2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AMORO LADO, VALLIVUE
Why he is player of the year: Picked fourth in a SIC preseason coaches’ poll, the 6-foot-3 senior point guard carried Vallivue to the state semifinals by dominating both ends of the floor. He scored a 4A-leading 23.8 points per game and added 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block.
Coach’s comment: “He impacted the game on both ends of the floor more than any player I saw in the state this year,” Vallivue coach Ryan Lundgren said.
What others are saying: “Night in and night out, he was a force attacking the rim. He took it to another level with his ability to make 3-point shots,” Middleton coach Andrew Harrington said.
What’s next: Lado has committed to Chipola College, a national junior college powerhouse in Florida.
MITCHELL BRIZEE, TWIN FALLS
The 6-8 senior forward gave the Bruins a dominating presence in the middle. His mix of size and athleticism made him impossible to stop one-on-one. He finished the year averaging 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds.
KALVIN BOWEN, IDAHO FALLS
The unquestioned leader for the state champs handled the ball, got everyone involved and could take over a game when needed. The 6-foot point guard averaged 13.5 points and 3.8 assists and set a 4A record with 28 made free throws in the finals.
GABE QUINNETT, MOSCOW
The 6-4 senior guard led the Bears back to state by leading the team in points (21.3), assists (3.8) and steals (2.4) per game. He also shot 42 percent from the 3-point line, snatched 5.9 rebounds per game and prided himself on his tough defense.
TY HYDE, PRESTON
Every opponent had to start their game plan with the 6-6 junior center, who drew double teams nearly every night. Despite the attention, his smooth shot and nose for the ball allowed him to average 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
COACH OF THE YEAR: HOWARD HART, IDAHO FALLS
He led the underdog, and unranked, Tigers to their first state title since 1988.
13.5 ppg, 3.1 reb, 3.0 ast
14.6 ppg, 7.7 reb, 2.5 blk
18.0 ppg, 4.7 ast, 3.8 reb
10.7 ppg, 6.4 reb, 2.7 blk
15.9 ppg, 7.8 reb