Boys High School Basketball

2016 4A All-Idaho boys basketball team

Preston’s Austin Smellie drives up the court during the second half of the 4A state championship against Bishop Kelly on March 5 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
Preston’s Austin Smellie drives up the court during the second half of the 4A state championship against Bishop Kelly on March 5 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. The Associated Press

BOYS FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AUSTIN SMELLIE, PRESTON

 

Why he is Player of the Year: The 6-5 senior wing came up in the clutch time and time again to lead Preston to its 4A title. He averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.1 blocks a game.

Coach’s comment: “Anytime we needed a play, he always would step up and make one,” Preston coach Tyler Jones said.

What others are saying: “Austin is a matchup nightmare,” Middleton coach Dale Karst said. “He has the ability to both play on the perimeter and also post up smaller players.”

What’s next: Smellie has committed to Idaho State. He will go on an LDS mission to Argentina and return in 2018.

JOSH PILLING, MINICO

 

The Great Basin Conference Player of the Year led the Spartans in points (12.9 per game), rebounds (7.5) and assists (4.0). The 6-4 senior point guard excelled under pressure and shredded defenses that tried to pressure the Spartans.

BRAYDEN PARKER, PRESTON

 

The 6-6 sophomore center gave the Indians a mismatch and a security blanket on their state championship run. Whenever the offense sputtered, they could always dump it into his soft hands, which averaged 13.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

MATTHEW BRUMLEY, MINICO

 

Standing at 6-5, the junior center protected the Spartans’ rim, setting a school record with seven blocks in one game. He averaged 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds and shot 14-of-15 from the field in a state tournament win over Caldwell.

MAX RICE, BISHOP KELLY

 

When the Knights faced larger opponents in the postseason, they turned to Rice. The 6-3 sophomore played bigger than his frame while leading BK in scoring. He finished averaging 13.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game.

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Height

Year

Position

Stats

George Tarlas

Caldwell

6-4

Junior

Guard

10.6 ppg, 7.4 reb, 3.1 ast

Braden Boyce

Rigby

6-4

Senior

Center

9.8 ppg, 8.1 reb

Jaden Brown

Pocatello

5-9

Junior

Guard

17 ppg, 4.5 reb

Dan Sabala

Bishop Kelly

5-11

Junior

Point guard

7.0 ppg, 3.0 ast, 2.2 stl

Reece Robinett

Middleton

6-4

Junior

Forward

11.4 ppg, 4.8 reb

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