Posted: 1:16 pm Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Basketball player of year: Who should it be? 

By Todd Holcomb

The AJC will announce its annual all-state basketball team around March 28.

Below are five boys and five girls candidates for all-classification player of the year along with an opportunity for you to vote on your favorite and give us your opinions.

The selection of all-state and player of the year is based on nominations and recommendations of coaches and media, including those from the AJC who covered games this season. We’d like to get your opinions as well.

BOYS

Jaylen Brown, Wheeler – Brown, a 6-7 forward, led Wheeler to a runner-up finish in Class AAAAA. He averaged 20 points and seven rebounds. Brown is the consensus No. 1 junior prospect in Georgia and No. 10 in the nation, according to 247Sports.

Tookie Brown, Morgan County – Brown, a 5-10 point guard, averaged 26.7 points, five rebounds and four assists in leading his school to its first state championship. He scored 36 in the Class AAA championship game against Buford. Brown, a junior, is committed to Mississippi State.

JaKeenan Gant, Effingham County – Gant averaged 21.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists for a 20-10 team in AAAAA. Gant is the Atlanta Tipoff Club state player of the year. Gant has signed with Missouri.

Tadric Jackson, Tift County – Jackson, a 6-2 guard, averaged 18.8 points, five rebounds and five assists for a team that became the first from South Georgia to win the highest class since 1998. Jackson has signed with Georgia Tech.

Isaiah Wilkins, Greater Atlanta Christian – Wilkins, a 6-7 forward, averaged 18.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.5 blocked shots for Georgia’s only undefeated team. Wilkins has signed with Virginia.

GIRLS

Te’a Cooper, McEachern – Cooper, a 5-8 point guard, averaged 19.9 points, five steals, six assists and three rebounds for a Class AAAAAA championship team that was nationally ranked. Cooper, who is uncommitted, is a consensus top-10 recruit nationally among juniors.

Erykah Davenport, Tucker – Davenport, 6-2 forward, averaged 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds and led Tucker to its first-ever state title. She was the Region 6-AAAAA player of the year for the second straight year. Davenport has signed with Miami.

Asia Durr, St. Pius – Durr, a 5-10 guard, averaged 24.4 points, 7.1 rebounds. 2.5 steals and 1.7 assists for the two-time Class AAA champions. Durr is the consensus No. 1 junior recruit nationally. She is uncommitted.

MacKenzie Engram, Hillgrove – Engram, a 6-2 forward, averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds for a 24-5 team in the highest class. She was voted by coaches the Region 4-AAAAAA player of the year. Engram has signed with Georgia.

Kahlia Lawrence, Kendrick – Lawrence, a 5-8 guard, averaged 26.8 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 steals for the Class AA champions that finished undefeated and ended Wesleyan’s run of six straight state titles. Lawrence is uncommitted.

7 comments
TakeliaGlenn
TakeliaGlenn

Tookie Brown Is The Most Humble And Kind Person You Can Meet. He Will Go Very With His Skills And Attitude. As Well As Being A Great Role Model For His Little Sister!!!

DaemmionBlagmon
DaemmionBlagmon

Freshman Vanessa Blagmon of 4AAAA Woodland-Stockbridge. Starting point guard for a 27-5 team that only lost to 3 teams two 20 win 6AAAAAA teams and state runner up Columbus in the final 4. This is a team that lost all it's 4 starting seniors to division one colleges. Playing in a region with 11 schools Vanessa was 1st team all region, player of the week and Henry county player of the year.

Roslyn1220
Roslyn1220

Tookie Brown deserves to be player of the year because he eximplfies what a player is. Tookie is the most humble person you could ever meet. Last year it was a real dissapointment for him and his team because they didn't make . But he promise himself and his team that he was going to go hard to finish what they didn't get to do last year. Tookie made history on March 8, 2014 when he led his team to win their first state championship. He had 36 points alone in the game. Playing basketball has been a dream of his at an early age and through hard work and dedication he has made him become the player he is today. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving than "Tookie Brown"!!

geco
geco

My vote goes to Brea Elmore of the UNDEFEATED State Champions Lady Raiders of Redan High School. This team have lost 3 games in 2 years and is ranked nationally. If you don't know who she is ask the 34 teams that had to play against her.

Dice Durr
Dice Durr

With the criteria for this award being based on character as well as basketball ability, you'd be hard pressed to find a better example than Jaylen Brown. One of the most humble, hard working, and respectful young men around. As well as one of the most talented all around basketball players the state of Georgia has seen. He is the genuine article both on and off the court. Intelligent yet coachable, and continuously seeking to improve as a person as well as a player. I'm positive all these young men are great players because I've had the pleasure of seeing them play. With that being stated, comparatively against the competition, expectations, and situations Jaylen was undoubtedly the best player I've seen in the state and arguably the nation this year. It's easy to see why he's considered one of the top ten players in the nation, as well as top in the state. Funny thing is, if you hadn't seen him play you'd never know he was such a highly touted talent, a very humble, respectful, and sincere young man. All of the nominees should be very proud of being nominated for such an honor, as it speaks volumes to their contributions to the game, their teams, as well as their communities. Speaking objectively and honestly Jaylen Brown is the best player in the state, and the best nominee for player of the year.

HopeForward
HopeForward

Team MacKenzie all day... talented.sweet & smart! A triple Threat!