Sure, it’s been a few months, but if you think back to this winter, it was a heck of a season on the hardwood for area boys basketball teams.
Hilton Head Prep won a state title, Ridgeland-Hardeeville fell one win short, and numerous others made strong showings in the regular season and playoffs.
In a case of better-late-than-never, we’ve spent hours over the past few weeks and months chasing down stats (and sponsors) and the time has finally arrived to announce the second annual All-Lowco Boys Basketball Team Presented By Beaufort Hustle Basketball.
If you’re a dedicated reader of LowcoSports.com, this next bit will sound familiar. Feel free to scan down to the good stuff. But here’s the regular disclaimer:
No one knows a player better than her coach, so coaches’ assessments of their own players were the top consideration when compiling this list. 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.
Without further delay, here is your 2018-19 All-Lowco Boys Basketball Team Presented By Beaufort Hustle Basketball:
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jerry Faulkner, HHP — After a legendary coaching career in the Charlotte area, Faulkner has become a household name in the Lowcountry in recent years, and now he has a state title to add to his local resume. The Dolphins lost two of their first three games before reeling off 21 straight, culminating with a 57-43 win over Shannon Forest Christian in the SCISA 2A championship game.
Runner-up: Jeremiah Faber, RHHS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rashamel Butler, RHHS — The area’s most prolific scorer, Butler was named the Class 3A Co-Player of the Year after leading the Jaguars to a second consecutive state runner-up finish as a senior. The versatile guard averaged 22.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 3.6 steals and earned a scholarship to play at NJCAA Division II Monroe Community College in New York next season.
Runner-up: Avern Montaque, HHP
FIRST TEAM ALL-LOWCO
Ny’Gel Boozer, Sr., G, RHHS — 15.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Airport transfer played key role in Jaguars’ playoff run
Rashamel Butler, Sr., G, RHHS — 22.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3.6 spg
Class 3A Co-Player of the Year led Jags to state finals for second straight year
Harry Cash, Jr., F, MRHS — 14.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg
Sharks’ leading scorer and rebounder was key defender at top of press
Dawson Coleman, Jr., G, BA — 17.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg
Versatile player led team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks and surpassed 1,000 career points this season
Avern Montaque, Sr., F, HHP — 17.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 3 spg
Dominant post presence led Dolphins to SCISA 2A title
SECOND TEAM ALL-LOWCO
Devin Butler, Sr., G, RHHS — 13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 spg
Shawn Chisolm, Jr., F, WB — 13 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 apg
Lee Kirkland, Jr., F, BLHS — 9.8 ppg, 12 rpg
Donovan Raines, Sr., F, BLHS — 12 ppg, 8 rpg
Haddith Stewart, Sr., G, HHP — 18 ppg, 4 rpg
Tyrone Calloway, Jr., G, HHP
Floyd Hargrove, Jr., G, HHCA
Jack Hegan, Sr., G, MRHS
Trae Heyward, Sr., G, BHS
Deshawn Martin, Sr., G, MRHS
Stone McDonald, Jr., F, HHP
Davis Molloy, Sr., G, HHIHS
Gaston Moore, Jr., G/F, HHIHS
Josh Patterson, Sr., F, MRHS
Nick Pringle, Jr., F/C, WB
Jaylen Reeves, Soph., G, BA
Jamaad Rivers, Jr., G, BHS
Sam Summa, Soph., F, JPII
JaQuan Watson, Sr., G, WB
Ronald Zimmerman, Sr., F, RHHS