17 fourth-quarter points in a clutch performing victory. His 3-pointer with 28 seconds left gave the Lions the lead for good.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Second Team

Guard — Lamert Salvatierra | West Valley | Senior


Stats:
7.3 ppg, 7.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals
Honors: All League Northern Athletic League MVP
Strengths: Sean Proscher and Tyler Chan might’ve been the scorers for the Eagles, but make no mistake the offense flowed through Salvatierra. A grinder, the senior point was adept on both sides of the court. He could handle pressure, find the shooters and slip past a defender for an easy bucket if you gave him a step. On the defensive side, Salvatierra was a lock-down dude who pressured ball handlers into mistakes that led to good things for the Eagles.
Moments: Sure, double-doubles are nice. But it takes a savvy well-rounded experienced player up his game in the postseason. Salvatierra recorded a triple-double in West Valley’s 72-61 Northern Section Division IV quarterfinal win over Colusa with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing his versatility, athleticism, court awareness and strength in the monumental game.
Photo credit: Eddie Saltzman

Guard — Caden Turner | Shasta | Senior


Stats:
13.1 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.0 steals
Honors: All League Eastern Athletic League
Strengths: In a word — smooth. Turner made everything on the floor look effortless. A complete basketball player, he had offensive skills that made him a threat both in the paint and on the perimeter. A quick first step allowed Turner to get past defenders where the left-hander could finish with the best of them. And if left open, Turner could bury opponents with his masterful touch. Defensively, the Shasta senior locked up on opponents and it was often light’s out.
Moments: The Shasta senior burst out of the gate in the season-opening game against Placer at the Harlan Carter Invitational. The three-year varsity standout messed around and nearly had a triple-double in a 79-50 win over the Hillmen. Turner dropped 23 points (6-of-12 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line), added 10 steals and had seven assists. He also was closing in on a quadruple double with six rebounds on the night.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Tanner Stephens | U-Prep | Sophomore


Stats:
13.8 ppg, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals
Honors: All Northern Athletic League, All Northern Section third team
Strengths: If his sophomore year was a preview of what’s to come, then look out. The younger Stephens showed a well-rounded game that includes an inside as well as outside component. The 6-5 forward could handle his own in the paint, but was also capable of taking an opponent off the dribble. He showed the ability to spot up from outside and may a team pay as well, hitting on nearly 40 percent of his shots from distance. The Panthers’ leading scorer, in average and total points, missed the late part of the season after breaking his arm on a fall after a dunk.
Moments: Stephens had already dropped double-digits five times in the young season before going off on Dec. 11 in a blowout win over Las Plumas. On the road, Stephens went for 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting for the night. He hit on 8-of-11 shots from the floor, 2-of-6 from range and canned all three free throws for the Panthers. In addition, he added five boards and a pair of dimes.

Forward — Luke Lindsey | Foothill | Junior


Stats:
11.9 ppg, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.4 assists
Honors: All Eastern Athletic League, All Northern Section third team
Strengths: Whatever fuels the Foothill junior should be bottled and sold because he was instant energy for the Cougars in a breakout season. Lindsey did a bit of everything for Foothill — and did it well. He could score when needed, had the game to bury shots from beyond the arc and was a tireless defender and irritant on defense. But the best thing Lindsey might’ve done all year was bring the intensity. Every. Single. Night.
Moments: Big-time players make plays in big-time games and Lindsey did just that in the Cougars’ 58-56 NorCal D-III quarterfinal road win over Fortuna. He led the team with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including five 3-pointers. He also buried two huge triples late in the game to knot the score at 53 and set the stage for the Cougars to steal the road win, and added a pair of boards and three steals to help beat the Huskies.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Bekdoo Lewis | Foothill | Junior

Stats: 10.4 ppg, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Honors: All Eastern Athletic League honorable mention,
Strengths: Coming into the season, most knew Josiah Hutt was Foothill’s leader. How his supporting cast stepped up was the big question. Well, in addition, to Luke Lindsey and others, Bekdoo Lewis answered with an emphatic “the present and future of Foothill basketball looks pretty good.” Lewis stepped up to a varsity role and did a lot of the little things to help the Cougars reach 25 wins for the first time and advance to the NorCal semifinals. A lanky 4-man, Lewis is adept at scoring inside or out, he’s got great footwork and his length is built to reject opponents in the paint.
Moments: Lewis was a catalyst in many of the Cougars’ 25 wins, but he had a night on Jan. 10 in a 65-53 EAL road win over Shasta. The junior led Foothill with 21 points, hit all six free throws and shot 50 percent from the field, including 4-of-7 from range. And he added seven rebounds — the key to the game as Foothill outmuscled the Wolves on the glass to help preserve a 28-25 halftime edge. In addition, he hit a big triple and had a dagger putback late in the win.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Third Team

Guard — Tyler Chan | West Valley | Senior


Stats: 12.3 ppg, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals
Honors: All Northern Athletic League
Strengths: For all the ink about Sean Proscher’s ability to fill the bucket, Chan actually had more 3-pointers on the season than his teammate. A shooter who could get on a roll and bury a team, Chan dropped double-digits in two-thirds of the Eagles’ contests. He drained 74 triples on the season, shooting 31 percent from distance. And he was more than twice as good inside the arc where he shot 68 percent on the season.
Moments: West Valley handed U-Prep a 15-point NAL loss on Jan. 15 that set the tone for the Eagles’ co-league title with the Panthers. In the game, Chan scored 20, on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting on the night (4-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from inside the arc), so help the Eagles take the upper hand in the NAL in the first league go-round.
Photo credit: Fred Lucero

