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Greenbrier 's Britton is a rising star

Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Evans Knights once again went over the 20-win plateau, finishing 21-9. Kevin Kenny's squad has won 101 games during the past five seasons. During that run, they have won 20 or more games three times, with their lowest win total coming in 2006-07 when they were 17-9.

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Greenbrier's trio of Dejon Britton, Justin Cofer and Chad Waddell have fans excited about next season. The talented junior class led the 'Pack to many big victories this year and should make them one of the region favorites next year when they return to AAAA.

Augusta Prep has also had a good run in recent years. Despite the graduation of Jim Hull, the leading scorer in GISA play in 2008-09, they were solid again this season.

Throw in the play of Grovetown, a school that was more than simply competitive in its first year, and I would say this season was a good one for the county in boys hoops.

Here is a look at those who stood out in 2009-10:

Player of the Year

Tony Davis, Evans

Coach of the Year

Kevin Kenny. Evans

First Team

All-County

Justin Cofer (Greenbrier), junior, guard

Cofer might not have been a big scorer (9.5 points per game), but when he needed to step up he did. He poured in 26 points in a win over Evans late in the season. He also was the quarterback for a very solid Greenbrier squad.

First-year head coach Casey Heckathorn could rest easy most games, knowing the ball was in Cofer's hands. He was among the best in the area in assists, averaging nearly six per game, and he also nailed 40 percent of his three-point attempts.

Tony Davis (Evans) senior, forward-center

Davis is a relentless player. That quality allowed him to battle underneath despite giving up a few inches in height to his opponents most nights.

During the past two seasons, no player in the area has been as consistent as the 6-foot-4 Davis. This season he helped Evans win 21 games and reach the Sweet 16 in AAAA. Along the way he averaged 16.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Small college coaches out there are crazy if they don't give Davis a serious look.

Troy Griffith (Evans), senior, guard

No player in the county improved more from last season than Griffith. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard played with a newfound confidence that allowed him to knock down an area-best 52 percent of his 3-point shots and 92 percent of his free-throw attempts.

Griffith averaged 15.7 points per game and 3.1 assists per contest.

Chad Waddell (Greenbrier), junior, guard

Waddell has had a reputation as one of the area's top shooters since his freshman season. He didn't do anything to ruin his "rep" this season as he nailed 54 long-range bombs. He made 41 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged 12.2 points per game.

Myles McDavid (Grovetown), sophomore, guard

It was a bit of a cop-out by me having six players on the first team, but I just could not leave this kid off the list. He was brilliant at times for coach Casey Dees. McDavid averaged 13 points per game this season and was also among the area's best in assists and steals.

At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he already has the size and he is as athletic as it gets, so if he continues to work on his game he will could become a legitimate Division I prospect in two years.

Dejon Britton (Greenbrier), junior, forward

Like Griffith, Britton really came on this season. He has the ability to stuff a stat sheet and he did that all season for the 'Pack. He earned first team All-Region honors in 2-AAAAA after averaging 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He was also among the area leaders in steals and blocked shots.

Britton also got to the free-throw line 182 times this season.

His versatility makes him an extremely valuable player and he is a leading candidate for county player of the year honors next season.

Second Team

All-County

Michael Punch (Lakeside, senior) 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Kentrell Germany (Harlem, senior) 12.2 points per game, shot 43 percent from 3-point land and 76 percent from the free-throw line.

Daniel Hull (Augusta Prep, senior) 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Toney Threatt (Grovetown, senior) 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

Trevor Foreman (Evans, junior) Great defensive player; 5 points and three assists per game.

John Paul Lynn (Augusta Prep, junior) 15.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Also, shot 39 percent from 3-point range.

Evan Wells (Augusta Christian, Senior) Team leader for the past two seasons. Led Augusta Christian in scoring, assists, and steals.

Could have easily put up more points, but was extremely unselfish on a balanced Lions squad.

Honorable Mention

Evans

Justin Black

Marcus Gavin

Greenbrier

Jonathan Hampton

Grovetown

Denzell Garrett

Harlem

Darius Johnson

Jesse Gay

Lakeside

Justin Jahn

Khadi Tshishiku



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