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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County boys basketball

East Lake’s Dionte Blanch heads up our all-county team.
East Lake junior Dionte Blanch is the Pinellas County Player of the Year. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published May 3
Updated May 3

Our picks for the top players in Pinellas County for the 2018-19 season:

Player of the year

Dionte Blanch, Jr., East Lake

East Lake’s Dionte Blanch sets school record vs. Wesley Chapel

Coach of the year

Anthony Lawrence, Lakewood

First team

G Jalen White, Sr., Lakewood

F Jamille Reynolds, Jr., Lakewood

G Tre Gilliam, Jr., Gibbs

G Terell Strickland, Sr., St. Petersburg

G Parker Conitz, Jr., Seminole

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball

Second team

G Max Jones, Jr., Clearwater

G Oteman Delancy, So., Lakewood

G Nirobi Peeler, Sr., Clearwater

G Dakota Moore, Sr., Boca Ciega

G Jordan Hillmon, Jr., East Lake

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Third team

G Josh Berenbaum, Jr., Calvary Christian

G Deondre Earley, Jr., St. Petersburg

G Rivers Lenholt, Jr., Canterbury

G Dean Gabrelcik, So., East Lake

G Deonnte Brooks, Sr., Gibbs

Honorable mention

Clearwater: Gilbert Mendez; Clearwater Central Catholic: Jerzhan Newton; Countryside: Jared McGarrity, Mikey Shane, Alex Vitucci; Dixie Hollins: Kamarri Yates; Dunedin: Beril Kabamba, Justin Rondon; East Lake: Dakota Speed-Ferris; Gibbs: Deion Coleman; Indian Rocks Christian: Jon Jon Llerena; Keswick Christian: Carter Casko, Aaron Trill; Lakeside Christian: Desmond Conway; Lakewood: TJ Tampa; Largo: St. Julian Yeldon; Northeast: Santana Bolton, Aleksandar Tomic; Palm Harbor University: Aldrian Natar, Trevor Oshields, Noah Tran; Pinellas Park: Lawrance Toafili; St. Petersburg: Harlow Babb, Alfonso Franklin, Akhe McMichael, Ray Perry; St. Petersburg Catholic: Tyler Harris, Keenan Hester; Seminole: Sam Denor; Shorecrest: Jacob Channer, Omarhiyon Malcolm


  1. In this 2017 photo, Cambridge Christian coach Bob Dare (center, blue shirt) wraps an around the visiting coach from Champagnat during a post-game prayer. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The longtime Lancers coach, who led the program to the state title game in 2015, will no longer be a coach or teacher at the school.
  2. River Ridge senior Brandi Willard is among the area leaders in points per game so far this season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Our offensive and defensive leaders for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
  3. Academy of the Holy Names senior Madison Kurtz, right, gets congratulated by sophomore Nicole Sakre after scoring a goal in a 4-0- victory over Steinbrenner early this season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Jaguars, who came up short at state a year ago, expect to remain energized and focused all the way to a title.
  4. Jalen Cooper is among a group of seniors on the Anclote roster who have been playing together since middle school. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    A three-point loss in last season’s playoffs spark the Sharks to strive for more.
  5. Seffner Christian doesn't shy away from tough competition, taking on a team that reached state last season in its season opener. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The defending state finalist Crusaders rally from a 20-point deficit only to watch host Lakewood Ranch sink a free throw as time expires.
  6. Kanesha Hall, the first 1,000-point scorer in school history, on the court during Monday's practice at Northeast. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The senior recently broke the 1,000-point barrier to become the school’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.
  7. Marcellus Crutchfield of Tampa Catholic runs down the court  during the Class 5A state semifinals last season in Lakeland. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    With a brutal schedule this season, will Tampa Catholic’s reign at the top last long?
  8. Carrollwood Day, an annual state contender, remains one of the top teams in Tampa Gay. MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Eight teams in our top 10 are undefeated.
  9. Lakewood's Artez Hooker (8) consoles Cornelius Mckenzie (10) after the Spartans fall 9-7 in the Class 4A state semifinals to Miami Booker T. Washington. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    One thing is certain: South Florida remains a hurdle for teams all over the state to clear.
  10. Gaither's Drelin Pittman works his way up the field at Escambia High in the Class 6A state semifinals on Friday. GREGG PACHKOWSKI  |  Pensacola News Journal
    The Cowboys will say goodbye to 20 seniors who helped make this one of the best seasons in program history after Friday’s loss to Escambia.