The Sun's 2013 boys basketball all-area team


Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.

This is the sixth in a series of The Sun's winter athletes of the year and all-area teams chosen with the help of area coaches.

THE SUN'S ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS

SMALL SCHOOL

First team

Guard: Shaimea Maeweather, 5-foot-10, senior, Union County, 18.5 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 3.8 apg., 2.9 spg., led the Tigers to their second straight state tournament.

Guard: Van Turner, 6-foot, senior, P.K. Yonge, 17.5 ppg., 84 percent free throw percentage, 87 3-pointers, 55 steals, 40 assists for the Blue Wave.

Guard: Mitchell Wilbekin, 6-1, junior, The Rock, 9.5 ppg., 3.7 apg., 1.7 apg., had game-high 15 points in the Lions' 64-56 state title win over Jacksonville Arlington Day in the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association. Named MVP of the SIAA tournament.



Guard: Leamon Wilson, 6-foot, senior, Hawthorne, 9.7 ppg., 7.2 rpg., 2.0 apg., 2.0 spg., for 1A state semifinalist Hornets, who finished 28-2 this season.

Forward: Ed Porter, 6-6, sophomore, Hawthorne, 19.5 ppg., 9.9 rpg., 2.6 bpg., led the Hornets to their second state tournament berth. Had double-doubles in more than half of the games, and had 16 points and seven rebounds against Holmes County's McDonald All-American Chris Walker, a UF signee, in the state semifinals.

Forward: Lamine Mbodj, 6-8, senior, St. Francis, 15.0 ppg., 12.0 rbg., the Senegal exchange student led the 22-5 Wolves to their first regional semifinal.

Center: Joel Embiid, 7-0, senior, The Rock, 13.0 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 1.9 bpg., transfer from Montverde Academy who will play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.

Second team

Guard: Christian Benzon, 6-4, senior, The Rock, 10.0 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 3.3 apg., 2.5 spg., 50.2 percent FG.

Guard: Nick Chisholm, 5-11, senior, Hawthorne, 8.7 ppg., 3.6 rpg., for the 1A state semifinalist.

Guard: Keldic Bradley, 6-1, sophomore, Union County, 10.1 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 2.3 spg., 1.9 apg.

Guard: Andrew Wasik, 5-11, senior, St. Francis, 12.4 ppg., 3.0 apg., 2.8 rpg., 2.3 spg., had a game-high 23 points in leading the Wolves to their first-ever state playoff win.

Forward: Glenn Feidanga, 6-8, senior, The Rock, 11.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg., for SIAA state champions.

Forward: Josh Smith, 6-3, junior, Chiefland, 15.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg., for the Indians, who gave 1A state semifinalist Union County its first district loss.

Center/Forward: Jake Nangle, 6-7, senior, St. Francis, 11.5 ppg., 7.4 rpg., 2.5 bpg.

Honorable mention

Bell: John Rowe (F, Sr.); Chiefland: Kyle Weeks (G, Jr.), Deshawn Roland (G, Jr.); Cornerstone: Jake Atom (G, Jr.), Jamison Wyatt, Trent Whittemore, Luke Whittemore, Adam Dagen, Sam Pohlenz, Chandler Maynard; Dixie County: Shaquille Mitchem (G, Jr.), Aaron Thomas (G, Fr.), Mike Walker (F, Sr.), Mikell Carter (F, Sr.); Hawthorne: Jayquan Hamilton (G, Sr.), Bryson Pittman (G, Sr.), Dionte Mann (F, So.), Deandre Turner (G, Jr.); Lafayette: Rodney Brown (G, Sr.), Timothy Fleming (F, So.); Newberry: Monte Seabrook (G, Jr.), Tristian Kennedy (F/C, Sr.) Oak Hall: Zach Beauchamp (G, Jr.), Trevor Pope (F, So.), Richie Guile (G, Sr.), Cody Blair (F, Jr.), Matt Euliano (G, So.); P.K. Yonge: Stephen Brown (F, So.); St. Francis: Gabe Salimida (G, Sr.), Ryan McCloskey (G, Sr.); Trenton: Hamp Cheevers (G, Fr.)

Coach of the Year

Justin Harden, The Rock

Led the Lions, members of the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association, to their first state title in boys basketball. Also the school's athletic director, Harden brought together a talented group of players, led by player of the year and Kansas signee Joel Embiid, and bonded them into one of the state's top teams. The Lions won 14 straight games to close the season, beating nationally ranked Huntington Prep (W.V.) 54-44, talented Potter's House Christian of Jacksonville twice and Jacksonville Arlington Country Day twice, including for the state title (64-56). Hawthorne's Greg Bowie and Union County's Rufus Jefferson, who both led their teams to the state tournament for the second straight season, were also considered.

