By popular demand, here are our All-East Bay boys basketball teams:
Player of the Year: John McArthur, De La Salle
Coach of the Year: Craig Ashmore, Newark Memorial
BRANDON ASHLEY, F, Bishop O’Dowd, So.: The 6-foot-8 post player with a long wingspan helped the Dragons reach the CIF state title game for the seventh time, ultimately falling in overtime to Serra-Gardena. He was nearly an automatic double-double and produced 13 points and 13 rebounds in the state title game.
DOMINIQUE LEE, F, St. Mary’s, Sr.: Lee averaged 14 points and nearly 10 rebounds for the Panthers and helped deliver two postseason upsets of Salesian to reach the Division IV state title game. The 6-foot-4 swingman known for his high-flying dunks takes his game to Utah next season.
JOHN MCARTHUR, C, De La Salle, Sr.: A four-year varsity starter, McArthur helped the Spartans win the NCS Division I title and reach the NorCal title game. He scored 695 points this season to set a new school record, and finished his career with a combined record of 111 wins and 10 losses.
CHRIS MCNEALY, G, San Ramon Valley, Sr.: McNealy was the unquestioned senior leader on a Wolves team that went 28-4 and reached the NorCal Division I semifinals. The 6-3 swingman stepped up his game in the postseason by averaging 20.5 points over six games, including a 34-point effort against De La Salle in the NCS semifinals.
KHION SANKEY, G, Newark Memorial, Sr.: The bell cow for the Cougars was their leading scorer who took even more pride in his defense and shutting down the opponent’s best player. He led Newark to an MVAL title and a trip to the Division I state title game where he had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-56 loss to Westchester-Los Angeles.
DESMOND SIMMONS, F, Salesian, Sr.: The Washington-bound Simmons played with a target on his back all year for the defending state champion Pride and still averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds.. He helped Salesian to a 32-3 season and leaves the schools as the second all-time leading scorer with 2,017 points.
Roderick Bobbitt, G, Castro Valley, Jr.: The HAAL MVP averaged 21.2 points and led Trojans to NorCal playoffs.
Erick Dargan, G, Pittsburg, Sr.: So dominant that he earned BVAL MVP honors despite the Pirates’ fifth-place finish.
John Green, F, Castlemont, Sr.: Averaged 20.4 points and nearly 10 rebounds for Oakland Section champions.
McKenzie Moore, G/F, College Park, Jr.: Saint Mary’s-bound guard averaged 20.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.
T. J. Taylor, G, Oakland, Jr.: Averaged 18.6 points and was a steady floor leader for OAL regular-season champs.
Jordan Barton, F, Bishop O’Dowd, Sr.: Barton provided the interior muscle for a Dragons team that won the HAAL, NCS and NorCal titles.
Jabari Brown, G, Oakland, Jr.: Delivered 23.5 points per game for Wildcats after his midseason transfer from Findlay Prep.
Chris Hatfield, F/C, Miramonte, Sr.: Averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds for a Matadors team that made an inspiring postseason run.
Mikhael McKinney, G, Washington, Sr.: Led Huskies to first NCS berth and win since 2004 by averaging 21.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Bobby Syvanthong, G, El Cerrito, Jr.: The ACCAL MVP averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 steals to lead Gauchos to the ACCAL title.