VaPreps 5A 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'> 5A All-State Basketball Teams for the 2013-14
campaign with bios on each player. . .



style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>5A First
color:black;background:white'> Buckingham - Henrico - Soph.
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Tham - Wakefield - Jr.
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Williams - L.C. Bird - Jr.
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Haynes - Potomac - Sr.
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Porter - Potomac - Sr.

Buckingham (Henrico)
class=SpellE>Honore (Potomac)

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color:black;background:white'>Tyler Blount - Green Run - Sr.
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Coleman - Maury - Frosh.
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Brown - Mountain View - Sr.
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word-spacing:0px'>Khiorie Stewart
- Broad Run - Sr.
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class=SpellE>Branin - Deep Run - Sr.
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Cheeks - Meadowbrook - Sr.
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class=SpellE>Basnight - Maury - Sr.



5A First Team All-State:

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Buckingham, Henrico, Soph. (Player of
the Year)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One season after being the leading scorer in their
State Championship win as a freshman, Buckingham took on an even greater role
as the lone starter back his tenth grade year in guiding 22-7 Henrico back to
the title game. Although they would fall
short of repeating as State Champs with Potomac beating them, they got as far
as they did in large part because of his stellar play at both ends of the court
for the duration of the season.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Earning Conference 11 Player of the Year honors as well
as First Team All-State by the VHSCA and VHSL, Buckingham averaged 19.5 points,
11 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
style=> He shot 50.5% from the field,
made 62% of his free-throws (108-for-175), scored in double-figures in every
game he played except one and posted 16 double-doubles.
style=> Also an All-Region First Team selection in
5A-South, Buckingham has drawn offers from a host of D-1 schools, including
UVA, Maryland, Virginia Tech and ODU among others.



Tham, Wakefield, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A year ago, the 6-foot-4 center was the third option
for a Warriors team that made it to the State Final Four and runner-up in the
Northern Region Tournament. This past
season, Tham became a much more viable offensive
threat with 513 points, good enough for 17.7 points per game, while shooting
59.7% from the field to lead Wakefield to its first regional title since 2005
in a win over Potomac.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To go with his improved offensive production, the guy they call 'Domo' remained a serious force at the defensive end of the floor rebounding, blocking shots and changing others.
For the season, he averaged 9.8 rebounds per game and swatted away 114
shots, giving him the school career blocks record before even embarking on his
senior season. As a result of his
terrific play, Wakefield finished 24-5 overall, made their second straight
State Final Four, and Tham was rewarded by being
named First Team All-State VHSCA and VHSL as well as 5A-North Region Player of
the Year.



Williams, L.C. Bird, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The silky smooth 6-foot-3 shooting guard for the
class=SpellE>Skyhawks showed why he's got offers from such schools as
George Mason, Longwood, Arizona, Old Dominion, Robert Morris and VCU with
another outstanding season turned in following a sophomore campaign where he
was chosen Third Team All-State AAA on
style=> Conference 12 Player of the Year honors went
to Williams, who led Bird to a 19-5 overall record, conference tournament crown
and their third trip to the regional semifinals in as many seasons with him on

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the season, Williams averaged 21.3 points, 5.7
rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 55% inside the arc,
draining 31 three-pointers and making 103-of-128 free-throws (80.5%).
style=> He scored 50 points in a game in a win over
Huguenot and failed to reach double-figures only once, making him an easy pick
for First Team All-State by the VHSCA and VHSL as well as First Team All-Region
in 5A-South.



Haynes, Potomac, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Twice named Player of the Year in the district or
conference, Haynes led the State Champion Panthers in scoring at 17.5 points
per game, giving him 491 points on the campaign.
style=> Without him, it's tough to imagine Potomac
going 28-1 overall, winning their first 26 games and 22 of them by
double-digits. In addition to being
selected All-Region First Team in 5A-North, Haynes was named co-VHSCA State
Player of the Year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Haynes made 187-of-375 field goals (49.9%) and
92-of-146 at the foul line (63%), aggressively attacking the basket, yet not
getting out of the framework of his team's offensive concept.
style=> His impact was felt in other categories,
too. He averaged 5.2 rebounds, 2.7
assists, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.



