William Stallworth of Tulare makes history for being named State Grid-Hoop Player of the Year for the second straight year. We also choose four others on first team, five on second team, five on third team and 40 for special mention.
There's something special about grid-hoop athletes since few sports demand more all-around athleticism than football and basketball. It is tough to perform at a high level in one sport at a large school, let alone two, but the following athletes did it at California schools during the 2011-12 school year.
There has been a major decrease in the sheer amount of grid-hoop standouts across the state since our initial all-state teams were chosen for the 1986-87 school year, but there were still plenty of talented football-basketball combo players to choose from.
Leading the way for the second consecutive year is senior guard/wide receiver William Stallworth of Tulare Union, the 2011-12 ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop Player of the Year. Last year, Stallworth became only the second CIF Central Section athlete to earn the honor since 1979-80, joining 2005-06 honoree David Ausberry of Lemoore.
Stallworth is now just the second grid-hooper to be chosen best in the state two years in a row. The only other back-to-back honoree has been Stais Boseman from Morningside of Inglewood for 1992 and 1993.
The 6-foot-2 Stallworth has been a model of consistency for Tulare's basketball team. He followed up a junior season in which he averaged 22.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks for a 26-3 team by averaging 22.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for a Redskins team that is playing Saturday in the CIF Southern Region Division II playoffs.
In a recent playoff game, Stallworth exploded for 49 points. He also had 31 in another playoff game.
On the gridiron in 2011, Stallworth was one of the state's leaders in yards-per-reception average, hauling in 44 passes for 1,269 yards (28.8) and 18 touchdowns for the co-East Yosemite League champs. In his two-year gridiron career, the all-state caliber receiver hauled in 102 passes for 2,345 yards (22.9) and 32 touchdowns. As good as he is football, he'll probably earn even higher honors in basketball when those all-state teams are announced in April.
Good enough to play either sport in college, Stallworth will likely have to decide which one he wants to concentrate on sooner rather than later, although he may attempt to play both sports on the junior college level first.
Many grid-hoopers have aspirations of playing in the NBA, but in reality most who do play professionally make it in the NFL. That will likely be the case among those who are lucky enough to make it from this special group of players.
All-State Grid-Hoop First Five
G/QB - Cody Demps (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove) Sr. He has had quite the year helping the Eagles have great success and it started with football as they reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I finals with him at the quarterback position. Completing 68 percent of his passes, he had 1,794 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air with just three interceptions while also rushing for five touchdowns. On the court, he is currently averaging a team-high 15.6 points a game as the Eagles reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals where they lost by just two points to Jesuit of Carmichael.
F/WR - Aaron Peck (J.W. North, Riverside) Sr.
The 6-foot-3, 215 pounder is headed to Fresno State on a football scholarship. He played wide receiver for a 10-3 Huskies’ football team that was in the state top 25 for much of the season and ended with 38 catches for 769 yards and eight touchdowns. His most intriguing game probably was when he had six grabs for 126 yards and came up with four sacks on defense when J.W. North beat Alemany of Mission Hills 36-35. In basketball, Peck netted 15.2 points and had 5.2 rebounds per game for a team that won the Big VIII League crown. Among his best outings was a 32-point game against Corona Centennial and 23 against Sunny Hills of Fullerton in a CIFSS playoff loss that ended the Huskies’ season.
G/WR - William Stallworth (Tulare) Sr.
Our two-time Grid-Hoop Player of the Year probably wouldn’t have gotten the honor last year if a different CIF Central Section athlete, quarterback Cody Kessler from Centennial of Bakersfield, had not left high school early and then did not have a senior year of basketball. There was no such player this year. Stallworth was more of a runaway pick.
C/OL - Freddie Tagaloa (Salesian, Richmond) Sr.
A repeat first team selection, "Big Freddie" earned first team all-state honors for the second consecutive season as one of the nation's top offensive line prospects. He'll play football at Cal. In basketball, Tagaloa is a top rebounder and enforcer for a team currently ranked No. 24 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and hasn't lost to a California team. Another first teamer from last season, Arik Armstead from Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, graduated from high school early to enroll at Oregon, joining a recent group of grid-hoopers to follow that trend including Greg Townsend of Beverly Hills and Kori Babineaux of Folsom.
