201314 DRC All-Area Basketball Team
The 2013-14 DRC All-Area Basketball Team, picked by the DRC sports staff with recommendations from Denton-area coaches.
4B Sunday, March 30, 2014 Denton Record-Chronicle Denton Record-Chronicle Sunday, March 30, 2014 5B Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Basketball Team 2013-14 BOYS FIRST TEAM Miles Crawford G, Guyer, Sr. Notable: The senior guard capped his career as a three-year starter by scoring 11.5 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Crawford was a candidate to take over any game on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor for the Wildcats. GIRLS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Delaney Sain C, Argyle, Jr. Notable: Sain was coming off a stellar sophomore year and as a junior was going to be an integral part of Argyle’s success. Sain commanded the paint and flourished for the Lady Eagles. She averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game and also pulled down 6.6 rebounds per contest as she helped Argyle reach the Class 3A state championship game, where the Lady Eagles lost to Waco La Vega. Sain was on the floor for all but eight minutes of the state tournament and averaged 14.5 points in the two games. The junior was named to the 3A all-tournament team and was selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 3A all-state team. She will look to help Argyle pick up that elusive title next year. FIRST TEAM Jesse Sheridan G, Argyle, Jr. Notable: Sheridan’s poise at guard buoyed Argyle all season long and all the way to the 3A state tournament. The TABC 3A all-state selection averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals a night. Sheridan shot 45 percent from the floor this season and will be one of two seniors in Argyle’s starting lineup next season. Jonathan Davis F, Argyle, Sr. Notable: It wasn’t hard to see why Davis was a TABC Class 3A all-region selection. The Argyle junior racked up 14.6 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds a night for the Eagles. Davis was District 10-3A’s Offensive MVP and helped Argyle reach the area round of the 3A playoffs. Clay Morgan P, Ponder, Sr. Notable: The three-year starter closed out his high school career in style, leading the Lions to a come-frombehind win over Tatum in the Class 2A state championship game to give Ponder its fifth state championship in school history. The versatile post presence demonstrated an innate ability to score in several ways, finishing his career with 2,003 points, thanks to his 21-point performance in the state championship game that earned him the game’s MVP honors. Morgan finished the year averaging 19.2 points per game to go with 7.6 rebounds and a block per contest to earn TABC Class 2A all-state honors. Morgan shot 58 percent from the field and averaged 18 points and 14.5 rebounds in the state tournament. Quamese Moss G, Guyer, Sr. Notable: Moss became a player the Lady Wildcats could rely upon in clutch situations. She won a few games with last-second shots and also provided suffocating defense at the point guard position. Moss shot 42 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 10.1 points per game to go with 3.1 steals. Stephen Ugochukwu F, Liberty Christian, Sr. Notable: Ugochukwu was a bright spot for a Liberty squad that lost many key players from last year’s team that reached the TAPPS Class 5A state semifinals. Ugochukwu dropped an average of 18 points and 11 rebounds per night for the Warriors. He was Liberty’s lone TAPPS 1-5A all-district selection. Josh Jackson G, Lake Dallas, Sr. Notable: Jackson carried his gridiron talents over to the basketball court. The future Iowa football player averaged 14.4 points per game to go along with 3.6 rebounds for the Falcons. Jackson also notched 2.4 steals a night, a testament to his speed and awareness that helped him excel at football and basketball. Allison Ray G/F, Pilot Point, Jr. Notable: At times, the Pilot Point girls were put on Ray’s shoulders as she led the team with 14.2 points per game. Ray was one of the top scorers in the area and was also the team’s best foul shooter, shooting 72 percent from the free throw line. Ray was a unanimous selection on the District 122A all-district team. Caylee Thomas G, Krum, Sr.. Notable: Thomas was one of the few returners from a team that reached the 3A state tournament in 2013, and she was Krum’s leading scorer in 2013-14. The senior guard averaged 11.4 points per game and helped the Lady Cats return to the playoffs, where Krum almost knocked off a strong Frisco Lone Star squad. Brady Anderson G, Ponder, Soph. Notable: The sophomore point guard was seasoned well beyond his years in helping lead the Lions to the Class 2A state championship. Anderson, a TABC Class 2A all-state selection, averaged 11.1 points per game to go with 4.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds with a perfect blend of inside and outside game. