F, Senior, Murrieta Valley
The Nighthawks are counting on Butler to be their featured player this winter, and the 6-foot, 3-inch senior has been up to the challenge thus far. He has led Murrieta Valley to victories in the Big Daddy Tournament at Citrus Hill and in the Nighthawk Classic while averaging 21 points per game and shooting 57 percent from the field on the season.
F, Senior, Elsinore
Chamberlain is back as the Tigers' main post presence. The All-Sunbelt League selection averaged 16.4 points per game a year ago, and the Tigers will need his inside presence in order to put together another deep playoff run. The Tigers are ranked sixth in the CIF Southern Section's Division II-A.
G/F, Senior, Vista Murrieta
A first-team All-league and All-Valley player while averaging 18 points a year ago, Guinn hopes to lead the Broncos into league-title contention this season. He anchors a senior-laden lineup that includes Jordan Perry, Luke Dimler and Garrett Roldan. The Broncos are ranked ninth in Division I-A.
F, Senior, Chaparral
The 6-1 forward has added production for the Pumas with 16 points per game so far this season. Hart will try to help Chaparral, which also returns seniors Eddie Coyle and Dylan Martin, contend for a Southwestern League title.
F/G, Sophomore, Lakeside
Jackson is averaging 14.3 points per game so far and is one of the better underclassmen in the Valley. Lakeside, which will be in the mix for a playoff spot in the Sunbelt League, is ranked ninth in Division III-AA.
G, Senior, Great Oak
The sharp-shooting Roedl is the Wolfpack's leading scorer, averaging 16 points per game with 24 3-pointers. The presence of 6-6 junior forward Justin Sadler in the paint should open some perimeter shots for Roedl as Great Oak tries to improve on its 10-17 mark from a season ago.
G, Senior, Temescal Canyon
The Titans suffered a number of tough, close losses last season, and they're counting on guards Roberts and Devante Kirkpatrick and forward Chima Wami to reverse that trend. Roberts is averaging 11.8 points this season.
F, Junior, Temecula Valley
Rosser returns as the main scoring option for a Temecula Valley team that went 18-9 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Rosser, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, is joined by senior guards Garrison Holmes and Danny Thompson as impact players for the Bears.
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G, Senior, Temecula Prep
The returning Majestic League player of the year leads one of the area's rising small school programs. He is averaging 22.5 point per game for a Patriots team that went 20-5 last year, including 12-0 in league play.
G, Senior, Murrieta Valley
A role player in the past, Shackelford is excelling for a Murrieta Valley team that is off to an 8-0 start and ranked No. 4 in Division II-A. He averages 17.5 points and three 3-pointers per game while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.
G, Junior, Murrieta Mesa
Staton averaged 15.7 points per game and ranked among the Valley scoring leaders for a team that struggled last season. His return, along with the presence of senior forward Nate Wright and football standouts Khalil Sharpe and Chase Chambers, has Mesa hoping to compete in the Southwestern League race this season.
G, Senior, Elsinore
The returning Sunbelt League MVP and All-CIF selection is coming off a season in which he averaged 22.9 points per game. Twyman had 37 points in a two-point loss to Murrieta Valley in the Nighthawk Classic final.