All-state boys' basketball team

April 18, 2010 

Boys

(Based on voting by coaches)

First team

Player, school Ht. Class Pts. Rebs.

Elisha Justice, Shelby Valley (41) 5-10 Sr. 20.1 5.9*

Josh Sewell, Louisville Trinity (37) 6-5 Sr. 19.8 5.7

Ricardo Johnson, Holmes (4) 6-4 Sr. 12.2 5.7

Elijah Pittman, Holmes (4) 6-7 Sr. 16.1 7.1

Chane Behanan, Bowling Green (4) 6-7 Jr. 21.2 12.3

Chad Jackson, Scott County (2) 6-4 Sr. 16.6 6.9

Aaron Watts, McCreary Central (4) 6-2 Sr. 23.7 8.8

Jarrod Polson, West Jessamine (3) 6-3 Sr. 18.2 6.4*

Dakotah Euton, Scott County (2) 6-8 Sr. 15.2 9.2

Ge-Lawn Guyn, Scott County (1) 6-2 Sr. 12.0 4.0

Second team

Timmy Knipp, Elliott County (2) 6-7 Jr. 31.1 8.5

Anthony Hickey, Christian County 5-10 Jr. 15.7 5.0

Robbie Stenzel, Clark County 6-4 Jr. 13.8 4.1

Donovan Gibbs, Iroquois 6-7 Sr. 14.7 9.7

Vinny Zollo, Clark County 6-8 Jr. 17.0 13.0

Ian Chiles, Ballard (1) 6-1 Sr. 18.5 4.3

Cameron Hall, Glasgow 6-0 Sr. 25.8 4.5*

George Fant, Warren Central (1) 6-6 Jr. 15.3 8.4

Vance Hall, Franklin County (2) 6-4 Sr. 24.0 8.1

Travis Johnston, Grayson County 5-10 Sr. 19.0 5.7*

* assists

Honorable mention: Remy Abell, Eastern; Dee Anderson, Greenwood; Colt Barnhill, East Carter; Jaylen Beckham, Lexington Catholic; Tate Cox, Knott Co. Central; Will Evans, Lexington Christian; Josh Forrest, Paducah Tilghman; DeMarko Foster, Newport; Ryan Fucci, Tates Creek; Caleb Hardy, Carlisle Co.; Ashley Hatfield, Shelby Valley; Darryl Hicks, Shelby Co.; Thomas Jackson, Jeffersontown; Donovan Johnson, Shelby Co.; Jermaine Jackson, Iroquois; Madison Johnson, Corbin; Keisten Jones, Ballard; Quintrel Morris, Fairdale; Matt St. John, South Laurel; Stuart Stamper, Knott Co. Central; Bryton Taylor, Campbellsville; Josh Whitaker, Hazard; Shaquille Wilson, Christian Co.

Coach of the Year: Mike Szabo, Louisville Trinity.

Elisha Justice

Justice capped a storybook senior season by leading Shelby Valley to the Sweet Sixteen title, earning state tournament MVP honors, and being named Mr. Basketball.

He was also the leading vote-getter on the Herald-Leader's all-state team. He received 41 first-place votes and was listed on 85 of the 121 ballots.

Justice, who will walk on at Louisville next season, finished his career with 2,086 points, 633 assists, a state-record 540 steals and 470 rebounds. He led the Wildcats to back-to-back All "A" small school titles, and three trips to the Sweet Sixteen.

Josh Sewell

Nobody had a better regular season than Louisville Trinity or its senior star. The Shamrocks had a 24-game winning streak, including titles in the King of the Bluegrass, Republic Bank Holiday Classic and the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Sewell was MVP of all three tournaments.

He received 37 first-place votes for Herald-Leader all-state honors, and was listed on 81 ballots.

Sewell, who signed with Miami (Ohio), averaged 19.8 points and 5.7 rebounds this season, and shot 37 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the foul line. He finished his career as Trinity's all-time top scorer with 1,485 points.

Ricardo Johnson

Johnson's accomplishments are reflected in Holmes' accomplishments — a Sweet Sixteen title in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2008.

