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2022 El Paso Times High School Boys’ Basketball Team

2022 El Paso Times All-City Boys Basketball Team

Co-Players of the Year

KJ Lewis, Chapin

Lewis is the most recognizable high school player to come out of El Paso since former Chapin star Cliff Tucker played at the school on the northeast side of town. Tucker continued to be a constant performer at the University of Maryland.

The 6-foot-4 1/2 Lewis, who is a junior, has made his college choice and will play at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“It’s been a learning process, a growing process,” Lewis said. “I have great support around me and that has helped me a lot.”

Lewis had offers from several Division I schools, but Arizona was his dream school and when the Wildcats offered him a scholarship and he sent an official visit, it seemed inevitable that he would be a Wildcat.

Lewis averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals per game as he helped the Huskies to a school-record 31 wins and a second straight trip to the Region 1-5A semifinals.

But the work never ends for Lewis, who has already begun his quest to get better and stronger for next season and beyond.

“I love the game, I want to be successful in what I do. I want to help Chapin improve, I want to be successful in college, and my dream is to play in the NBA,” he said.

Huskies coach Rodney Lewis, who is not related to KJ, added, “KJ improved so much in his leadership last season. KJ stepped in and helped them learn, helped them grow, he was there for them. It was great to see that. He has great skills and he can improve. He will work every day to get where he wants to be. .”

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Jordan Hernandez, Americas

Hernandez was a mainstay for the Trailblazers, who won 35 games, a 1-6A District title and reached the 1-6A District semifinals for the second straight season. Hernandez started three years on Team Americas basketball and was part of seven playoff wins in the program.

“Winning all those playoff games was an incredible feeling,” Hernandez said. “We showed we could compete at a high level and made our community proud. It was a great feeling to play with my teammates and be coached by the coaches we had in the Americas. I have the feeling like I’ve grown so much during my time here.”

The 5-foot-10 Hernandez was known for his toughness as the team’s starting point guard and his numbers proved it. He averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. The Trailblazers are known for their defensive prowess and Hernandez helped lead the way.

“Jordan has grown so much during his time in the Americas,” Trailblazers coach Mike Brooks said. “What he did in the second year was impressive which made for a lot of success for us that year. He just got better after that. He wanted to play at a high level and he has tested himself by going out of town and playing against players from across the country and that’s a testament to his desire.”

Hernandez had quite the season, including a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Eastwood and lead the Trailblazers to wins over San Angelo Central, Byron Nelson and Keller Central in the playoffs.

But his playing days are not over. He signed to play with junior college powerhouse Cochise College in Arizona.

“Cochise has been very successful and recruited El Paso a lot over the years,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to play at Division I level.”

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first team

Anthony Holmes

The school: Chapin

To note : A talented defender and goalscorer. Averaged 14 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

Gabe Aguilar

The school: franklin

To note : Averaged 12.5 points per game and finished with 59 assists.

Christian Nevarez

The school: Americas

To note : Averaged 12.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Trailblazers.

Noah Jaime

The school: franklin

To note : Very good defender and leader for Franklin, who shared the District 1-6A title with the Americas. Averaged 8.1 points and drew 27 charges.

Gio Gutierrez

The school: Canutillo

To note : Averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Eagles.

second team

Jashaun Kinnard

The school: Park

To note : Averaged 11.6 points per game for the 2-5A District champion.

Khanye Bland

The school: Park

To note : Solid all-around player, average of 11.4 points.

Manny Flores

The school: Chapin

To note : Averaged 13 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Donovan Black

The school: Del Valle

To note : Averaged 17.5 points and eight rebounds per game as a freshman at El Paso.

Cameron Smith

The school: Andresse

To note : Top-notch shooter and helped Andress win the bi-district playoff.

Honorable mention

Gary Garcia

The school: Bowie

To note : One of the city’s top scorers, averaging 18.5 points per game.

Cristean Estebane

The school: Eldorado

To note : Talented scorer for the Aztecs, one of the best guards in District 2-5A.

George Garcia

The school: Eastwood

To note : A strong overall player, helped the Troopers to the Class 6A playoffs.

Daniel Perez

The school: San Elizario

To note : Outstanding offensive player, led Eagles to Class 4A district and bi-district titles.

Jayson Smith

The school: beautiful air

To note : Averaged 18.1 points and shot 41 percent from 3-point range.

Jonathan Leggett

The school: beautiful air

To note : Averaged 12.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

ryan martinez

The school: Eastwood

To note : Top-notch defensive player for the Troopers.

Joseph Martinez

The school: Canutillo

To note : Averaged 14.9 points per game.

Jack Norton

The school: El Paso Raised

To note : Averaged 13.5 points and scored in double figures in 21 games.

Mark of Zealend

The school: coronado

To note : Averaged 13.3 points and five rebounds per game.

Adam Bohls

The school: franklin

To note : Averaged 13.3 points and five rebounds per game and made 56 3-point shots.

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at 915-546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.f