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Coach of the Year
Roosevelt Bridges, West Lowndes (Columbus)
It’s hard enough to take over a winless team midseason (which Bridges did after the team’s head coach was fired in December) but to win 11 of the next 16 games and guide the Panthers to the Class A Final Four was truly remarkable.
G Devin Booker, Moss Point (Moss Point), 6-5, Sr. (Player of the Year)
The addition of Booker, who averaged 30.9 points per game this season, will have Kentucky Wildcat fans feeling much better after their NCAA title game loss to UConn.
G Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson), 6-3, Jr.
The Chargers finished 31-1 and won a third consecutive 5A state title, largely thanks to Newman’s 29.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.
G Maurice Dunlap, Amanda Elzy (Greenwood), 6-2, Sr.
Dunlap’s great shooting (25 points per game) and ability to get his teammates involved (five assists per game) will be provide a huge boost to the Mississippi State basketball program in the coming years.
F Xavian Stapleton, Madison Central (Madison), 6-6, Sr.
Having already committed to play for the Louisiana Tech Tigers, Stapleton carried the Jaguars to the 6A semi-finals by averaging 20.9 points and 8.8 rebounds this season.
C Joniah White, Grenada (Grenada), 6-11, Sr.
Along with Xavian Stapleton, Louisiana Tech’s future certainly looks promising given the addition of White, who averaged 14 points and 12.9 boards for the 6A state runnerup Chargers.
G Jahshire Hardnett, Gulfport (Gulfport), 5-10, Jr.
G Quinndary Weatherspoon, Velma Jackson (Camden), 6-4, Jr.
G Shemar Williams, Picayune (Picayune), 6-2, Sr.
F Jon Paul Davis, East Side (Cleveland), 6-5, Sr.
C Stacey Mack, McComb (McComb), 6-7, Sr.