Kye R. Lee/Staff Photographer Emmanuel Mudiay, Player of the Year, Prime Prep, 6-5, PG / Mudiay averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists this season for Prime Prep (30-6). He’s a consensus Top 5 national recruit ranked No. 2 overall by Rivals, No. 3 by Scout and No. 5 by ESPN. Mudiay, a Congolese refugee, was the 2011 SportsDayHS Newcomer of the Year, leading Arlington Grace Prep to the 4A TAPPS title as a freshman.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Jawun Evans, Newcomer of the Year, Kimball, 6-0, G / Evans, a transfer from South Carolina, led Kimball in scoring in each of the final three games of the postseason. He scored 23 in the state semifinal victory against Beaumont Central and added 16 in the championship versus Amarillo. Evans is the No. 4 point guard in the 2015 class, according to Scout.
Sarah Hoffman - © Sarah Hoffman Jeff McCullough, Coach of the Year, Allen / McCullough led Allen to a historic season in just his second year on the job. Not only did Allen win its first playoff game in 31 years, but it ran all the way to the state semifinals. It was the program’s debut appearance in Austin. Allen, which finished with a 27-9 record, finished third in District 10-5A before averaging a 20.6-point margin of victory in its five playoff victories.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Admon Gilder, First-Team All-Area, Madison, 6-2, G / Gilder paced Madison to a Class 3A championship with 25.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. The junior thrived in Austin, racking up game-highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds in the state championship against Houston Yates. He also had 29 points and 11 rebounds in the semifinal against San Antonio Sam Houston.
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Austin Grandstaff, First-Team All-Area, Rockwall, 6-5, G / Grandstaff, who was a 50 percent shooter, averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He scored 51 points in a playoff tuneup against Wilmer-Hutchins. The 12-5A MVP helped Rockwall to a dramatic turnaround season. After going 0-12 in district last year, Rockwall went 8-4 and earned the No. 2 seed out of 12-5A. Grandstaff scored 25 points or more in half of Rockwall’s district games.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor D.J. Hogg, First-Team All-Area, Plano West, 6-7, F / Hogg averaged 20.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while helping Plano West reach the regional quarterfinals. He also buried 76 3-pointers this season. Hogg was SportsDay’s 2013 newcomer of the year, and he helped Plano West win 23 games and make its deepest playoff run since 2010. He averaged 24.3 points in three playoff games.
Mike Stone - Special Contributor Elijah Thomas, First-Team All-Area, Lancaster, 6-7, C / Thomas averaged 17.8 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists while leading Lancaster to the Class 4A Region II final. The District 15-4A MVP is the ninth-ranked recruit in the 2015 class, according to Rivals. Thomas, who transferred to Lancaster this season from Prime Prep, has scholarship offers from every major conference.
Brandon Wade - Special Contributor Myles Turner, First-Team All-Area, Euless Trinity, 6-11, C / The District 6-5A MVP averaged a double-double with 18.1 points and 12.2 rebounds . He also added 6.8 blocks and 3.5 assists per game. Turner is the top uncommitted recruit in the nation. He is ranked second in the 2014 class by both Scout and ESPN. Turner joins Mudiay as the area’s pair of McDonald’s All-Americans.
G.J. McCarthy - Staff Photographer Xavier Adams, Flower Mound Marcus, F / The New Mexico signee tallied 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds per game.
Mike Stone - Special Contributor King McClure, Triple A Academy, G, / Averaged 21.6 points, 5 rebounds and notched a 50-point game vs. Alamo Heights.
Nathan Hunsinger - Staff photographer Keenan Evans, Richardson Berkner, G / Currently a Texas Tech pledge, the senior averaged 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Ty Charles, Kennedale, G, / The Stephen F. Austin signee averaged 15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Tyler Williams, Hebron, F / Led Hebron to Region I semifinal with 18.2 points, 8.3 rebounds per game.
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