Hoops season is in the rearview with one last order of business, All-County honors for the boys. It wasn’t the title-winning campaign teams were hoping for, but there is still plenty to celebrate.
Kaleb Banks of Fayette County High is the County Player of the Year. Banks, an Indiana signee, was a force for Fayette, averaging 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a night for the region-champion squad.
“Kaleb was a unique player because he was so versatile. He could play 1-5 positions, and he could shoot the 3,” said Fayette coach Andre Flynn. “He was our leader, and we relied on him to do a lot of things: Scoring, rebounding, defend the basket, make plays, etc.”
Micah Smith of Sandy Creek is the Defensive Player of the Year. Smith, a sophomore big man, could lock down any man on the opposition and wasn’t afraid to take a charge. He averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks a night for the Patriots.
The All-County First Team is Fayette County’s RJ Kennedy, McIntosh’s Emeka Iloh, Starr’s Mill’s Evan Courville, and Sandy Creek’s Vic Newsom and Amari Brown.
Kennedy, a junior guard, averaged 13.3 points a night for the Tigers. Iloh, a senior forward, was a force for the Chiefs, tallying 13.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks a game. Courville, a senior, averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 4 rebounds a game. Newsom, a junior guard, posted 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Brown, a sophomore guard, led the Patriots in scoring with 16 points a night, along with 5 rebounds.
The All-County Second Team is McIntosh’s Brandon Cheri, Sandy Creek’s Aidan Bevrotte, Starr’s Mill’s Philip Schultheis, and Whitewater’s Ashton Brown and BJ Watkins.
Cheri, a junior guard, averaged 10.9 points and 3.3 assists a game. Bevrotte, a senior, tallied 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Schultheis, a senior, posted 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists a night. Brown, a junior, posted 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Watkins, a junior, scored 10.6 points a game.
The talent remaining earns Honorable Mention recognition. Fayette County’s honorees are Tariq Mumphery, Donovan Hand, Duane Burks, Christian McAllister, and Sean Van Dorn. McIntosh’s honorees are Theo Elwell and Landon Dolhancyk. Sandy Creek’s honorees are PJ Green and Andy Williams. Whitewater’s honorees are Braeden Ofosu, Barron Ofosu, and Seyi Daramola.