Keith Booth, Dunbar, So., F His teammates often referred to him as "The Baby," because h was the youngest and least experienced of Dunbar's starting five, but his inexperience was not often evident in his play. Booth stepped into the starting lineup and turned out to be the missing link for a Poets team that came up short last season, but won it all this season. Booth is a versatile, 6-foot-5 player who already has college recruiters excited by his potential. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 81 percent on free throws.
Donta Bright, Dunbar, Jr., C Bright unselfishly curbed his appetite for scoring to make th Poets a more cohesive unit. "He improved his total game," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. "He did a lot of scoring as a sophomore, but one of the greatest reasons we were 27-1 was because he expanded his total game." With his smooth moves and soft touch, Bright was the main man inside for the Poets. He averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots. Bright surprised opponents this season by adding three-pointers his arsenal.
David Cason, Southern-Balto., Sr., G Cason, a second-team pick last year, took over the leadershi role for Southern, as the Bulldogs challenged Dunbar in the Public Schools Tournament and Metro Classic but came up short each both time. Cason averaged 12.4 points, 12.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 steals. Maybe the area's best ball-handler, Cason became a more consistent perimeter shooter this year, which really complemented his ability to penetrate. Towson State and Northeastern are among the Division I schools recruiting Cason.
Dennis Edwards, Annapolis, Sr., F Nicknamed "instant offense," Edwards led Anne Arundel County scoring and ranked among the area's top three at 27.1 points. He scored 50 against Parkdale, which tied the second-highest ++ total for a county player. "In his ability to penetrate defenses and maneuver and score, I've never seen anyone better," said coach John Brady. Edwards, the sixth man on last season's state championship team, also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while leading Annapolis to the state semifinals this season.
Kwame Evans, Southern-Balto., Jr., G After Southern coach Meredith Smith prodded Evans to scor more, Evans began to resemble his mentor and uncle Dickie Kelly, a Dunbar scoring sensation from the late 1960s. With his size (6 feet 5) and skills, Evans will be one of the area's top college prospects next season along with Dunbar's Donta Bright and Michael Lloyd. With his late scoring surge, Evans finished as Southern's leading scorer (12.5) and also averaged 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.6 blocks and 2.3 steals.
Devin Gray, St. Frances, Sr., C With an offensive array that relied heavily on power move inside, Gray averaged 25.6 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks heading into the Alhambra Tournament this weekend. Gatorade and Quaker Oats chose Gray as state player of the year. On March 27, Gray will become the first player from a school in Baltimore to play in the Capital Classic since 1985. He has the potential to be a major Division I starter. He has visited Minnesota and Richmond and also has shown interest in
Maryland, Clemson, St. John's and Wake Forest.
Michael Lloyd, Dunbar, Jr., G A second-team pick a year ago, Lloyd came back with vengeance this year to earn first-team honors. "He improved the overall aspect of his game as a point guard," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. The most notable improvement was emotionally, where Lloyd really matured. Lloyd led the Poets in scoring (21.1), assists (10.8) and steals (4.0). Lloyd is a terrific ball-handler who enjoys going inside, drawing contact and using his outstanding repertoire of dunks off the break. He also is accurate from three-point range.
Stevie Thomas, Walbrook, Sr., C No player progressed as quickly as Thomas over the past fou years after coming to Walbrook at 6 feet 5, 180 pounds. Now a solid, 6-7, 210 pounds, Thomas was one of the area's top three frontcourt players. As a freshman, Thomas averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. This season, he averaged 15.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. Thomas already has visited Towson State and St. Bonaventure and also may visit St. Peter's, Richmond, Old Dominion or Northeastern.
Ronnie Van Hook, Lake Clifton, Sr., G Transferring from Perry Hall after his sophomore year, Van Hoo spent his junior season getting acquainted with the tougher Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference. This season, Van Hook was one of the conference's top shooting guards. He led the surprising Lakers in scoring (17.5) and also averaged 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 rebounds. He was as effective outside as he was driving to the basket or finishing the break with one of his one-handed slams.
