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Modesto Christian transfer Brown provides a boost to CVs lineup
Other newcomers making a difference on the hardcourt too
Turlock High transfer Mikayla Mabie has fit right in with her new teammates at Central Valley. Mabie starts at point guard for the Hawks. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Daevon Brown's long-range jumper ignited a game-clinching run for the Hawks.

Brown totaled 17 points as Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team pulled away for a 75-52 win over crosstown-rival Ceres High on Jan. 24.

Daevon, formerly of Modesto Christian, had to sit out the first month of the season to satisfy a CIF transfer rule.

Central Valley's girls and Ceres High's boys basketball squads have also added new players from other schools.

"We're glad to have him," Hawks boys head coach Darryl Dickson said. "He's stepped right in and played effectively. The scary part is he's only a junior."

"I don't show emotion on the court," Brown said. "I just let the game come to me. I've been that way since I was little."

Daevon averaged 12.2 points through Central Valley's first five league games. He scored in double figures three times. Daevon had 16 points in a 63-62 loss to undefeated Central Catholic on Jan. 15.

"His role is to come in and do whatever is necessary," Dickson said. "One of his strengths is his ability to score the ball. We've always known he's a good player. He grew up with my son Jaron. They went to Salida Middle School and Perkins Elementary School."

Added Brown: "Jaron and I have played on the same travel team since the fourth grade. We did pretty well together in junior high. We talked about it (teaming up in high school) a lot in the seven and eighth grades. It's a dream come true."

Daevon, Jaron and Ryan Donnelly make up one of the best trios in the Western Athletic Conference.

"We're real excited," coach Dickson said. "Daevon gives us another outside threat. He shoots the 3 well. He's fit right in. Everybody was accepting of him."

"I like the school," Brown stated. "Everybody gets along. We got chemistry. If we don't make the playoffs, it will be a bust season for us. We want to make history. I see us going far."

Sophomore Mikayla Mabie had a career-high 15 points during the Central Valley High School girls basketball team's 48-47 loss to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Jan. 23.

"She's a true point guard," Hawks head coach Jesse Padilla said. "Her left hand is as strong as her right hand. She sees the floor well. She asks questions. She wants to learn. The sky's the limit for her as long as she continues to work on her game."

Mikayla's totaled 36 points in five games for Central Valley this season.

She averaged 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 assist per game as the top player on Turlock High's varsity team in 2012-13.

She suited up for the Hawks' AAU hoops squad during the summertime.

"That helped her a lot," Padilla said. "She got to know all of the girls. She hangs out with everyone."

Austin Stiles, a starter on Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team, transferred from Modesto Christian.

Bulldog newcomers Puneet Sahi (Central Catholic) and Johnathan Williams (Turlock) have also been cleared to play.

"I knew about Austin because he always went to the Ceres High basketball camps," Bulldogs head coach Julio Marquez said. "He has a role like any other starter. Play hard defense. Rebound. Contribute, offensively. It's just another guy people have to be concerned with. His size and speed are difficult to match up with. I can see him developing into a really good player. But I don't want to put any pressure on him."

Stiles, a sophomore guard/forward, averaged 5.4 points through the Bulldogs' first five conference games.

Austin scored eight points against Central Valley.

"As he gets older and more mature, his basketball ability is going to increase," Marquez said. "He has a lot of tools. He's coachable. He's really competitive with his teammates and himself. He's a hard worker and a great kid as well. That's good for the program."