Sydney Moss figures the hard work is just beginning. The Boone County star heading to play at Florida expects to begin off-season workouts soon before joining the Gators — and she'll be pushed by her father, NFL wide receiver Randy Moss.
Coach Nell Fookes said she was at dinner with the Mosses discussing her upcoming conditioning program.
"He told her, 'Look, Sydney, you're not going to like me very much this summer,'" Fookes said. "She's been very proud to be her father's daughter. But she hasn't put pressure on herself so it hasn't inhibited her from performing."
Moss headlines a group of players and coaches honored by The Associated Press on Wednesday as the girls' high school player of the year.
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Manual's Stacy Pendleton is the girls' coach of the year after leading his school to a state title; Louisville's Trinity swept the boys' awards just as the school did during football season.
Shamrocks forward Nathan Dieudonne earned player of the year honors and Mike Szabo is the coach of the year after the two helped lead Trinity to the boys' Sweet Sixteen state title in March.
"It's just a great feeling, it really is. You have no regrets," Szabo said.
The 5-foot-10 Moss, who averaged more than 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Rebels, said she's ready for the next phase of her career.
"I'm kind of nervous since it's my first year playing college ball," Moss said. "I'm nervous, but I guess I'll fit into it."
Dieudonne will head to Boston University next season.
"Since we were freshmen, all we wanted to do was win state," Dieudonne said. "We were not going to lose. We were all clicking."
AP ALL-STATE TEAMS
The 2012 Kentucky high school All-State basketball teams, as selected by members of The Associated Press:
Player of the Year: Nathan Dieudonne, Trinity
Coach of the Year: Mike Szabo, Trinity
Tamron Manning Scott Co. 6-5 G
Derek Willis Bullitt East 6-9 F
Charles Foster Trinity 6-1 G
Dominique Hawkins Madison Central 6-1 G
Nathan Dieudonne Trinity 6-7 F
Isaiah Ivey Scott Co. 6-3 G
Mekale McKay Moore 6-6 F
Quentin Snider Ballard 6-1 G
Darryl Hicks Trinity 6-4 G
Brandon Hatton Dixie Heights 6-2 G
Jonathan Barger Knox Central 6-0 G
Max Clemons PRP 6-4 G
Bopper Stenzel, Clark Co.; David Kapinga, Southwestern; Jake Burger, Covington Holy Cross; Dontel Rice, Holmes; Nate McGovney, Campbell Co.; Omar Prewitt, Montgomery Co.; Quentin Ellis, Glasgow; Shane Hall, Johnson Central; Branden Hoffmann, Bellevue; Cameron Justice, Knott Co. Central; Jack Whitman, Lexington Catholic; Jake Burger, Covington Holy Cross; Zane McQueary, Boone Co.; Jermaine Ruttley, North Hardin; Logan Baumann, Ohio Co.; Nick Ruthsatz, Covington Catholic; Parker Stansberry, Dixie Heights; Tanner Broughton, Barbourville; Taylor Gover, Pulaski Co.; Twin Lancaster, Logan Co.; William Bryant, Moore; Adam Hendrix, North Hardin; Antonio Campbell, Covington Holy Cross; Brent Bach, Augusta; Chase Clark, Marshall Co.; Daveon Greene, John Hardin; Deonquez Nance, Trigg Co.; Jaucoby Poore, Barren Co.; Johnny Miller, East Ridge; Jordan Majors, Hopkinsville; Lavonne Holland, Ballard; Lemon Gregory, Muhlenberg County; Leonard Brown, Breckinridge Co.; Marcus Carson, North Laurel; Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green; Tony Messer, Belfry; Tyler Black, Mason Co.
Player of the Year: Sydney Moss, Boone Co.
Coach of the Year: Stacy Pendleton, Manual
Sydney Moss Boone Co. 5-10 F
Jenna Crittendon Ryle 5-10 G
April Wilson Manual 5-7 PG
China Dow Lou. Christian 5-10 G
Kara Wright Manual 5-10 F
SECOND TE AM
Makayla Epps Marion Co. 5-10 PG
Megan Pittman Casey Co. 5-11 F
Bre Elder Marion Co. 5-10 G
Emily Fox Lincoln Co. 5-8 G
Christine Roush Mercy 5-10 G
Caylan Bybee, Monroe Co.; Christy Soldo, Hopkinsville; Ivy Brown, LaRue Co.; Julie Whitfill, Breckinridge Co.; Ashley Mullins, Harlan; Beth Rates, Hancock Co.; Chelsey Shumpert, Paducah Tilghman; Haley Armstrong, Murray; Maci Morris, Bell Co.; Miranda Davenport, Harlan Co.; Savannah Taylor, Mercer Co.; Whitney Hartlage, Mercy; Brandi Smith, Whitley Co.; Cheyenne Madden, Clay Co.; Macie Spence, Montgomery Co.; Alisha Mitchell, Clay Co.; Courtney Roush, Mercy; Deja Turner, Holmes; Haley Perkins, Glasgow; LeAsia Wright, Manual; Nicole Kiernan, Newport Central Catholic; Sara Sticklen, Bracken Co.; Aneta Sloma, Livingston Central; Courtney Sandlin, Walton-Verona; Dannika Prater, University Heights; Erin Boley, Elizabethtown; Kara Taulbee, Walton-Verona; Kaytlin Siegmundt, Campbell Co.; Kelah Eldridge, Letcher; Lydia Nash, Boone Co.; Martessia Williams, Christian Co.; Meredith Hartfiel, Dixie Heights; Molly Lamb, Greenwood; Olivia Voskuhl, Notre Dame; Rachel Potter, Pikeville; Sarah Futscher, Bishop Brossart.