Honors continue to roll in for Chino Hills basketball players

 

Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's boys basketball Player of the Year.   (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s boys basketball Player of the Year. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The storybook season for the Chino Hills boys basketball team, continues to lands its players individual accolades.

Senior guard Lonzo Ball, who has already garnered four national player of the year and a state player of the year awards, has been named Mr. California Basketball by CalHi Sports. He averaged a tripled double – 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.5 assists, adding in 5.1 steals and 2 blocks a game.

He is the first state player of the year from the Inland Empire since current San Antonio Spurs standout Kawhi Leonard (Riverside Martin Luther King) in 2009. If you consider the San Gabriel Valley as part of the greater Inland Empire region along the 60-71 corridor, Ball joins Corey Benjamin (Fontana ’96) Casey Jacobsen (Glendora ’99) and Scott Williams (Hacienda Heights Wilson ’86) as winners of the state’s most prestigious honor from the vast region in the last 30 years.

In addition, CalHisSports named 6-foot-9 center Onyeka Okongwu the state freshman of the year. He averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds but upped that to 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7.4 blocks in the playoffs. His defensive presence was also evident in the number of shots he affected in the paint.

Here is the link to CalHi Sports players of year and link to overall player of year for those who want more information to see complete list of players honored.

Lonzo’s younger brother LiAngelo got recognition elsewhere. He was named second team “Junior Class” All-American by MaxPreps which picks All-American teams for each of four classes. He averaged a team-high 27.4 points with a best of 41 against High Point Christian (N.C.)

Here is link to that list of honorees.

 

 

 

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Baseline League honors: Boys basketball

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

MVP: Lonzo Ball, Sr., G, Chino Hills

First team
LaMelo Ball, Fr., Chino Hills
LiAngelo Ball, Jr., Chino Hills
Garrett Carter, Sr., Etiwanda
Tian Daniels, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Dion Hamilton, Sr., Los Osos
Miles Oliver, Jr., Etiwanda
Bryce Peters, Sr., Damien
Elizjah Scott, Jr., Chino Hills
Isaiah White, Sr, Damien
Nate Williams, Sr., Upland

Second team
Kessler Edwards, Soph., Etiwanda
Justin Hemsley, Jr., Damien
Shane Johnson, Jr., Los Osos
Darren Jones, Fr., Upland
Kyle Lounsbury, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Elijah McCullough, Soph., Damien
Onyeka Okongwu, Fr., Chino Hills
Liam Ryan, Sr., Damien
Cameron Shelton, Soph., Chino Hills
Krystian Wilson, Soph., Etiwanda
Kelvin Wright, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga

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Ball lands fourth national award, Baik chosen for All-Star game

Chino Hills senior guard Lonzo Ball has landed a fourth national player of the year award, this one coming from MaxPreps.

Ball led the Huskies to a 35-0 record, the Open Division state title and a No. 1 national ranking. The UCLA signee averaged a triple-double in doing so and was the central figure on a dynamic and entertaining team most are putting among the best high school teams ever.

Here is the link to the MaxPreps announcement of that honor:

Ball landed the Naismith and Wooten player of the years earlier this month, along with the honor doled out by USA Today.

In other Chino Hills news, Huskies coach Steve Baik has been selected to coach in the BallIsLife All-Star game to be played April 30 at Long Beach City College. Ball will also play in that game which will be his last wearing a high school uniform.

The other coach for that game will be Josh Giles of Corona Centennial.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball dazzles in All-American game

Chino Hills High School junior Lonzo Ball has been chosen as the 2015 Daily Bulletin boys basketball player of the year. (Staff photo by Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills showed off his passing skills at the McDonald’s All-American game tonight at the United Center in Chicago.

Ball, who has signed with UCLA, didn’t score a point but dished out 13 assists in the 114-107 win by the West. He also had four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.

Josh Jackson from Prolific Prep in Napa and Frank Jackson from Utah Lone Peak were named co-MVPs, each with 19 points.

In the girls’ game, Sabrina Ionescu from Orinda Miramonte scored 25 points to help the West defeat the East, 97-88, in overtime.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball gets third national player of year award

Chino Hills High School’s Lonzo Ball, left, drives up the court as Bishop Montgomery High School’s Ethan Thompson defends during a CIF Open Division State Regional Final at Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Long Beach, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The awards continue to roll in for senior guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills.

Ball, who propelled the Huskies to a 35-0 record and No. 1 national ranking, added a third national player of the year award to his resume, being named by USA Today.

Earlier this month the UCLA-signee was named recipient of the Naismith and Wooten awards. He has also been named Gatorade state player of the year.

Ball averaged 23 points, 9.4 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 4.7 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. He had 16 triple-doubles on the season, nearly averaging a triple-double.

In addition, Huskies coach Steve Baik has been named USA Today Coach of the Year, his second national coach of the year accolade.

