O.D. Wyatt went 14-0 in conference play,
beat Mansfield Legacy 62-45 in the
first round of the state playoffs, then fell in a
heartbreaker to The Colony, 56-52. The Chaparrals
were busting at the seams with underclassmen,
and for his work with the young squad, DeMarqus
James was named District 6-5A Coach of the Year
for the second year running.
“To be voted on by my peers as Coach of the
Year the last two seasons is the ultimate sign of
respect for me. It means we are doing something
right,” said James. “We try to prepare these guys
off the court as well as on the court for success.
Hopefully we are doing a great job of that.”
The Chaparrals were led by Co-MVP of the
district DeCorian Clark, who scored 18 points and
snagged 12 rebounds per contest. The 6-3 Clark,
who goes by “JT,” is now snagging passes as a wide
receiver at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
“Man, we are gonna miss JT! He’s one of those
special athletes that you don’t get to coach often,”
James said. “JT was phenomenal in four sports
throughout his high school career. For us, he
was high energy all the time, tracked down the
basketball wherever it was, rebounded everything
in sight and just made plays for us with his
toughness and relentlessness. We can’t replace
a player like him, and I expect him to do well at
UTSA and get a shot at the NFL.”
The Chaparrals also will look to replace alldistrict
player Kendrick Brown, who is now playing
for Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. As if
the Chaparrals didn’t have enough talent already,
they missed the services of Dominic Williams,
who was sidelined for his senior year due to injury.
But Williams had already shown enough to earn a
spot at California State University San Bernardino.
The other team to record a win in the state
playoffs, Robert Hughes’ Dunbar Wildcats, went
10-1 in conference and defeated North Hills
Prep 83-53 before falling in the second round to
Wilmer-Hutchins 94-63. Hughes and his assistants
were named Co-Coaching Staff of the Year
for District 9-4A.
The Wildcats were propelled by 6-1 point guard
Jeremiah Keys, who will play this season at Paris
Junior College. Keys was named the district’s
Offensive Player of the Year. Two other seniors —
Christopher George and Da’quan Coleman — were
named first team all-district players.
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Despite a 13-16 record, Arlington Heights
advanced to the state playoffs in its final
season under coach Jon Wagner, where the
season was ended by eventual state champion
Yellowjackets senior Jeremiah Smith provided
leadership en route to second team all-district
6-5A honors. Carlton Coleman averaged eight
points per contest and his rugged athleticism
earned him a spot on the district second team
as well. Nick Leonard added 11 points per game.
South Hills qualified for the state playoffs for
the first time in 18 years, and just the second
time in school history. The Scorpions lost a
heartbreaker to Crowley 79-77 in the opening round
of the playoffs.
South Hills coach Drew Bell rode the guard
tandem of Anthony Watkins and Ke’Vion Kellum
to a 17-17 record, including an 11-3 mark in district
play. The 6-0 Watkins, the co-MVP of District
6-5A, is now a defensive back at the University
of Missouri. Kellum was accorded district first
team honors, while fellow senior Eric Smith and
junior Jordan Averhart were second team picks.
Lance Harper’s Southwest Raiders were also
guided by seniors to the state playoffs. The
- DEMARQUS JAMES