The Tennessee Sports Writers Association released its all-state teams for high school basketball on Sunday, and West Tennessee has players scattered all over the all-state teams.
There are 17 players from the area honored on the boys’ and girls’ teams combined.
The most are on the Class AA boys’ team with five players honored — South Side’s Chris McNeal, Haywood’s Jordon Varnado, North Side’s Chavis Fuller, Bolivar’s Kaleb McKinnie and Ripley’s Chad Culbreath.
McNeal, a Western Kentucky signee, helped lead the Hawks to the 2014 Class AA state championship. This season, he averaged 21 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals and was named a Mr. Basketball finalist.
Varnado, a 2014 Mr. Basketball finalist, averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks and helped the Tomcats win their first-ever Class AA state championship.
Fuller, a junior, played post for the Indians and averaged 17.8 points and. 12.4 rebounds.
Four other West Tennesseans were named to the boys’ all-state teams.
In Division II-A, University School of Jackson junior Clayton Hughes was named to the all-state team after averaging 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Fayette Academy’s Will Howell was also named to the team.
In Class A, Adamsville senior Tucker Campbell, a Mr. Basketball finalist, was honored after averaging 18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. Union City’s Marcus Deberry was also named to the team.
The other eight all-state players were on the girls’ side with four named to the Class A team, three to the Class AA team and one to the Division II-A team.
In Class A, Middleton’s Averyale Joy, Greenfield’s Brittany Peoples, West Carroll’s Madison Heckert and Gibson County’s Erin Lannom were named to the team.
Joy, a Miss Basketball finalist, led the Tigers to the Class A state championship and averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 assists and four steals.
Peoples, a senior, averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season for the Lady Yellowjackets.
Heckert, a junior, helped the Lady War Eagles to an undefeated regular season, averaging 13.4 points and 14 rebounds and adding 174 blocks.
Lannom, a junior, helped the Lady Pioneers to sectionals, averaging 16.8 points and finishing with 82 steals.
In Class AA, Haywood’s Jamirah Shutes, Lexington’s Adi Hale and Dyersburg’s Myah Taylor were named to the team.
Shutes makes the team as a freshman after helping the Lady Tomcats win the District 15-AA championship and reach sectionals.
Hale, a Trevecca Nazarene signee, averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 steals.
University School of Jackson sophomore Anna Jones was the West Tennessee representative on the Division II-A team after averaging 26.3 points, 4.2 steals and 6.1 rebounds. Jones was a Division II-A Miss Basketball finalist.
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