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Rising high above the competition

Boys basketball

Sheldon Cooley, Plant

Though a very strong case could be made for Armwood star Adam Sollazzo, we gave the nod to Cooley, a dynamic player who shot 60 percent from the field. On one of the area's top teams, he averaged 22.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and five steals per game. Several college programs have shown an interest, including Tennessee Tech, which was the first to offer a scholarship. "We built our team around Sheldon," Plant coach Mike Phillips said. "He was the best point guard, shooting guard and small forward we had. He's an all-around player."

Year/position: Jr., guard

Did you know?: Cooley collects Air Jordan shoes. He has about 15 pairs.

Most impressive accomplishment: Though Cooley is 6 feet 2 and likely has a future at point guard, he wasn't afraid to go inside the paint and do the dirty work. In a win over Chamberlain, he grabbed 17 rebounds.

First Team

GBlake AllenBrandon Sr.

The top scorer — and shooter — on a final four team.

FToarlyn FitzpatrickKing Jr.

He averaged 15.5 points and had 10 double doubles.

GAdam SollazzoArmwood Sr.

The sensational 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 21.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.0 rebounds.

G-FCallum TownsendBloomingdale Jr.

The county's leading scorer (27 points per game) was also a dominant rebounder (9.5 per game).

FDavid WallerTampa Prep Sr.

This complete player averaged a double double (19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds) for a very good team.

Second Team

GArchie BarnesBerkeley Prep Sr.

FKornilous DonnellGaither Sr.

FJohnathan GrayBerkeley Prep Jr.

FEvan RavenelBrandon Sr.

GChanning WoodallPlant City Sr.

Honorable Mention

Armwood: Jared Paul; Alonso: George Alexander; Bayshore Christian: Fred Lewis; Berkeley Prep: Zak Kazanski; Blake: Andre Smith; Brandon: Marcus Morrison, Tarron Stewart; Chamberlain: Dantavis Adkins, Mike Plummer; Durant: Aaron Garden; Freedom: Rasha Evans; Hillsborough: Wesley Lewis; Jesuit: Jake Seymour, Charlie Mills; Lennard: Evan Locke; Leto: Sidiq Ali; Middleton: Khiry Anfield, Cory Thomas; Newsome: Dylan Fugate; Plant: Chandler Flom, Kevin James; Plant City: Steve Hardnett, Rod Henderson; Seffner Chr.: Devin Paularinne; Sickles: Darian Conner, Kelvin Daniels, Jordan Davis; Spoto: Derick Beltran; Tampa Bay Tech: Fredrick Drayton, Dezmond Walker; Tampa Bay Chr.: Chris Lamonte; Tampa Catholic: James Didden, Alex Doyle; Tampa Prep: Jamal Cherry, Conner Fenlon; Wharton: Anthony Manuel, Derek Holmes.

Coach of the Year

Mark Hermann, Brandon

The veteran Eagles coach led Brandon to the Class 5A final four. And the squad nearly earned a trip to the title game.

Rising high above the competition 03/09/08 [Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2008 10:30am]
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