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All-Pinellas County boys basketball team

Clearwater’s dominant forward Okaro White is a repeat winner of the county player of the year award. The FSU commitment averaged 17.0 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Clearwater’s dominant forward Okaro White is a repeat winner of the county player of the year award. The FSU commitment averaged 17.0 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.

Boys player of the year

F Okaro White, Sr., Clearwater

At 6-foot-9, White was one of the tallest players in the county. He also was the most intimidating. Using his size to his advantage, White seized control in the paint, averaging 17.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He also had 2.1 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. Those numbers were enough to help the Tornadoes win conference and district titles, and advance to the region finals, where they lost to eventual state finalist Sickles.

Biggest accomplishment: Clearwater started the season 2-3 while White missed the first five games because of an ankle injury. Once he returned, the Tornadoes were dominant, losing just three more games the rest of the season.

Future plans: White plans to play in two all-star games in April, then spend the spring playing club basketball. After that, he will head to Tallahassee to get ready for his freshman season at Florida State.

Did you know? This is the second straight season White has been named county player of the year. Last season, he led the Tornadoes to the Class 5A state final.

First team

F Breon Bostic, Sr., Largo: An inside presence who averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.

F Ke'Owen Walker, Sr., Gibbs: Team leader turned it on in second half of the season to help Gladiators win district title.

G LaDarius Barnes, Sr., Lakewood: Came through in big games, including 39 points against Blake in region semifinals.

G Cory Carden, Sr., Clearwater: Steady guard averaged 6.2 points and 5.3 assists per game.

G Gabe Moton, Sr., St. Petersburg: Speedy guard led Green Devils to district title and region finals.

Second team

F John Hogan, Jr., Clearwater

F Dominic Lane, Sr., Lakewood

G Kenny Smith, Jr. Boca Ciega

G Dino Tabakovic, Sr., Countryside

G Allen Wilson, Sr., St. Petersburg

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: Josh Burch, Chris Myrick, Chance Russell; Boca Ciega: D.J. White, Norman Williams; Calvary Christian: Jimmy Appelt, Christian Colangelo; Canterbury: Bryce Wilson; Clearwater: Joey Nungester; CC Catholic: Tyler Brew, Nick Ramos; Countryside: Kyle Kinnear, Jared Low; East Lake: Sean Dean, Blake Grimm, Max Klein; Gibbs: Charlie Brooks, Quincy Ford; Indian Rocks Chr.: Blake Farver, Tommy McGarry, Brent Montzka; Keswick Chr.: Scott Oliver, Tanner Wozniak; Lakeside: Josh Bien, Chase Burdick; Lakewood: Mike Singleton; Largo: Pat Kearney, Kevin McKellar; Northeast: Andres Sanchez; Northside Chr.: Kyle Keck; Osceola: Austin Floyd; Palm Harbor U: Mike McNeely; Pinellas Park: Corey Edwards, Srdjan Jankovic; St. Petersburg: Darion Bentley, Javarius Murray, Jerry Poindexter-Brown; SP Catholic: Dominique Foreman, Rei Ozolins; Seminole: Flynn Bluett, David Hegg, Chris Whiting; Shorecrest: Luke Blume, Alex Griffith, Mike Milov, Ricky Quiroz; Tarpon Springs: C.J. Bargman, C.J. Mackey

Coach of the year

Chris Blackwell, St. Petersburg: At the end of the season, Blackwell got the most out of his veteran team, helping it win the district title as a No. 4 seed, then going on to advance to the region finals. It was the Green Devils' best season since 1972.

All-Pinellas County boys basketball team 03/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:13pm]
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