High School Basketball

Here’s the 2019 Lexington Herald-Leader All-State boys’ basketball team.

Photo slideshow: Trinity defeats Scott County to claim state title

Trinity beat Scott County 50-40 to claim the state title in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen championship Sunday at Rupp Arena.
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Trinity beat Scott County 50-40 to claim the state title in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen championship Sunday at Rupp Arena.

Three major awards, three unique winners.

It’s only fitting that the state’s loaded senior class produce another different Player of the Year: Trinity star David Johnson has been named Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com Player of the Year.

The race for the top spot was one of the tightest: Johnson edged University Heights Academy senior KyKy Tandy by just 17 points in votes tabulated across 77 ballots received. Johnson, this year’s Sweet Sixteen MVP after leading Trinity to its second state championship, has signed with the University of Louisville. Tandy is headed to Xavier University.

Scott County star Michael Moreno, who missed a good chunk of the season before leading the Cardinals to their second state finals, was named to the First Team for a third straight year.

Mr. Basketball winner and University of Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen, who played only 13 games after tearing an ACL and meniscus in December, was ranked fourth overall by the coaches. Lexington Christian Academy senior Kyle Rode, a Liberty University signee, was fifth overall. Madison Central standout Isaiah Cozart, this year’s Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, gave the 11th Region three of the top six players.

Rounding out the First Team were Walton-Verona’s Dieonte Miles, Campbell County’s Reid Jolly, Clinton County’s Jackson Harlan and South Laurel’s JJ Ramey.

Scott County Coach Billy Hicks, who this season became the first Kentucky coach to reach 1,000 career wins, was named Coach of the Year. Jason Mays (Ashland Blazer), Jared McCurry (John Hardin), Aric Russell (Campbell County) and Mike Szabo (Trinity) were all named on multiple ballots.

2019 BOYS’ ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAM

(Players are listed in order of total votes, which were calculated via ballots received from 77 Kentucky boys’ basketball coaches. Most ballots were received before the state tournament, and all coaches in the state were eligible to vote. If available, clicking on a player’s name will take you to their Twitter account.)

FIRST TEAM

Player

School

Height

Class

Ppg

Comment

KyKy TandyUniversity Heights Academy6-1Sr.26.0Led UHA to its first All “A” Classic title in 11 years
David JohnsonTrinity6-5Sr.16.2Like Allen and Moreno, also missed games due to leg injury
Michael MorenoScott County6-6Sr.14.8Helped Cardinals become first team to three-peat in 11th Region
Dontaie AllenPendleton County6-6Sr.42.9The first in-state player to sign with UK since the 2013 class
Kyle RodeLexington Christian Academy6-5Sr.23.2A significant part of the first three district titles in school history
Isaiah CozartMadison Central6-8Sr.20.0Ended his career with 714 blocks, a state record
Dieonte MilesWalton-Verona6-10Sr.14.8Xavier signee led Bearcats to first Sweet Sixteen since the 1940s
Reid JollyCampbell County6-5Sr.22.5Sweet Sixteen star is also a standout on the football field
Jackson HarlanClinton County6-5Sr.23.9Impressed enough at a WKU team camp to earn a scholarship
JJ RameySouth Laurel6-4Sr.17.6Will play for Kelly Wells at the University of Pikeville



SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Height

Class

Ppg

Keaston BrownHenry Clay6-1Sr.12.9
Jackson SivillsMcCracken County6-6Jr.20.0
Alex MatthewsJohn Hardin6-4Jr.17.5
Kenny WhiteMadisonville6-8Jr.14.2
Dayvion McKnightCollins6-1Jr.17.0
Korbin SpencerElliott County6-1Sr.28.8
JJ KalakonWaggener6-4Sr.12.7
Cody PotterShelby Valley6-4Jr.22.1
Brayden SebastianGarrard County6-4Jr.27.2
Marques WarrickHenry Clay6-3Jr.21.1



THIRD TEAM

Player

School

Height

Class

Ppg

Jacob HobbsCentral Hardin6-7Sr.18.8
Trevon SmithTaylor County6-2Sr.25.1
Nick ThelenCovington Catholic6-8Sr.13.5
Jordan GrahamClark County6-3Sr.11.9
Kobe PooleBreckinridge County5-9Sr.20.7
Diablo StewartScott County5-9Sr.14.7
Scotty DraudBeechwood6-5So.22.7
Connor GuthrieMayfield6-3Sr.15.7
Tyren MooreMale5-11Jr.17.9
Luke MorrisonSouth Oldham6-5Jr.25.4

HONORABLE MENTION

(The next 20 receiving votes, in order)

Logan Patterson, McLean County; Dakota Walden, Daviess County; Glenn Covington, Scott County; Jairus Bibb, Brown; Juanya Frank, Frankfort; Carter Baughman, Mercer County; Spencer Macke, Silver Grove; Troy Coomer, Gallatin County; Darrion Wimsatt, Owensboro; Noah Back, Perry County Central; Jalen Taulbee, Breathitt County; John Parker, Owensboro Catholic; Max Reyes, Casey County; Cameron Wilson, Valley; Connor Roberts, Pikeville; Trey Lewis, Ohio County; Kade Grundy, Somerset; Devaunte Robinson, Ashland Blazer; Tahj Harding, Newport; Jacob Rice, Johnson Central.

SCHOOLS THAT VOTED

Allen County-Scottsville, Bardstown, Belfry, Bell County, Boyle County, Breathitt County, Brown, Buckhorn, Butler, Campbell County, Campbellsville, Carlisle County, Central Hardin, Christian County, Clark County, Clinton County, Collegiate, Collins, Covington Catholic, Danville, Daviess County, Eastern, Fleming County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Gallatin County, Garrard County, Greenup County, Hazard, Henderson County, Henry Clay, Henry County, Iroquois, John Hardin, Johnson Central, Lexington Catholic, Lexington Christian Academy, Louisville Holy Cross, Madison Central, Madison Southern, Male, Marshall County, McCracken County, McLean County, Mercer County, Metcalfe County, Newport, Newport Central Catholic, North Hardin, Oldham County, Owensboro Catholic, Owen County, Paintsville, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Pendleton County, Perry County Central, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Rowan County, Sayre, Shelby County, Shelby Valley, Sheldon Clark, Simon Kenton, Somerset, Southwestern, St. Henry, St. Xavier, Trinity, University Heights Academy, Villa Madonna, Waggener, Walton-Verona, Warren East, Western Hills, West Jessamine, Williamsburg, Wolfe County

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