All South Metro Boys Basketball selections
Boys roster features league's player of year, top scorer
Zach Braxton, an anchor in the paint for Highlands Ranch, and Mountain Vista sharpshooter Jake Pemberton headline Colorado Community Media’s All South Metro Boys Basketball Team.
The six-player team, picked by CCM's sports staff, was chosen from among players on the 15 schools covered in the south metro Denver area.
Braxton, a 6-foot-9 senior who is bound for Weber State, was one of the most dominating players around the basket in the state. He was the Continental League’s Player of the Year after posting a double-double in every game this season despite being the main focus of every opposing team’s defense. Braxton averaged 17.9 points this season for the Falcons, a league-leading 13.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.
Pemberton led the Continental League in scoring at 19 points a game. He also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals for the Golden Eagles who advanced to the Final Four. The 6-3 senior who has signed to play at the University of Denver is a smart player who makes big plays at big times. He is a great jump shooter from any range.
Rounding out the team are Chase Foster of Valor Christian, Chaparral’s Jake Holtzmann, Ethan Brunhofer of Arapahoe and Rock Canyon’s Mitch Lombard.
Foster, a 6-5 senior who will play at the University of San Francisco, was a very athletic player who could do it all. He averaged 20.3 points for the Eagles and pulled down 5.1 rebounds.
Holtzmann, a 6-6 junior, took over for injured Brandon Malone as the Grizzlies featured player. He was an all-around performer who handled the ball, made passes and found time to score. He averaged 16 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Brunhofer, a 6-2 senior, will play football next season for Butler but was a standout on the basketball court for an undersized but scrappy Arapahoe squad. He did whatever was required for the Warriors. He could produce around the basket against bigger opponents and finished the season scoring 16.3 points and averaging 6.3 rebounds.
Lombard was smooth and could drive to the basket to make plays. The 6-1 junior averaged 13.5 points and 5.3 assists.
Players eligible for the team come from all schools in Douglas County, the Littleton Public Schools District and from Cherry Creek High School.