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Allen Crabbe Dwan Hurt
All Sentinel Boys Team
By Evan Barnes
Sentinel Sports Editor
Player of the Year: Allen Crabbe (Price, Sr.) - When the season started, Crabbe was largely under the radar as a Cal-bound prospect who had hopes of leading his team to the state championship. How things can change in a few months.
Over the season, Crabbe's shooting touch and determination was on full display and as Price played a demanding schedule, he lit up the stat sheet with not just his points but his all-around play as the Knights won the Division IV state championship.
An exceptional student in the classroom, he ended the year with a bevy of honors and now he can add Sentinel Player of the Year to his resume before he heads to Berkeley in the fall.
Coach of the Year: Dwan Hurt (Serra) - This was a hard decision as there were two deserving coaches all year. Hurt and Price's Mychal Lynch both ended their season with CIF state hardware and each had their own story in getting to that mountaintop.
It ultimately came down to a head-to-head matchup between the schools in January. The game was one of the best of the season as Serra defeated Price by three. Turns out, it's the deciding factor between two excellent teachers and mentors.
While Hurt - a Serra alum - deftly guided his talented team through adversity in the postseason, he excelled all season in steering a talented ship that had come up short in previous seasons all the way to the school's first state title since 1993.
The team set a school record for wins (34-2) and helped the school become the first in California history to win state in football and basketball in the same academic year.
BEST OF THE REST
Dwayne Polee, Jr. (Westchester, Sr.) - The City Section Player of the Year improved from a player with raw potential into a better all-around prospect and team leader for the two-time City Section and Division I state champions.
Jordin Mayes (Westchester, Sr.) - A standout shooter who hit many timely baskets for the Comets and was arguably their most valuable player along with Polee, the All-City guard will take his game to Arizona next fall.
Deonta Burton (Compton Centennial, Sr.) - Burton made an impact early this season as the MVP of the Westchester Classic. One of the best pure scorers in Southern California, he gave the Apaches their greatest success since 2004 and will be a steal for a college next fall.
Reynaul Baker (Crenshaw, Sr.) - A two-time All-City guard for the Cougars, Baker led Crenshaw in scoring while helping the legendary program return to the ranks of the City elite.
Richard Solomon (Price, Sr.) - The 6-foot-10 big man gave the Knights a much needed presence in the middle as he had an advantage nearly every time he stepped on the court. A dominant 1-2 punch with Crabbe, he'll join his partner-in-crime at Berkeley next year.
Keith Shamburger (Serra, Sr.) - The Division III-A co-player, Shamburger was the difference in the Cavaliers going from a solid to an elite team as his ball-handling, clutch shooting and leadership gave the Division III champs the lead guard they've lacked .
Cliff Sims, Jr. (Compton, Sr.) - Sims was the go-to-guy for the Tarbabes as they went on their surprising run to the CIF sectional and state regional finals. A big reason the program will continue to succeed in the post DeMar DeRozan era.
Michaelyn Scott (Washington Prep, Jr.) - One of the leading candidates for City Player of the Year in 2011, Scott averaged 17.9 points as the Generals reached the City semifinals for the first time since 1991.
Amir Garrett (Leuzinger, Jr.) - Another impact transfer in the Southland, Garrett helped the Olympians win their first ever CIF title with his excellent rebounding and knack for scoring. The Division II-A Co Player of the Year will be one of the seniors to be next year.
Chris Ashanti (LA Jordan, Sr.) - A double-double machine for the Bulldogs (20.6 points and 14.4 rebounds), the All-City guard was the Eastern League MVP and one of the more underrated players in the section.
Savion Udeh (Fremont, Sr.) - Udeh was a second-team All-City selection as he averaged 15.3 points for the Pathfinders as they advanced to the second round of the City Section playoffs for the second consecutive season.