All eyes were on Jaylen Hands this year as fans awaited the next big play.
Multiple cameras were usually fixed on the guard for every game not to mention the many fans recording with camera phones from the stands.
This year Hands scored nearly thirty points per game, usually shook hands with the rim multiple times per game and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American game.
Jaylen Hands began his prep career at Mater Dei Catholic in Chula Vista and put San Diego on notice at the 2013 Under Armour Holiday Classic American Division championship game vs. La Costa Canyon.
For his sophomore campaign Jaylen continued to hone his skills at Mater Dei but transferred to Balboa Prep for his junior year.
Balboa is not a CIF member so Hands game schedule expanded both in length and geographically but largely played in the shadows of the other CIF teams and players because the local media usually only covers CIF high school teams.
Jaylen returns to CIF play for his final prep year as he transfers to Foothills Christian and he leads the Knights to an open division quarterfinal win over his former team Mater Dei.
Foothills plays in the state playoffs but loses in the first round to Oak Park ending Hands’ prep career.
This is the first year there were two McDonald’s All-American boys from San Diego, Cathedral’s Brandon McCoy ’17 and Jaylen Hands ’17. But ironically neither burger boy was named the San Diego player of the year.
Taeshon Cherry '18 of St. Augustine was named the player of the year.
Every burger boy from San Diego in the past was named the San Diego player of the year including Sweetwater’s Michael Pitts ’79, St. Augustine’s Jelani McCoy ’95, La Costa Canyon’s Chase Budinger ’07 and Foothills Christian’s T.J. Leaf ’16.
Senior Year at Foothills Christian
876 points (29.2 per game)
239 rebounds (8 per game)
170 assists (5.6 per game)
27 blocks (0.9 per game)
87 steals (2.9 per game)
75 3-point FG (2.5 per game)