Boys Player of the Year
Terrance Alexander, Dunbar, Sr., G
On a team with four All-Metro first-team picks, Alexander, Th Sun's Player of the Year, was the leader. "As great as they all played, Terrance Alexander stepped up and took charge when the game was on the line," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. With his twisting, leaning jump shot and slashing moves to the basket, Alexander was the Poets' second leading scorer (18.2) and was also second in rebounds (8.4) and assists (4.1). Alexander, who shot 84 percent on free throws, was chosen the most valuable player in the Metro Classic, Baltimore City Public Schools Tournament and the Gonzaga Tournament. "As far as an all-around basketball player, I've never coached anyone better," said Pompey. Alexander has visited Towson State and also may visit Richmond, Hartford and Purdue.
Boys Coach of the Year
Durce Jackson, Carver
Carver supporters have come to expect nothing less than conference championship from Jackson. With Jackson at the helm, the junior varsity teams won three straight championships during 1986-1989. Two years ago, he moved up to the varsity, and the result has been the same -- two seasons, two titles. Jackson did a remarkable job of rebuilding his team this season after last season's top scorer, top rebounder and starting point guard graduated. With seniors Steven Hicks and Rodney Black leading the way, Carver edged favored Edmondson for the division title, than beat the Redskins in the championship game. Jackson's two-year varsity record is 28-6.
Name.. .. .. .. ... ..School.. .. .. ..Ht.. ..Year.. ..Pos.
First team Terrance Alexander.. .Dunbar.. .. .. ..6-3.. .Sr.. .. .G
Keith Booth.. .. .. ..Dunbar.. .. .. ..6-6.. .So.. .. .F
Donta Bright.. .. .. .Dunbar.. .. .. ..6-5.. .Jr.. .. .C
David Cason.. .. .. ..Southern-B.. .. .5-11...Sr.. .. .G
Dennis Edwards.. .. ..Annapolis.. .. ..6-3.. .Sr.. .. .F
Kwame Evans.. .. .. ..Southern-B.. .. .6-5.. .Jr.. .. .G
Devin Gray.. .. .. ...St.Frances.. .. .6-6.. .Sr.. .. .C
Michael Lloyd.. .. ...Dunbar.. .. .. ..6-2.. .Jr.. .. .G
Stevie Thomas.. .. ...Walbrook.. .. ...6-7.. .Sr.. .. .C
Ronnie Van Hook.. .. .Lake Clifton.. ..6-1.. .Sr.. .. .G
Second team Eric Carroll.. .. .. .St. Frances.. ...6-2.. .So.. .. .F
David Clark.. .. .. ..Catonsville.. ...6-2.. .Sr.. .. .G
Herman Costley.. .. ..Westminster.. ...6-4.. .Sr.. .. .F
Che Evans.. .. .. .. .Southern-B.. .. .6-3.. .Sr.. .. .F
Kevin Hockaday.. .. ..Joppatowne.. .. .6-5.. .Sr.. .. .C
Darrin Jones.. .. .. .Mount St. Joe.. .6-3.. .Sr.. .. .F
Todd Kerr.. .. .. .. .Park.. .. .. .. .6-2.. .Sr.. .. .G
Steve Lewis.. .. .. ..Edgewood.. .. ...6-3.. .Sr.. .. .G
Casey Musick.. .. .. .Gibbons.. .. .. .6-0.. .Sr.. .. .G
John Salley.. .. .. ..Southern-B.. .. .6-7.. .Sr.. .. .C
Player of the Year: Terrance Alexander, Dunbar
Coach of the Year: Durce Jackson, Carver
Anne Arundel County 4A Gerard Hyman, Annapolis, Sr.; Rob Wooster, Annapolis, Jr.; John Williams, Broadneck, Sr.; Dennis Edwards, Annapolis, Sr.; Ron Hubbard, Meade, Sr. Player of the Year: Dennis Edwards, Annapolis. Coach of the Year: Ken Kazmarek, Broadneck
