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Union Tribune's Top San Diego
Player's Named--(Mar. 19, 2001)
San Diego does things just a bit differently than anywhere else, but that's not saying much, because when you're talking about selecting "All-CIF" players from the 10 different, and largely autonomous sections of the CIF, beyond having a common set of rules and bylaws governing the various sports, there's no real system which everyone follows for honoring the top players in the region. This list below, we should caution is NOT the "All-San Diego CIF" list of players. But it's close, since the San Diego Section doesn't actually have an "All-CIF" list, but instead uses coaches and media nominations to help select the "All CIF San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Foundation" players lists. Those lists will come out shortly (if, indeed they haven't already been released).
But today, the Union Tribune, the local San Diego paper, published their own selections for the top boys' players in the region. Here are the newspaper's picks:
Player of the Year
Floyd North (6'5" Sr. G/F) St. Augustine HS
St. Augustine High senior Floyd North is this season's Union-Tribune Player of the Year for boys hoops. Here's what the Union Tribune had to say about him:
North, a four-year starter, the last three at St. Augustine, capped his high school career by leading the Saints to the CIF-San Diego Section Division III title and a berth in the Southern California Regional Division III championship game. Bound for Oregon State University in the fall, the 6-foot-5 North became only the fifth player in county history to top 2,000 points in his career, finishing with 2,039. For the season, he averaged 23.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in leading the Saints to a 23-7 record. "Winning the CIF and being able to play in my third straight Southern California Regional were the highlights," said North, noting that the previous two years the Saints had dropped the section title game to USDHS. A dominant inside player all four years, North also showed a nice outside touch this past season. "Scoring 2,000 points is an honor, but you have to give the other players on my team credit," he said. "They're the ones who got me the ball at the right time." St. Augustine finished the season ranked No. 1 in the county, having beaten No. 2 Torrey Pines earlier. "Things just fell into place this year," North said. "Being real close as a team allowed all of us to enjoy the season. I've never been on a team with this much chemistry and camaraderie."
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Crawley led the Titans (26-4) to their first CIF-San Diego Section Division II championship in the school's nine-year history. Crawley was a key in Eastlake's 18-game winning streak, which included a 13-0 run through the Metro Conference.
A strong case could be made for Davis being Player of the Year. He not only led the county in scoring, he seemed to be omnipresent when the Hornets needed a big basket. Davis' high game was 49 points in a victory over Ramona.
Bound for the University of Utah in the fall, Osmundson teamed with Floyd North to lead the Saints to the section title and advance to the Southern California Regional finals. Osmundson specialized in igniting late-game rallies.
The second-year starter led the Lancers, Avocado League co-champions, with his all-around game. He's a scoring threat inside and outside. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.
He may not have received the attention of others, but Vaughn was respected by every opponent who tried -- usually unsuccessfully -- to prevent the aggressive senior from scoring on a long three or a driving layup through traffic.
Newcomer of the year
The flashy ninth-grader who played like a senior complemented Jaris Cole nicely, showing no fear in taking the three-point attempt or driving for a key layup. Tucker scored a season-high 22 points against Santa fe Christian.
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