Four Midlands players earned player of the year honors in their classifications as the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its all-state teams Tuesday.
Gray Collegiate’s Juwan Gary was named Class 2A Boys Player of the Year, while Swansea’s Danae McNeal was named the girls’ Class 3A Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Batesburg-Leesville’s Mylasia Gates and Star Ergle were girls’ Class 2A Co-Players of the Year.
Former Richland Northeast standout Alex Caldwell was named Class 4A Player of the Year. Caldwell is a senior at Wilson.
In all, 22 Midlands players were all-state selections.
It was Gary’s second consecutive all-state honor and the second year in a row a War Eagle player earned top honors – Jalek Felton won last year. Gary is averaging 21.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the No.1-ranked War Eagles.
Gary was joined on the 2A team by Keenan’s Dillon Jones and Saluda’s Zach Johnson.
McNeal is averaging 23.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.2 steals this year. She was joined on the Class 3A squad by Newberry’s Rayanna Davis and Kelsey Felks, and Fairfield Central’s Tameshia Woodard. It was Felks’ second consecutive selection.
No. 1 Blythewood had two players, Robert Braswell and Tre Jackson, named to the Class 5A all-state team. A.C. Flora’s DJ Sinkler and Zach Foulks were named to the Class 4A boys team along with Westwood’s Russell Jones and Ridge View’s Malcolm Wilson.
In Class 3A, Swansea’s Effix Miller earned his second consecutive all-state honor and was joined by Brookland-Cayce’s Dominique Perry.
In Class 5A girls, Spring Valley’s Ashley Williamson, Lexington’s Olivia Thompson and White Knoll’s Yamia Johnson were all-state for the second year in a row. Johnson was a 2A selection last year at Gray Collegiate.
Westwood’s Unique Drake and A.C. Flora’s Jordan Strange were named to the Class 4A all-state team. It was second consecutive honor for Drake.
Eau Claire’s Dyani Burke and Logan Taylor-McDaniel joined Gates and Ergle on the 2A girls team.
SCBCA All-State Teams
Isiah Moore, Sumter; Traye Carson, Westside; Robert Braswell, Blythewood; Tre Jackson, Blythewood; Zeb Graham, Nation Ford; Ryan Heriot, Fort Mill; Shaman Alston, Nation Ford; Myles Tate, Dorman; Bradley Childers, Gaffney; Will Edwards, Wade Hampton; JaVarion Calhoun, Greenwood; Jamal Edmonson, Ashley Ridge; Shaq Davis, Summerville; CJ Felder, Sumter; Ja’hiem Handy, TL Hanna
Player of Year: Jimmy Nichols, Conway
Trae Hannibal, Hartsville; Russell Jones, Westwood; Bryson Mozone, North Augusta; Ephraim Butler, Berkeley; Wells Hoag, Greenville; Chris Davis, Greer; Malcolm Kennedy, York; Malcolm Wilson, Ridge View; DJ Sinkler, A.C. Flora; Grant Singleton, Lakewood; Robert Swanson, Myrtle Beach; Tristan Nieves, Colleton County; Quade Parks, Greenville; Graham Burton, Travelers Rest; Zach Foulks, A.C. Flora
Player of Year: Alex Caldwell, Wilson
John Thorsland, Walhalla; Jamal Burke, Southside; Shaundre Miller, Chapman; Cam Jefferson, Camden; Effix Miller, Swansea; Travis Walters, Loris; Leo Albano, Bishop England; Ben Wolff, Walhalla; Ta’Mious Young, Berea; David Miller, Broome; TJ Hollis, Chester; Dominique Perry, Brookland-Cayce; Jahrique Isaiah, Loris; Jalen Gibbs, Hannahan; Rashamel Butler, Ridgeland-Hardeeville
Player of Year: Jermaine Patterson, Bluffton
