Who is the best high school boys basketball player in Southern California over the past 20 years? Over the last two weeks we gave you a chance to decide.

And you picked Jrue Holiday.

Scorebook Live reporter Connor Morrissette consulted multiple SoCal reporters and longtime basketball scouts to create a bracket featuring the top 32 high school boys basketball players in Southern California during the 21st century.

The bracket consisted of players who played their high school ball at some point between 2000 and 2020 in the L.A. City Section, Southern Section or San Diego Section (players who have yet to graduate were not included in our list). Players were selected based on what they did when they were walking the halls of their high schools only, not what they went on to accomplish in college and the NBA.

There were tough choices narrowing the field to 32. Notable snubs included Paul George, Spencer Dinwiddie, Cassius Stanley, Jordan McLaughlin, Jaylen Hands and Jeff Withey.

Ultimately we feel we created an outstanding 32-player bracket. And you determined who advanced through the bracket, round by round. Voting took place on Scorebook Live, Twitter and Instagram from April 14-26.

Players were placed into regions which were named after legendary Southern California high school boys basketball coaches: Gary McKnight, Ed Azzam, and Harvey Kitani. The fourth region included eight players who went on to play in the NBA and was titled NBA Region.

McKnight has won over 1,100 games, 36 league titles, 23 CIF championships, and 11 state championships in his time at Mater Dei. Azzam has won over 900 games and 15 City titles in his Westchester career. Kitani won three City Section Division I championships at Fairfax to go along with two state titles. He won a third state title at Rolling Hills Prep in 2017. All three coaches have sent multiple players to college and the pros.

Each region featured eight players, with Tyson Chandler (Compton Dominguez), James Harden (Artesia), Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei), and Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills) receiving the No. 1 seeds.

Here’s the final bracket:

And here are complete round-by-round results:

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:

(2) JRUE HOLIDAY BEAT (6) RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Holiday won the total vote across Scorebook Live, Twitter and Instagram 154-147.

FINAL FOUR RESULTS

(6) RUSSELL WESTBROOK BEAT (1) TYSON CHANDLER

(2) JRUE HOLIDAY BEAT (5) JARED DUDLEY

ELITE EIGHT RESULTS:

(2) JRUE HOLIDAY BEAT (1) LONZO BALL

(5) JARED DUDLEY BEAT (2) KAWHI LEONARD

(6) RUSSELL WESTBROOK BEAT (5) KLAY THOMPSON

(1) TYSON CHANDLER BEAT (2) TREVOR ARIZA

SWEET 16 RESULTS (DAY 2):

(2) KAWHI LEONARD BEAT (3) DEMAR DEROZAN

(5) JARED DUDLEY BEAT (1) JAMES HARDEN

(2) JRUE HOLIDAY BEAT (3) CHASE BUDINGER

(1) LONZO BALL BEAT (5) NICK YOUNG

SWEET 16 RESULTS (DAY 1):

(1) TYSON CHANDLER BEAT (5) JOSH CHILDRESS

(6) RUSSELL WESTBROOK BEAT (2) ONYEKA OKONGWU

(5) KLAY THOMPSON BEAT (1) STANLEY JOHNSON

(2) TREVOR ARIZA BEAT (3) AMIR JOHNSON

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (NBA REGION):

(1) JAMES HARDEN BEAT (8) DANIEL HAMILTON

(2) KAWHI LEONARD BEAT (7) NORMAN POWELL

(3) DEMAR DEROZAN BEAT (6) DARREN COLLISON

(5) JARED DUDLEY BEAT (4) ALLEN CRABBE

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (KITANI REGION):

(1) LONZO BALL BEAT (8) BRYCE TAYLOR

(2) JRUE HOLIDAY BEAT (7) TYLER DORSEY

(3) CHASE BUDINGER BEAT (6) RENARDO SIDNEY

(5) NICK YOUNG BEAT (4) JORDAN FARMAR

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (MCKNIGHT REGION):

(1) STANLEY JOHNSON BEAT (8) RYAN ANDERSON

(2) ONYEKA OKONGWU BEAT (7) CEDRIC BOZEMAN

(6) RUSSELL WESTBROOK BEAT (3) TJ LEAF

(5) KLAY THOMPSON BEAT (4) TAYLOR KING

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (AZZAM REGION):

(1) TYSON CHANDLER BEAT (8) DWAYNE POLEE JR.

(2) TREVOR ARIZA BEAT (7) ETHAN THOMPSON

(3) AMIR JOHNSON BEAT (6) JAMES KEEFE

(5) JOSH CHILDRESS BEAT (4) HASSAN ADAMS

You can view the full bracket below:

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