La Salle Basketball Star Earns Prestigious Award

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.

The accolades keep on coming for La Salle High School senior Julia Macabuhay. Weeks after being named the Santa Fe League’s top player and earning a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 3A first team, the girls’ basketball star was given the John R. Wooden Award CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year award.
“Julia Macabuhay is the single most exciting female student-athlete I have been associated with in my career in athletic administration,” La Salle Athletic Director Anthony Harris wrote in an email. “Julia is an outstanding student and UC San Diego is lucky to get her next fall. She is only going to get better as her career blossoms at the collegiate level. What a phenomenal kid.”
Macabuhay received the award last Friday at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show at The Novo. The senior guard led the Lancers to a Santa Fe League championship and the Division 3A quarterfinals, where La Salle’s postseason run ended with a 55-50 loss to No. 1-seeded Oxford Academy of Cypress.
The UC San Diego-bound Lancer was one of the best players in the area, averaging 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals per game.
“Julia is one of the best basketball players I’ve ever coached, and I’ve played with and coached some of the best players in the game,” said La Salle head girls’ basketball coach Freedom McCullough. “Julia’s poise, skills set and leadership qualities make her almost impossible to contain. She understands the game on a higher level than most, which made my job much easier as a coach because she did my job for me on the floor while making her teammates better along the way.”

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