It was no easy task, requiring hours of analyzing stats and picking the brains of area coaches, but the inaugural RBC Heritage All-Lowco Boys Basketball Team has arrived.
The process began with coaches’ assessments of their own players, because no one has a better feel for the impact they made. Stats don’t lie (except when they do) so numbers carried significant weight. Finally, opposing coaches often are capable of providing an unbiased comparison of players from rival teams, so that input helped to sort out the pecking order.
In many cases, this is an exercise in splitting hairs. The difference between some players on the five-player first team and those on the five-player second team is minuscule, as is the divide between the second team and those who earned honorable mention. The same could be said for the narrow margin separating those who made the list from the players who just missed the cut.
In basketball, more than in other sports, SCISA competition is on par with the quality of public-school play, so you will see a strong private-school representation here.
Ultimately, this is a culmination of opinions, and yours may vary. Just remember that in order to put someone else *on* the list, someone has to come *off* the list. Awards should mean something, and limiting the size of the team to 25 players in an area of 12 high schools seemed like a fair place to draw the line while retaining an appropriate level of prestige.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeremiah Faber, RHHS — The dean of Lowcountry coaches, Faber has overseen the public-school program in Jasper County for 33 seasons, and this year’s team might have been his best yet. Faber has fostered a culture in which scores of players try out for the team, leading to some deep, talented rosters. The result this year was a 23-2 campaign in which the Jaguars lost only once before the Class 3A state championship game, where they were overmatched in a 74-58 defeat to powerhouse Southside.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jermaine Patterson, Sr., G, BLHS — Bluffton was a dangerous team every time it stepped on the floor, solely because of Patterson. Largely overlooked by Division I coaches because of his height, the NCAA Division II Queens University commitment nonetheless stood out above the crowd as a senior. The Class 3A Player of the Year, Patterson can score from anywhere on the court and is an underrated passer simply because he needed to keep the ball in his hands more often than not to give the Bobcats their best chance to win.
FIRST TEAM ALL-LOWCO
Devin Butler, Jr., G, RHHS — 11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Shooting guard’s growth helped Jaguars advance to title game
Rashamel Butler, Jr., G, RHHS — 18.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.5 spg
Posted a triple-double and four double-doubles from point guard position
Avern Montaque, Jr., F, HHP — 12.7 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 spg
May River transfer posted 12 double-doubles and dominated the post for Prep
Jermaine Patterson, Sr., G, BLHS — 27.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.6 apg
Finished as Bluffton’s all-time leading scorer with 1,951 career points
Haddith Stewart, Jr., G, HHP — 16.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 1.9 spg
Dolphins’ leading scorer shot 50 percent overall and 39 percent from 3
SECOND TEAM ALL-LOWCO
Rashad Battiste, Jr., F, JPII — 17 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.9 spg
Amere Cherry, Fr., F, JPII — 18 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.2 spg
Dawson Coleman, Soph., G, BA — 22.7 ppg
Ryan Livingston, Sr., G, MRHS — 13.6 ppg
Chris Washington, Sr., F, HHIHS — 15.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.3 spg
Zack Black, Fr., F, THA
Denarol Brown, Jr., G, BCHS
Xzavier Bryan, Sr., G, WB
Tyrone Calloway, Soph., G, HHP
Trey Chancey, Soph., G, BCHS
Daijion Galloway, Jr., F, BHS
Floyd Hargrove, Soph., G, HHCA
Ethan Leana, Jr., F, BHS
Stone McDonald, Soph., F, HHP
Davis Molloy, Jr., G, HHIHS
Josh Patterson, Jr., F, MRHS
Bobby Payne, Soph., G, THA
Donovan Raines, Jr., F, BLHS
Diamonte Robinson, Sr., G, RHHS
Trevor Wright, Sr., G, HHIHS
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