All-anne Arundel County Basketball

March 14, 2002

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Laronja Owens

Annapolis, junior

Owens, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard, is the first in the illustrious history of Annapolis boys basketball to crack the 1,000 career points plateau as an underclassman.

The only All-County first-team repeater has scored 1,065 points in two seasons, leading the Panthers to two county titles and an overall record of 49-3, none of the losses to a county team.

"Laronja is one of the top three point guards we have ever had," said 25-year Annapolis coach John Brady. "He is very clever and very strong."

Owens uses his strength to drive the lane, creates and finishes, launches threes with 44 percent accuracy and plays relentless defense. A 51 percent shooter from the field and 81 percent from the free-throw line, Owens led the Panthers in scoring with 608 points in 26 games for an average of 23.4 points.

In a 78-49 romp over Cardinal Gibbons, Owens had a career-high 47 points before being pulled early in the final period, and he set a county championship game record with 43 points in a 73-57 rout of Meade. He set season school records for free throws made (169) and attempted (209) in addition to leading the team in three-pointers (42), assists (6.1) and steals (47).

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Glick

Archbishop Spalding

After going 16-15 last season and ranked No. 17 in The Sun's final poll with a fairly young team, Glick knew he was one player away from turning it around big time. So, the social studies teacher at Spalding wasted no time in coaxing point guard Landy Thompson to enroll at Spalding when Thompson's school (Newport Prep) closed.

Both live in Germantown, making transportation no problem for Thompson, who rides to school with his coach. Thompson was the final link to a banner season as Glick guided the Cavs to both the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season and tournamemt titles and a 28-5 record.

Spalding will take its No. 4 ranking into this weekend's 42nd Alhambra Invitational at Frostburg State University for the second time in Glick's three years at the Severn school where he is 69-31.

Glick, a 1988 graduate of St. Mary's (Md.) College where he lettered in baseball and basketball, coached Pallotti for six seasons before coming to Spalding.

Glick (191-90, .680 career) has made his niche with the emphasis on defense (yield 52 points), an annoying play-catch slowdown, and a coach-controlled offense that averaged 64 points and discourages free-lancing. While not always fun to watch, the cumulative philosophy wins for Glick as it did in the BCL tournament final -- a 45-34 win over Goretti.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Will Bowers

Archbishop Spalding, junior

Second-team All-County last year, the 6-foot-11, 225-pounder emerged as a blue-chip center this season, drawing the attention of Maryland and several other Division I schools. Bowers averaged 12.2 points (47 percent from the field, 68 percent at the line), 6.0 rebounds and led the Cavaliers in blocked shots (61). He was named to both the BCL All-League and All-Tournament teams.

Theo Brown

Severna Park, senior

After averaging 9.9 points and 2.0 rebounds last year, this 6-foot-2 guard broke loose with a county season-record 91 three-pointers in 23 games to lead the county in scoring (26.4). Brown also set school records for total points (607, county 10th all time), most career threes (124) and most points in a game (47 vs. Annapolis). He also tied the school record (eight) for most threes in a game, led the Falcons (13-10) in rebounds (7.3) and averaged 3.2 assists.

Adrian Gross

Southern, junior

The county's leading rebounder with 306 rebounds in 23 games for an average of 13.3, the 6-foot-6 Gross also averaged 17.3 points for the No. 17 Bulldogs (15-8). A three-year starter with a nice touch and slinky moves, Gross shot 51 percent from the field. The versatile center/forward also led his team in blocked shots with 3.6 per game and was second in assists (3.1) and steals (2.3).

Kevin Hammack

North County, senior

A four-year starter, the 6-foot-1 guard is the Knights' all-time leading scorer (1,113 points) and career assists leader (583). Hammack closed his brilliant career with 503 points in 25 games for a 20.1 average, and he also led the Knights (14-10) in rebounds (9.0), assists (6.7) and steals (4.6). Also a strong student with a 3.4 GPA and 1,040 SAT, Hammack is being recruited by Drexel, Monmouth, Central Connecticut and Sacred Heart.

Josh Johnson

Annapolis, junior

Considered to be one of the top rebounders to ever play for the perennial county power, the 6-foot-6 Johnson had 331 rebounds in 26 games (12.7 average). Johnson averaged 19.6 points a game for the No. 2 Panthers (25-1). The left-hander often dominated inside at center or forward, while teammate Laronja Owens took care of the outside to give the 3A East runner-up Panthers a potent 1-2 punch that will return next season.

Landy Thompson

Archbishop Spalding, senior

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