Mann most improved, Hogland leads All-Defense

The opportunity to probe the minds of coaches and a few media about all-state selections is usually a mixed bag. Basketball, as much as any team sport, is about teamwork. Postseason individual honors are not. As much as some people believe that an all-state selection should or must be as close to a championship trophy as possible, it just ain’t so.

Ernie Banks won a National League MVP award while playing for a last-place Chicago Cubs team. The debate about who is worthy of being honored at any level, pro, college or high school, can go on for eternity.

For our All-State process, asking voters to submit their top defensive players, most improved players and more is always interesting. Here’s what we found with the 2015-16 boys basketball class.

Most Improved
1. Robby Mann, ‘Iolani. At 16 points per game, he led the state champion Raiders in scoring. His ability to shoot was always a plus, but he morphed into a physical, attacking scorer this season. His durability and strength — and toughness, judging by the shot he took to the nose during the state tournament — took his game to another level.

2. Alex Layi, Kalaheo. He was steady, consistent and productive in the post despite being on the slender side. His craftiness near the basket helped Kalaheo surge to the OIA title.

3. Micah Mitchell, Hawaii Baptist. The junior made 60 3-pointers this year.

Also receiving votes: Keoua Mahiko, Kaiser; Jaymason Nunuha, Saint Louis; Liam Fitzgerald, Leilehua; Kaeler Kahana, Kamehameha; Huthifa Abdel Jawad, McKinley; Hugh Hogland, ‘Iolani; Jared Elwin, Roosevelt.

1. Hugh Hogland, ‘Iolani
2. ‘Akahi Troske, Punahou
3. Cole Arceneaux, Punahou
4. Helam Baldomero, ‘Iolani
5. Kekai Smith, Kalaheo
6. Isaac Slade-Matautia, Saint Louis
7. Brian Washington, Maryknoll
8. Koa Kauhi, Leilehua
9. Zion Shepherd, Mid-Pacific
10. Hunter Lee, Punahou

Also receiving votes: Robby Mann, ‘Iolani; Joseph Gouty, Leilehua; Nick Kennedy, ‘Iolani; Alex Layi, Kalaheo; Liam Fitzgerald, Leilehua; Zach Gelacio, ‘Iolani; Jared Lum, Punahou; Michael Miske, Kaiser; Jared Elwin, Roosevelt; Jaymason Nunuha, Saint Louis; Huthifa Abdel Jawad, McKinley; Kama Scheer, Kaiser; Chance Kalaugher, Kaiser; Kaeler Kahana, Kamehameha.

2016-17 Top Four
Division I
1. Punahou
2. ‘Iolani
3. Kalaheo
4. Maryknoll
Also receiving votes: Mid-Pacific, Moanalua, Saint Louis.

Division II
1. St. Francis
2. Roosevelt
3. Damien
4. Farrington
Also receiving votes: Castle, Campbell.


  1. linda March 6, 2016 11:08 pm

    Notice your votes for next year D2 Is Farrington CAstle and Campbell dropping to D2 next year, Also Seabury Hall which made i finals had no seniors so how can they be overlooked. Too much Oahu

  2. Paul Honda March 7, 2016 10:25 am

    My ballot should’ve included Seabury Hall. Not sure about the other voters, but seeing them lose to University, the ILH D-II runner-up, probably had an effect.

  3. Paul Honda March 7, 2016 10:27 am

    Also should note that nothing has been announced by the OIA regarding classification moves up or down.
    This was based strictly on input from voters (coaches, media).

  4. richard dahl March 16, 2016 3:51 pm

    Michael Miske led the OIA in steals Holds the state record for seven steals on one game against Waiakea in state championships. Held top players both in ILH and OIA to their lowest point outputs when assigned to defend them throughout the season..

    I guess Honorable mention is a good place to start………

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