CalHiSports.com released it’s 31st annual All-state boys basketball team on Tuesday. The East Bay region landed one player on each of the three 10-man teams.
De La Salle point guard Brandon Smith was named to the first-team, McClymonds guard Will Cherry was selected second-team, and San Leandro swingman Jared Cunningham was handed third-team honors. I have included the write-up that CalHiSports provided for each selection. If you want to see the full team, click here.
Finally, this gives us a chance to shamelessly plug our All-East Bay Winter Sports teams which begin running Wednesday (Wrestling) and conclude with basketball on Saturday.
G — Brandon Smith (De La Salle, Concord) 6-2 Sr.
This Spartan guard may have been a surprise to some when he was named a Mr. Basketball finalist, but he’s a solid pick for the first team as arguably the top player in the greater San Francisco Bay Area . The quarterback all season long for the Spartans, Smith averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in a structured low-scoring offense where every possession was highly-valued. In that situation, he took care of the ball, averaging only one turnover per contest. Smith, who is headed to Cal, had signature performances when De La Salle ended Oakland McClymonds’ win streak at 49 games and when the Spartans beat Compton Dominguez in a game shown on ESPNU.
G — Will Cherry (McClymonds, Oakland) 6-1 Sr.
He led McClymonds to its third straight NorCal Division I championship with averages of 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 steals, and 4.0 assists per game. Although the Warriors were unable to defend their Div. I state title after losing to L.A. Westchester in the championship game, Cherry was named the San Francisco Chronicle’s Player of the Year. He had a season high of 26 points in a win over Fairfield and recorded a triple-double against Oakland Skyline as he scored 22 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was named the Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player and is heading to Montana.
G — Jared Cunningham (San Leandro) 6-4 Sr.
Creating shots for others and himself was the key ingredient in San Leandro’s success this season, as Cunningham averaged 20 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He tallied a season-high 35 points in a 97-59 win over San Lorenzo late in the season and he scored at least 25 points in a game on sven different occasions. The Pirates finished the season one win shy of qualifying for the state tournament, as they lost in the North Coast Section Div. I semifinals to Monte Vista of Danville when Cunningham was held to single digit scoring for the first time all season. Before the season, Jared committed to Arizona State, but he decommitted and has since given his commitment to Oregon State.