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SportsDay's 2014 boys basketball all-area teams: Star juniors dominate first-team list
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep Academy, Sr., PG, 6-5
Stats: 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.
Did you know? Mudiay, a Congolese refugee, was the 2011 SportsDayHS Newcomer of the Year, leading Arlington Grace Prep to the 4A TAPPS title as a freshman.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Jawun Evans, Kimball, Jr., G, 6-0
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.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeff McCullough, 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.
Admon Gilder, Madison, Jr., G, 6-2
Stats: Gilder paced Madison to a Class 3A championship with 25.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Did you know? 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.
Austin Grandstaff, Rockwall, Jr., G, 6-5
Stats: 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.
Did you know? 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.
D.J. Hogg, Plano West, Jr., F, 6-7
Stats: 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.
Did you know? Hogg, who was SportsDay’s 2013 newcomer of the year, helped Plano West win 23 games and make its deepest playoff run since 2010. He averaged 24.3 points in three playoff games.
Elijah Thomas, Lancaster, Jr., C, 6-9
Stats: Thomas averaged 17.8 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists while leading Lancaster to the Class 4A Region II final.
Did you know? 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.
Myles Turner, Euless Trinity, Sr., C, 6-11
Stats: 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.
Did you know? 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.
Flower Mound Marcus
New Mexico signee tallied 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds per game
Stephen F. Austin signee averaged 15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists
Texas Tech pledge averaged 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists
Triple A Academy
Averaged 21.6 points, 5 rebounds. Scored 50 vs. Alamo Heights.
Led Hebron to Region I semifinal with 18.2 points, 8.3 rebounds per game
Led DeSoto to state semifinals with 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds per game
MVP of TAPPS District 1-5A, 28.6 points per game
Averaged 19.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists. Signed with Texas-Arlington.
Garland Lakeview Centennial
The 6-10 LSU signee averaged 11.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.
Miami signee averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists