The All-Hayward Area Athletic League Team was selected Monday night and just submitted to me. I won’t release the entire team because I have to save something for the print edition (Team will come out in Tuesday’s paper), but I will announce the co-Player’s of the Year….
Davion Berry, Hayward — An obvious choice here. The HAAL scoring champion led his team to a second-place finish in league. This is the junior’s first year as a starter and he reached the free throw line over 100 times this season. He has led the Farmers to the top seed in the NCS Division II playoffs. However, he went down hard in the first-round victory against Northgate and will sit most of tonight’s game against Windsor, unless absolutely needed, according to coach Iman Mattox.
DJ Broome, Castro Valley — A great selection for co-Player of the Year. I really commend the coaches for going with Broome. The 5-foot-6 point guard doesn’t average double-digit points, but he is the reason the Castro Valley offense goes. Broome showed off his ability to break down a press in the quarterfinal playoff victory over Pittsburg. He is still averaging around nine points a game, I believe. But it certainly is his ability to run the offense that got him the award. Nobody in the HAAL runs an offense better than Broome and he is up there with the best point guards in the East Bay. He is a true old-school point guard, pass first and shoot second. One of the most exciting players to watch in the HAAL.
Congrats to both players.