Bell-Jeff’s Oses League Player Of The Year!

March 25, 2015 by  

abid_2014There were a number of talented boys’ basketball players this past season who could have warranted recognition for Camino Real Player of the Year.

There were a few players on the Bellarmine-Jefferson High team alone who played well and put up impressive numbers that would put them in consideration

However, when it came down to the voting, Guards senior forward Abid Oses earned the top accolade, as he was unanimously selected as the Camino Real League Player of the Year.

“I thought at one point that they were going to probably vote a co-MVP,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Julian Andrade, whose team jumped from the Santa Fe League to the Camino Real League this past season. “We had another guy, Isaac Etter, who also had a great year for us. But it was a unanimous choice for Abid.

“Every coach in our conference went ahead and said that Abid was the best player in their opinion. They all thought that he was the best overall player during the league.”

With a team full of talent, Bell-Jeff was well-represented when it came to the all-league selections. Earning first-team honors were senior wing Clark Thomas, junior point guard Isaac Etter and junior wing Raffy Verano. Making the second team were junior point guard Marco Escribano and senior forward London Webster.

Oses proved to be a versatile player for the Guards. Along with being a strong presence in the post, the senior also showed his range and hit his share of baskets from the outside.

“I knew the position I had with the team, playing inside as much as possible,” Oses said. “But I also I tried to do more this season, maybe shooting the ball more and taking more outside shots.

“I really didn’t think about winning any awards or anything like that. I just wanted to help my team and help us get as far as we could.”

Oses averaged 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.1 steals and one block a game. He also made 20 three-pointers.

“He led us in a lot of categories this season,” Andrade said. “He proved that he could be a complete player and he did a lot on the floor, not only scoring, but rebounding, with steals and with assists. He has come a long way since he first came to Bell-Jeff a few years ago.”

Bell-Jeff (25-6) went 10-0 and won the championship in its first season in the Camino Real League. It was the Guards’ first league title since 2011, when it was a member of the Santa Fe League. It is just the program’s second crown in 17 years.

Seeded No. 1 for the CIF Southern Section Division playoffs, the Guards fell in the semifinals to No. 5 St. Bernard, 67-52.

The leader in scoring for the Guards was Etter, who averaged 17.8 points to go along with 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists a game. He was also an outside threat, converting 91 three-pointers.

“Isaac could have been the MVP in most leagues with the numbers that he put up this season,” Andrade said. “He just has a great shot and he’s one of the best shooters around.”

Thomas also had a fine all-around season for the Guards, averaging 13.2 points, five rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocks a game. While Verano averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals, Escribano averaged 5.1 points,1.9 assists and 1.8 steals and Webster averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.

“We just had so many talented guys on this team,” said Andrade, who picked up his 100th career win this past season. “Some opposing coaches thought if you could stop one guy they could beat us, but then someone else would just step up.”

“We had such a strong lineup that we could beat teams in so many ways. Along with Abid and Isaac, Clark and Raffy played a big part in that.”


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