Sword, Jones Named 2012 Mr. & Miss Basketball
Craig Sword of Carver-Montgomery and Jasmine Jones of Bob Jones earned the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards Wednesday at the annual Player of the Year luncheon sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.
Sword led Carver to the Class 6A state championship with a 33-point performance in the title game. The 6-foot-3 Mississippi State signee averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Wolverines finished 29-3. The senior was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year and earned first-team all-state honors as a sophomore and junior.
Sword, the Class 6A Player of the Year, leads the ASWA Super Five along with Class 5A Player of the Year Derunnya Wilson of Wenonah, Class 4A Player of the Year Justin Pride of Butler, Jeffery Moss of Class 6A Bob Jones and Class 2A Player of the Year Takwain Whigham of Barbour County. All are seniors except Wilson, who is a junior.
Also earning Player of the Year honors were Class 3A Madison Academy eighth-grader Josh Langford and Class 1A Cedar Bluff junior DeAngelo Hardy.
Jones led Bob Jones to the Class 6A championship game that the Patriots lost to Hoover. The 6-2 Tennessee signee averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots per game for the season. She was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year and selected to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America game.
Jones, also the Class 6A Player of the Year, is a member of the Super Five for the second straight year along with three-time Class 3A Player of the Year and 2011 Miss Basketball Hayden Hamby of West Morgan. Others on the Super Five are Morgan William of Class 6A Shades Valley, Class 5A Player of the Year Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga and Hoover’s Marqu’es Webb, the 2011 Class 4A Player of the Year at Brewbaker Tech.
Jones and Purdue signee Hamby are seniors while William and Thomas are sophomores and Webb a junior.
Other girls selected Player of the Year were two-time Class 4A winner senior Jasmine Steele of Midfield, Class 2A Section senior Taylor Adams, and two-time Class 1A winner senior Alex Gholston of R.A. Hubbard.
The Mr. Basketball award has been selected since 1985 and the Miss Basketball honor since 1988.
Mr. Basketball voting totals: Craig Sword 105, Derunnya Wilson 63, Justin Pride 58, Jeffery Moss 39, Takwain Whigham 29.
Miss Basketball voting totals: Jasmine Jones 108, Hayden Hamby 66, Morgan William 57, Shakayla Thomas 55, Marques Webb 30.