VaPreps 3A 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'> 3A All-State Basketball Teams for the 2013-14
campaign with bios on each player. . .



First Team:
color:black;background:white'>Jeremy Sheppard - John Marshall - Soph.
Justin Goode - Lord Botetourt - Sr.
Henry Butler - Culpeper - Sr.
Paul Rowley - Loudoun Valley - Sr.
Tucker McCoy - Spotswood - Sr.

OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Sheppard (John
White (John Marshall)

Second Team:
color:black;background:white'>Kadeem Wright - Thomas Jefferson-Richmond - Sr.
Josh Hess - Abingdon - Sr.
Robert Valentine - Armstrong - Sr.
style='background:white'> White - George Wythe - Soph.
style='background:white'> Burton - John Marshall - Sr.
Kevon Cooley - Armstrong - Sr.
style='background:white'> Dedmon -
class=SpellE>Warhill - Sr.



3A First Team All-State:

Sheppard, John Marshall, Soph. (Player of the Year)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In John Marshall's 74-56 win over George Wythe that
brought the school its first state title in basketball in 60 years, a sophomore
stole the show with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, 5-for-8 from
long distance, four assists and four steals in 31 minutes of action.
style=> However, that type of production was nothing
new for Sheppard, selected as the 3A-East Region Player of the Year to go with
First Team All-State honors by the VHSCA and VHSL during his first season as a
varsity starter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the season, Sheppard averaged 19.6 points, 1.9
assists and 1.3 steals per contest. His
outside shooting is one of the premier factors in his game and why he's a
coveted recruit already from the Class of 2016.
Sheppard made 103 three-pointers, more than anyone else in the state
this year (public or private school), making 45% from long distance.
style=> From the field, he shot 53% and he converted
81% of his free-throw attempts.



Goode, Lord Botetourt, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-2 senior guard was the catalyst all season
long for the Cavaliers as they went 24-3 overall and earned their first ever State
Final Four berth. In their win over
Spotswood in the 3A-West Region Championship, Goode scored a game-high 36
points in handing the Blazers their first loss of the season.
style=> His tremendous play was recognized with him
receiving both VHSCA State Player of the Year and 3A-West Region Player of the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Goode's numbers were better than good; they were simply
great. He averaged 19.9 points, 4.7
rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 46.3% from the field
(168-of-363), 61-of-164 from three-point distance (37.2%) and his 141-of-154
shooting at the free-throw line (91.5%) stacks up with anybody in the country
these days.



Butler, Culpeper, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Chosen Player of the Year in Conference 27 and the
Evergreen District, Butler put together quite a career with the Blue Devils, who
won consecutive/district regular season and tournament titles.
style=> With him igniting Culpeper's high-powered
offense, the team earned its spot in the 3A Top Ten and made it to the regional
semifinals, finishing with a record of 20-4 overall.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A two time-up runner-up for Battlefield District Player
of the Year, Butler scored 1332 career points and was apart of 62 victories.
style=> This past season unquestionably proved to be
his finest with averages of 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three
blocks and four steals per game while splashing in 42 three-pointers and shooting
75% at the foul line.



Rowley, Loudoun Valley, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-8 small forward signed to play his College
Basketball in the CAA at William & Mary not only is a brain on and off the court,
but a gifted basketball player who goes down as one of the best to ever come
out of Loudoun Valley, which made the State Tournament twice during his career
and went 20-5 overall this past season.
Rowley leaves with records in three-pointers made for a career (148) and
game (9) as well as school records in blocks for a career (220), season (108)
and game (10).

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Known as a tall and rangy shooter who can heat up in a
hurry, Rowley was chosen Conference 28 Player of the Year to go with All-State
First Team honors for the VHSCA and VHSL, plus First Team All-Region in
3A-East. He averaged 21 points and 8.1
rebounds per game while making 80% of his free-throws (117-of-146), 52% of his
field goals (101-of-194) and draining 68 three-pointers.
style=> Oh by the way, his 4.51 GPA and ranking third
in a graduation class of 272 is nothing to sneeze at either.



