VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Dec. 12 to Dec. 17, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 23.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Damani Washington

Washington has been lighting up Las Vegas for the Olympians in the Tarkanian Classic against some of the country’s top competition. Washington had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Shadow Ridge High of Nevada on Friday, and had another 23 point, 10 rebound showing a day later in an 82-39 rout of Boyd County from Kentucky. Leuzinger plays Grandview High of Colorado Tuesday in a semifinal game.

Cameron Shelton

Shelton came up big last week as Damien remained undefeated by sweeping through the La Canada Tournament with ease. Shelton averaged 23.7 points per game and saved his best for last by scoring 25 points in the semifinals and 27 in the championship win over Bonita. Shelton was named tournament MVP.

K.J. Latu

Latu turned in a banner performance to help Paraclete bring home its first CIF State crown. Latu rushed for three touchdowns and added an interception — one of six Paraclete takeaways — in a 39-21 victory over Menlo-Atherton in the Division 3-AA final.

Blake Burzell
Laguna Beach

He averaged 32 points over five games in the Charlie Wilkins Memorial tournament at Westminster. The 6-foot-6 junior forward scored 39 points against Los Alamitos, 40 against Kennedy and 49 against Cajon. He is averaging 30 points a game and his 139 career 3-pointers is a school record.

Jalen Hill

The forward had 15 points and 15 rebounds, along with three blocks, and earned Inland Empire Classic tournament MVP honors Saturday as the Huskies downed Etiwanda, 66-51, in the tourney championship and avenged an early-season loss to the Eagles.

Re’Al Mitchell
St. John Bosco

It’s hard to imagine that at one point some critics dismissed Bosco quarterback Re’Al Mitchell as merely a running threat. Mitchell’s been an effective runner as the fastest football player in the state. But Mitchell proved why his passing ability has earned him scholarship offers from Penn State and Oregon on Saturday, as he helped lead Bosco to a CIF State Open Division championship against De La Salle.

A.J. Raya

Raya, a state qualifier last year, helped Yucaipa to a key Citrus Belt League win with a victory in his 145-pound match. Competing in the Mann Classic last weekend, Raya won the 138-pound weight class, winning his first two matches by technical fall and his last two by a combined 15-3 score.

NOTE: SoCal Prep Legends coincides with The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties, which are the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News.