1999-2000 All-Anne Arundel basketball teams

High Schools

March 14, 2000

Boys Player of the Year

Derrick Snowden, Spalding: The Alhambra Tournament remains for the Cavaliers, but Snowden has nothing left to prove. The point guard capped an incredible four-year varsity career as the MVP for both the Baltimore Catholic League regular season and tournament. Spalding's career leader in points (1,341) and assists (677), the 6-foot, Villanova-bound Snowden is a repeat Anne Arundel Player of the Year and a three-time All-County choice. Only two other players have repeated as Player of the Year -- Rob Wooster (Annapolis, St. Francis, Pa.) and Chatney Howard (Southern, James Madison)n from years 1991 through 1994. Snowden led the Cavs in scoring (15.4 average) with 494 points in 32 games while shooting 55 percent (157-for-287 including 27 three-pointers) from the floor and 73 percent at the line. He also led the team in assists (4.5), steals (2.0) and averaged 3.8 rebounds. Quickness, instincts and athleticism made him the county's top defensive player and he took his offensive game to another level this season improving from a 10.2 average as a junior.

Coach of the Year

John Brady, Annapolis: Posting the best season record-wise (25-1) in Anne Arundel County history winning the county and 3A East region titles, Brady is coach of the year for a record sixth time, the last in 1991. Despite a 63-56 loss to Montgomery's Paint Branch (21-5) in the 3A state semifinals, the accomplishments of this year's team can not be minimized. The No. 1 Panthers completed the first county undefeated boys basketball regular season (22-0). Other records set by Annapolis include: consecutive wins (25); most county titles (18); most region titles (14) and most 20-win seasons (19). Brady, who has never had a loser with 17 his lowest number of wins in a season, is now 485-90 (state title, 1990) in 23 seasons and his career winning percentage (.843) is the highest for coaches with 10 or more years. The 485 career wins are second only to Tom Albright's 500-308 (.619) in 35 seasons. "A donkey has never won the Kentucky Derby," said Brady. "There's no magic to why we win. It's chemistry and this team had it. We simply pick the players who play best together and try to maximize their potential."

First team

Jerome Goodman, North County: This 6-6 three-year starter led the Knights of coach Mike Francis to their best season ever at 17-7. Arguably the county's toughest force inside, Goodman, who is undecided on college, averaged 16.5 points (396 in 24 games) shooting 63 percent from the floor and 72 percent at the line, 13.5 boards and blocked 163 shots, an average of 6.7 per game. In two tough losses to Annapolis including the county championship game by 80-74, Goodman totaled 33 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks.

Thomas Hawkins, Annapolis: Hawkins closed the first, four-year career in school history as the Panthers all-time leading scorer with 1,507 career points, good for sixth place on the all-time county list. Matching Snowden as a three-time All-County selection, the 6-foot-4 Hawkins led the top ranked Panthers in scoring (18.9), rebounds (7.3) and shooting percentages from the field (55) and line (83) and had 3.3 assists per game. His also made 38 three-pointers. "Thomas was a guy who got better each year with his total game," Brady said.

Marcus Johnson, Annapolis: Coach John Brady said that Johnson "is the best all-around player we've had at Annapolis." The 6-5 Johnson, who is one of five first-team repeaters, averaged 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists and a team leading 3.9 steals per game. Johnson shot 43 percent from the floor with 54 three-pointers to give him a county career record 167 threes and made 70 percent of his free throws. His 1,168 career points are third in Panthers' history. Height, long arms and athleticism made Johnson a triple threat -- a solid inside and outside scorer with superb defense -- for three varsity seasons. He plans to visit Tallahassee and Gulf Coast Community Colleges with Thomas Hawkins.

Marcus Neal, Annapolis: The Panthers' unquestioned floor leader, Neal is another first-team repeater and completed his third varsity season in style. Neal, a 6-0 point guard, averaged 17.2 points shooting 53 percent from the floor with 47 threes and 78 percent from the line, 6.0 rebounds and three steals per game. His team-leading 7.0-to-2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is outstanding. "Marcus would make a heck of a quarterback in football if he chose to because of his great arm and he sees the whole floor, that vision would be the whole field in football," said coach Brady. "He's a born leader." Neal takes 962 career points, including 131 three-pointers, into his senior season next year.

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