VaPreps 4A 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'> 4A All-State Basketball Teams for the 2013-14
campaign with bios on each player. . .



First Team:
color:black;background:white'>Troy Locke - Norcom -
Cameron Jackson - Handley - Sr.
Grayson Midulla - Glen
Allen - Jr.
style='background:white'> Hairston - GW-Danville - Sr.
Devon Oakley - Nansemond River - Sr.

OF THE YEAR: Troy Locke (
class=SpellE>Goolsby (Norcom)

Second Team:
color:black;background:white'>Joey Miller - Grafton - Sr.
style='background:white'> Perkins - Deep Creek - Sr.
Romello Anderson - Heritage - Jr.
Leon Straus - Charlottesville - Sr.
Anthony Howard - King George - Sr.
Antonio Parker - Norcom
- Sr.
Solomon Finley - Handley - Sr.



4A First Team All-State:

Locke, Norcom, Sr. (Player of the Year)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the third time in five seasons, the
class=SpellE>Norcom Greyhounds won the State Championship and much of
their success centered around the playmaking of Locke.
style=> The 6-foot-2 guard shined throughout the
postseason run for Norcom
class=GramE> , which won five straight playoff games by five points or
less, including a 48-45 victory over Grafton in the regional semifinals on the
road where he had 20 points and a season-high six three-pointers.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Named the 4A-South Region Player of the Year and
Conference 17 Player of the Year as well as First Team All-State by the VHSCA,
Locke twice hit for 32 points in the first month of the season.
style=> Confident with a deadly mid-range game, he
averaged 20.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists and four steals per game on
the season. In July, Locke will play in
the VHSCA All-Star Game in Lynchburg.



Jackson, Handley, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Signed to play his College Basketball at Wofford, the
6-foot-8 power forward for the Judges received both State Player of the Year by
the VHSCA and 4A-North Region Player of the Year honors in leading his team to
the best winning percentage among all Group 4A schools at .875 (21-3 overall
record). In the 66-59 win over
GW-Danville in the 4A-North Region Championship, the guy that goes by the
nickname of 'Bam-Bam,' nearly posted a triple-double with 15 points, 10
rebounds and eight blocks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On the year, Jackson averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds
per game and didn't disappoint in big games.
Using his strength, size and effective touch in the paint, he was able
to post a game-high 20 points as well as eight rebounds in the team's 59-52 loss
to Norcom, where the Judges appeared in their first
State Championship game since 1962.



Midulla, Glen Allen, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Leading a Glen Allen school that has only been opened
since 2011 to their first ever State Final Four appearance, Midulla
enjoyed a breakout season with the Jaguars that saw him garner plenty of attention
and individual accolades. He was chosen
First Team All-State by the VHSCA, All-Region First Team in 4A-South and the Conference
20 Player of the Year.

averaged 19.9 points, 11 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game with one of his
marquee performances coming in a 71-44 rout of Hanover when he had 32 points
and 12 rebounds to win the Conference 20 Tournament as a #3 seed.
style=> The 6-foot-4 swingman displayed both savvy
and skill in leading Glen Allen to a school-record 17 wins, one of them including
their first ever win over perennial Richmond-area contender Highland Springs.



line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Hariston,
GW-Danville, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-7 forward last season was more of a
complementary offensive option on the offensive end to D-1 guards Jarod
Williams (Detroit) and Ahmad Thomas, but this season he flourished on his way
to bagging Conference 24 Player of the Year honors.
style=> There's no denying that Hairston's presence
in the front-court and talent meant a great deal in the Eagles going 24-5
overall and reaching the State Final Four for the first time since 2007.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hairston averaged 15.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.1
assists per game in his first and only season under new Head Coach Ron Parson,
adjusting to his system without much of a hiccup.
style=> He garnered First Team All-State recognition
by the VHSCA and was a unanimous choice for All-Region First Team in 4A-North,
often proving to be a mismatch for GW-Danville's opponents.



