Here is the 2012 All-East Bay boys basketball team, as selected by the Bay Area News Group-East Bay.
Player of the Year: Jabari Bird, Salesian
JABARI BIRD, Salesian, forward, Jr. — The BSAL MVP was the leading scorer (18.7 ppg) and rebounder (4.8) for the area’s clear-cut No. 1 team. He helped the Pride to its second state championship as the team went undefeated on the season against in-state teams and on California soil. He scored a game-high 24 points in the state championship win over Price-Los Angeles.
AMADI UDENYI, De La Salle, guard, Sr. — A tireless workhorse on the defensive end was a nightmare for opposing team’s guards with his quickness. The 5-11 Udenyi helped turn turnovers in to quick points and was a lethal 3-point shooter who had a knack for hitting big shots when they game was on the line. He was the EBAL MVP.
CASEY NORRIS, Newark Memorial, guard, Sr. — The MVP of the MVAL helped the Cougars win their 10th straight league title and reach the CIF Northern Regional championship game against eventual state champion Archbishop Mitty-San Jose. The 6-1 Norris led the Cougars in scoring, assists and steals and was third in rebounding.
ELLIOTT PITTS, De La Salle, forward, Jr. — The rangy and athletic Pitts helped bring a new dimension to the Spartans with some above the rim play. A versatile 6-5 player, Pitts was a solid blend of the necessary tough De La Salle defense and high energy offense.
RICHARD LONGRUS JR., Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The 6-7 Washington State-bound Longrus was the go-to player for the Dragons. He particularly excelled on the defensive end, where his presence altered shots and he swallowed up rebounds. He also showed an ability to guard on the perimeter.
MARCUS LEE, Deer Valley, center, Jr. — The 6-9 Lee, co-MVP of the BVAL, averaged nearly a triple-double for the Wolverines. He produced 13.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 9.1 blocks per game and had 15 triple-doubles for the Wolverines, who won their first outright league title and reached their first NCS title game.
KENDALL SMITH, Deer Valley, guard, Jr. — Shared BVAL MVP honors with teammate Lee after averaging 16.6 points and 9.1 assists per game.
DAWSON JOHNSON, Castro Valley, guard, Sr. — The lone Trojans’ veteran was HAAL MVP and big scorer as team reached NorCal quarterfinals.
MARIO DUNN, Salesian, forward, Jr. — High-energy compliment to Bird could average 20 points on most teams and delivers in all facets of the game.
LANGSTON MORRIS-WALKER, Berkeley, forward, Sr. — Oregon State-bound player averaged 17 points and 8.1 rebounds for ACCAL runners-up.
TEMIDAYO YUSSEF, St. Joseph Notre Dame, center, So. — Top scorer and rebounder for state finalists Pilots. The 6-6 Yussef had 15 points, 13 rebounds in state title game.
ISAIAH BROWN, Richmond, guard, Sr. — Team struggled but he didn’t, leading area with 27.2 points including three 40-plus point performances and 12 30-plus point games.
MARCELLUS PIPPINS, El Cerrito, guard, Jr. — Ultimate clutch player had game-winning shots against Berkeley and in NorCal Div. III playoffs vs. El Camino-South San Francisco.
LAWRENCE OTIS, McClymonds, guard, Sr. — Leading scorer for the Warriors helped Mack reach NorCal Div. I semifinals, earn first section title since 2009.
KIRAN SHASTRI, Miramonte, forward, Jr. — Electric 6-5 player averaged 23.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and had season-high of 40 points for NorCal Div. II quarterfinalists.
PARIS DAVIS, Skyline, forward, Sr. — MVP of the OAL averaged 21.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Titans, which fell in OAL semifinals.
Also considered: Jamir Andrews (Dublin), Jr.; Kevin Clerkeley (Mt. Eden), Sr.; Max Elliott (Piedmont), Sr.; Ali Faruqbey (San Lorenzo), Jr.; Tyler Fidelibus (Las Lomas), Sr.; Olajuwon Garner (Deer Valley), Sr.; Gemeny Givens (St. Joseph Notre Dame), Sr.; Griffin Piatt (Campolindo), Sr.; Elliot Smith (Freedom), So.; Brandon White (Liberty), Jr.