When Barlow coach Tom Johnson voted on the Mt. Hood Conference boys' basketball Player of the Year award, his choice was easy.
Oregon City's Teron Bradford.
"First of all, Teron is a great kid," Johnson said. "He handles himself in a humble manner and he's a great player.
"There's nothing pretentious about him. He just goes out and plays every night."
Other coaches agreed, naming Bradford the 2017-18 Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year after the 6-foot senior shooting guard led the Pioneers to share of a league title and a berth in the OSAA Class 6A playoffs.
Bradford was joined on the all-league first team by Clackamas' Cole Turner, Central Catholic's Isaac Amaral-Artharee, and Barlow's Evan Inglesby and Jesse White.
Oregon City's Aaron Newkirk and Johnson were recognized as the league's co-Coaches of the Year in a season that ended with Barlow, Central Catholic, Clackamas and Oregon City tied atop the league standings with 11-4 records.
Amaral-Artharee and Turner also were in the discussion for the league's top individual honor, but the consensus among the league's coaches was that Bradford personified what it meant to be a team leader at both ends of the floor as well off the court.
A four-year starter, Bradford averaged 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game and scored a season-high 38 points in a 71-65 overtime win at home against Barlow on Jan. 19.
"Going into the season, I thought that Teron was the best player in the league, and he proved me right," Johnson said. "I really respect Turner and Artheree. Those guys are great players, but Teron Bradford was the hardest guy to match-up against in the entire league and he at times just carried that team.
"He had 38 points against us the first time we played them this season and we really had no answer for him that game. But more than anything, I just respect how he carries himself as an athlete. He's hard working and he's humble about the way he plays."
Turner, Clackamas' 6-7 senior post, saw the same thing the league's coaches saw in Bradford.
"Teron was extremely deserving of Player of the Year," Turner said. "I think it was a long time coming for him. He was stuck behind (Clackamas') Elijah Gonzales last year, but he's definitely a guy who deserved it and he's a great guy off the court, too.
"We've been friends forever, so I'm happy for him and I'm excited to see if he's going to go play basketball or go play football next."
Bradford finished his career with 1,581 points and ranked second among Oregon City's all-time leading scorers behind Brad Tinsley (2,331). He also cracked the top 100 among the state's all-time leading scorers at No. 98, having scored three more points than 1972 Cascade Locks graduate Phil Nolin, 1995 Churchill grad A.D. Smith, and 2009 Century grad Cameron McCaffrey.
"I worked my whole life for this opportunity, but my teammates also put me in a great position to get it done," Bradford said. "I honestly think we shocked the world this season, really
"From finishing third in the league last year and having not won a long a league title since who knows how long to doing what we did … I know we finished in a four-way tie, but we still did things nobody expected us to do."
Said Newkirk: "The thing about Teron Bradford is that he does everything well. He's not just a scorer. He's probably the best defender I've ever coached and probably the best rebounding guard I've ever had.
"What I would say about Teron is the same thing we've said about him all along. He's a tremendous player, but he's a better person."
MT. HOOD CONFERENCE ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS
Player of the Year: Teron Bradford, Sr., Oregon City
Co-Coaches of the Year: Tom Johnson, Barlow; Aaron Newkirk, Oregon City
Teron Bradford, Sr., Oregon City
Cole Turner, Sr., Clackamas
Isaac Amaral-Artharee, Sr., Central Catholic
Jesse White, Soph., Barlow
Evan Inglesby, Soph., Barlow
Darius Gakwasi, Fr., Central Catholic
SECOND TEAM: Mitchell Modjeski, Sr., Clackamas; Allen Talybov, Sr., David Douglas; Ethan Abrahamson, Soph., Gresham; Abdi Dahir, Sr., David Douglas; Corban Remsburg, Jr., Oregon City; Austin Forrar, Sr., Barlow.
HONORABLE MENTION: Dominic Jacoby, Jr., Barlow; Daello Portin-Chapman, Jr., Barlow; Cole Edmondson, Sr., Barlow; Jimmie Barton, Soph., Centennial; David Kunda, Sr., Centennial; Donald Hunter, Central Catholic; Jalen Lowery, Sr., Central Catholic; Dane Agost, Sr., Clackamas; Ameer Muhammad, Jr., David Douglas; Markus Presley, Sr., David Douglas; Christian Turner, Sr., Gresham; Ahmad Kempster, Sr., Gresham; Tyler Quinsey, Sr., Oregon City; Trevor Sheldon, Sr., Oregon City; Kiandre Hewett, Sr., Reynolds; Cal Reiss, Sr., Reynolds; Kobe Joseph, Sr., Reynolds.
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