BIG SCHOOL

First team

Guard: Jimmie Taylor III, 6-3, senior, Suwannee, 24 ppg., 10 rpg., 7 apg., area's leading scorer, posted five triple-doubles on season, four games of 30 points or more and a season-high 41 at Hamilton County, led Bulldogs to regional semifinals.

Guard: Melton Sanders, 6-foot, junior, Fort White, 18.9 ppg., 4.4 apg., 4.9 rpg. for the Indians, who lost to Williston in the regional semifinals.

Guard: Sir Jackson, 6-foot, senior, Eastside, 16.4 ppg., 6 rpg., 5 apg., for the Rams, who reached the regional semifinals and played a challenging schedule that included six teams that reached the state tournament.

Guard/Forward: Tre Wilson, 6-6, senior, Williston, 15.7 ppg., 8.1 rpg., 6.4 apg., 2.5 spg., for the Red Devils, who reached their sixth straight regional final, losing at 4A state champion Lake Highland Prep.

Guard/Forward: Isaiah Jackson, 6-6, junior, Gainesville, 16.0 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 5.4 apg., for the Hurricanes, who reached the Class 6A state semifinals.

Forward: Kevin Bolen, 6-6, junior, Gainesville, 12.0 ppg., 6.2 rpg., for the ‘Canes, who upset No. 1 Orlando Edgewater and No. 2 Leesburg on the road to reach the state tournament.

Center: Justin McBride, 6-10, senior, Bradford, 20.3 ppg., 11.8 rpg., 4.4 bpg., for the 18-11 Tornadoes; the UCF signee had 1,397 points, 1,116 rebounds and 409 blocks in his prep career.

Second team

Guard: Morris Marshall, 6-4, senior, Columbia, 22.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 6.0 apg., for the Tigers, who reached the 6A regional quarterfinals for the second straight season.

Guard: Damien Strange, 6-foot, senior, Williston, 13.4 ppg., 3.3 apg., 2.7 rpg., 2.8 spg.

Guard: Montrell Flagg, 5-10, senior, Santa Fe, 15.6 ppg., 4.2 rpg., had a season-high 27 points in season-ending loss to Williston.

Guard: Jalen Wyche, 5-10, senior, Fort White, 15.2 ppg., 44 3-pointers for the Indians, who opened the season 10-0.

Guard/Forward: Ike Smith, 6-3, sophomore, Gainesville, 10.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 2.1 apg., had team-high 15 points in upset at No. 1 Orlando Edgewater in regional finals.

Forward: Earl Brown, 6-7, junior, Williston, 14.4 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 1.7 spg., 1.4 bpg., had some big plays in the postseason for the 23-8 Red Devils.

Center: Kevarrius Hayes, 6-8, sophomore, Suwannee, 11.3 ppg., 15.0 rpg., 5.0 bpg.

Honorable mention

Bradford: Deantre Burch (G, Sr.), Marco Grimsley (F, Sr.), Keaaris Ardley (G, Sr.); Buchholz: Dedric Ross (G, Sr.), Bryan Chalifoux (G, So.), Dale Whitehead (G, Sr.); Columbia: Javontae Foster (G, Sr.); Eastside: JaQwan Strawder (F, Jr.), Thomas Lundy (F, So.), Marquez Ross (G, So), Mike Harris (F, So), Rionte Ross (F, Sr.); Fort White: Trey Phillips (F, Sr.), Michael Mulberry (F, Sr.); Gainesville: Michael Henderson (G, Sr.), Michael McCray (G, Sr.), Eric Turner (F, So.); Keystone Heights: Robbie Kerr (C/F, Sr.), Eugene Hutchinson (F/G, Sr.), Brandon Nicholas (G, Jr.), Nate Smith (C/F, Sr.); Williston: David Heinkel (G/F, Sr.), Alex Porter (F, Jr.)

Coach of the Year

Kelly Beckham, Gainesville

Led the Hurricanes back to the state tournament for the first time since winning the Class 5A state title in 2009. Gainesville (21-10), runners-up in District 5-6A, shocked both No. 2 Leesburg (74-66) and No. 1 Orlando Edgewater (56-55) on the road en route to Lakeland. The ‘Canes' win over the Yellow Jackets, district rivals who had beaten them three times during the season, was particularly sweet. Leesburg crushed GHS by 32 in the district final. Beckham finished third in voting for Florida Dairy Farmers Class 6A coach of the year. Steve Faulkner, who led Williston to its sixth straight regional final, was also considered for this honor.

Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, players of the year and coaches of the year were selected by high school sports editor Larry Savage with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to repeated emails sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

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