Trey Smith, Landrum; Jalen Coit, Cheraw; Zamuel Fredrick, Calhoun County; Dijon Goss, Carvers Bay; Mikel Shuler, Woodland; Chris Paez, Greenville Tech; Matt Kormylo, Southside Christian; Darjawuan Brown, North Charleston; Dillon Jones, Keenan; Zach Johnson, Saluda; Desmond Tate, Chesnee; Michael (BJ) Blue, Marion; Bryson Rose, Academic Magnet; Foster Bridges, Landrum; Shamar Matthews, Andrews
Player of Year: Juwan Gary, Gray Collegiate
Kelton Talford, Great Falls; Shondale Lowe, Ware Shoals; Jamane Peterson, Lowcountry Leadership; Marlow Gilmore, Hunter Kinard Tyler; Mateo Durant, McCormick; Roderick Pam, Bethune Bowman; Jayden Byrd, High Point Academy; Shane Hammond, McBee; Desmond Murray, Williston Elko; Kobe Praylow, Hannah Pamplico; Keshawn Toney, Williston Elko; Tyson Bettis, Ridge Spring Monetta; Mikial Fourney, Lewisville; Darius Williams, Hemingway; BJ Fuller, Cross
Player of Year: Darius Taylor, Hemingway
Laimani Simmons, Woodmont; Greyson Boone, Wade Hampton; Jasmine Oglesby, Gaffney; RiKoya Anderson, Rock Hill; Yamia Johnson, White Knoll; Skylar Blackstock, Wando; Shayla Nelson, Goose Creek; Lenaejha Evans, Conway; Olivia Thompson, Lexington; Alexis Rice, Dorman; Quin Byrd, Hillcrest; Maleia Bracone, TL Hanna; Aylesha Wade, Clover; Ashley Williamson, Spring Valley; Breanna Robinson, West Ashley
Player of Year: Alexis Tomlin, Carolina Forest
Unique Drake, Westwood; Meredith Shipman, Travelers Rest; Megan Jones, Greer; Mya Burns, North Augusta; Madisen Smith, Greenville; Alex Lavore, Wren; Brandi Rivers, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Jordan Strange, A.C. Flora; Jah’Che Whitefield, Crestwood; Shaquita Joyner, Hartsville; Prisilla Delaney, Stall; Ja’Miya Foy, Stall; Zaria Woods, Lancaster; Janell Horton, Myrtle Beach; Loyal McQueen, Wilson
Player of Year: Amari Young, North Augusta
Anne-Hamilton Leroy, Seneca; Quadijah Moore, Emerald; Jashiya Henderson, Berea; Rayanna Davis, Newberry; Tameshia Woodard, Fairfield Central; Quanajia Drayton, Ridgeland-Hardeeville; Ikela Green, Loris; Mahogany Green, Manning; Ta’quasia Lampkin, Battery Creek; Tamia Grate, Pendleton; Kelsey Felks, Newberry; Mikaela McDaniel, Powdersville; Cynthena Sullivan, Strom Thurmond; Jykya Bell, Dillon; Katie Brooks, Bishop England
Player of Year: Danae McNeal, Swansea
Danielle Ussery, Andrew Jackson; Janell Sindab, Mullins; Hannah Fuller, Southside Christian; Logan Taylor-McDaniel, Keenan; Makayla Booker, Ninety Six; Payton Howell, Buford; Kayla Britt, Marion; Shadea Kelly, Burke; Ca’Vashia Johnson, North Charleston; Janell Brown, Calhoun County; Lawren Cook, Christ Church; Robionne Myers, Lee Central; Kateria Brabham, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Dyani Burke, Eau Claire
Co-Players of Year: Mylasia Gates, Batesburg-Leesville and Star Ergle, Saluda
Jordan Brown, McCormick; Makayla Commander, Timmonsville; Crystal Preston, Ridge Spring Monetta; Shatyra Moree, Cross; La’Royalty Jones, Palmetto Scholars Academy; Taniah Wilkins, High Point Academy; Laquan Coe, Lamar; Faith Vice, Denmark-Olar; Taylasia Cooper, East Clarendon; T’Laysha Creswell, McCormick; Simone Durant, Lamar; Kaitlyn Richmond, Blackville-Hilda; Niriah Walker, Wagener Salley; Dikayla Wright, McBee; Shay Briscoe, Creek Bridge
Player of Year: Tamara Jackson, Green Sea-Floyds