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Pasadena Star-News All-Area Boys Basketball: St. Francis’ Jackson Mosley is the player of the year

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Pasadena Star-News All-Area Boys Basketball Team 2022-23

The top award winners and the player selections from the Pasadena Star-News area.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JACKSON MOSLEY, ST. FRANCIS, SENIOR

St. Francis’ Jackson Mosley competed in arguably the best high school league in the country and never backed down, proving himself time and time again.

Mosley, a four-year varsity player with several scholarship offers, averaged 19.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds this season as St. Francis finished 20-11 overall and went 5-3 in the Mission League, which boasted CIF-SS Open Division champion Harvard-Westlake and CIF State Division I champion Notre Dame.

Mosley was a Mission League first-team selection and he is the Star-News’ boys basketball player of the year.

Jackson Mosley #42 of St. Francis shoots over Marcus Covaleski #3 of Crespi in the first half of a prep basketball game at St. Francis High School in La Canada on Friday, January 6, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Mosley won 86 games with the Golden Knights, which is the most by a player in school history. He finished with 1,184 career points.

In a game where St. Francis nearly upset Harvard Westlake, Mosley scored 25 points, and he had 23 points with five 3-pointers in a win over Loyola.

“I got a lot of flack when he played varsity as a freshman, but there was always something we saw in him that you can’t teach,” St. Francis coach Todd Wolfson said. “He had that chip on his shoulder, that edge and that carried throughout his career.

“When it came to big games and big moments against Open Division teams, he wasn’t scared. He rose to the occasion when a lot of guys would crumble.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

DEVON RICHARDSON, BLAIR

Devon Richardson guided an incredible turnaround at Blair, leading the Vikings to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship. It was the school’s first boys basketball title.

Blair High School's Basketball Coach Devon Richardson accepts the trophy after his team won the CIF-SS Division 5A basketball championship game against Santa Paula High School at Colony High School on Saturday night. (Nick Koon, Contributing Photographer)
Blair basketball coach Devon Richardson accepts the trophy after his team won the CIF-SS Division 5A championship game against Santa Paula High School at Colony High School. (Nick Koon, Contributing Photographer)

Blair was 9-17 a year ago and was 18-71 over the past four years.

Freshman Timmy Anderson and sophomore Keshrey Smith Jr. joined senior Shakour Sidney this season,  and that trio helped Richardson raise the CIF trophy.

Blair routed Santa Paula 84-59, in the CIF-SS championship game and reached the second round of CIF State Division IV Regional playoffs.

For his efforts, Richardson has been named the Star-News coach of the year.

FIRST TEAM

Timmy Anderson, Blair, Fr.

Ethan McCloskey, San Gabriel Academy, Sr.

Terrance Hampton, Maranatha, Sr.

Alec Smith, Maranatha, Sr.

Mazi Mosley, St. Francis, So.

Ryan Osborne, Bosco Tech, Jr.

Jaden Erami, Bosco Tech, So.

Geoffrey Stetson, Flintridge Prep, Sr.

Jayden Mojica, San Gabriel Academy, Sr.

Jovan Jester, Pasadena, Jr.

Jack Reynolds, La Canada, Jr.

Shakour Sidney, Blair, Sr.

Darrin Chung, Keppel, Sr.

Brandin Dantzler, St. Francis, Sr.

Justin Odibo, Pasadena Poly, Sr.

Brandin Dantzler #22 of St. Francis drives to the basket against Isaiah Elohim #2 of Sierra Canyon in the second half of a boys prep basketball game at St. Francis High School in La Canada on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)
Brandin Dantzler #22 of St. Francis drives to the basket against Isaiah Elohim #2 of Sierra Canyon in the second half of a boys prep basketball game at St. Francis High School in La Canada on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

SECOND TEAM

Keshrey Smith Jr., Blair, So.

Sam Guerrero, La Canada, Sr.

Andrew Jordan, Flintridge Prep, Sr.

Mike Otoguro, Gabrielino, Sr.

Michael Baba, San Gabriel Academy, So.

Russell Williams, South Pasadena, Jr.

Adrian Huang, San Marino, Jr.

Fidel Cabrera, Pasadena, Sr.

Jason Guyton, Pasadena, Sr.

Saadiq Moore, Muir, Sr.

Lavon Domino, Arcadia, Sr.

Tim Kwan, Arcadia, Sr.

Nazsir Cammon, Blair, Jr.

Nick Khatchikian, Maranatha, So.

Darius Benitez, Bosco Tech So.

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