Guard — Kaden Jones | U-Prep | Senior


Stats:
9.7 ppg, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists. 2.0 steals
Honors: All Northern Athletic League
Strengths: The U-Prep senior has a motor that just never stops. Jones was a tremendous facilitator for the Panthers’ offense, finding the big fellas in the paint and running the break with ease. But Jones also had the ability to stop, pop and see it drop. A streaky outside shooter, when he got rolling he could carry the team. And as good as he was offensively, Jones was perhaps better on the other end where he was a pesky and unrelenting defender.
Moments: It wasn’t a game-winning, buzzer-beater, but Jones’ 3-pointer in the Northern Section Division IV title game win over West Valley might’ve been the biggest shot in school history. Up five in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, U-Prep was trying to stave off a resilient Eagles’ team that had spent the second half trying to make up for an abysmal first-half shooting performance. West Valley’s Lambert Salvatierra cut the U-Prep lead to three before Mark Stephens’ two freebies boosted it back to five with just over three minutes left. Jones rebounded a Salvatierra miss and raced down the floor on a 4-on-1 break – with West Valley having the four and Jones being the one. The Panthers senior dribbled through traffic and hit the left corner, where he pulled up for a 3-pointer. Money. Dagger.
Photo credit: Eddie Saltzman

Guard — Demarreya Lewis-Cooper | Enterprise | Freshman


Stats:
10 ppg, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 steals
Honors: All Eastern Athletic League
Strengths: Freshman don’t typically see varsity action, so you knew that Lewis-Cooper had to be special. And it didn’t take long to see why the heralded ninth-grader was brought up. Amazing court vision and presence mixed well with a nice jumper and a high basketball IQ. A pass-first point, Hornets’ coach Jim Deaver said he often wanted to see his frosh phenom shoot a little more. The one thing Lewis-Cooper did do that Deaver wanted was to become more vocal, which happened as the season progressed. The scary part is that as good as he was this season, Lewis-Cooper has three more years to build on.
Moments: In his first playoff game, Lewis-Cooper built on what had been an impressive run over the second half of EAL play. In a 61-45 first-round D-III win over Red Bluff, Lewis-Cooper led the Hornets with a game-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 8-of-10 from the charity stripe (he was an 80 percent free throw shooter on the season). In addition, he hit a trio of 3-pointers, and added four assists, three steals and two boards.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Guard — Adam Shoff | Enterprise | Senior


Stats:
11 ppg, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals
Honors: All Eastern Athletic League honorable mention
Strengths: Shoff is a tireless worker and, while not flashy, has a knack for making big-time plays in key moments for the Hornets. As a senior, we saw him play with more fire this season and step up into a leadership role. Persistent on the defensive end, Shoff’s offensive game included a sweet jumper, the ability to knock down daggers from outside and an explosiveness that allowed him to get to the rack and finish.
Moments: Shoff is a Hornet through and through and knows how special it is to beat rivals Shasta and Foothill. On Jan. 25, Shoff was a big part in the black and gold’s 54-51 home win over the Cougars, avenging an overtime loss a few weeks earlier. In the rematch, Shoff led Enterprise with a game-high 16 points. He hit several big buckets and iced the win with a fast-break layup in traffic that boosted the Hornets’ lead to five with just over a minute to play.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Froward — Trevor Jones | U-Prep | Junior


Stats:
9.5 ppg, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.1 steals
Honors: All Northern Athletic League honorable mention
Strengths: Like Luke Lindsey, Trevor Jones was energy personified. A crafty offensive player with a nice jumper, Jones has an explosive first step and the ability to finish around the basket and in traffic. The Panthers had the luxury of bringing Jones off the bench and there probably isn’t a better sixth-man in the North State. On the defensive side, he’s quick enough to lock down shooting guards and has his way with the slower big boys down low.
Moments: In the first game after the Panthers lost Tanner Stephens with a broken arm, they drew West Valley, a team they’d battle to a co-league title finish. Jones stepped up into the void left by Stephens and dropped a team-high 18 on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 shots from range.
Photo credit: Eddie Saltzman

Honorable Mention

Nawoj Cawker, Central Valley, All-NAL honorable mention
Gavin Dobson, Fall River, All-Shasta Cascade League
Matteo Mancasola, American Christian, Pioneer Valley League MVP
Jordan Miller, U-Prep
Andres Munoz-Nieves, Central Valley, All-NAL
Drew Nelson-Crowell, Redding Christian, All-Five Star League
Josiah Palumbo, Foothill, All-EAL honorable mention
Dilraj Sahota, Shasta
Simon Turner, Shasta, All-EAL honorable mention
Christian Teague, Anderson, All-NAL
Ty Vickery, Redding Christian, All-Five Star League

2018-19 All-Shasta County Boys Basketball Team

MVP — Josiah Hutt, Foothill
Coach — Bill Elliott, Foothill
First Team
G — Sean Proscher, West Valley, Jr.
G — JT Beasley, Shasta, Jr.
C – Khristian Clements, Enterprise, Sr.
F — Josiah Hutt, Foothill, Sr.
F — Austin Larson, Redding Christian, Sr.
Second Team
G — Caden Turner, Shasta, Sr.
G — Lambert Salvatierra, West Valley, Sr.
G — Tanner Stephens, U-Prep, So.
F — Luke Lindsey, Foothill, Jr.
F — Bekdoo Lewis, Foothill, Jr.
Third Team
G — Demarreya Lewis-Cooper, Enterprise, Fr.
G — Tyler Chan, West Valley, Sr.
G — Adam Shoff, Enterprise, Sr.
G — Kaden Jones, U-Prep, Sr.
F — Trevor Jones, U-Prep, Jr.

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