Anne Arundel County 2A-3A Vince Barnett, Southern, Sr.; Gene Pleyo, Northeast, Sr.; Darren Hall, South River, Sr.; Kevin Mursch, Northeast, Sr.; Steve Strauss, Northeast, Sr. Player of the Year: Steve Strauss, Northeast. Coach of the Year: John Barbour, Northeast
Baltimore County 3A-4A David Clark, Catonsville, Sr.; Marlon Barbour, Catonsville, Sr.; Albert Smith, Dulaney, Jr.; Rick Tarbuton, EVT, Sr.; Jason Weyforth, EVT, Sr. Player of the Year: David Clark, Catonsville. Coach of the Year: Art Gamzon, Catonsville
Baltimore County 1A-2A Norman Nolan, Milford Mill, Fr.; Tyrone Thomas, Overlea, Sr.; Brian Horn, Loch Raven, Sr.; Bernard Hopkins, Overlea, Jr.; Chianti Stansbury, Milford Mill, Jr. Player of the year: Bernard Hopkins, Overlea. Coach of the year: Doug Eisenhauer, Milford Mill
Carroll County Herman Costley, Westminster, Sr.; Chad Wiles, Westminster, Sr.; Neal Lampron, Liberty, Sr.; Jaime Harich, South Carroll, Sr.; Joe Kreit, Francis Scott Key, So. Player of the Year: Herman Costley, Westminster. Coach of the Year: Dave Byers, Westminster
Catholic League Devin Gray, St. Frances, Sr.; Darrin Jones, Mount St. Joseph, Sr.; Casey Musick, Cardinal Gibbons, Sr.; Pat Young, Mount St. Joseph, Sr.; Eric Carroll, St. Frances, So. Player of the Year: Devin Gray, St. Frances. Coach of the Year: William Wells, St. Frances
Harford County Damon Bomar, Edgewood, Sr.; Maurice Boone, Edgewood, So.; Kevin Hockaday, Joppatowne, Sr.; Steve Lewis, Edgewood, Sr.; Kilo Mack, Joppatowne, Sr. Player of the Year: Steve Lewis, Edgewood. Coach of the Year: Mike Bauer, Joppatowne
Howard County Carruthers Gant, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Joe Guyton, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Kyle Jefferson, Hammond, Sr.; Jermaine Reynolds, Atholton, Sr.; Gregg Washington, Oakland Mills, Jr. Player of the Year: Kyle Jefferson, Hammond. Coach of the Year: Dave Appleby, Oakland Mills
MSA A Terrance Alexander, Dunbar, Sr.; Keith Booth, Dunbar, So.; Donta Bright, Dunbar, Jr.; David Cason, Southern, Sr.; Michael Lloyd, Dunbar, Jr. Player of the Year: Terrance Alexander, Dunbar. Coach of the Year: Charlie Moore, Lake Clifton
MSA B Eric Bazemore, Forest Park, Sr.; Rodney Black, Carver, Sr.; Randolph Eddison, Edmondson, Fr.; Steven Hicks, Carver, Sr.; George Raikes, Mervo, Sr. Player of the Year: Steven Hicks, Carver. Coach of the Year: Durce Jackson, Carver
MSA C Rob Bouse, St. Paul's, Sr.; Todd Kerr, Park, Sr.; Stan Ross, Boys' Latin, Sr.; Joe Shuster, Beth Tfiloh, Sr.; Shane Tanzymore, St. Paul's, Sr. Player of the Year: Todd Kerr, Park. Coach of the Year: Hugh Gelston, Boys' Latin
@Honorable mention Che Evans, Southern; Roland Brown, Calvert Hall; Ronald Issacs, Mount St. Joseph; Phil Chenier, Wilde Lake; Ross Peacock and Quintin Moody, Cardinal Gibbons; Wil Wharton, Park; Kevin Washington, Dunbar; Dana Marshall, Towson Catholic; Mike Smith and Dan Donovan, Loyola; Tony Jenkins, Poly; Delmore Howard, Annapolis; Boris Beck, Broadneck; Curtis Sheppard, Lake Clifton; Teron Owens, Catonsville; Rodney Beasley,
Walbrook; Nijui Truesdale, Old Mill
How teams were picked
The Sun's All-Metro and All-League boys and girls basketball teams were selected by Sam Davis and Kevin Eck through game observations and after consulting with area high school coaches.