All-Midstate boys basketball teams

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BRAXTON BLACKWELL


Braxton Blackwell

Braxton Blackwell

CPA, Jr., 6-8 forward

» Why chosen: Blackwell captured his second straight Class AA Mr. Basketball honor after leading the Lions (28-2) to the state semifinals. He averaged 20.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 56 percent from the floor.

» College plans: He has 25 Division I scholarship offers, including several from the SEC.

» Quote: “I’m not really worried about expectations. I know a lot of people expect me to play really good every game, but, like everyone else, I’m human and I’ll have a bad game or an off night. Trying to stay focused the whole season was the main goal this year.”

» Family: Parents, Thomas and Robin Blackwell; and brother Austin (21).

» Athletic background: “I played football for the majority of my life but gave it up when I hit a growth spurt and pursued basketball. I’ve played AAU with the Nashville Celtics. I’ll miss playing with the (CPA) seniors, especially Micah Davis and Parker Howell.”

» How did you spend spring break? “I went to Panama City Beach with my mom and brother, Austin, and it was pretty cool just being able to get away from a few things, relax and enjoy God’s creations.”

» Best high school sports moment: “When my school had an assembly after spring break on what I thought was winning Mr. Basketball. Instead it was about how I carried myself in front of everyone who booed (me) — a high school athlete — for winning an award. So at the assembly, we relived the moment and rather than booing everyone cheered for a couple minutes. It gave me chills!”

» Favorite team and athlete? “I’ve always loved the Philadelphia Eagles and I’m starting to like the (Tennessee) Titans, too. NBA-wise, I gotta go with the Lakers. I wish Kobe (Bryant) was healthy, he’s the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time).”

» Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “Hopefully in the NBA doing what I love to do, and continuing to inspire people younger and older than myself.”

» What do you think of Blackman’s Crystal Dangerfield? “Crystal is awesome. We talk every now and then just about everything. She’s an amazing basketball player — I mean she’s going to UConn — but she’s an even nicer and sweeter person and I’m thankful for our friendship. One of these days we will need to play one on one! I wish her nothing but the best of luck and can’t wait to see what God has in store for her.”

FIRST TEAM

THOMAS BOOKER


Thomas Booker

Thomas Booker

East Nashville, Jr.

6-2 guard

College: Lipscomb and Austin Peary have offered, while MTSU, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky and Murray State have shown interest.

Why chosen: The District 10-AA MVP averaged 20 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists, leading the 28-3 Eagles to a second consecutive district title.

KORDELL HENDERSON


Kordell Henderson

Kordell Henderson

White County, Sr.

6-7 forward

College: Lee, Freed-Hardeman, Carson-Newman and Georgetown (Ky.) have offered.

Why chosen: District 6-AAA MVP averaged 23 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the floor, leading the 30-4 Warriors to their first state tournament since 1999.

DAKOTA QUINN


Dakota Quinn

Dakota Quinn

Davidson Academy, Sr.

6-8 center

College: Samford signee.

Why chosen: The DII-A Mr. Basketball finalist led Davidson Academy to its first state tournament appearance in school history, averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

GRANT TEICHMANN


Grant Teichmann

Grant Teichmann

Brentwood, Sr.

6-3 guard

College: Committed to Freed-Hardeman

Why chosen: The District 11-AAA MVP averaged 20.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, leading the 30-7 Bruins to a Class AAA runner-up.

SECOND TEAM

F: John Payne, Goodpasture, Sr., 24.0

F : Isaac Edmondson, Creek Wood, Sr., 18.0

C: Kevontay Davis, Hillsboro, Sr., 13.0

G: Jordan Sandifer, Pearl-Cohn, Sr., 22.5

G: Tripp Davis, Lighthouse Chr., Sr.

THIRD TEAM

F: Austin Douglas, Cheatham Co., Jr., 20.3

F: Wade Eldridge, Livingston Acad., Sr., 18.0

G: Jalen Lawson, Brentwood, Sr., 16.1

G: Jordan Bone, Ensworth, Jr., 16.2

G: Nick Hopkins, Fayetteville, Jr., 22.2

FOURTH TEAM

F: Yalen Reed, Station Camp, Jr., 10.7

F: Jy’lan Washington, Stewarts Creek, Sr., 17.5

G: William Alexander, Maplewood, Sr., 23.0

G: Kenny Cooper, Franklin Road Acad., Jr., 17.8

G: Darius Garland, Brentwood Acad., Fr., 13.0

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