 

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Lonzo Ball lands a second national player of year honor

Chino Hills boys basketball coach Steve Baik has said all along he believes he has the best player in the country in senior point guard Lonzo Ball. Well a lot of experts agree.
The UCLA-bound senior picked up his second national player of the year award on Thursday when he was named Naismith High School Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.
Chino Hills High School's Lonzo Ball dunks against Mater Dei High School during the CIF Open Division semifinals on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Chino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

That comes one day after he was selected the 2016 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor,” Ball said. “Right now I am just focused on the team and winning, I think when the season is over all of those other things will sink in.”

Ball has been the catalyst of a Huskies team that is 31-0 and ranked No. 1 in multiple national polls. Chino Hills won its first Southern Section Open Division championship last Saturday at the Honda Center defeating Sierra Canyon, ranked sixth nationally, 103-85. Ball tallied 20 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in that game, making for an unprecedented 15th triple-double of the season.

On the season he is averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11.7 assists. Averaging double figures in three categories was his goal going into the season.

“That was something I really wanted to do because I just missed it last year,” he said. “I knew I had a good team around me so it was possible.”

Making the individual honors all the more rewarding is that it comes in a year when he is playing with his two brothers as well as teammates to whom he is close.

“The chemistry is there and we all really like playing together,” he said. “I definitely couldn’t do it without them.”

The Huskies begin the state portion of the playoffs tonight hosting Immanuel at 7 p.m.

The team success has also earned recognition for Baik has been named Naismith High School Boys Coach of the Year.

The Huskies have topped 100 points in 17 games this season and outscored the opposition in the Southern Section playoffs by an average margin of 34.5 points per game.

The winners were decided by a select group of journalists around the nation based on outstanding coaching performances during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season.

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball lands national honor

Chino Hills senior Lonzo Ball led his Huskies to the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Open Division title and MVP honors after a 96-80 defeat of Redondo Union. (Photo: David Hood, MaxPreps.com)

Chino Hills High School senior point guard Lonzo Ball has been named 2016 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year.

Ball, a UCLA signee who is ranked No. 1 overall among point guards in the ESPN 100, recently led the Huskies to their first Southern Section Open Division crown after a 105-83 thrashing of Sierra Canyon Chino Hills (31-0) is the top ranked team in the USA Today Super 25.

“Words cannot express how honored I am to be chosen as the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games Player of the Year,” said Ball, who scored 20 points, snagged 17 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the win over Sierra Canyon. “This honor is shared by so many people in my life. I have great coaches, I’ve played with great teammates, I have a family that believes in me, and I have fun playing basketball every day. There have been so many basketball successes along the way, but this one is definitely one of my greatest achievements.”

Ball will be honored during the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 29 in Chicago.

 

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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball named Naismith semifinalist

Chino Hills High School senior guard Lonzo Ball is a semifinalist for the Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year.

Ball, who has signed with UCLA, is the top point guard and No. 5 ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN. He has propelled the Huskies to a 25-0 record and a No. 1 national rankings from multiple sources.

He has already been selected to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game.

Here is the lists of finalists:

  • De’Aaron Fox, PG, Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas)
  • Bam Adebayo, PF/C, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.)
  • Frank Jackson, G, Lone Peak (Alpine, Utah)
  • Jayson Tatum, SF, Chaminade Prep (St. Louis)
  • Josh Jackson, SF, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
  • Lonzo Ball, PG, Chino Hills (Calif.)
  • Malik Monk, SG, Bentonville (Ark.)
  • Markelle Fultz, G, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
  • Miles Bridges, SF, Huntington Prep (Huntington, WVa.)
  • TJ Leaf, PF, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.)
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Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball gets All-American jersey

Chino Hills senior Lonzo Ball talks about being selected for McDonald’s All-American Game.

Chino Hills basketball standout Lonzo Ball was presented his McDonald’s All-American game jersey in noon hour festivities at the school on Wednesday.

He was flanked on stage by his younger brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo and Huskies head coach Steve Baik, as well as members of the All-American staff.

He was cheered by fellow students and administrators.

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“It’s a game you dream about playing in and I’m honored to be selected,” he said.

Ball found out Sunday night while the team was on the East Coast participating in the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

“It was great having my teammates there with me when I found out,” he said.

The game will be held March 30 at the United Center in Chicago and features the top 24 players from around the country.

Huskies coach Steve Baik feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach a player of Ball’s caliber.

“I feel like I won the Power Ball Lottery getting to coach a player like him for four years,” he told the crowd.

It has been quite the season for the Huskies (18-0) who remain the No. 1 ranked team in the country. They face Damien on Friday in what is expected to be their stiffest test in Baseline League play.

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Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills chosen to All-American game

It is the first of what are sure to be many honors as Chino Hills senor point guard Lonzo Ball has been chosen to participate in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Ball, who has signed with UCLA, has led the Huskies to a 16-0 record and No. 1 spot in the country in multiple national polls.

Here is the complete list of those chosen:

 

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