This past season even in a pandemic year multiple NorCal players received awards in their respective conferences.
PAC-12 (Pacific-12 Conference)
James Akinjo - 1st Team ALL Pac 12 , Pac 12 Assist Leader
For one of the most popular conferences in college basketball James Akinjo was one of its best players during the season. Not only can Akinjo score the ball but he is also a great passer and was the season’s PAC-12 assist leader. Akinjo averaged 5.4 assists to lead the conference and even shot above 40% from three throughout the season. As a junior Akinjo proved his worth and ability being named First Team All-PAC-12. He will look to improve heading into next season trying to make the Wildcats a contender once again.
Jordan Brown - Pac-12 6th Man of the Year
The sixth-man role is one of the most important roles on a team and most players' ego gets in the way of them playing that role. During the past season Jordan Brown played a key role for the Arizona Wildcats while coming off the bench. Brown came off of the bench in 14 of the 20 games he played and still averaged 9.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Brown’s willingness to come off of the bench proved to be worth it, as he was named PAC-12 Sixth Man of the Year. This is a huge achievement for the sophomore forward who will look to find a starting role next season.
WAC (Western Athletic Conference)
Darrion Trammell - 1st Team All-WAC, All-Newcomer team, and leading scorer of the WAC
A sophomore at Seattle University Darrion Trammell, who formerly played at the City College of San Francisco, balled out this past season. Trammell averaged 20.5 points, 5.3 assist, and 3.8 rebounds per game and these numbers were not under appreciated. Trammell racked up three major awards in the WAC including First Team All-WAC, All-Newcomer team, and most importantly led the conference in scoring. Trammell only scored below double digits twice all season. Trammell will look ahead to next season to score even more while trying to make Seattle University a contender in the WAC.
Riley Grigsby - 2nd Team All-WAC
Riley Grigsby, a junior who also attends Seattle University with Trammel, worked his hardest to compete for the leading scorer of the WAC. Grigsby averaged 17.6 points while grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game. As a guard these numbers were good enough to earn him Second Team All-WAC. Grigsby’s biggest improvement came in his 3-pt shooting, two seasons ago he shot only 23.2% from three but during this past season he improved to 38% from deep. Grigsby’s production was worthy of the second team award that he received and will try to make the first team next year.
Jovan Blacksher Jr. - 2nd Team All-WAC
The 5’11 point guard who attends Grand Canyon University played tough during the season. The point guard played his best basketball early and down the stretch of the season. Blacksher’s best moments came in the tournament games. In the semifinal against Seattle University Blacksher’s statline was like a videogame. Blacksher scored fifteen points, six rebounds, five assists, and most importantly four steals. Blacksher also scored 19 points and dished out seven assists against New Mexico State which helped Grand Canyon’s chances at March Madness. Blacksher’s ability to score and facilitate had impressed voters and he was announced to be apart of Second Team All-WAC.
Ezra Manjon - 2nd Team All-Big West
Ezra Manjon improved his game this past season and was awarded with Second Team All-Big West honors. Manjon was a key piece in UC Davis’s push toward the big tournament. Although UCD didn't make March Madness, Manjon was a bright spot as a sophomore who showed flashes of great scoring ability, scoring 25 points against Nicholls early in the season.
Arinze Chidom - 1st Team All-Big West
In his senior year for UC Riverside Arinze Chidom earned First Team All-Big West honors for his all around game. In his senior season Chidom led Riverside to be the third best team in the Big West scoring 13.2 ppg while still grabbing 5.3 rpg. Chidom had a great college basketball career and being honored with All-Big West honors was the cherry on the top for Chidom’s collegiate career.
WCC - West Coast Conference
Jamaree Bouyea - 1st Team WCC
The senior point guard Jamaree Bouyea played his hardest for San Francisco last season. Bouyea averaged a career high in points per game, assists per game, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, and field goal percentage. Bouyea’s game improved from his junior to senior year and he was selected to be a part of First Team WCC. In a division with perennial powerhouse Gonzaga, Bouyea found his way to the first team through his hard work and dedication in the offseason.
Logan Johnson - 2nd Team WCC
A junior guard for Saint Mary’s Logan Johnson was awarded with a Second Team WCC selection for this past season. Johnson was the leading scorer for Saint Mary’s this past season and even scored 26 points against Santa Clara University. Next year Johnson will be asked to be a key piece next season for Saint Mary’s with his ability to score and lead a team.
Joey Calcaterra Jr. - WCC Honorable Mention
Joey Calcaterra proved to be a bright spot for a team that struggled in the WCC this past year. The junior guard averaged 13.3 points per game and was named an Honorable Mention for a WCC team this past season. Calcaterrra found his niche by scoring the ball when asked, and if San Diego University can win more games next season he will be a shoe in for a WCC team.
Bryce Monroe - Southland Conference Freshman of the of the Year
Bryce Monroe as a freshman played like a sophomore or junior for Sam Houston State. Monroe helped lead Sam Houston State to finish third in the Southland Conference by averaging 10.1 ppg and 2.8 apg. Monroe showed the ability to score the ball and will be an important factor for the University of San Diego (where he transferred). In just his first year for Sam Houston State Monroe was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, which is just the start for Monroe.