AAA VaPreps All-State 3rd Team

"Verdana","sans-serif"'> is proud to release our fifth annual
Group AAA All-State Basketball Teams - - First, Second, Third Team and
Honorable Mention selections - - for the 2012-13 campaign.
style=> In fact, it'll be the last AAA All-State
Basketball Teams for us or anyone given that there will be no Group AAA next
year with the VHSL going to a new conference re-alignment plan next year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So what are the factors that go into the selections
that are made? All are made by me with
no consultation of the coaches simply because that's what the VHSCA team is for
in my opinion. We study individual
statistics, team success, and overall impact.
Once everything is weighed, we try to blend it together and make the
best choices possible, even though we know there's no perfect team or right and
wrong picks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This is no easy process because there are SEVERAL
really fine players that didn't get recognized on First Team, Second Team,
Third Team or even Honorable Mention. A
lot of difficult picks had to be made, especially on the Player of the Year
front as there was no clear-cut favorite this year with a few individuals
sticking out. There was a lot of going
back-and-forth on those names before ultimately arriving at a decision.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here's how the choices are broken up.
style=> We select five players on First Team, five on
Second Team, five on Third Team and five for Honorable Mention, making it a
total of 20. Below is the complete list
with bios.

1st Team:
Marcus Evans - - Great Bridge - - Jr. G (PLAYER
Rajay Bullock - - Kecoughtan
- - Sr. F
Troy Caupain - - Cosby - - Sr. G
Timmy Jones - - Henrico - - Sr. G
Anthony 'Cat' Barber - - Hampton - - Sr. G

White - - John Marshall - - Sr. F
Ramone Snowden - - Kellam -
- Sr. F
Will Ferguson - - Herndon - - Sr. G
J.R. Washington - - Stonewall Jackson - - Sr. G/F
Lucas Brown - - Mountain View - - Jr. G

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Moore - -
Wakefield - - Sr. G
Tavon Mealy - - Armstrong - - Sr. F
Eric Bowles - - W.T. Woodson - - Soph. G
Kenny Williams - - L.C. Bird - - Soph. G/F
Marvin Smith Jr. - - Henrico - - Sr. F

Jordon Talley - - Henrico - - Sr. G
Malique Trent - - Norcom -
- Sr. G
Zach Fong - - Gar-Field - - Sr. G
Marcus Banks - - Patrick Henry-Roanoke - - Sr. G
Ahmad Thomas - - GW-Danville - - Sr. G/F

Third Team All-State Hoops 2012-13

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In 2012, the Wakefield Warriors lost by two in the
opening round of the Northern Region Tournament.
style=> Their fortunes were much different in 2013,
and the guy leading the way was Moore, a senior guard without any D-1 offers on
the table. For the first time in eight
years, Wakefield found its way to the Northern Region Championship game and the
AAA State Final Four.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Moore provided scoring punch, both driving to the
bucket and from behind the arc. On the
year, he averaged 16 points per game, drained 58 three-pointers and connected
on 101-of-145 free-throws (69.7%). All
of that warranted him earning National District Player of the Year Honors and a
First Team All-Northern Region selection.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Although it came in a losing effort, Moore showed just
how lethal he was when he lit up W.T. Woodson for 37 points and six
three-pointers in the Northern Region Championship, which the Warriors lost in
overtime. His confidence rubbed off on
his teammates, and Wakefield put forth quite a memorable season with a 25-6
overall record.


"Verdana","sans-serif"'>An undersized power forward, yet rugged in the post,
Mealy often carried the Wildcats as they enjoyed the most successful season in
basketball in school history. After a
third place finish in 2011-12 in the Capital District, Armstrong entered this
past season not even on the radar screen to contend for a regional or state
title. As things turned out,
class=SpellE>Mealy's play had them competitive every time out.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Behind the Capital District Player of the Year,
Armstrong went 24-4 overall and 12-2 in league play.
style=> They were one of only two teams all year with
Benedictine, a private school, to defeat eventual State Champion Henrico.
style=> Mealy put up 23.1 points, 11.2 rebounds,
class=GramE>1.8 steals, 1.2 assists and 0.5 blocks per game while
shooing 66% from the floor and 67% at the foul line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With Mealy battling the flu, he still managed to put up
a double-double as the Wildcats rallied from double-figures down on the road to
oust Central District Champ Matoaca in the regional
quarterfinals to earn a spot to the regional semifinals.


"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Quite possibly the best sophomore point guard in all of
Virginia, Bowles validated that thought during the playoffs when he steered the
Cavaliers to their first Northern Region Championship in school history,
assuming a rather large leadership role on a squad that featured eight seniors.
style=> To give you an idea of what the coaches think
of him, he was voted the Patriot District Player of the Year, something seldom
ever given to tenth graders.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>From a pure statistical perspective, Bowles' scoring
contributions weren't overly staggering at just 10.2 points per game to go with
58% shooting from the foul line (76-of-131).
However, his ability to shift gears, rebound exceedingly well at the
guard spot at 5.1 a contest, defend with 1.8 steals per game and distribute
with 6.1 assists per game were more than enough.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also named All-Northern Region First Team, Bowles simply
served as a catalyst for a team that went 25-5 overall, won a second straight regular
season district title and made it further in the postseason than ever
before. In fact, in that State Final
Four loss to Henrico, Bowles definitely held his own with 14 points and three
assists against a tough backcourt.


"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Few sophomores, if any, around the Commonwealth dazzled
as much as Williams did. After L.C. Bird
saw its leading scorer in guard Robert Johnson transfer to Benedictine over the
off-season, the Skyhawks were searching for go-to guy
to step forward offensively and the First Team All-District selection Williams
quickly became that in sparking a few comeback wins.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bird went on to go 24-4 overall, win the Dominion
District regular season Championship and tournament crown, and did so with
eight sophomore on its roster, none as influential as Williams.
style=> On the year, he put up 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds,
2.6 steals and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 47% from the field, 72% at
the charity stripe (77-107FT's) and connected on 63 three-pointers to earn Second
Team All-Central Region.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Even though his last outing of the season was one he'd
like to forget when he went scoreless in a lopsided regional semifinal loss to
eventual State Champion Henrico, Williams served notice to the rest of the
state he's a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
style=> A handful of mid-high major D-1 programs are
keeping tabs on him intrigued by his athleticism and smooth all-around offensive
skills as a slasher from the wing.


"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Perhaps the single most improved player in the state
this year at the Group AAA level, Smith's ascension from an integral part of
the starting unit to a difference maker in the front-court had a huge positive effect
on Henrico's as they went on to capture their first ever State Championship.
style=> Cut from the J.V. squad only a few years
prior, Smith put up 16 double-doubles, doing so in all three of the Warriors'
State Tournament victories.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>As a senior, the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 14.8 points,
10.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for a team that closed the year on a
20-game winning streak. No performance
for Smith might've been bigger than the one he had in the Capital District
Tournament Championship vs. Armstrong when he yanked down a career-best 25

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In helping Henrico post a record of 30-2 overall, Smith
got noticed by more and more schools at the next level.
style=> He was also chosen All-Capital District First
Team and Second Team All-Central Region.



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