High School Basketball

Boys: Herald-Leader All-State team

Bullitt East forward Derek Willis drove toward the basket during a state tournament game.
Bullitt East forward Derek Willis drove toward the basket during a state tournament game.

Derek Willis, Player of the Year

It was a big year for Bullitt East's 6-foot-9 junior. He committed to Kentucky and led the Chargers to a second consecutive 6th Region title.

Willis showed off his versatility, averaging 17.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 2.1 assists. He had 20 double-doubles (points and rebounds). He shot 56 percent from the field and 77 percent from the foul line.

Willis will be a strong favorite to win Mr. Basketball honors next season.

Nathan Dieudonne

Louisville Trinity won the state championship with a team-first attitude, but Dieudonne was the rock of the Rocks.

The Boston University signee was MVP of the Sweet Sixteen. He led the tournament in points (70), rebounds (33) and clutch plays.

Diedonne's 12 points in the state finals pushed him over 1,000 for his career. He also totaled 103 steals and 72 blocked shots, and was part of 104 victories in four years.

Tamron Manning

Manning saw varsity action as an eighth-grader for Scott County, and played in 161 games (including 134 victories) in his career.

Manning's five-year totals included 1,463 points, 692 rebounds, 361 assists and 332 steals.

The Marshall signee was part of the Cardinals' state semifinalists in 2010 and state runners-up this season.

Mekale McKay

One of the best athletes in the state, McKay starred in football and basketball for Moore.

He originally committed to play both sports at UTEP, but changed his mind and decided to go to Arkansas. He signed to play football for the Razorbacks but also hopes to play hoops.

McKay, who had 38 catches for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall, led Moore's basketball team to 28 wins and the 6th Region semifinals.

Quentin Snider

Only a sophomore, Snider is already closing in on almost 1,000 points at Ballard and has already committed to Louisville.

The heady point guard hit 45 percent (86 of 190) from three-point range this season, and 81 percent (74 of 91) from the foul line. He also led the Bruins with 45 steals and starred as they almost upset No. 1 Trinity in the 7th Region semifinals.

Matt Day

Buckhorn's big man put up big numbers, setting school records for points (2,294) and rebounds (1,358). He also got 243 assists, 196 steals and 185 blocks in his career.

Day was at his best in big games this season while helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the 14th Region. Against nine teams that were in the top 25, No. 1 in their region, or won their region, Day averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds. Among the schools recruiting him are Berea, Lincoln Memorial and Central Arkansas.

Adam Wing

Rowan County's star shone brightest in the 2011 Sweet Sixteen when he led the Vikings to a state runner-up finish. Wing hit 12 of 13 three-pointers in the semifinals and finals.

He helped Rowan County reach the state tournament again as a senior.

Wing, a standout quarterback who could have played Division I football, signed to play basketball at Evansville. He finished his Vikings' career with 1,605 points, a school-record 1,108 rebounds and 305 assists.

Dominique Hawkins

Hawkins, a point guard, led Madison Central in the right direction — to 31 victories in 33 games. The Indians were No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after they toppled top-ranked Trinity. Hawkins had 33 points in that upset.

Hawkins led Madison Central in points (657), assists (89) and steals (74) this season.

WKU, Morehead State, Tennessee. Tech and Georgia State are showing the most interest in him. Arkansas, Florida and Indiana are among the schools that will evaluate him this summer.

Darryl Hicks

Hicks made a splash as a freshman in the Sweet Sixteen when he had 30 points and six rebounds for Shelby County in a first-round loss to Ballard. He transferred to Louisville Trinity and sat out his sophomore year before returning to the court this season.

The 6-4 junior, who had offers from Indiana and Arizona before the season started, shot 47 percent from the field and led the Shamrocks in three-pointers (53) and was second in rebounds (151). He also had 66 steals and 55 assists.

Jack Whitman

Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman predicted before the season that Whitman would blossom into one of the best big men in the state.

Whitman did just that, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds, and showing an athleticism and aptitude that make him a Division I prospect. Vanderbilt is among the most interested.

Purdue, Virginia, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Princeton are also showing interest.

Whitman shot 64 percent from the field, had 81 blocked shots and 23 steals.

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