Johnson was MVP of the state tournament as a junior.

Johnson never posted big individual numbers, but Coach David Henley praised him for his leadership, character and willingness to play defense.

He handled point guard duties, and averaged 3.2 assists

Johnson, who signed with Ohio University, finished his career with more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Elijah Pittman

One of the more gifted players in the state, Pittman's long arms, athletic ability and overall game made him a matchup nightmare.

He showed flashes of his potential as a sophomore in the Sweet Sixteen, then blossomed as a junior standout on Holmes' state title team.

Pittman had a solid senior season, and finished his career with more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He signed with Chipola, a junior college in Marianna, Fla., and hopes to eventually play at West Virginia.

Chane Behanan

When Behanan transferred from Cincinnati Aiken to Bowling Green last summer, he was immediately tabbed as one of the best players in Kentucky.

He lived up to that hype by averaging 21.2 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 blocks while leading the Purples to a 28-4 record. They lost to Warren Central in double overtime in the 4th Region finals.

Behanan, a junior, has scholarship offers from a bunch of Division I schools, including Cincinnati, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

Chad Jackson

Jackson was the glue that held Scott County's talented roster together the last two years after he and Dakotah Euton transferred from Rose Hill Christian.

Jackson was terrific in transition, getting to the rim in the half-court, and using his quick jumping ability to rake the boards.

He led Scott County's Sweet Sixteen semifinalists in minutes played, scoring average (16.6), steals (90) and blocked shots (34), and was second in assists and rebounds.

Jackson will play college basketball at James Madison.

Aaron Watts

One of the state's best all-around athletes, Watts has excelled in basketball, football and baseball at McCreary Central.

He's made the biggest impression in hoops, where he scored 3,082 points in his career. He averaged 23.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season.

Watts has been named Kentucky's Farm Bureau Male Athlete of the Year for his varied accomplishments.

Last fall he helped McCreary Central to its first winning season in football in the program's 22-year history.

He's drawn interest from colleges in all three sports but would like to play basketball.

Jarrod Polson

Polson made a name for himself on the biggest stage — the Sweet Sixteen.

He led West Jessamine to back-to-back 12th Region titles, then starred in the state tournament where he averaged 23 points in five games.

Polson was the ultimate point guard — a terrific ball-handler, passer and scorer. He averaged 18 points, six assists and four rebounds this season. He totaled 1,884 points, 482 assists and 429 rebounds in his career. He also hit 77 percent of his free throws.

Kentucky has shown interest in Polson in recent weeks, and he could end up walking on with the Cats. Georgetown College and Transylvania would like to have him. Eastern, Morehead State and Nichols State are also interested.

Dakotah Euton

Euton put up big numbers — 3,120 points and 1,581 rebounds — in his six-year career (he played as a seventh-grader at Rose Hill Christian and transferred to Scott County before his junior year.)

Only three other players in state history are in the 3,000/1,500 club — Harry Todd of Earlington from the 1950s; Tim Stephens of McCreary Central from the 1970s, and J.R. VanHoose of Paintsville from the 1990s.

This season Euton had 21 double-doubles and averaged 15 points and nine rebounds in helping Scott County reach the Sweet Sixteen semifinals.

He committed to play at UK as a sophomore, but after Billy Gillispie was fired, John Calipari backed off recruiting Euton and he signed instead with Akron.

Ge-Lawn Guyn

Guyn, who was 12th overall in all-state voting last year, jumped into the top 10 this season along with Scott County teammates Chad Jackson and Dakotah Euton.

After seeing extensive playing time as a freshman at Henry Clay, Guyn transferred to Scott County where he has been a key component of the Cardinals' powerhouse teams.

After averaging 15 points last year, Guyn's scoring dropped off a little this season. But he was still a force, using his explosive athleticism on both ends of the court. He led Scott County in free-throw shooting, hitting 81 percent (86 of 106).

Guyn, who withdrew a commitment to Charlotte before the season began, is drawing interest from Baylor, Virginia Tech, Dayton and Mississippi. Guyn is also mulling over the possibility of going to a prep school.

Mike Fields

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