VaPreps 2A All-State Hoops Teams

"Verdana","sans-serif"'> is proud to release our sixth annual
All-State Basketball Teams. Unlike the
past years when we chose four teams of First, Second, Third and Honorable
Mention Team in Group AAA, we are now choosing a First Team and Second Team for
all six of the classification in the first year of the new VHSL realignment.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A total of five players are picked on First Team with a
Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
After all, a regular basketball starts five, and so does ours.
style=> And just like most teams, we go with seven
guys on the bench to make up the Second Team, although not one member on any of
the six squads was a reserve.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So what are the factors that go into the choices that
are made? All are made by me with no
consultation of the coaches simply because that's what the VHSCA Teams are
designed for in my opinion. However, we
try to study individual statistics (some
supplied by coaches upon request) as well as factor into the equation team
success and overall impact. Once
everything is weighed, we try to blend it all together and make the best
choices possible, even though there's no perfect team or right and wrong picks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's never an easy process because there are always
many deserving players who don't get recognized on First or Second Team.
style=> A lot of difficult picks had to be made yet
again with some back-and-forth on a few of the final spots as usual.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Without further ado, here's the
normal'> 2A All-State Basketball Teams for the 2013-14
campaign with bios on each player. . .



First Team:
color:black;background:white'>Caleb Tanner - Floyd County - Sr.
Marcus Carter - Bruton - Sr.
Tremaine Edmunds - Dan River - Jr.
Lonnie Swinton - Bruton - Sr.
style='background:white'> Holland - Martinsville - Soph.

OF THE YEAR: Caleb Tanner (Floyd County
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kenny Murphy (Dan

Second Team:
color:black;background:white'>Terrell Edmunds - Dan River - Sr.
Israel Stith -
Brunswick - Sr.
Dylan Jenkins - Gate City - Sr.
Chance Sheffey -
Robert E. Lee - Jr.
Josh Hayden - Goochland - Sr.
Noah Walker - Virginia - Sr.
John Shelor - Giles -



2A First Team All-State:

Tanner, Floyd County, Sr. (Player of the Year)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This 6-foot-2 guard for the Buffaloes went from a
hometown hero to a player everyone around the state learned about, even some
across the country as he made it on SportsCenter in
December for an achievement with his foul shooting.
style=> Tanner took home the trifecta of VHSCA State
Player of the Year, 2A-West Region Player of the Year and River Run Conference
38 Player of the Year as Floyd County went 17-7 overall before running into undefeated
Dan River in the regional quarterfinals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Four times in the first six games, Tanner scored
50-plus with 59 in each of the first two contests in early December.
style=> He set VHSL career records for points with
2770 and three-pointers made with 366.
In addition, he set a national prep record when he converted all 33 of
his free-throw attempts in a season-opening victory over Christiansburg.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Tanner averaged 36.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, one assists
and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 48% from the field (271-of-562), 36%
beyond the arc (88-for-243) and a ridiculous 92% at the charity stripe



Carter, Bruton, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A well-rounded 6-foot-2 guard, Carter became the first
Bruton player to score 1000 points in a career since his father Brenner Carter
accomplished the feat back in 1978.
Coincidentally, Marcus led the way for the Panthers as they won their
first regional title in 36 years when dad's squad did it, and this Bruton spent
most of the year ranked #1 in the state in Group 2A in finishing with a record
of 26-2 overall.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Selected to participate in the VHSCA All-Star Game in
Lynchburg in July, Carter averaged 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while
shooting 45% from beyond the arc. The
First Team All-State pick by the VHSCA and All-Region First Team selection in
2A-East tallied 39 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and four steals while
making 13-of-16 free-throw attempts during the State Tournament, the school's
second trip there in as many seasons and first to the title game since 2000.



Edmunds, Dan River, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Holding football offers from such schools as
Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Old Dominion, USC, Virginia and
Virginia Tech among others, Edmunds showed off that athletic ability time and
time again throughout the course of Dan River's undefeated State Championship winning
season on the hardwood.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Tremaine comes from an athletic background; dad Ferrell
played in the NFL, older brother Trey is a running back at Virginia Tech and
his other older brother, Terrell, signed with the Hokies
for football as well. Tremaine consistently
hit the backboards for the Wildcats, snagging 21 boards in a win over
GW-Danville and averaged over 12 a contest.
Edmunds, who averaged 9.6 points per game, earned a spot on First Team
All-State by the VHSCA as well as All-Region First Team in 2A-West and
All-Courthouse Conference.



Swinton, Bruton, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bruton was the second highest scoring team in the state
at the 2A level at 75.2 points per game and Swinton gave them their swagger.
style=> On the year, the 5-foot-9 guard had a flair
for the dramatic, such as hitting a crucial step-back three-pointer against
Grafton, their Bay Rivers District rival who they swept this season en rout to
26 victories and first appearance in the State Championship since 2000.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Committed to play at the Division III level for Roanoke
College, Swinton averaged 17.9 points and 3.5 steals per game as he supplied
the team with a weapon from the perimeter on offense and someone that played a
major role in their harassing, high-pressure defense.
style=> He earned First Team All-State honors by the
VHSCA as well as All-Region First Team in 2A-East.
style=> In the State Playoffs, Swinton had 39 points,
eight three-pointers, made 11-of-13 at the foul line, 11 rebounds and four



