themamba's MPSSAA All-State 2nd Team
Justin Lewis (Poly) 6'7 SO - Lewis, who picked up a Maryland offer just before the Final 4, was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st team. Lewis, in his breakout year, averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots* for the state champion Engineers. Lewis scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over Perry Hall. Lewis scored 36 points v previously unbeaten Dunbar, 25 in the second half. Lewis scored 23 points in the Engineers 3 point win over Potomac in the sectional final. In the Final 4, Lewis grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 5 shots in the semifinal v Decatur, then scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the state final win over Milford Mill.
Demetrius Barnes (Great Mills) 6'3 SR - Barnes was named both SMAC Player of the Year and St Marys County Player of the Year, leading the Hornets to the SMAC title. Barnes averaged 21.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Barnes shot 55% from the field, and shot 43% from three-point range. Barnes, a transfer from King Christian VA, scored 29 points in a win over Old Mill, 25 in a win over Northern, and 33 points in a loss to Thomas Stone. Barnes hit 44 3's.
Joey Adams (North Caroline) 5'10 SR - Adams was named to the Bayside All-Conference 1st team after leading the Bulldogs to a regional title and to the state title game. Adams, who surpassed 1,300 career points, averaged 22.8 points per game, 4th in the MPSSAA. Adams scored 30 points in a playoff win over Harford Tech. Adams topped all scorers at the Final 4, with 55 points. In the state semifinal win over River Hill, Adams scored 29 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, had 3 steals, and shot 4-9 from 3. In the state final loss to Lake Clifton, Adams scored 26 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, hitting 5 of 11 beyond the arc.
Richard Dudley (Paint Branch) 5'11 JR - Dudley, who has played varsity since he was a freshman, was named to the Montgomery County 1st team, and to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team. Dudley averaged 20.8 points per game (13th in the MPSSAA), hitting 37 3's. Dudley scored 41 points, dished out 5 assists and had 5 steals in a win over Blake. Dudley scored 39 points v Kennedy. In the playoffs, Dudley scored 25 points in a win over Springbrook, then 33 points (25 in the 1st half) in the regional final loss to eventual state champion Perry Hall.
Curtis Holland III (Southern) 6'3 SR - Holland was a two-time Anne Arundel All-County selection, and was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team. Holland, a High Point commit, averaged 21.1 points (8th in the MPSSAA) and 5.5 rebounds per game. Holland scored 23 points and hauled in 12 rebounds v Broadneck, had 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds v Annapolis, and 31 points and had 11 rebounds in his second 20-10 game v the Broadneck Bruins. Holland surpassed 1,200 career points.
Christian Jones (Annapolis) 6'2 SR - Jones was named to both the Washington Post Honorable Mention team, and the Anne Arundel All-County team for a second time. Jones, a Naval Academy commit, averaged 21.0 points (tied for 9th in the MPSSAA), 6.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Jones got to the line 210 times this season (9.6 FTA per game), hitting 159, at a 76% rate. Jones scored 34 points v Gilman, 31 v both Southern and Arundel, and 30 v Broadneck. In a playoff loss to Old Mill, Jones scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds. Jones finished as the Panthers 4th all-time leading scorer, with 1,255 points.
Anthony Higgs (Perry Hall) 6'8 SR - Higgs was named to the Baltimore County All-County 1st team and the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd team, after helping Perry Hall notch back-to-back 4A state titles. Higgs, who de-committed from Ol'Miss shortly following the Final 4, averaged 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game, sharing the limelight (and numbers) with Laquill Hardnett and junior Anthony Walker. Higgs, who like Hardnett, surpassed the 1,000 point plateau this season, scored 19 points in a win over Eleanor Roosevelt, and scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a win over Dulaney. Before his commitment to Ol'Miss', Higgs held offers from Xavier, Cinci, and Kansas State, among others.
Kamau Mitchell (Thomas Stone) 6'4 SR - Mitchell was named to the All-SMAC 1st team. Mitchell averaged 18.7 points anf 6.5 rebounds per game, hitting 38 trifectas, while shooting 54% from the field. Mitchell scored 33 points v the SMAC champions, Great Mills. Mitchell scored 31 points v North Point, and scored 30 points and grabbed 9 rebounds v McDonough. Mitchell scored 24 points in the Cougars regional final loss at River Hill.
Will Thomas (Mervo) 6'5 JR - Thomas, who has become a hot recruit, led Mervo to its best season in a decade, with wins over his former team, Mt Carmel, and the City College Black Knights. Thomas averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Thomas scored 34 points in a playoff loss to eventual 4A state champion Perry Hall.
Jaden Martin (River Hill) 6'1 SR - Martin was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd team, and the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team, after leading the Hawks to their first regional title in a decade. Martin was named Howard County co-Player of the Year after averaging 15.9 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Martin made 136 free throws. Martin scored 18 points v Oakland Mills, 18 v Thomas Stone in the regional final, and scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, had 3 assists and 3 steals in the state semifinal loss to North Caroline.
Jamal West (Dunbar) 6'5 SO - West was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd team after helping lead the Dunbar Poets to another state title, their first in 5 years. West averaged 14.9 points and 11.7 rebounds (5th in the MPSSAA) per gamr. In the Poets state semifinal win over Clear Spring, West amassed 19 rebounds. In the Poets state title win over defending champion Fairmont Heights, West scored 15 points and hauled in 14 rebounds.