Every Monday, we will be selecting a player of the week who shows extraordinary effort and performance on the field or court in the prior week. We will be taking nominations from coaches, athletic directors and fans. Please send potential players of the week to contact@SanFranPreps.com.
SanFranPreps.com Player of the Week: Zio Enriquez, senior guard, University basketball
On the stat sheet, University was led again by standout guard Noah Springwater in the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic. Springwater averaged 21 points per game and led the Red Devils in steals, rebounds and blocks.
But it was Enriquez, who experienced a scratched cornea before the tournament that is our selection for player of the week.
Sleeping on the floor at his grandfather’s house over the holidays, Enriquez was accidentally stepped on by a family member, scratching his cornea in one eye.
He would miss the first game of the tournament, a 66-62 loss to Burbank of Sacramento, but when he returned in the next game against Canoga Park, the Red Devils got rolling, finishing the tournament on a 3-0 winning streak.
Enriquez scored 13 points in a rout of Canoga Park, then scored 34 points in a 69-66 win over Fremont of Los Angeles and scored 14 points against a very good Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks team.
Honorable Mention: India Pearce, senior forward, Convent girls basketball
Pearce had 28 and 29 points, respectively, in a win over Marshall and a loss to Westmoor in the Convent Holiday Classic.
Pearce is averaging nearly 18 points per game on the year, shooting 50 percent from the floor, and has only been held under 10 points once this season.
Honorable Mention: Johnny Mrlik, senior forward, St. Ignatius boys basketball
Mrlik, who was named the Sand Dune Classic MVP, had 16 points against Mission in the second round then added another 16 against Burlingame in the final.