Check out the Baton Rouge area All-Metro Boys Basketball team: Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart named Outstanding Player; East Ascension’s Barry Whittington picked Coach of the Year _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Scotlandville High's Ja'Vonte Smart is a member of the All-Metro boys basketball team.

Outstanding Player



Scotlandville, 6-4, So.

What happens when multitasking is taken on by a player with multi-talents? Smart provided an impressive example while leading the Hornets to a runner-up finish in Class 5A. Gatorade’s Louisiana Player of the Year fulfilled multiple roles by averaging 22.4 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game. Smart was voted the Class 5A MVP.


of the Year



East Ascension

Not winning the District 5-5A title wasn’t the end of the world for the Spartans. Whittington proved that by leading EAHS to the Class 5A semifinals and 30-7 record.

Josh Anderson/Madison Prep

6-4, Jr.

A broken wrist early in the season did not keep Anderson from helping the Chargers win the Class 2A state title with averages of 18.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds.

Chris Beckman Jr./Episcopal

6-1, Sr.

A long-range sharpshooter, Beckman made 57 percent of 3-pointers in District 8-2A and led EHS to the 2A quarterfinals with averages of 22.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists.

Le’Aaron Cain/East Ascension

6-2, Jr.

The 13th-seeded Spartans beat the odds to advance to the 5A semifinals, thanks to Cain playing a lead role by averaging 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Russell Daniels/McKinley

5-11, Sr.

Control the tempo and control the game is the concept that Daniels executed for the Panthers complete with averages of 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Dexter Dennis/Southern Lab

6-3, Jr.

It was all about balance for the Kittens, who finished the season as the 1A runner-up, and Dennis provided it with steady averages of 14 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Garrick Green/Scotlandville

6-6, Sr.

It was the inside job that Green excelled at for the 5A runner-up Hornets. Green played the post position and averaged 15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists.

Jalen Johnson/University

6-7, Sr.

Johnson had a breakout season that helped the Cubs break down opponents en route to a third straight Class 3A state title. He averaged 21.8 points and 8.6 rebounds.

Terrance Johnson/Belaire

6-2, Sr.

The District 6-4A MVP doesn’t have the high-profile status, but Johnson delivered in a big way by averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Bengals.

Josh LeBlanc/Madison Prep

6-1, Sr.

Doing the dirty work of rebounding/defense came naturally for LeBlanc, who helped power the Chargers to a 2A state title with averages of 17.3 points and 11.2 rebounds.

Trenton Payne/Jehovah-Jireh

6-3 So.

The Class C Warriors often fly under the radar, but Payne was a driving force who helped his team to the quarterfinals with averages of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals.

Wayde Sims/University

6-6, Sr.

Consistency is always the key for Sims, who added some outside shooting to his game and turned opponents inside out with averages of 21.2 points and 9.6 rebounds.