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Sean Choate G, Guyer, Jr. No table : Choate was a constant producer for the Wildcats, who dealt with several injuries throughout the year to its star players. But Choate played in every game for Guyer, which made it to the area round of the playoffs before losing with a short-handed team. Choate, a Class 4A Region I all-region selection by the TABC, led the Wildcats with 13.8 points per game as a versatile scoring threat who could get to the bucket and drain shots from outside. Choate shot 35 percent from beyond the arc and 40 percent from the field as a shooting guard with the ability to play at the point as well. As Guyer makes the jump to Class 6A next season, Choate, who has played on varsity since his freshman season, will be the key member returning to a young group of core players with varsity experience looking to top this season’s accomplishments. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kendyl Wright C, Aubrey, Jr. Notable: Wright was the main reason Aubrey was able to navigate a tough District 10-3A schedule and reach the postseason. The junior guard averaged 21 points per game, which was better than every other player in the area. She also snatched eight rebounds a contest. Her value to the team was evident in Aubrey’s playoff loss to Decatur. The guard fouled out of the game with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks against a good Decatur squad that pulled away from the Lady Chaparrals once Wright left the contest in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Aubrey junior was an easy first-team all-district selection in a district that included two of the top five teams in the state (Argyle and Celina). Luckily for Aubrey head coach Johnny Hodge, Wright will be back in the lineup next year to propel the Lady Chaparrals to another playoff run. Rebekah Hand G, Liberty Christian, Soph. Notable: The Liberty Christian sophomore was the team’s top scorer as she averaged 16.8 points per game to go with 8.2 rebounds as the Lady Warriors fell just shy of a return trip to the TAPPS state tournament. Hand shot 47 percent from the field and averaged 2.1 steals with 3.5 assists per game. SECOND TEAM Deamonte Hughes G, Denton, Jr. Notable: Along with Adarian Harris, the 6-1 junior guard propelled the Broncos’ uptempo, in-your-face defense that aided their run to the Class 4A playoffs. Hughes’ quick hands allowed him to lead the team with 1.8 steals per game. He finished behind Harris in scoring with 10.8 points per game. SECOND TEAM Carissa Sanders G/F, Ryan, Jr. Notable: Sanders did whatever Ryan head coach Monesha Allen asked her all season, and her aggressiveness and determination helped the Lady Raiders fight through injuries throughout the season. The junior averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds for Ryan, which narrowly missed out on the postseason. Tanner Thomas G/F, Sanger, Sr. Notable: Thomas had the ability to provide Sanger with some key long-distance shots throughout the season. Thomas averaged 12.5 points per game and knocked down 40 percent of his 3-pointers. Thomas was a big reason the Indians were able to reach the 3A playoffs this season. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Adarian Harris F, Denton, Sr. Notable: Harris spearheaded the Broncos to their second consecutive playoff appearance. The 6-6 forward used his athleticism all over the court, helping feed the Broncos’ transition offense. The senior showed off the spring in his jump around the rim as Denton’s prime rim protector and go-to defensive stopper. As if his defensive prowess wasn’t enough, he averaged a double-double and was selected to the Class 4A TABC all-region team. Harris led the Broncos with 15.5 points per game while pulling down 10.7 rebounds a game, while also being one of five Broncos with over a steal a game and adding a team-high 0.7 blocks per game. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Vivian Gray G, Argyle, Fr. No table : The deeper Argyle went in the postseason, the better Vivian Gray seemed to play. Gray didn’t play like a freshman in the postseason, and she played a key factor in the Lady Eagles’ run to the Class 3A state championship game. Gray averaged 13.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds a night. She also swiped two steals a night to aid Argyle’s defense. Gray was a TABC Class 3A all-region selection and was named District 10-3A’s newcomer of the year. The freshman guard was also named to the 3A state all-tournament team. With Gray and the rest of Argyle’s starting lineup coming back next season, the Lady Eagles will make another run at the school’s first girls basketball state title. Hannah Hand G, Liberty Christian, Soph. Notable: Rebekah Hand’s twin sister was the team’s second-leading scorer and third-best rebounder after missing several games with injury last year as a freshman. Hannah Hand averaged 12 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while leading the team with 4.6 assists per game. She shot 48 percent from the field. Ibrahim Logan G, Ryan, Jr. Notable : Logan was the main scoring threat for a Ryan team that went winless in district play for the second straight season. The junior guard led the Raiders with 13.7 points per game to go along with three rebounds and 1.5 assists each night. He averaged 8.8 points per game in District 5-5A play. Drew Davis C, Aubrey, Soph. Notable: If Davis keeps growing in stature and on the court, that could mean problems for Aubrey’s opponents. The 6-foot, 5-inch sophomore center averaged 10.7 points and eight rebounds for the Chaparrals, who may have found themselves