Oakley, Nansemond River, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was the primary option at
the offensive end of the floor for a Warriors team that went 19-4 overall, was
ranked as high as #1 in the state in Group 4A during a 13-0 start and won the
Ironclad Conference regular season title.
Oakley took home Suffolk Player of the Year honors along with being
chosen First Team All-State by the VHSCA, All-Region First Team in 4A-South and
All-Ironclad Conference First Team.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also selected to participate in the VHSCA All-Star Game
in July, Oakley scored exactly 400 points on the season to average 18.1 points
per game along with 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, one blocked shot and three
steals per game. He shot 46% from the
field and strengthened the consistency on his outside jumper, connecting on 42%
of his three-point tries.



of the Year: Leon Goolsby,

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Through eight seasons as the Head Coach of the
Greyhounds, Goolsby is 168-48 overall, including 23-5
this past season with a 9-1 mark in Conference 17 play.
style=> His Norcom team won
its third state title in five seasons with this one being perhaps the most
improbable as their starting sophomore point guard Travis Fields missed nearly
a dozen games with an injury late in the season, plus they had to rally from 16
points down in the fourth quarter in beating Handley in the 4A State
Championship game.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In close games, Goolsby's
gang thrived. They were 9-0 in contests
decided by six points or less, winning six in a row during the month of February
by five points or fewer to show their Championship mettle on the way to
claiming conference, regional and State Tournament trophies.



4A Second Team All-State:

Miller, Grafton, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some wondered how good Grafton would be after
graduating its star player Elijah Moore (now at Virginia State) from a squad
that was coming off consecutive appearances in the State Championship game at
the AA level, but the Clippers were just fine and made a dent in Group 4A with
a number of talented teams from the Tidewater area in part because of Miller's
savvy and poise in the backcourt. The
Conference 19 Player of the Year guided Grafton to a 22-4 overall record and
spot in the regional semifinals, earning First Team All-Region honors in
4A-South in the process. He put up 22.1
points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.



line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Perkins, Deep Creek, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Helping Deep Creek achieve their first winning record
since 2007-08 as the Hornets finished 15-8 overall, Perkins was selected both
First Team All-Region in 4A-South and All-Conference First Team.
style=> In addition, he was chosen Second Team
All-State by the VHSCA with averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists
and three steals per game. The patient
and skilled 6-foot-4 wing overcame a mid-season injury to help Deep Creek hand
eventual State Champion Norcom its last loss of the
season, plus did an outstanding job in the classroom with a 3.74 GPA in honors
and AP classes.



Anderson, Heritage, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After averaging 14.7 points per game as a sophomore for
the Hurricanes, the athletic and instinctive 6-foot-3 wing upped his numbers to
16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals a contest as a junior. His explosive
tendencies and slashing to the hoop played a big part in Heritage going 16-6
overall - - their best record since
2003-04 - - and spending much of the season ranked #1 in the state in Group 4A.
style=> For his play, Anderson was rewarded by being
named the Ironclad Conference Player of the Year by the coaches as well as
First Team All-State VHSCA and All-Region First Team in 4A-South.



Straus, Charlottesville, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A two-sport standout that excels in football as well,
Straus transferred in to Charlottesville from Blue Ridge and consistently
performed at a high level for the Black Knights on his way to being named
Player of the Year in the Jefferson District.
At one point, Charlottesville won 15 games in a row en route to posting
a 20-5 mark with Straus being their headliner at about 20 points per
contest. He was also selected First Team
All-Region in 4A-North and First Team All-Conference 23.



Howard, King George, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Named the co-Player of the Year along with Josh James
of Chancellor in Conference 22, Howard scored over 1000 points in his prolific
career at King George, also earning First Team All-Region honors in 4A-North
and Second Team All-State by the VHSCA. In
24 games, the 6-foot-3 Howard averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2
blocks, 2.8 steals per game and registered 14 double-doubles for the
Foxes. From the field, he shot 47% and
converted 85-of-113 free-throws (75.2%).



Parker, Norcom, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The fourth offensive option a season ago for
class=SpellE>Norcom, the 6-foot-4 lefty grew into a bigger role this
season en route to being tabbed First Team All-Conference 17 and All-Region
First Team in 4A-South. When teammate
Travis Fields went out due to injury, Parker took over ball-handling responsibilities
and the Greyhounds were able to win conference and regional titles.
style=> As Norcom won its
third state title in five seasons and finished with a record of 23-5 overall,
Parker averaged 13.1 points, six rebounds, five assists and 2.5 steals per



Finley, Handley, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This 6-foot-1 shooting guard wasn't exactly a household
name going into the season, but Finley left a strong impression by earning
First Team All-Region honors in 4A-North as well as First Team All-Conference
for a Judges team that got to the State Championship game for the first time in
52 years. He averaged 13.3 points and
5.4 rebounds per game for Handley while serving as the most dangerous
three-point shooter on a team that finished 21-3 overall.
style=> Finley, who also got selected to play in the
VHSCA All-Star Game in July, scored a game-high 23 points to go with eight
rebounds in the 66-59 victory over GW-Danville in the 4A-North Region Championship.



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