Porter, Potomac, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-10 George Mason signee served as arguably
the best rim protector in the state and did so while committing only 77 fouls
in 28 games. Co-VHSCA State Player of
the Year with his teammate Haynes, Porter shot 59.9% from the field
(154-of-257) for the State Champs and that was highlighted by his 7-for-7
performance in the title game vs. Henrico when he finished with game-highs of
18 points and six blocked shots.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Speaking of blocked shots; that was a specialty of
Porter's as he wound up with 111 on the season, right at four a contest.
style=> He also averaged 15.6 points and eight
rebounds per game with 102 offensive boards and 129 made free-throws out of 195
attempts (66%). To go with winning a
state title, Porter was chosen to play in the VHSCA All-Star Game and earned
First Team All-Region honors in 5A-North.



of the Year: Keith Honore,

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A 1992 graduate of Potomac, Honroe
was an assistant coach on the Panthers' previous state title winning team in
1995. His senior class went out with a
record of 86-18 overall, perhaps most impressively this season winning 23 of 29
games by double-figures. Expectations
were high and pressure never wavered as the team entered the season ranked #1
in Group 5A and finished there.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>After his Panthers suffered their first loss of the
season to Wakefield by a count of 70-66 in the 5A-North Region Championship in a
game that featured 22 lead changes, Honore's guys
responded. They beat Maury by a count of
55-52 in the State Semis in the Commodores' backyard at ODU, and then defeated reigning
AAA State Champ Henrico 54-42 in the heart of Richmond at VCU for the 5A crown.



5A Second Team All-State:

Blount, Green Run, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The sharp shooting guard for the Stallions capped a
superb career that saw him score over 1000 points and set school records for
three-pointers made in a career (236), season (88) and game (9).
style=> Behind Blount's offensive exploits that saw
him average 19 points per game, Green Run was able to go 22-5 overall, reach
the regional semifinals and win the Conference 9 Tournament.
style=> In fact, it was Green Run's first 20-win
campaign since 1995 and first time they advanced in regionals in ten years,
certainly enough to earn Blount a spot on both the VHSL and VHSCA First Team
All-State squads in addition to being chosen the Conference 9 Player of the Year.



Coleman, Maury, Frosh.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Becoming the first ever freshman to be named to the All-State First or Second Team in history, Coleman lived up
to all the hype and then some during his ninth grade year with the
Commodores. The 6-foot-2 floor general
not only garnered First Team All-State honors by the VHSCA and VHSL as well as
First Team All-Region in 5A-South and First Team All-Conference, but he guided
Maury to their first State Final Four in 11 years.
style=> Coleman put up 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.2
assists and three steals per game as the Commodores won 25 of their 28 games.



Brown, Mountain View, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One year after earning Northwest Region Player of the
Year honors as a junior and leading Mountain View to a regional title,
expectations were high for Brown, even though most of the roster from 2012-13 departed
to graduation. Behind his leadership,
the Wildcats went 14-11 and got to the regional quarterfinals.
style=> A First Team All-State choice by the VHSCA and
All-Region First Team in 5A-North, Brown averaged 19.3 points, seven assists
and 5.1 steals per game for Mountain View while shooting 54% from the field,
80% at the foul line and netting home 35 three-pointers.



115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Stewart, Broad Run, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Tabbed Conference 14 Player of the Year along with
First Team All-Region in 5A-North and Second Team All-State by the VHSCA and
VHSL, Stewart led Broad Run to a 20-4 overall recorded that included a spot in
the regional semifinals. The 6-foot-3
guard torched opponents all season long on his way to averaging a team-high
20.9 points per game with 47 three-pointers.
On three occasions this season, Stewart went for 30 points or more,
highlighted by a 31-point effort in a 71-66 overtime win over reigning
Northwest Region Champion Mountain View in the regional quarterfinals.



Branin, Deep Run, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Described by Wildcats Head Coach Curt
class=SpellE>Kassab as the cornerstone of their program the past couple
seasons, Branin lifted Deep Run into the Top Ten in
5A with his play. The point guard
averaged 17 points, four rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game while
shooting 45% from the field, which included 47% inside the arc and 39% from
downtown, plus made 83% of his foul shots.
Make no mistake that Branin, a First Team
All-Region pick in 5A-South, was very influential in Deep Run winning 18 in a
row at one point en route to a 20-3 overall record.



Cheeks, Meadowbrook, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For a Monarchs team that finished 16-6 overall, Cheeks
was the first player opponents that played Meadowbrook had to worry about.
style=> It's not hard to understand why as the
6-foot-1 guard averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game and 2.5
steals per game to finish with 1204 points, 490 rebounds, 121 assists and 143
steals for his 65-game career. Chosen
First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region in 5A-South, Cheeks shot
49% from the field last season and 48.3% in his career at Meadowbrook.



Basnight, Maury, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A four-year starter for the Commodores,
class=SpellE>Basnight delivered a number of big moments for Maury during
his time with the Norfolk school as they posted a record of 78-24.
style=> The Conference 9 Defensive Player of the Year
and Second Team All-Region selection in 5A-South averaged 10.9 points, 5.1
assists and 4.1 steals per game as they went 25-3 overall this past season with
a berth in the State Final Four. Both
class=SpellE>Basnight's shot-making and improved play at the defensive
end of the court enabled Maury to win its first regional title since 2003.



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