The basketball season is done, and 14 teams are champions. All that’s left is the accolades. The AJC’s all-state team will be announced in less than two weeks.
Who were the players of the year?
On the girls side, the leading contender is Diamond DeShields of Norcross. She has won two national player of the year awards, and her team won a third state title in her four seasons as a starter. Other top players include DeShields’ teammate, Shayla Cooper; North Gwinnett’s Lexie Brown; and Asia Durr of St. Pius.
On the boys side, expect more debate.
Brandon Goodwin looked pretty good in the Class AAAAAA final against Hillgrove. He scored 22 points (7-for-11 from the field) and had seven rebounds.
Johnson-Savannah guard Tim Quarterman, who has signed with LSU, scored 21 in the victory over Savannah in the AAA final.
Eagle’s Landing has several blue-chip recruits on its AAAA championship team. Desmond Ringer had a monster championship game with 17 points (8-of-9 shooting) with 14 rebounds.
Columbia point guard Tahj Shamsid Deen scored 21 points in a losing cause. Deen’s record as a starter in the state playoffs was 19-1.
Another couple of players who looked good last week in the state finals was Greater Atlanta Christian’s Isaiah Wilkins and Tosin Mehinti of Greenforest Christian.
But playing for a state championship team is not a requirement. Top players whose teams were stopped short include Brannen Greene of Tift County, Ahmed Hill of Aquinas, Tadric Jackson of Tift County and Jakeenan Grant of Effingham County.
What do you think?
What players do you think should be first-team all-state?