Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week: Jacob Kuverji, Leland Basketball Team


In an extremely close vote, Leland basketball player Jacob Kuverji was the Bay Area News Group’s all-boys high school athlete for the week of January 10-16 after finishing first in the poll.

When voting closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Kuverji had 7,327 votes (45.67%), well ahead of Mission San Jose soccer player Noel Estrada (7,080 votes, 44.13 percent).

Branham footballer Ian Hutt came in third.

Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition.

Kuverji scored 21 points to lead Leland to a 67-63 victory in extra time over Leigh in a crucial Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division. The result lifted the Chargers’ record to 14-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Earlier in the week, Kuverji, a senior, scored 15 points in a 65-41 game at Piedmont Hills.

To nominate an athlete for next week’s title, email on Monday, January 24, at 11 a.m

We also look at the statistics sent to by coach/team statistician for review.

Winners are announced every Friday on Mercury News & East Bay Times websites.

Past winners

January 3-9: Marlow Buettner, Berkeley football

December 13-19: Derek Sangster, TGM Mitty Basketball

December 6-12: Petelo Gi, Serra football

November 29 to December 12. 5: Roland Legaspi, Piedmont Hills football

November 22-28: Ivan Nisa, Aragonese football

November 15-21 Guardian Harper, Benician football

November 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle . water polo

November 1-7: John Pelletier, Northgate football

October 25-31: Nate Escalada, soccer Bellarmine

October 18-24: Patrick Aiello, Water polo legacy

From 11 to 17 October: Liam Smith, Hillsdale football

October 4-10: Jayden Hall, Cupertino football Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week: Jacob Kuverji, Leland Basketball Team


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