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2017-18 All-Metro boys basketball first and second teams

First team

Jaylin Andrews

Boys’ Latin, guard, senior

» Four-year starter became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,613 points, averaging 18.2 points this season to lead the No. 7 Lakers (25-7) to the MIAA A Conference championship game

» Captain brought complete game, averaging 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals to finish career with 657 rebounds, 345 assists and 243 steals

» Still undecided on college, he scored a career-high 31 points in win over Severn; also had 16 in MIAA A title game, helping bring the Lakers back from a 17-point deficit before falling to John Carroll in overtime

» Said Boys’ Latin coach Cliff Rees: “Having a player of Jaylin’s caliber is what enabled us to have a successful transition into a very challenging A Conference. Jaylin is a complete player who excels in all aspects of the game, which is what makes him such a special player.”

Adrian Baldwin

St. Frances, guard, sophomore

» Area’s breakthrough player in first season as starter was spark-plug point guard for the No. 1 Panthers (36-7) with do-everything skills

» Averaged 14 points, seven assists and three steals in leading the Panthers to best league records in MIAA A Conference and BCL in addition to BCL tournament title

» Scored 20 or more points in seven games and recorded first career triple double with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in win over Calvert Hall

» Said St. Frances coach Nick Myles: “He’s easily one of the better players in the area. He worked hard in the offseason and it all paid off. He became a tremendous leader and in his sophomore year.”

Elijah Epps

St. Frances, guard, senior

» Three-year varsity player, two-year starter and captain emerged as unquestioned leader for the No. 1 Panthers with selfless team-first approach

» Averaged 10 points, four assists and four rebounds while bringing constant intensity and willingness to step up in pressure moments

» Still weighing college options, he proved clutch in some of the bigger games, scoring 18 points in early tone-setting win at John Carroll; 26 at Mount Saint Joseph; and 19 in win against Chicago power Morgan Park

» Said Myles: “I think he’s grown more than any player I’ve had over four years — from junior varsity to varsity captain, and it shows the dedication he’s had. He made the biggest jump from a JV kid to a possible Division I athlete.”

Laquill Hardnett

Perry Hall, forward, senior

» Three-year starter, repeat All-Metro first-team pick and captain, he averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the No. 6 Gators (21-6) to their second straight Class 4A state title

» Cincinnati commit finished career with 1,087 points; had 13 double doubles in senior season

» Had 31-point, 12-rebound performance in comeback win over Bladensburg for state crown, scoring 12 fourth-quarter points to lead the rally

» Said Perry Hall coach George Panageotou: “For three years, he was always telling me: ‘I got you Coach, I got you Coach!’ and that really came to fruition in the fourth quarter. He willed us to the second straight championship.”

Justin Lewis

Poly, forward, sophomore

» Calvert Hall transfer emerged as a dominant inside presence for the Baltimore City and Class 3A state champion Engineers, averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game

» Last of his 17 double doubles came in a dominant 20-point, 12-rebound performance in state title win over Milford Mill

» Scored career-high 36 points to go with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in key regular-season win over Dunbar; had 15 points in Baltimore City title game win against Poets

» Said Poly coach Sam Brand: “From day one, he was open to learn and grow within our program, and it was a maturation process. He put us on his back in a lot of big games and reached a different level over the course of the season where we could expect 20 and 10 from him down the stretch.”

Montez Mathis

John Carroll, guard, senior

» Averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds to help lead the No. 2 Patriots (29-8) to the MIAA A Conference championship

» Finished with 12 double doubles, 12 20-point games; showed complete game with 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game

» Rutgers commit scored over 1,000 points in his two years at John Carroll; scored 15 points in A Conference title game win over Boys’ Latin

» Said John Carroll coach John Zito: “Montez is obviously a very talented basketball player, but his toughness is what we valued most this year. He did a great job setting the tone for us from a toughness standpoint.”

Demetrius Mims

Poly, guard-forward, senior

» Four-year starter, two-time All-Metro selection and captain led the Engineers to Baltimore City title and second straight 3A state title; leaves as program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,516 points

» Long Beach State commit averaged 18.1 points, including four 30-plus-point games, and 7.1 rebounds this season; had seven double doubles

» Enjoyed 30-point, nine-rebound effort in state semifinal win over Stephen Decatur and followed with 17 points against Milford Mill for state crown

» Said Brand: “Demetrius exemplified the program’s growth. He became a much bigger impact player each year and stepped into the role of being our main guy this season to become the most accomplished player in Poly history.”

Da’Shawn Phillip

Dunbar, guard-forward, senior

» Four-year starter, repeat All-Metro pick and captain was backbone of No. 5 Poets’ Class 1A state championship season (26-3) with strong leadership and versatile skills

» Still weighing college options, he averaged 18 points and eight rebounds this season, finished his career with 1,312 points

» Capped high school career with 27-point, 13-rebound performance in state title game win over Fairmont Heights; had 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals in semifinal

» Said Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones Sr.: “Da’Shawn is a very versatile player who can play and defend multiple positions. His length and great instincts allow him to make plays anyone wouldn’t expect could happen. It was a pleasure to coach him and get to know him for the last four years, and see him develop into the young man he is today.”

Immanuel Quickley

John Carroll, guard, senior

» All-Metro regular closed out four-year career as Harford County’s all-time leading scorer with 1,934 points, including 20.8 average in leading the Patriots to the A Conference title

» Complete player added 6.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.6 steals per game with seven doubles and six triple doubles this season

» Kentucky commit and McDonald’s All American hit buzzer-beating shot in MIAA semifinal win over Mount Saint Joseph and followed with game-high 20 in title game win over Boys’ Latin

» Said Zito: “Aside from the obvious, Immanuel was our emotional leader. He did a great job down the stretch keeping guys focused and making sure everyone was fulfilling their roles. He has really left his mark on John Carroll basketball.”

Second team

James Bishop, Mount Saint Joseph, guard, junior

Josh Cornish, Dulaney, guard, senior

Jordan Goodwin, Milford Mill, guard, senior

Anthony Higgs, Perry Hall, forward, senior

Noah Locke, McDonogh, guard, senior

Ronald Lucas, Lake Clifton, forward, senior

Jaden Martin, River Hill, guard, senior

LJ Owens, Severn, guard, senior

Demauri Warren, Woodlawn, guard, senior

Jamal West Jr., Dunbar, forward, sophomore

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