High School Basketball

Top boys' basketball teams, players: Taylor County best team with best player

By Josh Moore

jmoore@herald-leader.com

Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin, center, broke the press in the second half. Goodin scored 23 points to lead all scores in the game. Hopkinsville won the game 76-64 Taylor County hosted Hopkinsville in game two of the 2015 KHSAA Boy's Sweet 16 Tournament, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin, center, broke the press in the second half. Goodin scored 23 points to lead all scores in the game. Hopkinsville won the game 76-64 Taylor County hosted Hopkinsville in game two of the 2015 KHSAA Boy's Sweet 16 Tournament, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Herald-Leader

(Rankings as selected by the coaches)

TOP 10 TEAMS

(Last year’s record in parentheses)

1. Taylor County (28-5)

— Cardinals are seeking their first back-to-back appearances in Sweet Sixteen.

2. Bowling Green (31-6)

— Is potential third time the charm for Purples, who have fallen in state semifinals and finals the past two years?

3. Paul Laurence Dunbar (14-15) — Coach Scott Chalk thinks his Bulldogs are playing the toughest schedule in Kentucky this season.

4. Covington Catholic (31-6) — Colonels looking for third straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

5. Mercer County (23-9) — Sheldon Clark transfer Dylan James brings 22.6 points to an already offensively potent Titans squad.

6. Hopkinsville (26-7)

— Hoptown has cruised to Sweet Sixteen four straight seasons but remains title-less since 1985.

7. Waggener (17-12) — Wildcats expected to do something they’ve never done before: win the 7th Region.

8. Ballard (32-3) — Bruins hoping to keep 7th Region trophy in hands of a traditional power.

9. Bullitt East (21-10) — Mustangs return top three leading scorers, including Tyler Sharpe’s 16.9 points a game.

10. Trinity (24-6) — Shamrocks and Ballard have taken turns going to Sweet Sixteen the past four years. Pattern says its Trinity’s turn.

TOP 10 PLAYERS

(Year, height, last year’s PPG in parentheses)

1. Quentin Goodin (Sr., 6-4, 21.3) — Taylor County star committed to Xavier is coaches’ preseason pick for Mr. Basketball by a mile.

2. Carson Williams (Sr., 6-6, 23.5) — If not for Goodin, Owen County product headed for NKU would be the favorite.

3. Darius Williams (Sr., 6-4, 22.4) — Scoring machine from Paul Laurence Dunbar looks to take Bulldogs from losing record to Sweet Sixteen.

4. Cole VonHandorf (Jr., 6-1, 18.2) — CovCath star has tasted glory; he averaged 10.9 points for title team two seasons ago.

5. Jaylen Sebree (Jr., 6-6, 16.8) — Will put Christian County in 2nd Region contention after transferring from University Heights.

6. Ben Weyer (Sr., 6-6, 15.3) — Bellarmine commitment will try to guide Newport Central Catholic to first 9th Region title since 2000.

7. Mason Faulkner (Sr., 6-2, 30.3) — Can NKUbound Caverna star put the Colonels in contention with Taylor County in the 5th Region?

8. Tony Jackson (Jr., 6-4, 17.5) — North Hardin standout makes it another team nipping at Taylor County’s heels.

9. Matt Wilson (Sr., 6-9, 14.6) — Army commitment has Campbell County shooting for its third straight trip to Rupp Arena.

10. Terry Taylor (Jr., 6-5, 12.0) — Bowling Green’s run of success should only serve him well as Purples eye 4th Region three-peat.

SWEET SIXTEEN PICKS

1st: Paducah Tilghman

2nd: Hopkinsville

3rd: Meade County

4th: Bowling Green

5th: Taylor County

6th: Bullitt East

7th: Waggener

8th: Oldham County

9th: Covington Catholic

10th: Campbell County

11th: Paul Laurence Dunbar

12th: Mercer County

13th: South Laurel

14th: Perry County Central

15th: Lawrence County

16th: Elliott County

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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