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2001 All-Baltimore City/County basketball

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Player of the Year

Carmelo Anthony, Towson Catholic: Anthony may be the area's most complete player. Maryland, Syracuse and North Carolina are among dozen of high-profile Division I programs that have the versatile 6-foot-7 junior near the top of its recruiting wish list. A first-team All-Catholic League performer during the regular season and postseason tournament, Anthony averaged 23.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Owls, who won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Tournament title and was runner-up to St. Maria Goretti in the Catholic League Tourney. Growing five inches over the summer, Anthony became a five-position performer, able to play point guard, on the perimeter or in the paint with relative ease. With injuries to promising underclassmen Matt Stevenson and Darnell Hopkins, opponents threw box-and-one sets against him, but Anthony was still able to score in double figures in every game he played in.

Coach of the Year

Eric Lee, Dunbar: In his first season at the area's most publicized program, Lee restored the luster the longtime East Baltimore power had lost over the last several seasons. After receiving their lowest preseason ranking ever - No. 15 - Lee and the Poets circled the wagons, winning the city and state 2A championship en route to the area's top ranking. Lee, who played on the Dunbar 1985 national championship squad, was given the reigns after the resignation of Lynn Badham shortly before the first day of practice. During the off-season, several players transferred to other schools, something unheard of at the cornerstone of Baltimore basketball. Dunbar knocked off rival Southern-Baltimore on the road, taking the Bulldogs out of the No. 1 position during the regular season. The Poets, who only lost to Harrisburg, Pa., during the Christmas holiday, defeated three other teams - Aberdeen, Lake Clifton and Walbrook - that were ranked in the top 10.

The first team

Aaron Cook, Lake Clifton: Cook is maybe the best pure shooter in the city/county area. The 6-foot senior guard averaged 18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Lakers, who lost to Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County in the state 4A semifinals. Cook, whose team (20-5) was ranked second in the metro area behind Dunbar, has attracted interest from several schools.

Marcus Harrison, Mervo: Harrison was a huge reason the Mustangs challenged No. 1 Dunbar for the city Division I title this season. The 6-6 senior center averaged 25.8 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for Mervo, which finished second to Dunbar in the division then lost to Walbrook in the 4A North Region playoffs. Agile and quick in the post, he gave all city league opponents fits, scoring a season-high 36 points against Edmondson and 29 against top-ranked Dunbar.

Daevon Haskins, Walbrook: Another returnee to the All-City/County first-team, Haskins guided the West Baltimore school to the 4A North Region championship, where they lost to Lake Clifton. The 6-3 senior guard averaged 21.3 points and 6.9 assists for Walbrook, which reached the area's No. 2 ranking during the winter. He scored a season-high 32 points against Perry Hall in the state playoffs and had 30 against then-defending state 2A champ Aberdeen.

Darnell Hopkins, Towson Catholic: The Owls may not have won the MIAA A Conference championship or reached the Catholic League Tourney final without Hopkins. The 6-2 junior guard averaged 14.5 points and four assists for Towson Catholic, which was No. 1 during the regular season. Despite ankle and arm injuries, he rarely showed any effects on the court, earning All-Catholic League Tournament honors after being a second-team pick during the regular season.

Darshan Luckey, Southern: A repeat first-team All-City/County selection, the senior forward averaged 17.5 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Bulldogs, who held the area's No. 1 ranking for the first month of the season and was ranked nationally by USA Today. Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Providence and Wagner are recruiting the 6-3 Luckey, a first-team All-Metro selection last winter. He will also play alongside teammate Melvin Scott at the Capital Classic All-Star Game at the MCI Center in Washington on April 7.

Steve Miller, Dunbar: Miller was able to fully display the promise that followed him out of junior high four seasons ago. The 6-3 senior forward averaged 16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals for the city league champions, who won their final 20 games en route to the area's top ranking for the third time in four years. Miller, who scored a team-high 23 points in the Poets' first triumph over Southern-Baltimore, has attracted interest from Coastal Carolina, Creighton and Western Maryland.

