Winning state titles went a long way in determining the top basketball players for the Class 2A all-state basketball teams, as selected by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Riverside’s Herb McGee and North Caddo’s Jasmine Thomas each led their teams to repeats as boys and girls state champions.
McGee, a 6-foot-2 junior, was named the Class 2A boys MVP after averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.8 steals and more than a block per game as Riverside won their third straight title.
Thomas, a 5-7 junior, was named the Class 2A Girls MVP after averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, five assists and five steals as North Caddo won the second consecutive title.
Episcopal coach Chris Beckman, Sr., takes home the 2A boys Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 31-3 record and the Top 28 as a No. 3 seed while surpassing the 500 career-win mark in the quarterfinals.
Pickering coach Vickie Sketoe was the 2A girls Coach of the Year after guiding the 29-5 Red Devils to their first state championship appearance, earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Riverside teammate Malik Crowfield, a 6-4 junior, joined McGee on the first team by averaging 18.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Rebels guard Von Julien, a 6-foot-1 senior, made the second team with 11 points and 9.8 assists per game.
Rounding out the first team are senior Tivonte “Tay” Hardy (22.7 ppg) of state runner-up Lakeview, North Caddo senior Ka’Davion Evans (26 ppg) and Episcopal senior Spencer Kleinpeter (17.9 ppg).
Lakeview junior Adrio Bailey (14.8 ppg) made the second team as the second Gator, and he’s joined by French Settlement senior Cody Cambre (32.4 ppg), Rapides senior Ashton Washington (17 ppg) and Episcopal junior Chris Beckman, Jr. (16.3 ppg).
Joining Thomas on the girls first team is North Caddo junior Sumer Williams (19.5 ppg), senior Ashley McKellar (15.3 ppg) from runner-up Pickering, St. Thomas Aquinas junior Courtney Dawsey (14 ppg) and Redemptorist junior Chelsea Singleton (17 ppg).
Members of the girls second team are: Rapides eighth-grader Jaeden Vaifanua (21.3 ppg), Riverside freshman Ja’Keyra Gautreaux (12.6 ppg), Capitol senior Darneshia McCalister (22.1 ppg), Lake Arthur senior Anna Shaw (13.9 ppg) and Lakeview sophomore Ny’Keria Jones (9.5 ppg).