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2013 All-SCV Boys Hoops: West Ranch's Kevin Harris, The deciding factor

Harris’ performance was often the biggest factor in his team’s effectiveness

Posted: April 5, 2013 10:15 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2013 10:15 p.m.
West Ranch senior Kevin Harris helped lead his team to a second straight Foothill League championship. West Ranch senior Kevin Harris helped lead his team to a second straight Foothill League championship.
West Ranch senior Kevin Harris helped lead his team to a second straight Foothill League championship.

West Ranch had one of the most imposing physical forces this valley has ever seen in power forward/center Ako Kaluna.

And it also had the best complementary piece to Kaluna.

But if a team thought senior guard Kevin Harris was a complementary piece, it learned extremely quick that it was mistaken.

The 6-foot-1-inch shooting guard with the orange streak in his puffy hair and a face that lacked expression was a bundle of terror for every team he played against.

Despite his stature and slender build, the senior had an elevator in his feet that turned every West Ranch fast break into a Harris dunk contest.

And he was fearless getting to the basket, willing to sacrifice his body to get the hoop.

On top of that, Harris was the best shooter in the Foothill League — able to hit from all parts of the court and best at destroying teams’ hopes from beyond the 3-point line.

On top of all he did offensively, he was the first Wildcat to dive for a loose ball — the sound of his body hitting the deck almost as frequent as the sight of him rising to the rim to throw down a dunk.

Harris was the complete package for a shooting guard.

And on top of that, the Wildcats would go as he went.

There were times where Harris was shut out of the offense, and they usually became times where the Wildcats would see a giant lead shrink.

But Harris was a closer.

He would rise late in games to bring the Foothill League champions out of a funk.

One of the brightest, most humble athletes in the Santa Clarita Valley, Harris will be studying and playing basketball for UC San Diego next season.

Before that, he was honored with the Foothill League’s Player of the Year.

Harris averaged 20.2 points, four rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

Now here’s the biggest complement we can pay him — he is The Signal’s choice for 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

First Team

Myles Franklin • Hart • Sophomore
The speedy guard followed up a fantastic freshman season, in which he was named to the All-SCV second team, with a performance worthy of the first team in 2013. This year, he averaged 18 points, five assists and two steals per game. Along with teammate Lewis Stallworth, the duo was the best guard-combination in the Foothill League.

Riley Honaker • Valencia • Senior
Honaker was the Vikings’ top player in 2013 with an ability to shoot and score off the drive. Honaker led the Vikings with 10.1 points per game and got teammates involved, too, picking up 5.2 assists per game. He also pulled down three rebounds a game.

Ako Kaluna • West Ranch • Senior
The Northern Arizona commit was easily the top center in the Foothill League this season and earned All-CIF honors in Southern Section Division IA. He averaged 18 points per game while pulling down 12.8 rebounds and wreaked havoc on opponents who dared drive into the lane, averaging 2.1 blocks per contest.

Chris Lockwood • Saugus • Senior
The three-year varsity player was a pure scorer for the Centurions this season. Saugus’ offensive player of the year finished the season with 68 3-pointers, second most in school history, and led the team with 12 points per game (11.8 in league play). He also assisted at a rate of 3.8 per game.

Lewis Stallworth • Hart • Junior
Stallworth makes his second straight appearance on the All-SCV first team, averaging 18 points, three assists and two steals per game this season. He also averaged three assists and two steals a game. The guard was as consistent as any in the league, and scored 22 points in Hart’s biggest game of the regular season, an 84-65 win over eventual champion West Ranch.

Second Team

Ryan Beddeo • West Ranch • Sophomore
Beddeo ran the show for the uber-talented Wildcats this season, dishing to the likes of All-SCV Player of the Year Kevin Harris and first teamer Ako Kaluna to the tune of 6.4 assists per game. Beddeo was never lost in the shuffle, though, providing the Wildcats with a consistent scoring threat at 9.4 points per game.

Leon Jacobs • Golden Valley • Senior
Jacobs played part of the season for Golden Valley in 2013, but he had perhaps the biggest impact of anyone on the roster. The University of Wisconsin football commit was a physical specimen on the court, using his size and quickness to attack the basket no matter who the opponent. He scored 14.2 points, racked up 3.6 assists, blocked 1.4 shots and pulled down 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Amir Mirtabatabaie • Saugus • Junior
The junior Mirtabatabaie played above his 6-foot-3 frame from the power forward position for Saugus. He was a legitimate scoring option for the Centurions, posting nine points and nine rebounds per game in league play, and was solid on the defensive end, as well. His performance earned him the team’s most improved player award.

Ben Taufahema • Canyon • Sophomore
Taufahema showed a knack for attacking the basket and making things happen this season. He scored 10.6 points, pulled down 4.1 rebounds and had 2.3 assists per game. The sophomore shot 49 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. He also came through in the clutch, scoring a team-high 22 points in the final game of the regular season, as Canyon defeated Hart 62-61 to rob the Indians of a league title.

Stanley Wilder • Hart • Senior
Wilder came closer than anyone in the Foothill League to solving the problem that is West Ranch’s Ako Kaluna this season. Wilder was a force in the post for the second-place Indians, providing a strong defensive inside presence. Wilder clogged the lane, averaging two blocks, six rebounds and two steals per contest. He came through on the offensive end, too, scoring six points a game.

Honorable mentions

Marc Cabrera •  Canyon • Junior

Dominic Gully • Golden Valley • Sophomore

Davis Koppenhaver • Hart • Senior

Larue Nixon • SCCS • Senior

Jacob Tobon • Saugus • Junior

Garrett Mike • Valencia • Senior

Ryan Brooks • Trinity • Sophomore

Kyle Williams • West Ranch • Senior


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