USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Missouri Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Jay Blossom, Webster Groves (St. Louis)
With Blossom at the helm, the Statesmen overpowered the competition this season on their way to a 29-2 record and a Class 5 state championship. The ultimate victory came in a 70-35 rout of Lee’s Summit West in the title-clinching game.
Player of the Year
Jared Ridder, F, Kickapoo (Springfield), 6-7/195, Sr.
Ridder earned both Gatorade Player of the Year and Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 Player of the Year honors this past season after averaging 24.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Xavier commit led the Chiefs to a 25-5 record and a berth in the Class 5 semifinals.
Elijah Childs, F, Lee’s Summit West, 6-8/205, Sr.
A Bradley University signee, Childs amassed more than 1,000 points in his prep career and averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per contest as a senior, leading the Titans to the Class 5 championship game.
Christian Bundy, F/C, Nixa, 6-6/220, Sr.
Bundy averaged 23 points per game and earned First Team All-State honors in Missouri after leading Nixa to the first round of the Class 5 state tournament.
Daniel Farris, G, Vashon (St. Louis), 6-0/175, Sr.
Farris was the catalyst in helping the Wolverines capture their second straight state championship, averaging 11.4 points and 3.5 assists per game to earn Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 Player of the Year honors.
Courtney Ramey, G, Webster Groves (St. Louis), 6-0/170, Jr.
The junior standout averaged 17.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, including a 25-point, 11-rebound effort in Webster Groves’ 70-35 thrashing of Lee’s Summit West in the Class 5 title game.
Jacob Gilyard, G, Barstow (Kansas City), 5-9/155, Sr.
Brandon McKissic, G, St. Louis University, 6-2/185, Sr.
Fred Thatch, F/G, Sikeston, 6-3/220, Jr.
Brandon Emmert, F, Bolivar, 6-6/230, Sr.
Carte’Are Gordon, F/C, Webster Groves (St. Louis), 6-9/260, Jr.