Bullitt East's Willis tops coaches' poll of top boys' players

November 27, 2011 

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Bullitt East's Derek Willis, a 6-9 junior, helped lead the Chargers to a 30-6 record last season and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen semifinals.

JONATHAN PALMER — Jonathan Palmer

Top 25 boys' players

(based on a survey of coaches)

Rank, player, school (first-place votes) Ht. Class Ppg. Rpg. Comment

1. Derek Willis, Bullitt East (31)6-9 Jr. 13.1 8.6 Big man has guard skills and college offers from UK, Louisville, IU, Purdue.

2. Darryl Hicks, Trinity (21)6-4 Jr. 14.3 4.6* Shelby County transfer who sat out last year has offers from IU, Arizona.

3. Tamron Manning, Scott Co. (15)6-4 Sr. 16.5 4.5**Marshall signee could be Cards' third Mr. Basketball.

4. Adam Wing, Rowan County (7)6-4 Sr. 14.4 8.5 Sweet Sixteen shooting star picked college hoops (Evansville) over football.

5. MeKale McKay, Moore (3)6-6 Sr. 14.5 7.0Basketball, football star committed to UTEP for hoops but keeping options open.

6. Quentin Snider, Ballard (1)6-1 So. 12.7 3.5** Has three more years of high school, but already has committed to U of L.

7. Jay Johnson, Woodford Co.(1)6-7 Sr. 18.9 12.1 Coming off ACL surgery, Tennessee Tech signee may be back by Christmas.

8. Nathan Dieudonne, Trinity (1)6-7 Sr. 11.6 5.8 Shamrocks' versatile standout has signed with Boston University.

9. Taylor Barnette, Lex. Christian (1)6-2 Sr. 17.4 6.0Lefty sharpshooter, who signed with Central Florida, has expanded his game.

10. Lemon Gregory, Muhlenberg Co. (4)6-9 Sr. 11.5 8.5 Rated top senior in the state by recruiting guru Rick Bolus.

11. Matt Day, Buckhorn (1) 6-7 Sr. 23.6 12.8

12. Devon Rowan, North Oldham 6-8 Sr. 12.6 10.0

13. Desmond Dorsey, Jeffersontown 6-4 Sr. 9.8 n/a

14. Omar Prewitt, Montgomery County 6-6 Jr. 19.2 8.8

15. Dominique Hawkins, Mad. Central 6-1 Jr. 17.0 5.0

16. Charles Foster, Trinity 6-1 Sr. 11.4 4.0

17. Isaiah Ivey, Scott County 6-2 Sr. 15.2 3.9

18. Trey Grundy, Henry Clay 6-6 So. 7.4 2.8

19. Brandon Hatton, Dixie Heights 6-2 So. 18.6 3.5

20. Max Clemons, Pleasure Ridge Park 6-4 Sr. 13.5 8.5

21. Jackson Davis, Lafayette 6-8 So. 14.9 9.8

22. D.J. Townsend, Rowan County 5-11 Sr. 14.0 4.5**

23. Jordan Green, Henry Clay 6-4 So. 8.8 4.8

24. Shane Hall, Johnson Central 6-8 So. 9.4 9.1

25. Sawyer Williams, Owen County 6-7 Sr. 14.8 9.3* stats from 2009-10, when Hicks was at Shelby County ** assists per game

Note: D'Angelo Russell of Central received enough votes to be rated No. 5 before he announced he was transferring to Montverde, Fla.; Jaylen Beckham of Bryan Station received enough votes to be rated No. 15, but his eligibility is still in question.

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