F/QB - Brent VanderVeen (Arroyo Grande) Sr.
Headed to Oregon State for football, he passed for 2,422 yards and 20 touchdowns as the Eagles won their final 13 games of the year and a CIFSS Western Division championship. He also rushed for 463 yards and six touchdowns. On the court, he helped the Eagles capture the Pac-7 League title and led them on a run to the CIFSS Division 3AAA title game. Although Arroyo Grande lost that game to Pasadena, VanderVeen stood out with his rebounding and scoring.
All-State Grid-Hoop Second Five
G/RB - Nick King (Palm Springs) Sr. The three-sport star was the top overall offensive threat on a 13-1 team that went to the CIF Southern Section Central Division final before losing to 14-0 Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley. In basketball, King averaged 12 points and five assists per game for team that finished 19-7.
F/WR - Kenny Lawler (Upland) Sr.
A repeat second team pick from last season, Lawler is headed to play football at Cal. He caught 53 passes last fall for 1,267 yards and 12 scores for 12-1 team. In basketball, he was a solid starter for team that went 20-10.
F/WR - Roshcon Prince, Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) Jr.
He’s probably the best basketball player on this year’s team and has been coming on strong the second half of this season, including a 40-point explosion in a playoff game. Prince (6-5, 210) showed flashes of being a great football player for the Jackrabbits last fall after not playing the sport as a sophomore. He had three touchdown catches in one game against Long Beach Jordan and made other big grabs in important games later in the season.
G/DB - Jerico Richardson (Alemany, Mission Hills) Sr.
Other than Roshcon Prince, Richardson also may be the one grid-hooper playing basketball all the way into the CIF state finals. He only averages nine points per game, but is a key starter on a balanced team that is No. 1 in the Division III state rankings. He’s also regarded as the team’s top lock-down defender. In football, Richardson plays defensive back and has earned a scholarship to UCLA.
G/DB - Tyree Robinson, Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.) Jr..
Joins with twin Tyrell to form lethal combo for Hornets in two sports. Tyree was second team all-section in football as a defensive back last fall and has played quarterback. He averaged 21.3 ppg in basketball with 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
All-State Grid-Hoop Third Five
C/WR - Noah Allen (Palma, Salinas) Jr. Just named player of the year in the Tri-County League for basketball and averaged 18 ppg; also all-county in football as a receiver.
G/WR – Marvelle Harris (Eisenhower (Rialto) Sr.
Averaged 24.7 points per game for Ike basketball team; caught 36 passes for 908 yards in football.
G/WR - Jesse Holmes (Chico) Jr.
His basketball team was still playing as of the CIF NorCal Div. II quarterfinals and he was averaging 17.0 ppg; caught 58 passes for 1,042 yards and 10 TDs in football and was All-Northern Section.
F/DB – Max Redfield (Mission Viejo) Jr.
One of top players for basketball team that reached CIFSS Div. I-A final; big-time recruit as a DB in football who was all-state underclass first-team and has offers from many, including USC.
G/DE - Tyrell Robinson (Lincoln, San Diego) Jr.
A bit more thicker and muscular than Tyree, he averaged 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds this year in basketball; terrific pass-rushing potential in football.
More All-State Grid Hoops
Athletes of Distinction
G/P - Ricky Adams, Foothills Christian (El Cajon) Sr.
G/DB - Brandon Beaver, Dominguez (Compton) Sr.
G/QB - Austin Bray (Kingsburg) Sr.
F/DE – Marcus Brown (St. Mary’s, Stockton) Sr.
G/QB - Chris Cain, Washington (Easton) Sr.
G/DB - Colton Concellos (Lompoc) Sr.
F/TE – T.J. Daniel (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Sr.
F/QB - Shane Dillon (Christian, El Cajon) Sr.
G/RB - Royce Freeman (Imperial) Soph.
G/DB - Dan French (Cabrillo, Lompoc) Sr.
G/DB - DeVaughn Gaines (Chowchilla) Jr.
