All-city/county Basketball

High Schools

March 21, 2004|By Derek Toney

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Will Thomas

Mount St. Joseph, senior

Coach Pat Clatchey said Thomas is the greatest player in school history. Mount St. Joseph has produced its share of great players over the past three decades, but Thomas will be remembered for helping finally end its championship drought after 32 years. A repeat first-team All-City/County pick, Thomas, 6 feet 7, averaged 18.3 points, 12.1 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The No. 1 Gaels claimed their second consecutive Baltimore Catholic League tournament title with Thomas repeating as Most Valuable Player. In the final against Spalding, Thomas had a double double (12 points and 13 rebounds) plus four blocked shots, and held McDonald's All-American Rudy Gay to 10 points in a 36-33 win.

Thomas helped the Gaels win their second straight Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season championship. A first-team All-Metro selection last season, he will attend George Mason next season.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Eddie Green

Woodlawn

When Green came to Woodlawn three years ago, returning the Warriors to prominence in Baltimore County was a reasonable goal, but he wanted to take the program to newer heights. He did that this season, guiding the Warriors to their first state semifinal appearance since 1989.

Woodlawn, which stormed through the county 4A-3A division, captured its first county championship since 1999 with a victory over Lansdowne.

In the regional playoffs, the Warriors defeated No. 11 Walbrook and defending region champ and No 10 Lake Clifton to win the 4A North, ending a 10-year run by city squads.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Jermaine Bolden

Douglass, senior

Bolden was a huge reason the Ducks returned to the Class 3A state title game for the second time in three seasons. The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 17.6 points, four assists and three assists for the state champion Ducks. Bolden, a two-time All-City/County selection, had a season-best 35 against Lake Clifton.

Paris Carter

Lake Clifton, senior

Though his final game with the Lakers ended in disappointment with a last-second loss in the 4A North region title game, Carter again had a solid campaign. The 6-foot-4 swing player averaged 19.1 points, three rebounds and three assists for Lake Clifton, earning a second consecutive All City/County first-team nod.

Chester Frazier

Lake Clifton, senior

A transfer from Mervo, Frazier combined with childhood friend Paris Carter to form arguably the area's best backcourt this season. The 6-foot-1 Frazier, a second-team All-City/County pick a year ago, averaged 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists for Lake Clifton, which lost to Woodlawn in the 4A North region championship.

Lance Fuller

Woodlawn, senior

The top guard in Baltimore County, Fuller was the driving force behind the Warriors' surge to the 4A state semifinals. The 5-foot-9 Fuller averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.6 steals.

Darnell Harris

St. Frances, senior

A second-team All-City/County selection a year ago, Harris was one of the best guards in the Baltimore Catholic League this season. Harris, 6 feet 2, averaged 19.5 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Nathan Irby

Dunbar, junior

The 6-foot guard averaged 11.6 points, 4.8 assists and 5.8 steals for the No. 3 Poets, who became the first team since Joppatowne to win back-to-back 1A titles. Irby had a game-high 15 points and five assists and helped shut down Southern guard Jereu Green as Dunbar won its first city title since 2001.

Barry Jenifer

Dunbar, senior

The 6-foot-6 Jenifer who alternated between forward and center, averaged 16.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. He tallied a season-high 24 points against Forest Park, as Dunbar finished the season with 15 straight wins

Brian Johnson

Mount St. Joseph, junior

The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 11 points, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals. Johnson was clutch in several huge games, including hitting the final free throw in the Gaels' 36-33 win over Spalding in the Catholic League final.

Jamal Smith

Towson Catholic, senior

Headed to Wagner, the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 18.4 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Owls, who lost to eventual champion Mount St. Joseph in the Catholic League semifinals.

Leon Williams

Gibbons, senior

Williams, 6 feet 7, was at the center of Gibbons' return to prominence this season. He averaged 17.8 points and 12.5 rebounds in helping the Crusaders to their best season (27-7) since 1984-85.

THE BOYS

Player of the Year: Will Thomas, Mount St. Joseph

Coach of the Year: Eddie Green, Woodlawn

First team

Name School Class Position

Jermaine Bolden Douglass Senior Guard

Paris Carter Lake Clifton Senior Guard

Chester Frazier Lake Clifton Senior Guard

Lance Fuller Woodlawn Senior Guard

Darnell Harris St. Frances Senior Guard

Nathan Irby Dunbar Junior Guard

Brian Johnson Mt. St. Joseph Junior Guard

Barry Jenifer Dunbar Senior Forward

Jamal Smith Towson Catholic Senior Forward

Will Thomas Mt. St. Joseph Senior Center

Leon Williams Gibbons Senior Center

Second team

Name School Class Position

Velmar Coleman Walbrook Junior Guard

Jereu Green Southern-B Senior Guard

Kenny Hasbrouck Gibbons Senior Guard

Troy Smith Douglass Junior Guard

Edward Tyson Walbrook Senior Guard

Gordon Brown St. Frances Senior Forward

Barry Cornish Lansdowne Senior Forward

Justin Drummond McDonogh Senior Forward

Brett Foelber Gibbons Senior Forward

Antwon Lawrence Mervo Senior Forward

Jason Goode Woodlawn Senior Center

Note: Teams selected by Derek Toney after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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