Several coverage area players made their presence known on the basketball court this winter by stuffing the stat sheets and helping their teams rack up the wins. Here’s a look at the players that stood out the most and earned a place on The Ledger Independent’s All-Area Basketball Teams.
Leevi Dunaway, Mason County: Dunaway was the only Royal to appear in all 31 games this season, averaging a team-high 19.9 points per game. He shot 43.5 percent from the field and over 30 percent from beyond the arc. He also did damage from the foul line, getting there 240 times for 17-14 Mason County and hitting 77.1 percent of those shots. He was also second on the top rebounding team in the state, bringing down 5.5 boards per game.
Noah Pack, Georgetown: The junior led the G-Men to an undefeated season in Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference play, claimed SBAAC Co-Player of the Year honors in the National Division and was First-Team All-District. Pack averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game for Georgetown, who finished the season with a 15-8 record. His 15 rebounds per game were the most in the Cincinnati-area.
Tanner Arey, Peebles: Arey led Peebles to their second-ever regional final and first since 1974 with his 22.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He shot over 50 percent from the field, over 82 percent from the free throw line and nearly 48 percent from 3-point range. He’s also earned Southern Hills Athletic Conference All-League honors, was named the SHAC Player of the Year, was named to the District 14 First-Team, was the District 14 Player of the Year and was selected as an alternate in the North-South All-Star game.
Josh Crump, Fleming County: The senior led the Panthers in scoring with 17.4 points per game and posted some huge nights, including a 42-point performance against Harrison County that landed him fourth on the school’s single-game scoring list. Crump shot nearly 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds per game, tying the best mark on the team.
Tay Offut, Lewis County: Offut was the leading scorer and rebounder on a Lewis County team that claimed the Lions’ first Eastern Kentucky Conference title since 1956. The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. His 35 points and 15 rebounds against Russell in the 63rd District semifinals helped Lewis County to the 16th Region Tournament after a one-year absence.
Brevin Jones, St. Patrick: After suffering a knee injury in the first game of the 2016-2017 season and missing the entire year, the St. Patrick senior came back to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.6 and 7.0 per game, respectively. Jones shot over 41 percent from the field and from beyond the arc. His three 3-pointers per game landed him in the top-20 in the state.
Jaylen Lofton, Mason County: The junior stuffed the stat sheet most nights for the Royals. He averaged 11.4 points per game, shooting nearly 40 percent from the field. The 5-foot-11 guard also brought down 7.3 rebounds per game, the most for a Mason County team that led the state in rebounding.
Bostin Robinson, Peebles: Robinson was part of a dynamic duo that led Peebles to the Southeast Division IV regional final this season. He averaged 18.5 points while shooting over 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. He also grabbed 4.5 rebounds, dished out 1.7 assists and recorded 1.9 steals per game on the way to SHAC All-League, Holiday Tournament and District 14 Second Team honors.
Elijah McCarty, West Union: The West Union senior led the team to the top of the SHAC Division I standings after being picked to finish last. McCarty averaged 14.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Alex Schalch, Robertson County: Schalch’s 16.3 points led a Black Devils’ team that finished 16th in the state in scoring with 72.7 points per game. The 6-foot-4 sophomore center shot 51.5 percent from the field and grabbed a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. He was an instrumental part in Robertson County’s run to the school’s first-ever 10th Region All “A” Classic title, which included a 20-point, 20-rebound game against Nicholas County in the tournament quarterfinals.
Mason Burden, Robertson County: After leading the Black Devils in scoring the last two years, the Robertson County senior took on a different role this season with more offensive weapons, but still managed to record 13.8 points per game, the second highest on the team. Burden shot nearly 44 percent from the field and made over 80 percent of the 151 free throws he attempted. The senior crossed the 2,000-point mark in a Dec. 29 game against Menifee County and finished with a team-high 20 points against Augusta in the 10th Region All “A” Classic semifinals, before the team claimed the first title in school history. Burden also brought down 4.4 rebounds per game.
Jaki Royal, Ripley: Royal flew a balanced Blue Jay team to the Southwest Division IV regional semifinals with a team-high 9.3 points and 3.2 assists per game. He was also second on the team in rebounding with 3.5 per game and steals with 1.5 per game. The junior was also named to the SHAC All-League team this season.
Logan Doss, Georgetown: The Georgetown senior was the second-leading scorer on a team that went undefeated in SBAAC play this season, averaging 14 points per game while also dishing out 2.5 assists per game, the second-most on the team. Doss was the G-Men’s Defensive Player of the Year, collecting two steals per game while matching up with the top players for opposing teams.
Trey Deaton, Bracken County: Deaton led Bracken County to their second straight trip to the 10th Region Tournament with his 9.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The senior shot nearly 56 percent from the field and over 30 percent from 3-point range.
Jaden Campbell, Fleming County: Campbell appeared in 25 games before being forced to the bench with a season-ending knee injury. In those 25 games, the senior averaged 10.9 points per game while shooting over 41 percent from the field. He also brought down 6.1 rebounds per game, tied for the most on the team.
Honorable Mentions: Jamie Combs (Manchester), Shaun Gold (Manchester), Ryan Rothwell (West Union), Marcus Hamilton (Eastern), Hunter Ruckel (Eastern), Malkolm Devine (Mason County), Isaiah Garrison (St. Patrick), Ben Swolsky (St. Patrick), Sebastian Dixon (Robertson County), Austin Eichenberger (Augusta), Stephen Cordle (Augusta), Tad Fisher (Bracken County), Sam O’Keefe (Lewis County), Ryan Harney (Ripley), Landon Rigdon (Ripley)