Kenny Minor, Dunbar: The Player of the Year in the City League this winter, the senior guard helped author the resurrection of "Poet Pride." Only 5-7, Minor averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 assists, using his quickness to break down any defense to create scoring opportunities. He totaled 38 points and three steals in victories over Fairmont Heights and Wicomico at the state 2A tournament, and averaged 17 points in wins over top 10 squads Southern-Baltimore (20 in City title game), Lake Clifton and Aberdeen as the Poets claimed the city championship. Coppin State, St. Francis, Pa., and Towson are recruiting Minor.

Melvin Scott, Southern: A Super 25 pick by USA Today, the senior guard was again one of the area's elite performers this season. Scott, last winter's All-City/County Player of the Year, averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, five assists and 4.3 steals for the city runners-up. Considered one of the best to come out of Baltimore, Scott has signed to play for the University of North Carolina next season. A two-time first-team All-Metro pick, Scott has been selected to play in the Capital Classic All-Star Game next month.

Colin Stevens, Dulaney: Selected by the Baltimore County coaches as Player of the Year, Stevens was the reason the Lions surged to their first county championship in 16 seasons. The 5-11 senior point guard averaged 12 points and was among the best in the metro area in assists with 6.9, as Dulaney enjoyed victories over Annapolis, Calvert Hall, Eastern Tech, Spalding and eventual state 3A champ Randallstown during the regular season. Several Division I, II and III schools are interested in Stevens.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 2000-2001 All-Baltimore City/County boys basketball team was selected by The Sun staff after consultation with area coaches.

The boys teams

Player of the Year: Carmelo Anthony, Towson Catholic

Coach of the Year: Eric Lee, Dunbar

First team

Name................................... School.....................Class....... Position

Carmelo Anthony.......... Towson Catholic.... Junior .... Forward

Aaron Cook...................... Lake Clifton............ Senior..... Guard

Marcus Harrison.................. Mervo.................. Senior.......Center

Daevon Haskins.................. Walbrook............ Senior....... Guard

Darnell Hopkins.............Towson Catholic..... Junior ......Guard

Darshan Luckey................ Southern............... Senior..... Forward

Steve Miller...........................Dunbar................. Senior....... Forward

Kenny Minor........................ Dunbar .................Senior........ Guard

Melvin Scott..........................Southern...............Senior....... Guard

Colin Stevens.......................Dulaney.............. Senior......... Guard

Second team

Ricky Benson.................... Eastern Tech.........Senior........ Guard

Dwayne Birden...................Calvert Hall ...........Junior......... Forward

Jaz Cowan.......................... McDonogh ........... Junior..........Center

Antoine Jordan...................Randallstown .......Senior......... Guard

Antonio McMillion..............Randallstown ........Senior....... Forward

J.J. Outlaw......................... Mount St. Joseph... Junior....... Guard

Antonio Regis......................Lake Clifton ..........Senior ........Guard

Tyler Smith.......................... Douglass......... Sophomore ......Guard

Clement Sorgho................. Pikesville............. Senior............ Guard

James Taylor...................... Dunbar ................Senior............. Guard

Boys Top 20 poll

1. Dunbar................................ 27-1

2. Lake Clifton....................... 20-5

3. Annapolis........................... 24-2

4. Aberdeen............................ 21-4

5. Towson Catholic.............. 27-7

6. Walbrook............................ 20-6

7. Southern-Baltimore......... 19-6

8. Randallstown.....................21-5

9. Douglass............................ 19-5

10. Dulaney............................ 21-3

11. Mount St. Joseph........... 23-10

12. Arundel............................. 15-11

13. Glen Burnie...................... 19-6

14. South Carroll................... 19-5

15. Meade ................................16-7

16. Eastern Tech ...................19-4

17. Spalding............................16-15

18. McDonogh ........................15-11

19. Curley................................. 22-10

20. Oakland Mills....................14-13

Other teams considered: Calvert Hall (18-12), Mervo (16-7), St. Frances (16-10), St. Paul's (17-5). Note: Final boys top 20 poll will be determined after this weekend's Alhambra Tournament.

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