Riverside Academy’s Herb McGee named Class 2A all-state MVP _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Riverside Academy's Herb McGee gets past Lakeview's Adrio Bailey during the Class 2A final Saturday in Lake Charles.

At some point, Riverside junior guard Herb McGee may have to choose just one.

Will it be basketball or football?

McGee, who was a first-team All-State selection as a receiver last fall, now has an even bigger honor in basketball.

The high-flying 6-foot-2 McGee was named Most Valuable Player in Class 2A by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

He averaged 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.8 steals and more than a block per game as Riverside won its third straight title.

He was just as impressive on Friday nights last fall when he caught a team-best 47 passes for 713 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed 47 times for 405 yards.

He has college scholarship offers in both sports, including SEC football offers from the likes of LSU, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Riverside’s 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 6-1 senior, made the second team (11 points, 9.8 assists).

North Caddo’s Jasmine Thomas, a 5-7 junior, was named 2A Player of the Year after averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, five assists and five steals as North Caddo won a second consecutive title.

Riverside freshman Ja’Keyra Gautreaux (12.6 ppg) made the girls second team.

Episcopal coach Chris Beckman Sr. took home the 2A boys Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 31-3 record 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.

Rounding out the boys 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 and was 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 are North Caddo junior Sumer Williams (19.5 ppg), senior Ashley McKellar (15.3 ppg) 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), Capitol’s Darneshia McCalister (22.1 ppg), Lake Arthur’s Anna Shaw (13.9 ppg) and Lakeview’s Ny’Keria Jones (9.5 ppg).