MONTGOMERY – Seniors John Petty of Huntsville’s Mae Jemison High School and Bianca Jackson of Montgomery’s Brewbaker Tech were named Mr. and Miss Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association 2017 Player of the Year luncheon Tuesday.
The awards were presented by Carol Golsan, senior vice president of marketing services for AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA Insurance, and selected by the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State Committee comprised of member sportswriters from across the state. The luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
The ASWA has chosen Mr. Basketball every year since 1983 and Miss Basketball annually since 1988. The awards are presented to the boy and girl selected as the state’s top high school basketball players as determined by the ASWA.
Petty, who was also named Mr. Basketball in 2016, became just the third player to be named Mr. Basketball twice in the award’s 35-year history. Trevor Lacey of Huntsville-Butler won the award in 2010 and 2011 and Ronald Steele of Birmingham’s John Carroll Catholic captured the award in 2003 and 2004.
The Alabama signee led Jemison -- a first-year school -- to the Class 5A state championship in 2017, averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Jaguars, coached by Jack Doss, finished 33-4. He was named the state-tournament MVP for the third straight year. The Alabama signee led J.O. Johnson, a school closed last summer and also coached by Doss, to state titles in 2015 and 2016. He also captured was named Class 5A Player of the Year for the third time, becoming just the 12th player in AHSAA history to win at least three player-of-the-year awards.
Jackson, the daughter of Alabama State University men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson and ASU women’s basketball coach Frieda Freeman-Jackson, averaged 24.8 points per game as a senior and finished her Brewbaker Tech career with 2,177 points. She signed last November with reigning NCAA national champion South Carolina. Jackson also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists to help the Rams reach at least 18 wins for an eighth straight season. She helped Brewbaker Tech, coached by Cynthia Thompson, to a 19-9 record in 2017.
Jackson recorded three triple-doubles, including a single-game record 58-point outburst versus Greenville in January that tied for fifth highest scoring effort in AHSAA history. She also had 12 rebounds and 10 assists that win.
Both Petty and Jackson were four-time first-team All-State players in their prep careers. Petty was just the sixth boy and Jackson the 18th girl in ASWA history to be at least a four-time first-teamer.
ASWA Boys’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (7A); Alex Reese, Pelham (6A); John Petty, Mae Jemison (5A); Herb Jones, Hale County (4A); Shy Cunningham, Midfield (3A); Anquaevious Pollard, LaFayette (2A); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic (1A); Artavious Billups, Macon-East (AISA).
ASWA Girls’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Haley Troup, Gadsden City (7A); Ajah Wayne, Homewood (6A); Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech (5A); Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley (4A); Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County (3A); Kirstin Brown, Tanner (2A); River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (1A); Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, Springwood (AISA).
The top five vote-getters in the Mr. and Miss Basketball balloting were named to the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team. Petty received all 13 first-place votes to headline the boys’ squad. Jackson received nine of the 14 first-place votes cast to headline the girls’ squad. Ajah Wayne of Homewood and Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson received two votes each and Unique Thompson of Faith Academy received the other first-place vote.
ASWA SUPER 5 TEAM
John Petty, Mae Jemison; Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; Alex Reese, Pelham; Herb Jones, Hale County; Diante Wood, Sacred Heart.
Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Unique Thompson, Faith Academy; Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; Ajah Wayne, Homewood; Haley Troup, Gadsden City.
MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1988-2017)
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1983-2017)
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham