Kahuku’s Villa adds Gatorade honor

by Hawaii Prep World on March 20, 2017

Kahuku guard Jessiya Villa kept the ball away from Mount Vernon (N.Y.) center Gregory Calixte at the ‘Iolani Prep Classic. Photo by Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku guard Jessiya Villa kept the ball away from Mount Vernon (N.Y.) center Gregory Calixte at the ‘Iolani Prep Classic. Photo by Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku senior guard Jessiya Villa, who was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year just over a week ago, was selected as the Gatorade Hawaii boys basketball player of the year on Monday.

Villa averaged 17.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in leading Kahuku to its first-ever state title in boys basketball.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Jessiya will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program, according to the press release. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.

Recent Gatorade Hawaii boys basketball winners include Hugh Hogland (‘Iolani), Kupa’a Harrison (Kalaheo), Ikaika Phillip (‘Iolani), Josh Ko (Kalaheo), DeForest Buckner (Punahou) and Micah Christenson (Kamehameha).

Villa is the second Kahuku player to win the Gatorade honor, joining Junior Ale in 2006.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

anywaaaays!! March 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Well deserved!

..im waiting for that former punahou student educationfirst to chime in and say something negative in another article praising one of the top 3 point guards of all time on a Kahuku team that is top 3 all-time in Hawaii.

All the proof is in the fab15 article. When was the last time a hawaii team had the top 3 of 4 players (all college ready) in the state along with the gatorade POY?
http://www.hawaiiprepworld.com/boys-basketball/boys-hoops-fab-15-coaches-chime-in/

Just Play March 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Congrats to Jessiya, the Villa ‘ohana, and of course Kahuku and the Laie community. Well-deserved honor!

Da.Keys.2.Ma.Beema March 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm

We only saw one year of this guy but one year was all he needed to prove without a doubt he is one of the top guards to ever play prep ball in this state. He raised the bar for pgs from here on out.

Black Raider March 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

College ready? Since they are all 3 seniors, what colleges are Villa and Fotu attending. Please back it up. Letters of intent were signed months ago. I have never heard of a D1 college after Villa or Fotu. What colleges are they? Villa is solid. But top 3 PG ever? Um, DLow? Ramsey. Keene. And top 3 all time team? Like others said. When u lose to a D2 team you are out of the discussion.

AOK March 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm

*Hauula

anywaaaays!! March 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

BlackRaider you killin me with your fake 10 names…we all know you are educationfirst cause you say the same things.

Dont argue with us internet trolls, take your argument to the head coaches in the state who all praise Kahukus big3
here, read it and weap: http://www.hawaiiprepworld.com/boys-basketball/boys-hoops-fab-15-coaches-chime-in/

Tafena_Costa March 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm

@Black Raider (sure, buddy)
This is an article, strictly praising a high school senior for his merit on the basketball court. Congratulate and move on, gotdamn. Or do you need arguments about 17-18 year old kids to get you through the night?

thnk1st March 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm

congrats to Villa! no doubt he is a player. to me villa has the “it” factor, something always seems to happen when he has the ball in his hands. What I like about him is his toughness and being a playmaker. He makes things happen and that a tribute to a good point guard. If anything, sometimes he seems to play out of control. A good college coach can work on that. would like to him be given a chance at the D1 level. If UH took Avea, why not take a chance on Villa. either way, great season to kahuku and vill, avea and foot

Applestoapples March 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Just because they aren’t signed doesn’t mean they aren’t college ready. Both have the capability to play at the next level and that is pretty obvious from watching them play. And also just because they don’t boast about college interest doesn’t mean they aren’t getting any.

Sole March 21, 2017 at 7:32 am

Signing period is in April. The one basketball player that signed in November signed in the early period. Also, you do not have to publish your offers. Most people do it because it looks good. If you know anything about this boy, he is not one to crave attention. His demeanor all year long exemplified that. For now, since we all don’t really know him, all we have to know is this:

2017 Gatorade Player of the Year
2017 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year
2017 Scoringlive Player of the Year
2017 OIA East Player of the Year
2017 Number 1 in Fab 15 All State
2017 First Team All State ALL Hawaii team
2017 First Team OIA East
2106/2017 Iolani Classic All Tournament Team (Second year two different teams)
2016/2017 Iolani Classic Scoring Leader

And was hurt all year long……..this is all on the internet too, same with the things you are digging up as well. And this is just one year. But just in case, here is his junior year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP-vSZYEVNs

and his sophomore year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNTjRhws9ZY

and his seventh or eighth grade year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkPmbKPKXr4

He will win your heart sooner or later…..I think he already has, that’s why you comment so much on his articles….you can’t stay away…..

Sole March 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

Oh, and on this losing to a D2 team issue……LOW, RAMSEY, OSTROWSKI, Alika Smith, Kalia McGee, and all the other names that you are bringing up couldn’t lose to a D2 team because THERE WAS NO D2 back then. Everyone played in the same division…..the only League with Division 2 teams were formed by the ILH schools that had Division 1 teams as well.

If you can’t see that St. Francis should have damn well been in Division 1 this year, then you’re not qualified to critique this game. Again, lost without Fotu, Sauvao, Kaniho…..

You have to be willing to be educated and open your mind.

Public School March 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

@Sole. Agree with you all the way. Villa is legit. Whether he goes on a church mission, plays overseas, or plays D1, D2, or D3 college ball. That’s up to him and his ‘ohana to decide what is best for him. He earned every single of the honors that he received. And he has earned the respect of many basketball fans.

The Rim March 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

The boy is legit and as smooth as the good ones are. Congrats Villa, us on the BI could see you’re a special talent and fun to watch. The thing is, he was never out of control and never played as if the team revolved around him. He had a calming effect when he had the ball and you knew if he drove to the basket, pulled up for a 12 footer, or launched a 3, it was a good decision. Over the years I’ve come to enjoy players like him who play ball and cut all the other taunts and BS out, he let his play speak volumes. Reflection on great upbringing.

anywaaaays!! March 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Where is edu1st?

…..(crickets)…….

Tafena_Costa March 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

@The Rim
You spot on, braddah. This guy calmed his entire team down in pressure moments with his demeanor, found a way to make all that talent on Kahuku gel as one unit offensively, and was not a hot dog/showboat. This kid had tunnel vision all season long.

Coach C March 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Black Rubba, first of all Fotu is a junior. He will be next year’s Gatorade POY. His bro went to UH. He will receive a scholarship. Villa will get a call.

Just Play March 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm

@Coach C do you think Fotu will come back to Hawaii? Would be cool to see that kid in action as a senior.

Black Raider March 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Cuz I ain’t nobody but myself you fag (anywaays). Cuz, you such a pussy living through a kid cuz you probably wasn’t that good. Yah if he was so legit why isn’t he signed? I checked all the top media sources for D1 recruits and his name is no where to be found. His bro went to UH and pretty much got kicked out. And the new version dug out after the season. It’s pretty fucking pathetic that all u guys got is sports, working at the Mickey D’s, and scrubbing toilets at the PCC. Anyways you mahu, go home with your Mary and get off the computer stalking young kids. You guys so dumb. Ask the webmaster to check me out. I live in SoCal you dumbfuck. anyways is probably all the same guys on here taliking to himself.

What what the fuck is a cricket? Is that some dumbshit thing you write cuz someone isn’t replying? Yeah that is real original you fag. You probably was the waterboy. Why else would someone spend so much time on a high school blog. Do you even have a life anyways or Costa, or Sole, or Peter Pan or Manti Teo, or whoever the hell fake name you want to make up next?

Black Raider March 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Amazing how all these “new names” start coming up when it involves Kahuku. Anyways you faggit, you think we are all this dumb? Sit down, shut the fuck up, and take your mommy’s tit our yo mouth. You lucky I don’t fly to Hawaii and shut it up for you.

Tafena_Costa March 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Look at you. Emotional.

Black Raider March 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm

look at u guys irraz and no lyfe. Who lives thru kids on a blog?

pathetic > crickets

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