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ALL-AREA BOYS' BASKETBALL DAILY NEWS 2007-08 ALL-AREA TEAM.

Byline: GERRY GITTELSON

Staff Writer

JRUE HOLIDAY

CAMPBELL HALL, SENIOR

Sometimes you can say a player "did it all," and in Holiday's case, it's really true.

A terrific all-around player who averaged 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.2 steals, the 6-foot-3 guard led Campbell Hall to a section title and a state championship for the third time in his four-year career.

Holiday finished as the Valley area's second-leading all-time scorer, but he probably could have scored a lot more points if he did not often sit out during the fourth quarter with Campbell ahead by a large margin.

And as for style points, there was no one more exciting on the break -- a great dunker whose spectacular moves and tenacious defense made Holiday the area's most fun player to watch.

Holiday was the Olympic League Player of the Year, the Southern Section Div. III Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports' Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

So yes, he did it all.

First team

JUSTIN COOK

Renaissance Academy, senior

Cook averaged 18.7 points to help carry Wildcats to CIF State Div. V final.

LARRY DREW

Taft, senior

Drew averaged 17.7 points and came on strong in playoffs, scoring 35 in final game.

PAUL GEORGE

Knight, senior

George was a dominant force inside and averaged 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds to carry Knight to Div. III final.

LORNE JACKSON

Simi Valley, senior

The Marmonte League MVP did it all: 22.9 points, 6.8 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 steals.

EUGENE PHELPS

Taft, senior

With his high-flying dunks, no one was more exciting on the break than Phelps. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds.

RENALDO WOOLRIDGE

Harvard-Westlake, senior

The son of former NBA journeyman and Lakers fan-favorite Orlando Woolridge averaged 19.2 points and 8.0 rebounds.

coach of the year

TERRY KELLY

Campbell Hall

Yes, he had a superstar in Jrue Holiday, but Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly deserves plenty of credit for building a dynasty, as the Vikings won a section title and a state championship for the third time in four seasons. Kelly broke in a freshman point guard, Austin McBroom, who consistently improved and excelled during the playoffs. And Kelly also did a fine job developing Holiday's supporting cast, as Dallas Rutherford, James Johnson and Keegan Hornbuckle all performed better than the previous season. Kelly is a tough coach -- he has no problem openly criticizing one of his players for taking a bad shot even when the Vikings are leading by 30 in the final minutes -- and he has always stressed defense first.

second team

Cody Anderson, Canyon, Sr.

Shara Babakanians, Hoover, Sr.

Joe Fauria, Crespi, Sr.

Justin Hawkins, Taft, Jr.

James Johnson, Campbell Hall, So.

Michael Meza, Simi Valley, Sr.

Dallas Rutherford, Campbell Hall, Sr.

Newcomer of the year

AUSTIN MCBROOM

Campbell Hall, freshman

With rare poise and skills for such a young talent, McBroom scored 30 points in the CIF State Div. IV championship victory in Sacramento. "This is his team now," teammate Jrue Holiday said.

honorable mention

Will Baldwin, La Canada, Sr

David Buchanan, Moorpark, Sr

Damiene Cain, Harvard-Westlake, Fr

Terran Carter, Taft, Jr

Daymond Cowlah, Montclair Prep, Jr

Mat Hankins, Van Nuys, Sr

Bobby Hillard, Oak Park, Sr

Matt Johnson, Oaks Christian, Sr

Austin Kelly, Harvard-Westlake, So

Jerramy King, Crespi, Sr

Mark Lewis, Canyon, Sr

Oscar Martinez, Verdugo Hills, Sr

Tyler McGrath, Oaks Christian, Jr

Prince Obasi, Cleveland, Jr

John Otavka, Valencia, Sr

Kyisean Reed, Highland, Sr

Gary Ricks, Sylmar, Jr

Victor Rudd, Van Nuys, Jr

Chris Smith, Burroughs, Sr.; Anthony Stover, Renaissance Academy, Jr

Jesse Zarate, North Hollywood, Sr.

FINAL TOP 10

1. Campbell Hall31-5

2. Taft27-4

3. Knight24-9

4. Renaissance Acad.27-4

5. Simi Valley26-2

6. Harvard-Westlake21-8

7. La Canada23-9

8. Valencia21-8

9. Bell-Jeff25-6

10. Westlake18-10

Others: Saugus 22-6, Thousand Oaks 20-8, Highland 21-9, Oaks Christian 21-7, Cleveland 20-8, Sylmar 17-9, Van Nuys 13-16.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Frontier: Malibu

Foothill: Saugus

Golden: Knight

Marmonte: Simi Valley

Mission: Harvard-Westlake

Olympic: Campbell Hall

Pacific: Pasadena

Prep: Flintridge Prep

Rio Hondo: La Canada

Tri-Valley: Santa Clara

Northern: Eagle Rock

Sunset Six:

North Hollywood

Valley Mission: Sylmar

Valley: Arleta

West Valley: Taft

CAPTION(S):

9 photos, 4 boxes

Photo:

(1) Campbell Hall's Jrue Holiday averaged 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.2 steals in his senior season. He led Campbell Hall to a section title and a state championship for the third time in his four-year high school career.

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer

(2) JUSTIN COOK

(3) LARRY DREW

(4) PAUL GEORGE

(5) LORNE JACKSON

(6) EUGENE PHELPS

(7) RENALDO WOOLRIDGE

(8) TERRY KELLY

(9) AUSTIN MCBROOM

Box:

(1) second team (see text)

(2) honorable mention (see text)

(3) FINAL TOP 10 (see text)

(4) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS (see text)
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