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Coach of the Year
Justin Tatum, Christian Brothers (St. Louis)
While his son Jayson was confounding defenses four miles down the road for Chaminade, this 35-year-old proud father was busy coaching the Cadets to a 24-7 record and the Class 5A state title in just his first season on the job.
G Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis), 6-7, So. (Player of the Year)
Defying his youth (especially given the level of competition in Missouri’s Class 5A) Tatum averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks per game as the Red Devils finished 24-3, reaching the District 8 finals.
G Chris Kendrix, Willard (Willard), 6-5, Sr.
Outstanding scoring (23.9 points per game, 48 percent shooting) as well as tremendous defense (7.2 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 1.8 blocks per game) from this future Missouri State Bear drove the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the Class 5 state tournament.
F Jimmy Whitt, Madison Hickman (Columbia), 6-5, Jr.
Employing tremendous athleticism, Whitt averaged 22.4 points per game, as the Kewpies reached the Class 5A finals, a game they lost despite his 29 points and seven rebounds.
F Jordan Barnett, Christian Brothers (St. Louis), 6-7, Sr.
The Cadets were able to topple Jimmy Whitt and Madison Hickman largely because they had this prized University of Texas recruit, who far exceeded his 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game average, scoring 43 and grabbing 20 rebounds in the 5A state title game triumph.
F Sean Clancey, Cardinal Ritter Prep (St. Louis), 6-3, Sr.
On the strength of Clancey’s 22.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, as well as his 61 combined points the semis and finals, the Lions won the Class 3A state championship.
G Chaz Glotta, Fort Zumwalt North (O’Fallon), 6-2, Sr.
G Josh Robinson, St. Mary’s (St. Louis), 6-3, Sr.
G Ronnie Suggs, Washington (Washington), 6-4, Jr.
F Juwan Morgan, Waynesville (Waynesville), 6-7, Jr.
F Xavier Kurth, Lafayette (St. Joseph), 6-2, Sr.