Journal unveils All-Metro prep boys basketball team

Mar. 30—It's time to put the final bow on the 2023-24 prep basketball season, and unveil the Journal's choices for our All-Metro teams.

Our ultra exclusive list follows the same guidelines as always: Five players on the first team. Five players on the second team. The pool includes athletes from all classifications.

Here is the boys team. Also check out the girls team.

This is an incredibly potent five we have chosen from the recently completed season, as skilled a group as we've ever had.

The group is led by the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, 6-foot-7 junior power forward Kenyon Aguino of Class 5A champion Volcano Vista.

Aguino was frequently unstoppable on the low post, averaging 22.7 points, 11 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Hawks. His ability to single-handedly take over a big game was perhaps second to none among any player in the state. He shot 64% on 2-point attempts last season.

Aguino is surrounded by guards on our first team.

Los Lunas 6-4 junior Jalin Holland is here; he shot 61% from inside the arc as the state's most recruited player averaged 25.4 points and 8 rebounds for the Tigers.

The quickest and, arguably the most explosive of the starting five, is Atrisco Heritage's marvelous 5-8 junior point guard, Latavious Morris, who averaged 25 points and 5 assists for the Jaguars.

The remaining two members of the first team are seniors.

That includes West Mesa 6-3 guard Elijah Brody. He averaged 20.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Mustangs, and remember, basketball is his second sport behind football.

Cleveland's Daniel Steverson rounds out our gifted first team. The 6-4 Steverson was as smooth as they come in the metro area, averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists a game for the Storm.

Our second team is chock full of dazzling guards: Highland's fearless 6-0 junior 3-point bomber Jesus Licon; Albuquerque Academy's versatile and dependable 6-3 senior guard Joe Jack; Valley's multi-talented 6-1 senior guard Julian Chavez; Volcano Vista's ferocious 6-4 freshman forward David Lunn; and La Cueva's persistent and effective 6-4 junior forward Daniel Lovato.