The Times' All-South Coast boys basketball team has no prolific scorers, which proves a player doesn't have to average 20 points a game to be an all-star. Only two of the 10 players selected to the boys team averaged more than 17 points, and only four players on the girls All-South Coast team averaged 15 points or more.
All of the 20 players were considered by their coaches to be solid performers.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this year's teams is that only nine of the 20 players are seniors. There are nine juniors and two sophomores.
Because of the talented underclassmen, next season should be outstanding.
Don Mead, head of an Irvine-based scouting service, said: "There's a lot of talented kids (juniors) coming up next year. . . . This year's senior class was a little bit above those in the past, and this year's sophomore class is going to be even better."
The All-South Coast teams are two of 20 selected from 10 Times circulation areas in Southern California. The players will be honored at an awards brunch Saturday at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Coach Jim Harrick of Pepperdine University will be the guest speaker. Players of the year and coaches of the year will be announced at that time.
The 10 selections on each team made by a vote of coaches and sportswriters:
Osei Appiah, Poly--This senior provided the Jackrabbits with leadership, rebounding and defense. A 6-foot-3 guard with superior leaping ability, Appiah led Poly in rebounding with 8.8 a game. Offensively, he liked to penetrate but also had an effective set shot and averaged 12 points. His defense, Coach Chris Kinder said, was effective because he worked hard and enjoyed the challenge of guarding top players. Appiah will play next season at Santa Clara.
Mark Beck, Mayfair--The Suburban League player of the year, Beck averaged 18.8 points a game, shooting 50% from the field. "He has unlimited range," said Mayfair Coach Jim Crockett. While Beck liked to shoot from outside, he also treated himself to at least one slam-dunk a game. A three-sport star, Beck quarterbacked the football team and has a 90-m.p.h. fastball as a baseball pitcher. He's expected to play baseball at USC or Cal State Fullerton.
Don Brotz, Wilson--"One of the outstanding junior prospects on the West Coast," Wilson Coach Jim Ferguson said of the 6-5, 180-pound Brotz, who averaged 19.9 points a game and was the Moore League's most valuable player. Brotz, a good shooter from inside and outside, also averaged 8.6 rebounds and was solid defensively. A star in the classroom too (3.3 grade-point average), he is being recruited by major colleges.
Ronald Coleman, Dominguez--With 12.5 points and 9 rebounds a game, Coleman led the Dons in scoring and rebounding. A 6-foot-5, 190-pounder, Coleman excelled as a shooter and a defensive player. He likely will improve his statistics next season as a senior because, Coach Ernie Carr said, "We will focus on him more."
Duane Cooper, Lakewood--The Lancers' point guard, Cooper averaged 15.8 points a game, shot 52% from the field and was an all-Moore League selection. Lakewood Coach Tim Sweeney on Cooper: "He's one of the better players we've ever had here . . . a leader . . . a very good student and person." And Cooper is only a junior.
Adrian Jackson, Lynwood--Jackson was the Knights' most complete player and the one they depended on near the end of tight games. "He was our money man," said co-head Coach Chick Peterson. "He won several games for us (with late shots)." Jackson led the Knights in scoring with 13.6 points a game, was an outstanding free-throw shooter and also averaged 3.5 assists.
Darrick Martin, St. Anthony--The only sophomore on the boys South Coast team, Martin, a 5-11, 150-pound playmaking guard, averaged 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals a game. Martin's No. 1 fan appears to be his coach, Danny Marques. "He's going to be an all-American by the time he's a senior, no question in my mind," Marques said. Martin just turned 15 years old.
Chris Roscoe, Poly--"A great anticipator," Coach Kinder said, explaining why Roscoe is so proficient at stealing the ball. While defense is his forte, the 6-foot-3 Roscoe can also rebound and shoot--his field-goal percentage was 53. He plans to play football and basketball at the University of Hawaii and after one year will decide which to play exclusively.
Marlon Vaughn, Dominguez--An all-around player on both ends of the floor, Vaughn was a point guard who averaged 11 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. "He did a little bit of everything for us," Coach Carr said of the 6-1 Vaughn, who was MVP of the preseason Estancia Tournament. Vaughn has signed with Cal State Fullerton.
Shawn Williams, Millikan--A power player, the 6-3, 185-pound Williams averaged 16.2 points and 8 rebounds for the Rams. The junior also distinguished himself on defense--he had three steals a game--and was a good ball handler.