2018-19 All-Area Boys Basketball Teams
Andrew VanSickle (Highland)
Stats: 11.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 rebounds per game
The lowdown: VanSickle was the Rams’ best player. The senior guard was an offensive standout, a knock-down shooter, a willing passer and a high-energy player. VanSickle’s 3-point range went beyond the arc, allowing him to use his quickness to attack close-outs and finish around the rim.
Quotable: “He is a coach’s dream. An incredible teammate on and off the court. He is a competitor and a very hard-working young man.” — Highland coach Tyler Pearson
Deshun Harwell (Century)
Stats: 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals per game
The lowdown: Harwell was Century’s floor general. The three-year starter was a calming force who never got rattled. Harwell was a great athlete and used it to his advantage. He was hard to stop in the open court and had the potential to burn teams with 3-pointers. Harwell was also a standout defensively.
Quotable: “He meant so much to our team. He was the heartbeat. He did the little things that were important.” — Century coach Ryan Frost
Isaac Brown (Pocatello)
Stats: 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game
The lowdown: Brown could score from any spot on the floor. The junior created shots with crafty dribbles and finished around the rim. Brown was the Indians’ go-to scorer and showed his value late in games, including a game-winning shot against Minico in the 4A District 4-5 tournament.
Quotable: “Isaac was a vital part of our team this year. He’s a great player and person. Anytime we needed a bucket in crunch time, he was the one we went to. He made our team better by just being on the court.” — Pocatello coach Joe Green
Luke Smellie (Preston)
Stats: 11 points and 4.5 assists per game
The lowdown: Smellie is in line to be the next great Preston guard. He initiated the Indians’ offense and always got the Indians in the correct sets. Smellie was a pass-first guard who tallied a career-high 11 assists in the 4A state tournament semifinals against Cenury. He also scored a career-high 26 points in the 4A District 4-5 title game against Twin Falls.
Quotable: “He was our floor general and leader this year. He helped lead us to the district and state championship games.” — Preston coach Tyler Jones
Max Rogers (Century)
Stats: 14.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game
The lowdown: Rogers was a two-way player who impacted the game in every facet. He shot 62.3 percent on 2-pointers, had an effective field goal percentage of 59.8 percent and blocked 71 shots, including a career-high 10 swats in the 4A District 4-5 tournament state play-in game against Pocatello. Rogers scored 10 points or more in 20 games, including a single-game 4A state tournament record 44 points in the third-place game against Vallivue.
Quotable: “He finally realized he could take over a game if he wanted to. You left games thinking, ‘Wow, he did that.’” — Century coach Ryan Frost
Cooper Hobson (Preston)
Stats: 14.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game
The lowdown: Hobson was one of the best shooters in 4A this season. The West Side High transfer hit 67 triples, running off screens and knocking down contested jumpers. Hobson also shot 85 percent from the free-throw line.
Jacob McNabb (Marsh Valley)
Stats: 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game
The lowdown: McNabb was the Eagles’ leader and go-to offensive weapon. He helped carry the Eagles to the 3A state tournament third-place game, including hitting a last-second triple in a state play-in game.
Dexter Hale (Blackfoot)
Stats: 12.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game
The lowdown: Hale was a complete player for the Broncos. He led the team in assists (79), deflections (56), steals (35) and minutes (663). Hale also was second on the team with a plus-minus of plus-26 and third in rebounds (89).
Stockton Brown (West Side)
Stats: 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game
The lowdown: Brown was the Pirates’ best player, leading the team to its first 2A District 5 title since 2016. Brown led the team in points and finished second in rebounds, steals and assists.
Trey Shaul (Bear Lake)
Stats: 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per game
The lowdown: Shaul was Bear Lake’s motor. The three-year starter was a dogged defender and a smart ball-handler. Shaul controlled the Bears’ offense and shot 51.9 percent from the field.
Kaden Hales (Pocatello)
Stats: 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game
Bronx Holbrook (North Gem)
Stats: 16.4 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks per game
BoDee Ekstrom (Malad)
Mitch Lindsay (Snake River)
Caleb Norwood (Rockland)
Stats: 11.6 points per game