2001 All-Anne Arundel basketball teams

High Schools

March 15, 2001

Player of the Year

Marcus Neal, Annapolis: Quick, talented and intense are reasons the 6-foot-1 Neal set a host of county and school records, was a three-time All-County guard and hands down the Player of the Year. As the only returning starter from last year's 25-1 team, Neal's skills and leadership led the No. 3 Panthers (24-2) to a second straight unbeaten county season. In four varsity seasons with Neal running the show, the Panthers went 93-12 with three county and two region titles. He is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,744 points (second in county public school history). His 215 career three-pointers is a county record while this season's 84 is a school record, missing the county mark by two. Headed to the Capital Classic, April 7 at the MCI Center, Neal, who has yet to settle on a school, also averaged 5.0 rebounds and nearly four assists a game.

Coach of the Year

Sam Golder, Arundel: Going 10-15 in his rookie season as coach last year, Golder turned the Wildcats (15-11) around, as they came out of nowhere to win the 4A East region over at least three favored teams. After winning on the road at No. 12 Glen Burnie and C.M. Wright in the region semifinals and final, Arundel made only its third trip to Cole Field House since 1975 and bowed to undefeated Magruder in the state semis. A 29-yearold English teacher, Golder coached the Arundel JV to a 36-4 record over two years, before landing the varsity job with a group he knew very well. It was a job he had wanted since graduating from Annapolis in 1990 and getting a taste of it as manager to coach John Brady. With a communications degree from Maryland, Golder tinkered several years in radio broadcasting in Wilmington, Del., while working on his teacher's degree. Four years ago he landed his teaching position at Arundel and is doing what he had always wanted to do.

The first team

Jon Garritt, Severna Park: County coaches voted this sharp-shooting 6-2 guard as the Falcons' top player. Garritt, who is being recruited by Delaware and Towson, led the Falcons (14-10) in scoring (19.7), three-pointers (38) and free throws (82-for-101, 81.2 percent). He also averaged 4.2 boards, 2.5 assists and finished fourth in school career points (903).

Shon Osborne, Glen Burnie: The inside man for the 19-6 county runner-up Gophers, the 6-3 Osborne averaged 13.8 points and led his team in rebounds with 205 in 24 games for an average of 8.5 a game. One of three outstanding Glen Burnie juniors, Osborne shot 54 percent from the floor, hitting 129 of 237 attempts. At the line, Osborne was 73-for-122 (60 percent).

Laronja Owens, Annapolis: With his cousin Marcus Neal, the lone returning starter this season, Owens stepped up and contributed the shooting and ball-handling of a seasoned veteran. The 6-foot Owens, the only 10th-grader named first-team All-County, averaged 17.6 points and nearly five assists for the Panthers. His quickness, strength and instincts made him the perfect complement to Neal, as opposing teams could not concentrate on stopping just the latter.

Rodney Spriggs, Arundel: Spriggs was the leading scorer and rebounder of the surprising 4A East Region champion Wildcats. The 6-1 senior guard averaged 14.1 points shot, 44 percent from the floor and 65 percent at the line, and averaged 8.5 rebounds. Spriggs, who had nine double doubles, also led the Wildcats in steals (54) and blocked shots (48). His consistent play and senior leadership had a lot to do with the team's late-season rush.

Doug Underwood, Meade: The only other first-team repeater besides Neal, the rangy and smooth 6-3 Underwood completed a potent three-year career as the Mustangs' second all-time leading scorer with 1,264 points. Underwood, who is leaning toward Youngstown State, shot his career average of 52 percent from the floor this season in tossing in 20.8 points a game, including 33 three-pointers (64 for his career) to go with 6.3 boards and 4.3 assists. His 73.8 free-throw percentage was slightly below his career mark of 75.8, and his 63 steals and 17 blocks gave him 154 and 56, respectively, for his career.

Keith Williams, Glen Burnie: A stellar three-sport athlete, who has been All-County in football and baseball, led the Gophers in scoring, hitting 45 percent from the floor and 71 percent at the line to average 15.8 points a game. The 6-3 junior, who had 23 three-pointers, most coming at crucial times, also averaged 4.8 assists. A starter since his freshman year, the savvy and polished Williams in the words of coach Mike Rudd "was our leader."

Team selections

The Baltimore Sun 2000-2001 All-Anne Arundel County boys and girls basketball teams were selected by Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee, respectively, after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

The boys teams

Player of the Year: Marcus Neal, Annapolis

Coach of the Year: Sam Golder, Arundel

First team

Name..........................School.................Class................ Position

Jon Garritt................Severna Park..... Senior.............. Guard

Marcus Neal............ Annapolis.......... Senior.............. Guard

Shon Osborne....... Glen Burnie....... Junior............ Forward

Laronja Owens...... Annapolis...... Sophomore......... Guard

Rodney Spriggs....... Arundel.............Senior........... Forward

Doug Underwood ......Meade ........... Senior............. Guard

Keith Williams........... Glen Burnie.... Junior..............Guard

Second team

Louis Benson............Meade.............. Junior............Forward

Will Bowers............ Spalding........ Sophomore....... Center

Mike Burch...........Chesapeake.........Senior............ Forward

Frank Butler............ Old Mill.............. Senior..............Guard

Kevin Hammack..... North County.... Junior.......... Guard

James Jones .......... Southern.......... Senior.......... Forward

Trevor Quinn......... Severna Park...... Senior......... Forward

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