McCoy, Spotswood, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Unfortunately tearing his ACL in the team's 84-80 State
Semis loss to George Wythe, McCoy was the heart and soul for a Blazers team
that simply blazed through the competition during a 28-0 start as they finished
the season as the second highest scoring public school team in all of Virginia at 84.2
points per game. Putting up 22.8 points
per game alone was McCoy, the school's all-time leading scorer who had no
trouble eclipsing 1000 points for his career.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In fact, McCoy went on to finish up with 2032 career
points as he was a no-brainer pick for Conference 29 Player of the Year and First
Team All-Region in 3A-West. The JMU
baseball signee got it done time and time again on the hardwood, losing only
four times over the last two seasons in guiding Spotswood to consecutive State
Final Four appearances. He averaged 4.5
assists per game this past season to go with 52% shooting from the field and
40% from three-point territory.



of the Year: Tytrail
White, John Marshall

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Justice was served in 2014 by White's John Marshall
Justices. One year after losing to Henrico
in the AAA State Championship, the Justices got back to that same game and won
their first State Championship since 1954 with a convincing 74-56 win over a
George Wythe team that beat them in the 3A-East Region Championship.
style=> It was the third meeting between the two
schools as John Marshall also beat them to win the rugged Conference 26

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>White's team finished 22-5 overall, which might not
seem like an incredible record, but considering some of the competition that they
played with games against the likes of Cape Henry, Christchurch, Benedictine
and Trinity Episcopal among others, that's might strong.
style=> Furthermore, the former Petersburg assistant
got the job done this season with a group consisting mostly of underclassmen,
so expect Jayem to be in the hunt for future
Championships at the 3A level.



3A Second Team All-State:

Wright, Thomas Jefferson-Richmond, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Conference 26 Player of the Year and a First Team
All-State selection by the VHSCA, Wright was undoubtedly one of the most
prolific scorers in the entire state. In
fact, among all six classifications of VHSL Basketball, only Floyd County's
Caleb Tanner in 2A averaged more per game than Wright's 30PPG.
style=> More times than not, he single handily
carried the Vikings on offense while hovering around 60% shooting from the
floor, plus averaged 3.4 steals per game this past season.
style=> Wright scored over 1000 points in a sensational



Hess, Abingdon, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Selected First Team All-State by the VHSCA, Hess was a
vital ingredient for Abingdon posting a 14-10 overall record and reaching the
3A-West Region Tournament. Two years ago
as a sophomore, he averaged 19.7 points per game and his game only continued to
evolve for them, closing out his career as the school's all-time leading scorer
with 1812 points to break the previous mark of 1309 held by Lindsay Alderman
from 2002-05. To no surprise, Hess was
picked as Player of the Year in Conference 32, averaging 22 points and 4.6
assists per game.



Valentine, Armstrong, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Perhaps nobody gave eventual 3A State Champion John
Marshall a tougher game than Armstrong did in the 3A-East Conference 26
Tournament semifinals, where the Wildcats came up just short 67-66, despite a
tremendous outing from Valentine. The
6-foot-1 guard who has gone from strictly a jump shooter to someone that can
create his shot better off the dribble finished with 33 points on 10-of-16 shooting
from the field and 11-for-12 at the foul line in that game.
style=> A First Team All-Conference and Second Team
All-Region performer, Valentine played a huge part in Armstrong grabbing 16



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> White, George Wythe, Soph.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-tall sophomore guard was extremely instrumental
in the Bulldogs winning more games this season, 23, than they had in the
previous six years combined. With White
at the controls of the offense, Wythe won its first regional title since 2004
and made its first trip to the State Championship game since 2002.
style=> In that title game that they lost to John
Marshall he was one of the best players on the floor with 19 points and three
treys. Selected First Team All-State by
the VHSL and VHSCA as well as First Team All-Region in 3A-East, White played
maybe his best game in a 101-80 shoot-out win over Culpeper in the regional semifinals
when he scored 23 points.



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Burton, John Marshall, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Seldom does a player get to a State Championship as a
junior, fall short and redeem himself his senior year with the title, but that's
what Burton did. He averaged 12.2
points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game with an outstanding
showing in the State Championship win over George Wythe of 14 points and 14
assists, not turning it over once in the first half of play.
style=> From the field, Burton made 50% of his shots
and hit a team-high 87 free-throws, shooting 67% at the charity stripe, and was
chosen Second Team All-Region in 3A-East.



Cooley, Armstrong, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>An athletic wonder that seemingly played with limitless
energy, Cooley might've very well been the best rebounding guard at any level
in the state. Measuring in at 5-foot-11,
he averaged 16.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game, impressing us
most when he grabbed 11 boards in a single quarter against Highland Springs at
the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament.
His athleticism was noticeable and impact significant, earning him
Second Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference recognition as the
Wildcats followed up a regional semifinal trip in 2013 with 16 wins this



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Dedmon,
class=SpellE>Warhill, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Headed to William & Mary to play his College Football,
Dedmon had no problem transitioning those skills onto
the basketball court. Without a whole
lot of experience around him, he still managed to be a dominating presence with
averages of 28.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game to
grab Colonial Rivers Conference 25 Player of the Year honors.
style=> A First Team All-Region selection in 3A-East,
Dedmon scored a career-high 48 points against Tabb,
one of nine games where he hit for 30 or more points on the campaign.



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