Most basketball coaches would love to have a well-rounded team. With the 14 players — seven boys and seven girls — selected to the 2017-18 Colorado Community Media All-South Metro teams, that is …
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Sam Masten, Rock Canyon
Did you know? The Northern Colorado-bound guard led the Continental League in scoring with a 22.5 average. He made 74 percent on his free throws, pulled down 7.9 rebounds a game, averaged 3.4 assists per contest and finished with 1,829 career points.
Tyson Gilbert, Rock Canyon
Did you know? As half of the Jaguars' dynamic guard duo along with Masten, the Colorado State-Pueblo recruit averaged 15.6 points a game.
Kaison Hammonds, ThunderRidge
Did you know? He led the Continental League in steals with 2.3 a game. He also scored 15.7 points a game with 3.1 assists per contest and connected on 59 3-point baskets.
Brendan Sullivan, Highlands Ranch
Did you know? With accurate mid-range shooting and the ability to rebound, he can play multiple positions. The Colorado School of Mines recruit led the Continental League with 8.3 rebounds a game and scored at a 21.3-points-per-game clip.
Ronnie DeGray III, Chaparral
Did you know? The power forward, the son of former University of Colorado player and Valor Christian coach Ronnie DeGray, averaged 21 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.
Connor Staib, Mountain Vista
Did you know? The guard/forward paced the Golden Eagles' offense with a 19.4 scoring average. He averaged 23.5 points down the stretch in the final eight games of the season.
Connor Hawk, Ponderosa
Did you know? He helped the Mustangs advance to the quarterfinals in the 4A state playoffs. He finished with an 18.2 scoring average and pulled down 7 rebounds a game.
Autumn Watts, Highlands Ranch
Did you know? She led the Continental League in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg) and double doubles (12) in addition to delivering Christmas baskets and helping feed the homeless on Thanksgiving in northeast Denver.
Tommi Olson, Highlands Ranch
Did you know? The University of Wyoming-bound point guard led the Continental League in assists (6.5 per game) and steals (4.8) while scoring 12.2 ppg. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
Jana Van Gytenbeek, Cherry Creek
Did you know? The floor leader is a Stanford commit who led the state's 5A players in assists with 7.8 per game and scored at a 16.4 ppg clip. She scored 32 points against Overland, with six assists and six steals.
Madison Hema, Castle View
Did you know? She has been invited to try out for the New Zealand U 17 national team. She led the Continental League with 3.6 blocked shots a game, while scoring 8.6 points per game and averaging 7.8 rebounds per contest.
Rebekah Sandstrom, Littleton
Did you know?: The Regis University recruit is the school's all-time rebounding leader with 1,053 and the 4.0 International Baccalaureate student averaged 11.3 rebounds, 8.8 points, 1.8 blocks and had seven double doubles this season.
Sydney Speights, Chaparral
Did you know? She was an inside force, averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game and is a National Honor Society and Link Crew member.
Dani Mills, Mountain Vista
Did you know? She is an accurate shooter, hitting 51 percent of her field goals this season and 92 percent of the 51 free throws she attempted. She averaged 11.8 points and 2.2 steals a game.
Most basketball coaches would love to have a well-rounded team.
With the 14 players — seven boys and seven girls — selected to the 2017-18 Colorado Community Media All-South Metro teams, that is exactly what a coach would have.
The boys team would have outstanding guard play from Rock Canyon’s Sam Masten, Kaison Hammonds of ThunderRidge and Tyson Gilbert of Rock Canyon.
Ronnie DeGray III of Chaparral, Highlands Ranch’s Brendan Sullivan, Connor Staib of Mountain Vista and Ponderosa’s Connor Hawk can swing from playing in the paint or can shoot from the perimeter.
The girls team has floor leaders in guards Tommi Olson of Highlands Ranch and Jana Van Gytenbeek of Cherry Creek, plus an accurate shooter in Dani Mills of Mountain Vista.
And there would be no worries about rebounding or scoring inside, with Autumn Watts of Highlands Ranch, Madison Hema of Castle View, Sydney Speights of Chaparral and Rebekah Sandstrom of Littleton.
The biggest question for both squads would be which five players to put on the court at the same time.
The teams were picked by the CCM sports staff, with input from area coaches. Players were eligible from schools in the Littleton and Englewood districts, Cherry Creek High School and all schools in Douglas County.
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