Here it is, the All-East Bay Boys Basketball team as produced by the Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Included with the first, second and third teams is a list of honorable mention players that received heavy consideration and are certainly deserving of mention.
JUAN ANDERSON, F, Castro Valley, Sr. — The 6-foot-7 Marquette-bound Anderson averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Hayward Area Athletic League and North Coast Section Division I champions. He scored a game-high 20 points in the Trojans’ loss to De La Salle in the CIF NorCal title game.
DOMINIC ARTIS, G, Salesian, Jr. — Artis, a 6-foot point guard who holds offers from Washington State and Nevada, was the Bay Shore Athletic League MVP and averaged 14.1 points and nearly five assists. He was the floor leader as the Pride won the BSAL, NCS Division IV and NorCal titles.
BRANDON ASHLEY, F, Bishop O’Dowd, Jr. — The 6-8 power forward, who is among the nation’s top-ranked juniors, led the Dragons to their second straight NorCal Division III title. In a state championship game loss, he dominated with 26 points and eight rebounds.
RODERICK BOBBITT, G, Castro Valley, Sr. — Bobbitt was the go-to guy for the Trojans, who won their first NCS title and achieved the best season in school history. The 6-2 point guard averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists and won his second straight HAAL MVP award.
JABARI BROWN, G, Oakland, Sr. — The 6-5 shooting guard, who has signed with Oregon, averaged 24.8 points as the Wildcats won their first Oakland Section title since 2000. He boosted that to nearly 28 points per game in the playoffs as Oakland advanced to the NorCal Division I semifinals.
TREAVEN DUFFY, G, Las Lomas, Sr. — Duffy led the Knights to their first league title in 20 years and was a co-MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League. He averaged 24.7 points and 9.1 rebounds and capped his career with a 36 point night in a NorCal semifinal loss to eventual state champion Archbishop Mitty.
Jabari Bird, F, Salesian, So. — Averaged nearly 16 ppg and delivered 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Div. IV state title game.
Jordan Giusti, G, San Ramon Valley, Sr. — The East Bay Athletic League MVP helped the Wolves to the NCS Div. I semifinals.
Brendan Keane, C, St. Joseph Notre Dame, Sr. — The 6-10 Northern Colorado-bound star averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds for state champs.
Travis Pacos, F, De La Salle, Sr. — Gritty player averaged 15.8 points and helped the Spartans reach the Div. I state title game.
T.J. Taylor, G, Oakland, Sr. — UC Santa Barbara-bound point guard averaged 14 points and controlled the floor for Oakland Section champs.
Kendall Andrews, F, Newark Memorial, Sr. — Was a big scoring and rebounding presence inside for Mission Valley Athletic League champions.
Andre McPhail, C, Deer Valley, Sr. — The 6-8 McPhail averaged 17.7 points and 15.7 rebounds and was Bay Valley Athletic League MVP.
Bobby Syvanthong, G, El Cerrito, Sr. — The co-MVP of the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League averaged 8.2 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.
Mark Tollefsen, F, San Ramon Valley, Sr. — The 6-9 USF-bound Tollefsen showed a strong outside game for NCS semifinalists.
Jacari Whitfield, G, St. Joseph Notre Dame, Sr. — Averaged 13 points and six assists and paced Pilots with 15 points in Div. IV state title win.
Others considered (listed alphabetically):
Glenn Baral, St. Mary’s
Barry Bell, McClymonds
Matt Butler, Northgate
James Davis, Arroyo
Isaac Jackson, John Swett
Jabri Jenkins, El Cerrito
Richard Longrus Jr., Bishop O’Dowd
Chris Murry, Kennedy-Fremont
Chris Read, Castro Valley
Langston Morris-Walker, Berkeley
Dominique Taplin, Oakland
Isaiah Taylor, St. Mary’s