Player Of The Year: E.J. Twyman

Inland Area Player Of The Year E.J. Twyman, holding his daughter, Mia. / Photo by Don Boomer for The Californian

E.J. Twyman is making it look easy. Which, obviously, is just as impressive as leading his Elsinore Tigers into the 2012 CIF-State playoffs.

Twyman averaged 26.9 points per game for the Tigers. / The Californian

Twyman was the best point guard in the Inland Area, and averaged 26.9 points per game for Elsinore, a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A semifinalist, and a CIF-State Division 2 semifinalist.

He’s also a young father, to a rambunctious young daughter, Mia, now 15 months old.

For all his on court talent and his off-the-court responsibilities, Twyman is FOMB’s 2012 Inland Area Prep Basketball Player Of The Year.

His playoffs were a litany of big games and impressive stats.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard scored 29 points and five steals in a CIF-State Division 2 1st Round victory over Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, March 7

He was 12 of 24 from the field with a season-high eight three-pointers in finishing with 36 in the CIF-State semifinal vs. Inglewood, which Elsinore lost on Friday, March 9.

That doesn’t even describe the huge numbers he put up as the Tigers (28-5 overall) played into the final four of the CIF-Southern Section’s Division 2A playoffs.

He had 35 points in a CIF-SS D2A 1st Round victory vs. Riverside Patriot on Feb. 18, 30 in a 2nd Round win over Compton Dominguez, 26 in the quarterfinals vs. Lawndale Leuzinger and 30 in a six-point loss to Lakewood Mayfair in the semifinals.

And that doesn’t even describe the impact he had in every huddle, during every timeout, for all 40 minutes. He was there for his team like they were his family.

So now he has to be there for his family like they were his team.

He’ll have to decide what to do with his tremendous basketball talents in order to best serve his future, and that of those for which he cares.

And if he handles himself like he handles his business on the basketball court, he’ll make that look pretty easy, too.

Twyman utilized a quick first step and deft touch around the basket. / Photo by Michael Jaynes for The Californian

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