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WAC standouts
Coaches reward Hawks, Bulldog
Bulldog senior Harman Chung was selected to the WAC Second Team. Chung averaged 13.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's Ryan Donnelly, Daevon Brown and Jaron Dickson, and Ceres High's Harman Chung were recognized in a vote by Western Athletic Conference varsity boys basketball coaches on Feb. 24 at Livingston High School.

Donnelly, Brown and Dickson helped lead the Hawks to a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference (9-3).

Chung played a starring role while guiding the Bulldogs to a fourth-place tie in the league standings (5-7) with Pacheco.

Central Catholic won the WAC crown with a perfect record (12-0).

Central Valley's Darryl Dickson and Central Catholic's Mike Wilson were named WAC co-head coaches of the year.

"Darryl deserves it just as much as Mike," Bulldogs head coach Julio Marquez said. "It's the first year they've made the playoffs. He's worked with that program since the beginning. He didn't inherit it."

"It's a nice honor," Darryl Dickson said. "I'm thankful the guys voted for me and thought I did a good job. It's about the team and getting it as far as it can go. That's what's important."

Donnelly and Brown earned first-team, all-conference honors.

Central Catholic senior Donovin Townsend was voted the WAC's Most Valuable Player. The senior guard averaged 11.8 points and 3.5 assists in eight games.

"Donovin's a good player," coach Dickson said. "In my opinion, Ryan should have been MVP. I'm not being biased. He was the best player in the WAC."

Donnelly, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, averaged 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

"Ryan was an offensive threat from the inside and outside," Darryl Dickson said.

Brown, a junior guard, averaged 15.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

"Daevon did a remarkable job for us," coach Dickson said. "He has a cool, calm demeanor about him. He doesn't get rattled. I could see him fighting for MVP next year."
Dickson and Chung were both selected to the WAC Second Team.
Dickson, a junior guard, averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

"Jaron should have been on the first team," coach Dickson said. "He put up some really good numbers."

Chung, a senior post player, averaged 13.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.

"We always knew we had someone who could score for us," Marquez said. "He was consistent. It will be difficult to replace him."

Chung shined thanks in large part to his size, strength, hands and footwork.

He provided a presence in the middle on both sides of the floor.

Harman played three seasons of varsity basketball.

"When he was on the court, nobody could stop with him," Marquez said. "They had to double and triple team him. He made adjustments and got better."