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Holland, Martinsville, Soph.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-6 sophomore center protected the paint for
the Bulldogs, who went 20-8 overall and made their VHSL-record 24th trip to the
State Tournament Final Four. Using good
hands, solid timing and better than average body control, Holland was unstoppable
at times for Martinsville as he averaged 24.1 points, 16.5 rebounds and 5.1
blocks per game in only his second year on the varsity level.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Anchoring their 2-3 zone on
defense, Holland was simply outstanding in the playoffs when he averaged 23
points per game in regionals. That
included 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Gate City, not long after
he erupted for 36 points against Floyd County.
He was the lone sophomore in 2A to be chosen both
First Team All-State by the VHSCA and All-Region First Team.



of the Year: Kenny Murphy, Dan River

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In only his second season as the Head Coach at Dan River
after taking over for Jacob Gruse, who left to become
an assistant coach at Averett University, Murphy did
the unthinkable not only guiding the Wildcats to their first ever state title,
but a perfect 25-0 record. His Dan River
bunch was the lone undefeated boys basketball team in
the state, public or private, for 2013-14, and how they did it in dismantling
opponents was the most impressive thing.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Of Dan River's 25 wins, 23 of them were by
double-figures with their closest calls coming in a 48-47 nail-biter and 44-36
triumph over Altavista, the Group 1A State Champs
that repeated. Defensively, this team
took it to another level in yielding 38.2 points per game, fewest in the entire
state at any level. They won all seven
playoff games by at least 17 points, defeating foes by an average of 23.3
points per game during the postseason.



2A Second Team All-State:

Edmunds, Dan River, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This 6-foot-3 senior signed to play his College
Football at Virginia Tech had a significant role in Dan River's first ever
state title winning season and going undefeated.
style=> Edmunds, who put up 9.6 points per game, was
often asked to guard the opponent's top player and did an exceptional job shutting
whoever that was down as evidenced by the fact that Dan River never gave up 60
points in a game. Named First Team
All-State by the VHSCA as well as All-Region and All-Conference, Terrell
recorded 14 points and six rebounds in the 84-58 rout of Bruton in the 2A State



Stith, Brunswick, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A money foul shooter down the stretch of games that
shot 89.5% there for the season, Stith made it
possible for Brunswick to remain competitive through a coaching change and
seeing the team's top two scorers from a reigning three-time State Championship
team depart. He averaged 21.5 points,
4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.9 steals per game on his way to being chosen
VHSCA First Team All-State and All-Region First Team in 2A-East.
style=> Behind Stith's
steadiness in the backcourt, Brunswick made an unprecedented eighth consecutive
State Final Four appearance and won 16 in a row in one stretch in a 23-5



Jenkins, Gate City, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Named the Clinch Mountain Conference 40 Player of the
Year, Jenkins had a tough act to follow after the Blue Devils made it to the
State Championship game during his junior season and he more than held his own against
some of the best competition. Gate City
went 19-6 overall, won the Clinch Mountain Conference Tournament and reached
the regional semifinals behind Jenkins, who scored 34 against Hampton and 32
against Lee as well as 29-point efforts in wins over Abingdon and Union.
style=> Whether it was striking from the perimeter or
attacking the hoop, he seemed to do it all and to no surprise was tabbed VHSCA
First Team All-State.



Sheffey, Robert E. Lee, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>As the Leemen from Staunton
won the Conference 36 Tournament, notched 14 victories and reached the regional
quarterfinals, Sheffey played a humungous part in
their success with 19 games of 20 or more points and four 30-plus point efforts.
style=> The 6-foot-1 guard who scored a career-high 37
points in an overtime loss to Turner Ashby set school records for free-throws
made in a game (22), attempted in a game (24), attempted in a season (329) and made
in a season (242). He averaged 22.8
points, five rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while making 74% from the
charity stripe, including 83% in his last 10 games.



Hayden, Goochland, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-4 senior forward for the Bulldogs scored 24
points in an overtime win over eventual Group 1A State Champion
class=SpellE>Altavista and finished in double-figures in 19 games, 12 of
them being victories. A Second Team
All-State pick by the VHSCA and Second Team All-Region in 2A-East, Hayden was
selected to play in the VHSCA All-Star Game in Lynchburg this July.
style=> He averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3
blocks per game while converting 45% of his field goal attempts and making a
team-high 22 three-pointers.



Walker, Virginia, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Dubbed Skywalker by some, the 6-foot-5 transfer from
Tazewell brought a different level of leaping ability to the table for a Bearcats
team that finished 20-7 overall and made it to the regional semifinals.
style=> Walker went over 1000 points in his
high-flying career with a number of stellar performances, such as posting 13
points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a 78-62 win over Graham in the
regional quarterfinals and a double-double of 26 points and 15 boards in beating
Union. He was chosen Second Team
All-State by the VHSCA and First Team All-Clinch Mountain Conference.



Shelor, Giles, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Setting a single-season scoring average at Giles,
class=SpellE>Shelor eclipsed 1000 points in his career and was an easy
choice for First Team All-Region in 2A-West as well as Second Team All-State by
the VHSCA. He was named the Narrows
Tournament MVP, pumping in 25 points in a victory over the Green Wave.
style=> In an 83-77 win at Glenvar
in the regular season finale, Shelor poured in 35
points, one of several noteworthy individual performances he enjoyed on the
campaign. His 33 points on 9-of-10
shooting from the foul line, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 69-61 victory
over Graham stood out, too.



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