WDN honors area playersPublished 8:17pm Saturday, May 5, 2012
The 2011-12 basketball season was one that was marked by both tremendous team and individual efforts. Playing in a feircly competitive Four Rivers Conference, Plymouth had just a little bit more firepower than the rest as the Vikings, led by WDN Coach of the Year, Marvin Davenport won the conference regular season and tournament title and advanced all the way to the NCHSAA 1-A championship game for only the second time in school history.
While Plymouth’s phenomenal season was one to remember, so was the effort turned in by Northside center Tony Peele who averaged 27.8 points and 14 rebounds per game en route to being tabbed the WDN Player of the Year.
Peele was just one of many area athletes to shine on a nightly basis and make this season a great one. The WDN would like to take a timeout to pay tribute to the rest with its All-Area team.
Marcus Freeman, C,
The 2010-11 WDN Player of the Year, Riverside’s 6-8 center Marcus Freeman was every bit as stellar this season as he averaged 16.9 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game for the Knights. A strong, fast athlete, Freeman impacted every phase of the game as he was a giant presence on the defensive end for the Knights and force to reckon with in the paint on offense.
Laquan Boston, PF/C, South Creek
It was a great year for area big men and South Creek’s junior forward/center Laquan Boston was as good as any around. Boston averaged a double-double for the season as he scored 17.7 points per game while grabbing a Four Rivers Conference-leading 14.3 boards a night. The 6-3 Boston also did a tremendous job on defense where he blocked 2.1 shots per game.
Carl McCray, SG,
Gutsy, clutch and extremely talented, Plymouth junior guard Carl McCray was the driving force behind the Vikings’ run at a state title this season. McCray was awesome in the postseason and his 33-point effort on a bad ankle during the Vikes upset over Rocky Mount Prep in the East Regional final will be remembered long after he hangs up his No. 23 Plymouth jersey. On the season, McCray totaled 20 points per game and was his team’s third-leading rebounder.
Jimmy Williams, G/F, Washington
An extremely versatile ballplayer, Washington junior Jimmy Williams was capable of playing four positions on the court as his ability to handle the ball, pass and score made him a threat at each. Williams also used his quick feet and ability to anticipate and to become a strong all-around defender.
Rokeem Miller, G, Southside
Like Washington’s Williams, Southside combo guard Rokeem Miller did a little bit of everything for the Seahawks this season. Miller’s strength and quick first step made him nearly impossible to guard at times as the junior averaged a team-high 17 points per game while swiping 3.1 steals a night.
Kendrick Pitt, G, Plymouth
Chuck Bethea, G, Riverside
Byron Murray, PF/C, Southside
Adrian Moore, SF, Plymouth
Antonio Woods, G, Northside