a key piece to build around. Carissa Spiker G, Sanger, Soph. Notable: Spiker was one of the youngsters that fueled Sanger. The sophomore averaged 10.4 points per contest on 46.3 percent shooting. She also averaged 2.6 steals and 2.6 assists a night for the Lady Indians, who reached the bi-district round of the playoffs and lost to Argyle, the 3A state runner-up. Kylee Myers C, Krum, Soph. Notable: The sophomore center stepped into a larger role for the Lady Cats this season and she was a key contributor to head coach Lana Degelia’s squad. Myers averaged 10.5 points per game in the paint and led the playoff-bound Lady Cats in rebounding with an average of 6.6 boards per contest. COACH OF THE YEAR Jude Stanley Ponder Notable: After taking over for Doug Boxell after the 2008-09 season, Stanley immediately won the school’s third straight state championship. After a brief hiatus from Austin, Stanley led the Lions to the the school’s fifth state championship — Stanley’s second as the Lions’ head coach. The fifth-year Ponder head coach navigated the Lions through arguably the toughest district in all of Class 2A and scored a last-second victory over Brock to secure a spot in the state tournament. COACH OF THE YEAR Skip Townsend Argyle No table : Townsend showed why he’s regarded as one of the best coaches in the state. Townsend took a team without any starting seniors and led it to the cusp of the Class 3A state championship. Townsend almost won his seventh state title this season, but he was denied by Waco La Vega. The legendary head coach will not only look for that title next season, but he’ll also be chasing his 1,000th career victory, further cementing his status among the elite in his profession. Tyler Roelofs F, Sanger, Sr. Notable: Roelofs made his presence in the paint felt on a nightly basis for the Indians. He averaged 12.1 points per game and also pulled down 5.6 rebounds a night. Roelofs was District 93A’s co-MVP. He was also named to the TABC Class 3A all-region team, a year after he was the district’s newcomer of the year. Bre Wickware F, Guyer, Soph. Notable: In her second season as a varsity starter, the Guyer forward was a force inside for the Lady Wildcats. She averaged 9.2 points per game and grabbed a teamhigh 6.9 rebounds per game as one of the area’s top rebounders. Wickware shot 45 percent from the field and will return for her junior season as a key figure. NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Lauren Heard G/F, Guyer, Fr. No table : It didn’t take long for Heard to establish her starting spot on Guyer’s varsity squad as a freshman. Heard instantly became one of the most dynamic players in the Lady Wildcats’ lineup in leading them to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. The shooting guard, who also played on the wing, was the team’s leading scorer with 10.4 points per game. She also excelled on the defensive end, averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and a team-high 3.3 steals per game. She shot 39 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc, and will be one of several key returners for the Lady Wildcats. Nam e, Schoo l Alex McIntosh, Denton April Pena, Denton Brooke Lewis, Sanger Ashley Hayes, Lake Dallas Taylor Davis, Lake Dallas Po s. G G C G F Yr. Jr. Sr. Soph. Soph. Sr. THIRD TEAM Name , Schoo l Josh Peterson, Ponder Nick Perches, Krum Curtis Stevenson, Denton Cory Powell, Pilot Point Stephen Richter, Piilot Point Po s. C G G G/F G/F Yr. Sr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Sr. No table Peterson averaged 6.3 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game to help the Lions to 2A title Krum’s leading scorer and top guard also dished out a good number of assists Constant scoring threat averaged 8.5 points per game for the Broncos this season Gave Pilot Point steady production with 9.7 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game Pilot Point’s leading scorer dropped 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds per game Chase Harris G, Ponder, Fr. Notable: The freshman shooting guard was a key piece to Ponder’s state championship season, but the youngster really made his presence felt late in the season. Harris scored a game-high 16 points in the Class 2A Region II final victory over Brock to put the Lions in the state tournament and then stepped into the state spotlight in his next game. Playing with a broken nose and a concussion, Harris scored a game-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Ponder to a state semifinal win before missing the state championship game with the injuries. On the season, Harris averaged 10.2 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. THIRD TEAM Notable Landed on all-district team after averaging 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game Pena capped her career with the Lady Broncos with 8.1 points per game Averaged 8.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field Posted 10 points per night and also dished out three assists a game Worked her way up from being the team trainer, averaged 8.7 points and 9.4 rebounds Photos b y Al Key a nd David Min ton/Denton Recor d-Chronicle, cou r testy ph otos, file photos The team is selected by the Denton Record-Chronicle sports staff in consultation with area high school coaches.