It's been a big week for personal honors for Dutch Fork basketball star Alaina Coates.
The 6-foot-5 center was the only South Carolina player (male or female) to be named to participate in the McDonald's All-America Gam3 on April 3 in Chicago at the United Center. Coates, who is averaging 20.4 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, was also named the Class 4A player of the year in South Carolina.The individual glory is nice, but the University of South Carolina-bound Coates is more interested in leading the undefeated Silver Foxes to a second straight state championship.
The all-state announcements included big news for a number of Midlands standouts. Keenan's Marcus Stroman and Keira Robinson, for instance, were both named the Class 2A players of the year. Stroman, a junior, is averaging 17.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.1 steals for the state title-hopeful Raiders. Robinson, a four-year starter, is averaging 21.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 6.6 steals a game.
In all, 18 Midlands players were named all-state this season.
South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State Teams
Class 4A boys
Tre Smith, Hillcrest; Jameel Taylor, Hanna; Maurice Daniels, Dorman; Megik Henderson, Wade Hampton; Anthony Johnson, South Pointe; Jaylen Reid, Rock Hill; Justin McKie, Irmo; Perry Dozier, Spring Valley; Nygel Gates, Lexington; Shawn Moore, Aiken; Reggie Bonner, Conway; Auntrell Holloway, Sumter; Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek; Demetre Rivers, Stratford; Brandon Wilkerson, Summerville.
Player of the Year: Tre Smith, Hillcrest.
Class 4A girls
Alaina Coates, Dutch Fork; Erin Gilmore, Aiken; Kionna Jeter, Spartanburg; Kentra Washington, Mauldin; Dekeiya Cohen, West Ashley; Ashley Fields, Goose Creek; Cierra Carter, Spring Valley; Jontay Mitchem, Ridge View; Marissa Runyon, Carolina Forest; Christian Hithe, Sumter; Deyja Brown, Colleton County; Shelby Daly, Ashley Ridge; Maria McCoy, Northwestern; Taylor Yarborough; Nation Ford; Angel McGowan, J.L. Mann; Iyanna Jones, Greenwood.
Player of the Year: Alainna Coates, Dutch Fork.
Class 3A boys
Davaris McGowens, Eastside; Jaylen Shaw, Hartsville; Matthew Howard, A.C. Flora; Justin Dotson, Daniel; Deebo Samuel, Chapman; Manny Polston, Airport; JaQuan Grissett, North Myrtle Beach; Tashombe Riley, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Xzavier Barmore, Seneca; LaBrian Shiflet, Greer; Blake Bone, Woodruff; Tony Dargan, Chapin; Daquarius Johnson, Darlington; Nolin Butler, Myrtle Beach; Michael Julian, Hilton Head.
Player of the Year: Davaris McGowens, Eastside.
Class 3A girls
Heather Jankowy, Walhalla; Kaydra Duckett, Dreher; Daniqua Lewis, Crestwood; Jada Wallace, Broome; Brianna Thompson, Greenville; Taylor Payne, Airport; Taylor Allman, North Myrtle Beach; NaBresha Hughes, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Allie Wagner, Wren; Tanisha Brown, Myrtle Beach; India Farmer, North Myrtle Beach; Jasmine Richardson, Lower Richland; Kyeshia Dawkins, A.C. Flora; Courtney Robinson, Blue Ridge; Kristin Giles; Union County; Dejoria Howard, Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
Player of the Year: Heather Jankowy, Walhalla.
Class 2A boys
Marcus Stroman, Keenan; Kevin Rowell, Marion; Sergio Smith, Woodland; Rakym Felder, Indian Land; Ty Jones, Batesburg-Leesville; Deion Holmes, Chesnee; Donte Wright, Silver Bluff; Kaheem Praylow, Newberry; Eric Hopkins, Keenan; Keith Burgess, Lake City; Anthony Adger, Crescent; Tyre Moore, Academic Magnet; Jared Williams, Calhoun County; Jalin Alexander, Newberry; Khalil Halls, Lake Marion; Daniel Bridges, Landrum.
Player of the Year: Marcus Stroman, Keenan.
Class 2A girls
Keira Robinson, Keenan; Daquasha Williams, Ninety-Six; Jasmine Dameron, Blacksburg; Mary Harriet Moore, Bishop England; Shaunice Fulmore, Lake City; Niesha Godfrey, Mullins; Malia Rivers, Central; Jasmine McClam, Lake City; Shalesa Degree, Blacksburg; Jada Martin, Fairfield Central; Arnasia Boyd, Newberry; Kylie Godley, Wade Hampton; Aaliyah Hill, Ridgeland; Carli Ruff, Mid-Carolina; Bre Wright, Andrew Jackson; Jasmine Hill, Wade Hampton (H).
Player of the Year: Keira Robinson, Keenan.
Class 1A boys
DaShaun Aiken, Carvers Bay; Cordea Wilson, Johnsonville; Jeb Holmes, Christ Church; Wes Jordan, Ware Shoals; Solomon McCormick, Allendale-Fairfax; Devante Curry, Fox Creek; Akeem Peoples, Lamar; Stephen Archie, Military Magnet; Tremon Bryant, Calhoun Falls; Malik Harrison, Greenville Tech; Peter Goodman, C.A. Johnson; Malcolm Stroman, Wagener Salley; Dee Dalaney, Whale Branch; Scott Hollins, Military Magnet; Dominic Scott, Hemingway; Devonte Ellis; Hannah-Pamplico.
Player of the Year: DaShaun Aiken, Carvers Bay.
Class 1A girls
Sade Eli, Timmonsville; Terita Brown, McCormick; Imani King, St. Joseph; Jamelia James, McBee; Ashley Perry, Ridge Spring-Monetta; TaAsia Wright, Denmark-Olar; Dashona Magwood, Baptist Hill; Tianna Deberry, Latta; Narquevia Jennings; McCormick; Cassy Cueva, Christ Church; Heylan Anderson, Lamar; Stefanie Bloedel, Fox Creek; Kemoni Jenkins, Whale Branch; Kerrigan Simmons, St. John's; Naomi Moore, CE Murray; Crystal Williams, Johnsonville.
Player of the Year: Sade Eli, Timmonsville.