Bird named Div. IV POY, Rabb is top sophomore; plus All-East Bay boys basketball teams

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, a finalist for Cal-Hi Sports’ Mr. California award that went to Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, was named the Division IV player of the year.  That’s in addition to Bird being named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year last week. (Sorry for not posting that here, I was on vacation when it ran). Also, Bishop O’Dowd’s Ivan Rabb was named Cal-Hi Sports’ sophomore of the year. Pretty easy choice if you ask me for a guy who averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. He was the unofficial runner-up to Bird for our East Bay player of the year and will enter his junior season as the preseason favorite for the award. Rabb was a first-team All-East Bay pick.

It’s a few days late, but for those who missed it in print or online, here’s our complete All-East Bay team.

Coach of the Year: Craig Battle, College Park

First team

JABARI BIRD, Salesian, guard/forward, Sr. — The McDonald’s All-American and Tri-County Athletic League MVP helped the Pride go undefeated against East Bay teams for the second straight year and earn the top seed in the NorCal Open Division playoffs. The Cal-signee improved his defense this year to go along with leading Salesian in scoring (17.2) and rebounds (6.8).

MARCUS LEE, Deer Valley, forward/center, Sr. — Also a McDonald’s All-American, the Kentucky-bound Lee was the Bay Valley Athletic League MVP. He averaged 17.9 points, 19.2 rebounds and 6.9 blocks to help lead the Wolverines to their first North Coast Section title and a trip to the NorCal Division I title game.

JOJO MCGLASTON, Dublin, guard/forward, Sr. — The Utah State signee was the MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League as the Gaels captured their first league title in 40 years. They also won their first NorCal playoff game in school history and reached the NorCal Division II finals, where they lost to College Park in overtime. McGlaston set a Division II finals record by scoring 35 points in that game.

ELLIOTT PITTS, De La Salle, guard, Sr. — The East Bay Athletic League MVP and Arizona signee helped lead a young Spartans squad to another banner season. De La Salle captured the EBAL title and reached the NCS Division I semifinals. The Spartans won twice in the NorCal Division I playoffs before falling in the semifinals.

IVAN RABB, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, So. –The nation’s top-ranked sophomore could eventually be one of the best to ever come out of the area. He was the West Alameda County Conference Foothill League MVP and named to the USA Developmental National Team. Rabb helped an O’Dowd team with no returning starters win the NCS Division III title and make the Open Division playoffs.

KENDALL SMITH, Deer Valley, guard, Sr. — One of the top scorers in the area at 22.5 points per game, the UNLV-bound Smith also averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the NCS Division I champions. He teamed with Lee to form the East Bay’s best and most electrifying 1-2 punch.

Second team

MARIO DUNN, Salesian, guard, Sr. — Bound for Montana, averaged around 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for area’s top team.

MIKEY EGGLETON, College Park, guard, Sr. — Leading scorer on incredibly balanced team that reached Div. II state title game.

ELLIOT SMITH, Freedom, guard/forward, Jr. — The 6-6 Smith averaged 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds for NCS semifinalsts.

TEMIDAYO YUSSUF, St. Joseph Notre Dame, center, Jr. — Had 20 points and Division V record 19 rebounds in state title game loss.

JO JO ZAMORA, Newark Memorial, guard, Sr. — Transfer from Serra-San Mateo was Mission Valley Athletic League MVP for NCS champs.

Third team

TYRELL ALCORN, El Cerrito, guard, So. — A team captain as a sophomore, Alcorn led NCS finalists with 12.3 points per game.

DEJON BUDREAUX, San Leandro, guard, Sr. — Helped Pirates to first NCS title game appearance and first NorCal playoff victory.

ALI FARUQBEY, San Lorenzo, guard, Sr. — Scored 21.6 points per game for Rebels, which reached NCS Div. II quarterfinals.

JOEY FRENCHWOOD, Newark Memorial, guard, Sr. — Terrific ball-handler and defender delivered clutch scoring in playoffs.

TAHJEE WILLIAMS, McClymonds, guard, Sr. — Oakland Athletic League MVP guided Warriors to undefeated league mark, section title.


Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • Elroy

    No honorable mention players? At least give the other good players a chance to be recognized.