The boys 1989 Times All-South Coast High School Basketball Team, composed of talented all-around veteran players who know how to win, is a coach's dream.
CIF Southern Section champions Dominguez and Millikan each placed two players on the team, as did Moore League champion Lakewood.
Xavier Edison and DiJon Bernard led Dominguez to the Southern Regional finals of the state tournament.
From Millikan are forward Jeep Jensen and guard Terry Hilliard, and from Lakewood are Brian Camper, the Moore League's most valuable player, and his cousin, Victor Camper.
Zachary Allison of Centennial, Russell May of Mayfair, David Mitchell of Jordan and Earnest Killum of Lynwood round out the team.
Killum, the only junior on the team, is its top scorer. He averaged just under 30 points a game.
Bernard, the Campers and May made the team last year.
The All-South Coast team:
Brian Camper, Lakewood--The MVP of the Moore League, Camper averaged 20.3 points a game. "His biggest attribute is his all-around game," Lakewood Coach Tim Sweeney said of Brian, who can shoot, rebound and pass. "He's not a Dr. J flashy type player, he's more of an overall blue-collar fundamental player." Camper has signed with Arizona State.
Victor Camper, Lakewood--Brian's cousin, he averaged 13 points and was a real force inside with seven or eight rebounds a game. "There's probably not a stronger inside player in the CIF," Sweeney said of the 6-8, 230-pound center who is headed for Lamar University in Beaumont, Tex.
DiJon Bernard, Dominguez--The Dons' point guard, he averaged 13.8 points, but on a less-balanced team could easily have averaged 20. A great shooter who scored 27 points in a playoff game, he also led the Dons in assists and was a leader on defense.
Xavier Edison, Dominguez--Relentlessness is what marked this 6-4 senior forward, according to Dons Coach Russell Otis. "He's hard-nosed, is a great defender and gives 110% every time he steps on the floor," Otis said. Edison averaged 14 points and 10.6 rebounds a game for the 26-5 Dons.
David Mitchell, Jordan--A left-handed player, this 6-3 senior guard averaged 18.3 points a game and made All-Moore League. He is a good jumper, passer, long-range shooter--and student. He scored 38 points against Sunny Hills in the El Dorado Tournament.
Earnest Killum, Lynwood--Displaying great shooting range, he averaged 29.8 points a game. "The kids all respect him and look up to him," Lynwood Coach Bill Notley said of his junior co-captain. "He has a good temperament, he is not up one day and down the other." Killum has been contacted by about 100 colleges. "He is a great jumper who will play off-guard in college," Notley said.
Jeep Jensen, Millikan--An All-Moore League forward on the Southern Section 5-AA champion Rams, this left-hander averaged 13.5 points and eight rebounds a game. Very intelligent, Jensen plays hard, likes to shoot outside but can also score inside. He had 26 points against Loyola in the second round of CIF playoffs and 21 against Saddleback in the championship game. He also was one of the Rams' best defensive players.
Terry Hilliard, Millikan--A solid guard with Division I college potential, Hilliard averaged 14.6 points a game and probably was the Moore League's best point guard. Not flashy, he does a workmanlike job with good quickness and a good jump shot. He was a leader on a championship team, and scored 26 points against St. Monica in the playoff semifinals. Like Jensen, he is left-handed and all-league.
Russell May, Mayfair--A very aggressive 6-6 center with good post moves and a soft outside shooting touch, he averaged 24 points and 16 rebounds a game and made the all-Suburban League team for the second straight year. "A great kid with good grades . . . a perfect gentleman," Mayfair Coach Joe Tereschuk said. He may play at Cerritos College.
Zachary Allison, Centennial--A 6-3 left-handed guard, he loved to penetrate into the lane for a 12-foot jump shot. He averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds a game and was the MVP of the Ocean League. "It's very difficult to stop him from penetrating," Apaches Coach Willie Emanuel said of Allison, who also is accurate from 3-point range.
1989 ALL-STARS The all-star boys and girls teams, each consisting of 10 members, their coaches and parents will be guests of The Times at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at the annual Times High School Basketball Awards Brunch where all-stars teams from 12 circulation areas will be honored at the Anaheim Hilton. The featured speaker will be George Yardley, a former All-American at Stanford University, who went on to become the first player ever to score more than 2,000 points in an NBA season. The players and the coaches of the year from each area will be announced.