Boys High School Basketball

2016 5A All-Idaho boys basketball team

Highland senior Connor Harding led the Rams to their first state title since 1996.
Highland senior Connor Harding led the Rams to their first state title since 1996. Idaho State Journal

BOYS FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CONNOR HARDING, HIGHLAND

 

Why he is Player of the Year: The 6-5 senior forward was an offensive force, averaging 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. But he also was unselfish enough to sacrifice his production by taking on tough assignments on defense, the chief reason Highland won its first title since 1996.

Coach’s comment: “(He) could play 1-5 on the court and was a matchup nightmare for every team we played,” Highland coach Chris Frost said.

What others are saying: “He had a lot of pressure to perform, and he came through,” Borah coach Cary Cada said.

What’s next: Harding has signed with BYU and will enroll in 2018 after an LDS mission.

DEANDRE JONES, BORAH

 

The 5-10 senior point guard averaged 12.0 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 steals and even racked up 5.6 rebounds a game. His instincts, quickness and basketball IQ allowed Jones to always find himself in the right place at the right time.

RYLAN BERGERSEN, BORAH

 

Opponents always had to scheme for Borah’s prolific scorer. The 6-5 senior wing finished the year averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks. His smooth, quick shot allowed him to shoot 41 percent behind the arc.

MASON BAKER, HIGHLAND

 

A second-team All-Idaho pick last season at Skyline, the 6-foot senior point guard transferred to Highland and helped the Rams win a state title. He averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 84.8 percent at the free-throw line.

TALON PINCKNEY, CENTENNIAL

 

The 5-10 senior point guard transferred from Capital and made the Patriots an instant threat. He averaged 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals. But it was his 5.4 assists that separated him from the pack and lifted Centennial to the state tournament.

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Height

Year

Position

Stats

Max McCullough

Post Falls

5-10

Senior

Point guard

21.3 ppg, 5.8 reb, 3.4 ast

Jaxon Edelmayer

Madison

6-3

Junior

Guard

13.8 ppg, 4.7 reb, 1.8 ast

Delveion Jackson

Centennial

6-5

Junior

Wing

10.8 ppg, 5.9 reb, 1.7 stl

Kolby Lee

Rocky Mountain

6-9

Junior

Center

15 ppg, 9 reb, 2 blk

Josh Crane

Madison

5-11

Senior

Point guard

8.2 ppg, 5.3 reb, 5.2 ast

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