SoCal Prep Legends and the Southern California News Group has teamed up with KABC-7 to produce the 2017 SCPL Awards, which will take place on June 11, then air June 24 at 6:30 p.m. on KABC (channel 7).
In the weeks leading up to the show, SoCal Prep Legends will release the nominees for nine of the 11 categories including major awards like Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Here are the nominees for Male Athlete of the Year:
- Ethan Thompson, Bishop Montgomery Basketball
Thompson was named CIF-Southern Section Open Division Player of the Year after guiding his team to CIF-SS Open Division, SoCal Regional and CIF State titles. Thompson’s season was highlighted by an emphatic dunk over Mater Dei’s 7-foot center Bol Bol in the Open Division final at the Honda Center in Anaheim and finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Thompson is committed to play basketball for his father (assistant coach) Stephen Thompson Sr. and his brother Stephen Thompson Jr. at Oregon State.
- Marvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon Basketball
Bagley is touted to be the No. 1 basketball recruit in the country by various recruiting websites, regardless of class. The 6-foot-10 junior averaged 24.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and two blocks per game for Sierra Canyon. Bagley, who remains undecided on his college decision, played his best when the lights shined the brightest. One example of that was when he broke the Nike Extravaganza scoring record by tallying 43 points and 14 rebounds against Bishop Gorman of Nevada in February.
- Wyatt Davis, St. John Bosco Football
Davis is the epitome of a “big man on campus”. Standing 6-foot-3, 310-pounds the offensive lineman headed to Ohio State is such a problem, opponents had to gameplan for him. Davis led St. John Bosco to a CIF-SS Division 1 and CIF State Open Division title. In the division final the Braves moved Davis from tackle to guard, and ran the ball 62 times for 376 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Davis is an U.S. Army All-American, five-star recruit, and Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football selection – the first offensive lineman since Santa Ana’s Larry Lutz in 1931.
- Hunter Greene, Notre Dame Sherman Oaks Baseball
In April Greene made history by being just the 13th high school athlete to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Projected to be the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft, the baseball standout has been marked at throwing pitches over 100 mph and has an ERA of just 0.75 this year with 43 strikeouts in 28 innings. His presence at the plate and at shortstop have MLB scouts salivating, too. Greene is committed to UCLA, but all likelihood is that we’ll be seeing Mr. Sports Illustrated in the bigs in the near future.
- Anthony Reyes, Elsinore Football/Track
Reyes is an athlete in every sense of the word, excelling in three different sports for Elsinore. Chosen first-team all-area in football after totaling 2,142 all-purpose yards and 26 TDs over 10 games. Led the school’s basketball team in scoring and was a first-team all-league selection, too. In track, Reyes qualified for the CIF-SS Division 2 finals in three individual events for the second consecutive year and advanced to the Masters meet in the long jump and triple jump for the second year in a row. Reyes is planning to go to UC Riverside as a decathlete.
To see the categories and winners from last year’s 2016 SCPL Awards, click HERE.