As the weather slowly heats up, it’s time to close the book on winter with our annual All-County Boys Basketball recognition.
One star rose above them all this season. Sandy Creek’s TJ Bickerstaff is Player of the Year. Bickerstaff, a Drexel signee, posted 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.2 steals a game in leading the Patriots back to the Final Four.
Fayette County’s Josh Dupree is Defensive Player of the Year. Dupree, a senior, is an elite on-ball defender who piled up 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a guard, along with 9.9 points and 5.6 assists.
In a season heavy on veteran experience, Starr’s Mill’s Malachi Townsend is Freshman of the Year. As the season wore on, Townsend carved out a key role on a Panther squad that reached the second round of the state playoffs, offering up a glimpse of a promising future.
There’s a familiar face at the top. Fayette County’s Andre Flynn is Coach of the Year. Against a brutally tough schedule, Flynn’s Tigers racked up 26 wins and a run through the state playoffs where they finished as runner-up in a hard-fought loss to Buford.
The All-County First Team is composed of Sandy Creek’s Julian Alexander, Fayette County’s Ricky Knight, Jr. and JeKobe Coleman, and Starr’s Mill’s Jamaine Mann and Nate Allison. Alexander, a senior, made his living from the outside, posting 14.5 points with 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Knight, a senior, posted 13.5 points, saving his best for last with key performances throughout the playoffs. Coleman, a junior, tallied 14.6 points and drained 100 3-pointers on the season. Mann, a junior, notched 17 points and 7.1 rebounds. Allison, a senior Navy signee, posted a double-double with 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds.
The All-County Second Team is made up of Sandy Creek’s Jabari Smith, McIntosh’s Naj Ashley-Emory and Bruce Carpenter, and Whitewater’s K’won Bush and Omar Ndengey. Smith, just a sophomore, flashed the potential to be one of the state’s top players with 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Ashley-Emory, a senior, posted 16.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. Carpenter, a senior, led the Chiefs with 16.6 points, along with 5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Bush, a senior, posted 13.3 points. Ndengey, a junior, led the Wildcats with 13.9 points.
With talented players remaining, there are several earning Honorable Mention recognition. They are Starr’s Mill’s Daryl Rice, Fayette County’s Terrell Bradley and Will Richard, Sandy Creek’s Keith Williams and Deshon Proctor, Whitewater’s Javon Jenkins and Josh Marks, and Our Lady of Mercy’s Anthony Ogbonna, Jalen Dincol, and Jason Moran.
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