The Clovis Sports Report Boys and Girls All-Clovis Basketball Teams
Five boys, five girls with two recipients of Player of the Year and loaded with pictures, stats, and player profiles, here are the top basketball players we saw during the 2019-2020 season.
There was some mighty fine basketball played in Clovis this season. The Clovis West girls dominated once again, winning a 15th straight TRAC title and an eighth straight Central Section title, including the inaugural 2020 Open Division championship. In fact, the top four girls teams in the TRAC, including Clovis North, Clovis and Buchanan, participated in the 4-team Open Division, the top division no matter the size of the school.
On the boys’ side, Clovis East won its first section title since 2010, demolishing Bullard 80-55 for the Division I title after finishing 5-5 in league. Clovis West, the defending Central Section champs and the 2019-2020 TRAC champs at 9-1, lost to San Joaquin Memorial 51-49 in the Open Division finals. Clovis North rounded out the top three teams by earning the No. 2 seed in the Open Division before losing to No. 3 San Joaquin Memorial.
That being said, below are the recipients of the Clovis Sports Report 2019-2020 All-Clovis Team, the top players we saw during the season. I’m sure you’ll recognize the names and faces of these wonderful players. For both boys and girls we have chosen a Player of the Year and five players, regardless of position.
Girls’ Player of the Year: Nikki Tom (Jr.), Clovis West
15.4 ppg, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.2 steals, 77 3-pointers, 86% FT
The Golden Eagles key to an eighth straight Central Section title and 10-0 TRAC record ran through Tom, as the 5-foot-9 guard is now a perfect three-for-three in section title games. As solid and dependable as they come, Tom is deadly from the outside and has great court vision on the fast break, able to finish a layup with either hand with ease. And that 86 perfect free throw percentage is money down the stretch in games.
Aaliyah Seuell (Sr.), Clovis West
10 ppg, 55 3-pointers
The second leading scorer for the Golden Eagles and coach Craig Campbell, Seuell had to be accounted for on the court at all times. Vastly improved from last year from beyond the arc, she was second to Tom in 3-pointers made during the year. Eclipsing 1,000 points for her career, she is signed to play at Cal-State Bakersfield and was a key ingredient for the 27-5 Golden Eagles who finished ranked No. 10 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
Savannah Tucker (Sr.), Clovis North
23 ppg, five rebounds, two steals per game
The most prolific scorer in Clovis Unified’s history with 2,351 points, Tucker was a four year starter, turning heads this season when she averaged 28.9 ppg at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona in December. Able to score from anywhere on the court, she helped lead the Broncos to a 24-9 overall record, 7-3 record in league and a final state ranking of 19. She will play at Long Beach State next season.
Rowan Hein (Sr.), Clovis North
12.5 points, six rebounds, 4.5 assists
A do-everything guard, Hein, like Tucker, is a four-year starter with great numbers across the board. In fact, she’s the only player in the TRAC to average at least ten points, six rebounds and four assists this season. Along with Tucker, she led the Broncos to three straight trips to the Central Section title game. She will be attending the University of Denver next year.
Morgan Mathis (Sr.), Buchanan
14.7 ppg, 3.3 rebounds, two steals per game, 117 3-pointers
One of the top shooters in the Central Section, Mathis was the team’s leading scorer for a Buchanan squad that made the state playoffs for the first time in school history. In addition, Mathis leaves the school as the all-time leader in points (1,535) according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett. She was part of a three-year process where the Bears improved steadily each year under head coach Adam Wall and will attend Chico State University next season.
Avery Evans (Sr.), Clovis
14 ppg, 5.5 reb, 1.6 assists, 2 steals, 45% FG, 76% FT
Another four-year player, Evans steadily improved every season, leading the Cougars in points on a team that went 6-4 in league and advanced to the CIF D-II NorCal Regional Final. Armed with an excellent mid-range shot and standing 5-foot-11, Evans could also score around the basket for head coach Greg Clark. She was the main focus every game for opposing coaches, and a tough player to guard.
Boys’ Player of the Year: Cole Anderson (Jr.), Clovis West
27 ppg, 48% FG, 77% FT, 137 three-pointers, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals
The 3-time reigning TRAC MVP was a scoring machine this season and put together one of the best seasons in the state. An elite shooter with multiple Division I offers, Anderson nailed 44% of his 3-point shots in leading the Golden Eagles to a league title and a trip to the Central Section Open title game. Already the career section leader in 3-pointers made, he has a chance to become the section’s all-time leader scorer next year in his senior season.
Max Phillips (Sr.), Clovis West
12.2 ppg, 62% FG, 74% FT, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals
The consistent Phillips was the team’s second leading scorer to Anderson, a great compliment underneath who could score with the best of them, converting a remarkable 62 percent of his shots during the year. Tall at 6-foot-5 with long arms he rebounded well and could be counted on for at least one in-bounds basket per game. Phillips play this season for coach Vance Walberg helped the Golden Eagles to a 26-6 record.
AK Okereke (Jr.), Clovis North
13.6 ppg, 56% FG, 76% FT, 5.7 rebounds
A force to be reckoned with, Okereke used his muscular and strong inside presence to score at a clip of almost 14 points. Athletic with great mobility, he could also be seen throwing down some nasty dunks on opponents. He helped lead the Broncos to a second place league finish and a No. 2 seed in the first Central Section Open Division
Terri Miller (Sr.), Clovis North
14.1 ppg, 56% FG, 8.7 rebounds
‘A savvy wide-body, Miller was the strongest inside player to come around in years, and when Miller wanted to score, he could score. The 6-foot-7, 260 pounder could finish with either hand at the rim and led the TRAC in rebounding. A three-year varsity player, he will play at Sacramento City College next season.
Will Wiggins (Sr.), Clovis East
11 pts, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 56% FG, 74% FT
A three-year varsity guard for his dad Adrian, Wiggins was the prototypical coach’s son – smart, tough and an extension of the coach. Despite a lack of 3-pointing shooting – his teammates more than made up the slack – Wiggins was the glue to a team that led the Timberwolves to a Central Section Division I title, a 80-55 win over Bullard at Selland Arena to cap a great career.
Jermal Pittman (Sr.), Clovis East
20 pts, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 58% FG, 79% FT
One of the most efficient and dangerous scorers in the Central Section, Pittman was a left-handed slasher who had the ability to beat anyone off the dribble. Despite finishing with a league record of 5-5 the Timberwolves caught fire at the end of the season, winning their final three league games before hoisting its first section title since 2010. He was the perfect fit for a senior class that played together since grade school.