2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SPENCER SCHUMACHER, PRAIRIE
Why he is player of the year: The first-team All-Idaho quarterback was a force on the court, averaging 16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He used his mix of size (6-foot-5), athleticism, outside shooting and handles to lead the Pirates to a state title.
Coach’s comment: “Spencer is very athletic with good speed, soft hands, a good mid-range jump shot and finishes very well around the rim,” Prairie coach Kevin Chaffee said.
What others are saying: “Spencer willed his team to the state championship. Without his determination, hustle and leadership, Prairie may have not reached the pinnacle of success,” Glenns Ferry coach Nathan Jones said.
What’s next: He has signed to play defensive line at Montana Tech.
PAYTON SOBOTTA, LAPWAI
A second-team All-Idaho selection the past two years, the 6-1 guard graduates to the first team as a senior. He led the Wildcats in points (18.9 per game), rebounds (7.6) and steals (1.1) while adding 2.5 assists and wrapping up his four-year career 86-10.
BRAYDEN HADALLER, POTLATCH
The 6-1 junior point guard rarely left the floor for the state runner-up. The smooth-shooting lefty drew the toughest defensive assignments but still averaged 15.1 points, 4.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds to lead the Loggers to the finals for the first time since 2000.
ZACK WELCH, WALLACE
The Spokane Community College commit had a hand in everything for the Miners, averaging 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals. He erupted for 52 points in a January game while shooting 14-of-17 from the 3-point line.
ZANE MUSSMANN, VALLEY
A repeat first-team selection, the 6-6 senior center averaged a double-double for the second year in a row with 17.7 points and 13.6 rebounds. He also added 1.8 blocks and recorded a double-double in 21 of 25 games.
COACH OF THE YEAR: KEVIN CHAFFEE, PRAIRIE
The Pirates needed to win a state play-in game before clinching their first title under Chaffee.
13.8 ppg, 3.7 reb, 3.5 ast
11.6 ppg, 8.1 reb, 2.3 stl
12.1 ppg, 6.4 reb, 3.7 ast
15.7 ppg, 3.8 reb, 3.4 ast
13.0 ppg, 9.0 reb, 67 FG%