Wednesday, March 26, 2008

All-Gazette basketball: Boys

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Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette
The 2008 All-Gazette boys basketball first team. Kneeling (left to right): Christian Webster, Stefan Fields, Player of the Year C.J. Garner, Dennis Bassich; standing: Austin Cooley, Markel Starks, Garvey Young, Jamal Olasewere and Terrell Vinson. Not pictured: Jordan Clarke and Coach of the Year Bruce Kelley.
First team

Coach of the Year
Bruce Kelley, Bullis, 4th year
With focus on fundamentals and team play, won competitive Interstate Athletic Conference championship for second time in four-year tenure despite lack of star power.

Player of the Year
C.J. Garner, Springbrook, Sr., G
Just 5-foot-10 but all heart, averaged 21.1 ppg for second-straight year. Unquestioned vocal leader of state-champion Blue Devils, leading 11-point, fourth-quarter comeback in final.

First team
Dennis Bassich, Einstein, Sr., G
More complete player in 2007-08, racked up county-high 26.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 spg in leading Titans to first 10-win season since 2000-01.

Jordan Clarke, Good Counsel, Sr., F
Earned three tournament MVP awards, led Falcons to 21 wins with 18.6 ppg,10.9 rpg. Signed to play at University of Vermont.

Austin Cooley, B-CC, Sr., G
Averaging 18.3 ppg, led team to third state tournament in four-year career, posting team-highs in four categories in state semi.

Stefan Fields, Magruder, Sr., F
Transfer was exactly what Colonels needed, helping them to regional final with team-highs in points (17.0 pg), rebounds (9.0 pg).

Jamal Olasewere, Springbrook, Jr., F
Came out of nowhere to average over 15 ppg, 10 rpg, scoring game-winning bucket in state final victory over Thomas Stone.

Markel Starks, Georgetown Prep, Soph., G
Classy, ultra-talented underclassman produced big-time for Little Hoyas: 15.8 ppg, 9 apg, 4 rpg, 3 spg.

Christian Webster, Landon, Jr., F
Versatile, already highly recruited, averaged 26.4 ppg,10 rpg in helping turn around fortunes of former IAC bottom feeders.

Terrell Vinson, Montrose Christian, Jr., F
Kept Mustangs at high level despite team injuries, averaging 18 ppg, 10 rpg, with ability to score from anywhere on court.

Garvey Young, Georgetown Prep, Sr., G⁄F
Brilliant Vermont-bound, 6-4 swingman led IAC tourney champs with 19.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, finishing career with 1,867 points.

Second team
Marcos Adon, Kennedy, Sr., G
Broke 20-point barrier 10 times, including six straight.

Isaiah Armwood, Montrose Christian, Jr., F
Sought-after Division I prospect had 15ppg despite injuries.

Kevin Baker, Poolesville, Soph., G
Offensive catalyst had 19.2 ppg, 83 3-pointers, shot 40 percent.

Eric Bernstein, Bullis, Sr., G
Five-foot-6 mighty mite was heart and soul of IAC champs.

Chris Cohen, Wootton, Sr., G
Emory-bound guard scored 15.2 ppg for division champions.

Chase Hicks, Churchill, Jr., G
Inside-out threat turned around team fortunes with 18 ppg, 12 rpg.

Neil Kosculiek, Quince Orchard, Sr., F
Led Cougars in every offensive category, including points (17.8).

Bruce Massey, Seneca Valley, Jr., G
Moved from ball-handler to scorer, averaging 19.8 ppg.

Jason Summerour, Watkins Mill, Sr. G⁄F
Helped Wolverines improve win total by 14, with 17.6 ppg, 10 rpg.

Xavier Yeoman, Sherwood, Sr., F
Rebound vacuum (13 rpg) played best in big games.

Honorable mention
Bobby Bazelais, Watkins Mill , Sr., G⁄F
Eitan Chemerinski, Jewish Day, Sr., F
Josh Dorsey, Wootton, Sr., G
Recardo Gaddy, Good Counsel, Jr., G⁄F
Elijah Gore, Bullis, Jr., G
Stephen Griffin, Paint Branch, Jr., G
Brian Henderson, Magruder , Sr., G⁄F
Bo Holston, Sherwood , Sr., F
Nate Koenig, B-CC, Jr., G⁄F
Alex Lee, Magruder, Sr., G
Ersin Levent, Landon , Sr., F
Greg Marshall, Damascus, Sr., F
Izzy Melton, Blair, Sr., F
Mac Minturn, Damascus, Sr., G
Nick Petkovich, Bullis, Sr. G
Gerome Seagears, Northwood, Soph., G
Tristan Spurlock, Montrose Christian, Jr., F
Alvin Tucker, Georgetown Prep, Sr., G⁄F
Carl Yaffe, Walter Johnson , Sr., F
Shane Yambor, Paint Branch, Sr., G
Jordan Wheeler, B-CC, Sr., G
Mounda Williams, Springbrook, Sr., G
Andrew Zurn, St. Andrew’s, Jr., G