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All-Suncoast boys basketball
Player of the year
Jordan Davis, Sr., Sickles
The most exhilarating of Sickles’ 29 victories this past season occurred in late December at Berkeley Prep, when the Gryphons rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 62-59 win.
Sleek junior Rashawn Rembert scored the last of his 23 points with a steal near the Bucs’ hoop that he put in for the go-ahead basket. But even Rembert acknowledges that while he led in scoring, Jordan Davis led the charge.
“Jordan was like, ‘We’re not going to lose this game, we’re not going to give it up that easy,’ ” Rembert recalls Davis — a senior point guard — preaching to the Gryphons in the locker room. “Next thing I know, we’re winning.”
The catalyst of the state’s Class 5A state runnerup team, Davis proved that whether addressing teammates at halftime or setting up an offense near halfcourt, the floor was his. Even coach Renaldo Garcia said if the Gryphons had the lead with four minutes to play, he felt they’d be fine with the 5-foot-10 Chicago native at the helm.
A Monmouth commitment, Davis averaged 15.1 points, 7.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds. But more than that, he created. When necessary, he coaxed. And a few times, he carried the Gryphons on his sturdy, compact frame.
Case in point: a 42-37 region semifinal win over Punta Gorda Charlotte, when Davis scored exactly half his team’s points, going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the last 32.9 seconds to help seal things.
It was one of three playoff games in which Davis scored at least 20 points. The key to the victory was so clear, in fact, Garcia repeated it in triplicate moments after its conclusion.
“Jordan Davis, Jordan Davis, Jordan Davis.”
Coach of the year
Renaldo Garcia, Sickles
A Tampa Catholic/University of Florida point guard, Garcia pulled off the best coaching job of his nine-season tenure. A year after losing 6-foot-10 North Carolina signee John Henson, Garcia built a team that excelled in halfcourt sets and harassing defense. Point guard Jordan Davis and shooting guard Rashawn Rembert were the stars, but the supporting cast of role players was no less vital. Sickles finished 29-3, reaching the Class 5A state final.
G Rashawn Rembert, Jr., Sickles: Gryphons’ top scorer (21.7 ppg) already has offers from Liberty and Ohio
F Jay Bowie, Sr., Tampa Prep: Terps’ top scorer and rebounder headed to Division I Marist
F Okaro White, Sr., Clearwater: FSU recruit led Tornadoes with 17.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game
F Tyler Bergantino, So., Nature Coast: North Suncoast’s most dominant player averaged 14.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game
F Eric Williams, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Averaged 15.5 points and six blocks per game
G, Gabe Moton, Sr., St. Petersburg
G David Ramirez, Sr., Gulf
G Andre Smith, Jr., Blake
F Adam Smith, Sr., Nature Coast
G Michael Frazier, So., Plant
Blake: Michael McFarland; Boca Ciega: Kenny Smith; Clearwater: Cory Carden, John Hogan; Countryside: Dino Tabakovic; Durant: Andre Nation; Gibbs: Ke’Owen Walker; Hudson: Chris Russo; Lakewood: LaDarius Barnes, Dominic Lane; Largo: Breon Bostic; Mitchell: Chad Jeckel; Nature Coast: Blake Lowman; Newsome: Samal Shepherd; Ridgewood: Charles Jones, Jacob Rauh; St. Petersburg: Allen Wilson; Tampa Catholic: Lashawn Harrison; Tampa Prep: Jamal Cherry; Wharton: Damian Dixon; Zephyrhills: Kyle Farrell