F/DL - Brian Guendling (Poway) Sr.
G/DB - Naaijieel Haile (Lakewood) Soph.
F/WR - Jake Holguin (Rio Hondo Prep, Arcadia) Soph.
C/DL - Austin Hoyt (Argonaut, Jackson) Sr.
C/LB - Nate Iese (Sheldon, Sacramento) Sr.
G/DB – Adoree’ Jackson (Serra, Gardena) Soph.
G/LB – Cory Lange (Tehachapi) Sr.
F/LB - Viliami Latu (Rancho Cucamonga) Jr.
G/QB - Dallas Lopez (Downey) Sr.
F/QB - Luciano Lopez (Lompoc) Jr.
F/OL - Erik Magnuson (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) Sr.
F/WR - Jake Maulhardt (Camarillo) Sr.
F/TE – Justin McCreath (Ripon) Sr.
G/MP - Josh Mooney (Monte Vista Christian, Watsonville) Sr.
F/RB - J.R. Nelson (Wilson, Hacienda Heights) Sr.
G/MP - Garrett Owens (Arroyo Grande) Sr.
F/WR - Francis Owusu (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Jr.
G/DB - Jacquari People (Merced) Sr.
F/LB - Nolan Peralta (Elsinore, Lake Elsinore) Sr.
WR/DB - Griffin Piatt (Campolindo, Moraga) Sr.
F/RB - Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo) Sr.
G/QB - Antoine Porter (Mission, San Francisco) Sr.
DL/C – Jack Powers (Palma, Salinas) Sr.
G/DB - Epa Rokoika (Paradise) Sr.
G/RB - Jeremi Ross (Hollywood) Sr.
G/WR - Austin Reuland (Mission Viejo) Sr.
F/QB - Johnny Stanton (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) Jr.
C/DL - Johnny Stuart (Westlake, Westlake Village) Sr.
F/TE – Keonta Vernon (Tulare) Jr.
G/DB - Trayvon Watson (West Adams, Los Angeles) Sr.
C/DL - Alonzo Williams (Poly, Long Beach) Sr.
G/DB - Daniel Young (Rubidoux, Riverside) Jr.
Grid-Hoop State Players of the Year
(Selected by Cal-Hi Sports)
2011-12 William Stallworth, Tulare
2010-11 William Stallworth, Tulare (Jr.)
2009-10 Victor Dean, San Diego Lincoln
2008-09 James Boyd, Los Angeles Jordan
2007-08 Nelson Rosario, Oceanside El Camino
2006-07 Rob Jones, San Francisco Riordan
2005-06 David Ausberry, Lemoore
2004-05 Danny Williams, Los Angeles Fremont
2003-04 Marcus Everett, West Hills Chaminade
2002-03 Steve Smith, Woodland Hills Taft
2001-02 Marcedes Lewis, Long Beach Poly
2000-01 Antwon Guidry, San Jose Leigh
1999-00 Teyo Johnson, San Diego Mira Mesa
1998-99 Josh Shavies, Oakland Fremont
1997-98 Matt Barnes, Fair Oaks Del Campo
1996-97 Jason Thomas, Compton Dominguez (Jr.)
1995-96 Chris Claiborne, Riverside J.W. North
1994-95 Johnnie Sanders, Los Angeles Franklin
1993-94 Tony Gonzalez, Huntington Beach
1992-93 Stais Boseman, Inglewood Morningside
1991-92 Stais Boseman, Inglewood Morningside (Jr.)
1990-91 Rob Johnson, El Toro
1989-90 Willie McGinest, Long Beach Poly
1988-89 Shante Carver, Stockton Lincoln
1987-88 Eric Bamberger, Concord Ygnacio Valley
1986-87 Junior Seau, Oceanside
1985-86 Dan McGwire, Claremont
1984-85 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park
1983-84 Jerald Jones, Vallejo
1982-83 John Paye, Atherton Menlo School
1981-82 Reggie Rogers, Sacramento Norte Del Rio
1980-81 Jack Del Rio, Hayward
1979-80 Don Rogers, Sacramento Norte Del Rio
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