Player of the year: Tyree Griffin, Landry-Walker ( 5-10, Senior)
At 5-foot-10, Griffin is the shortest player on The New Orleans Advocate’s all-metro team. But there wasn’t a more dynamic player in the area — or perhaps the state — than Landry-Walker’s dynamic point guard, our 2014 Player of the Year.
“He plays much bigger than he is,” coach Brian Gibson said. “He has all the intangibles to be a point guard, with tremendous will and tremendous drive. He has tremendous handles. And he is wonderful rebounder. He is just a complete guard.”
Griffin averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds as he led the Charging Buccaneers to the Class 4A state championship in the school’s first year of existence (after the merger of Landry and O. Perry Walker high schools). Griffin was named MVP of the state championship game after he scored 15 points, dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds in the victory over East Jefferson.
“I was always confident and tried to make everybody around me better,” said Griffin, who signed with Oklahoma State.
Coach of the Year: Timmy Byrd, Riverside
Byrd led Riverside to its second consecutive Class 2A state championship. It was his fourth title at Riverside and 11th overall; he also won seven when he was coaching at Reserve Christian.
Riverside, which didn’t start any seniors, finished 33-3, with only one in-state loss (to Class 5A runner-up Scotlandville). The other two losses came against two of the top programs in Kentucky.
Among the Rebels’ victories this season were wins over Class 4A champions Landry-Walker, 3A champion University Lab and 1A champion Country Day. Nine of the wins came against teams that reached the Top 28 tournament.
Jordan Cornish/Brother Martin
The Tennessee signee averaged a double-double (21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds) and also dished out 3.2 assists per game for the Crusaders.
The explosive guard averaged 18.2 points and 11.3 rebounds to lead the Rebels to their second straight 2A title. He was named the Player of the Year in Class 2A.
Dominic Magee/Helen Cox
The Memphis signee averaged 22.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.1 blocked shots for the Cougars on his way to being named MVP in District 8-5A.
Scott Plaisance/Country Day
The Cajuns center, a UL-Lafayette signee, averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks to lead Country to its second consecutive Class 1A state championship.
Greg White-Pittman/Holy Cross
The Tigers’ high-scoring guard was named Player of the Year in Class 5A by the LSWA after averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals.
Dynamic floor general averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 rebounds for the Hurricanes (28-5), who reached the Class 5A quarterfinals.
The point guard almost averaged a double-double (14.1 points and 9.7 assists) to go with his 4.2 steals per game for the Rebels, who finished ranked No. 1 in our Super 10.
Shaquille Preston/East Jefferson
The Tennessee-Chattanooga signee averaged 17.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists and helped the Warriors (30-4) reach the Class 4A title game.
Bryce Washington/St. Augustine
The UL-Lafayette signee scored 15 points per game and helped the Purple Knights win the Catholic League title and reach the Class 5A semifinals.
Edwin Winston/East St. John
The center was named District 7-5A MVP after averaging 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He led the team to a 24-7 record and No. 10 ranking in The New Orleans Advocate’s final Super 10.