■ Averaged 15.1 points and 10.3 rebounds to help lead St. Jude to a second straight Class 1A championship.

■ Two-time Advertiser 1A-4A boys player of the year. Two-time Class 1A first-team All-State. Two-time finalist for 1A Player of the Year.

■ Alabama A&M signee.

■ Registered 19 double-doubles with season highs of 28 points and 22 rebounds in a January win over Brewbaker Tech. Also had 22 rebounds in a December victory over Calhoun.

■ Missed virtually all of two games with a hip injury. Otherwise, he would have averaged 16.1 points and 11 rebounds.

■ Amassed 1,057 points and 917 rebounds in just two years with the Pirates.

■ One of just two seniors, along with point guard LaDarius Brinson, this year for the Pirates, who finished 24-5 under coach Earl Taylor.

■ Brinson and Tommy Burton were also All-State. Jacob Winston was the most valuable player at the state tournament, while Roderic Scott and Winston are honorable mention All-Metro.

How was your season?

“It was a good year for the team. Whenever it’s a good year for the team, it’s a good year for me. I think it was one of the best years I’ve had.”

School after title?

“It was really exciting to see all my classmates coming together for one cause. I didn’t keep a smile on my face all day. I had to go to class. That’s when the smile disappeared.”

Roughest class?

“Anatomy and physiology. It’s hard remembering all those body parts. There are too many of them.”

Best class?

“History, government, economics and stuff like that. It doesn’t really change. It changes, but it stays the same for the most part.”

Hip injury?

“I do not like sitting on the bench. The second game I sat out, I tried to play, but I had to take myself out because I wasn’t helping the team. I had to be patient.”

Make any 3-pointers this year?

“Three. I don’t even smile after dunks. After every 3-pointer I hit, I smile. I was really excited about it.”

Favorite dunk?

“When I dunked on Brandon Murphy. Brandon is my boy. It’s always great to get a dunk at Carver, at Dunk City USA.”

Funniest moment?

“Watching Coach Taylor dance after we won the championship game. He decided to go ahead and dance for us in the locker room. He looked like he was hurting himself. He was tripping, but I think it was better than my dance.”

Looniest Pirate?

“I think it’s a tie between me and Tommy. I won’t say we’re the goofiest, but we’re taller than everybody, so everybody knows what we do the most. The whole team is goofy.”

Laugh at LaDarius Brinson?

“You can’t really pick out one thing that LaDarius does. Every day, he has something new. LaDarius is going to be LaDarius.”

Jude next year?

“I’m hoping that Jude will go ahead and 3-peat. They’re going to be good enough to do it with Tommy Burton coming back.”

Roderic Scott next 2 years?

“Roderic Scott, that guy is going to be great by the time he gets in 12th grade. I think he’s going to really step up and lead the team a lot next year.”

Jacob Winston, too?

“Jacob Winston is already good. It’s really hard to stand out when you have people like me and Tommy and LaDarius playing at our best. A lot of people are going to realize who Jacob Winston is next year.”

Spring plans?

“I have a lot of makeup work to do. I’m taking my time with it, but I don’t know why. I need to work out and get ready for college, too. I’m going up there in June.”

Eager for A&M?

“I’m looking forward to it a lot. I wear that hat every day.”

Any Alabama State teases?

“I see a lot of people from ASU, and they’re still trying to figure out how Coach (Lewis) Jackson let me slip away. Initially, I didn’t know where I wanted to go, but they showed me a good time at A&M. I feel like it’s a good place to be.”

Staying in maroon?

“This is my new favorite color.”

College major?

“Elementary education. I like kids, and I want to help kids at a younger age. I think it’s good for kids to have a positive role model. I’d like to be that positive role model.”


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