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Hillsborough: All-county boys basketball

Boys basketball

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Sr., King

Why we picked him: Picking between Fitzpatrick and Sickles senior John Henson was an agonizing process. Fitzpatrick got the nod for the way he led a King team that had to forfeit its first four wins and lost its starting point guard all the way to the Class 5A state semifinals in Lakeland. Not only had King never been to state, but the Lions had never won a region tournament game. And in the postseason, Fitzpatrick, who averaged 14.0 points a game in the regular season, accepted a dip in his scoring to contribute more as a passer, rebounder and defender — as shown by his postseason averages of 13.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 4.3 blocks, and 1.6 steals.

Most impressive accomplishment: On the night he scored his 2,000th career point, Fitzpatrick led the Lions to their first state final four with a triple double — 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists — in a 41-point victory over Daytona Beach Seabreeze in the Class 5A region final.

Future plans: Will attend Georgia Southern on a basketball scholarship.

Did you know? Fitzpatrick first played varsity basketball as a sixth grader at Cambridge.

First team

G Sheldon Cooley, Sr., Plant: County's leading scorer (20.8 per game) did everything (8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 4.9 steals) for a young Panthers team; will play next year at East Tennessee State

G Samal Shepherd, Jr., Newsome: This 6-foot-3 net-filling guard led the Wolves to their best season (20-6) with 19.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game; one of the county's best players at creating his own shot

F Johnathan Gray, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Smart player with great court presence, Gray was the best player (17.4 ppg, 5.1 rebounds) on a team that was consistently one of the county's best

F Jay Bowie, Jr., Tampa Prep: Talented athletic wing, the 6-foot-5 junior helped the Terps to the Class 2A final four by averaging a double double (14.8 points, 10.8 rebounds) and playing superb defense

C John Henson, Sr., Sickles: 6-foot-11 McDonald's All-American is the third-ranked recruit in nation. His numbers (17.6 points 12.2 rebounds, 6.1 blocks) backed it up. The North Carolina recruit had coach Roy Williams in his postseason cheering section.

Coach of the year

Sam Lanier, King. He took a Lions team that had been to the playoffs just three times and had never won a region tournament game to the state tournament.

Second team

G Jordan Davis, Jr., Sickles

G Austin Suarez, Sr., Berkeley

G Andre Smith, So., Blake

F Matt Kendrick, Sr., Chamberlain

F Juan Washington, Sr., Hillsborough

Honorable mention

Alonso: Chris Williams; Armwood: Rashad Davis; Bloomingdale: Sean Hayes, Joe Raga, Callum Townsend; Blake: Michael McFarland, Montrey Pride; Durant: Andre Nation, Aaron Garden, Jeffrey Thomas; East Bay: Fred Porter; Freedom: Brandon Bertorello; Hillsborough: Michael Jimerson; King: Rethell Oliver, Chauncey Day; Lennard: Evan Locke; Middleton: Geric Leath; Newsome: Charles Murphy; Plant: Ryan Coulter, Seffner Christian: Devin Paularinne; Sickles: Nico Cora; Spoto: Karl Beasley; Tampa Prep: Jamal Cherry; Tampa Bay Tech: Fredrick Drayton; LaCarlton Nelson

Hillsborough: All-county boys basketball 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:02pm]
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