2013 Boys Basketball All-Area: First-team profiles

Posted: Mar. 24, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 12:15 am

Here are the 2013 Herald-Whig boys basketball all-area first-team profiles:

Lane Davis
Forward º 6-foot-4 º Junior

By the numbers: The first-team All-West Central Conference pick and MVP of the MVIT shot 56 percent from the field while averaging 13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists as the Mustangs made a run to the Class 1A sectional championship game.

The last word: "Lane was an emerging talent for us on the block this season." -- Unity coach Keith Carothers

Alex Fitch
Forward º 6-foot-3 º Senior
Quincy Notre Dame

By the numbers: Fitch finished his career seventh on the Raiders' all-time scoring list with 1,254 points after a dominant senior season. He led QND in scoring 22 times in 29 games, averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

The last word: "Alex is a great teammate. He's also not afraid to tell you something if you need to hear something and do anything for you." -- QND coach Scott Douglas

Brody Gronewold
Guard º 6-foot-2 º Senior
Illini West

By the numbers: Gronewold received honorable mention all-state honors from the Associated Press after averaging 20.5 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals per game. He earned all-tournament honors at the Macomb Western Holiday Tournament.

The last word: "We leaned heavily on Brody and he responded with a great season." -- Illini West coach John Hughs


Paxton Harmon
Forward º 6-foot-5 º Senior
West Hancock

By the numbers: An IBCA first-team all-state selection and an Associated Press second-team all-state pick, Harmon did it all. The Herald-Whig Player of the Year averaged 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and scored a career-high 43 points in his final game.

The last word: "His willingness to pass the ball made us the team we were." -- West Hancock coach Reno Pinkston


Cody Hildebrand
Guard º 6-foot º Junior
Payson Seymour

By the numbers: Hildebrand opened the season with a 41-point effort and didn't stop scoring, averaging 21.2 points as the Indians won a sectional championship for the first time in school history. He also averaged 3.2 assists per game.

The last word: "His love of the game, respect for his teammates and on/off floor leadership make him a great all-around player and person." -- Payson Seymour coach Brian Rea

Garrett Jarman
Guard º 6-foot-2 º Senior
Mark Twain

By the numbers: Jarman was named the Clarence Cannon Conference Player of the Year as he again showed he was one of the toughest players to defend. He averaged 19.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. He shot 82 percent from the free-throw line and knocked down 52 3-pointers.

The last word: "He has the ability to do everything on the court." -- Mark Twain coach Chad Reading


Martin Kvitle
Guard º 6-foot-3 º Senior

By the numbers: Kvitle shouldered the responsibility of being the Blue Devils' primary ball-handler and scorer, averaging 16.4 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while earning All-Western Big Six Conference honors. He got to the free-throw line 198 times.

The last word: "Martin refused to give in and always was there to make plays for us in the fourth quarter." -- Quincy coach Sean Taylor


Tyler Niemann
Guard º 6-foot-2 º Junior

By the numbers: The Tigers went 27-2 and reached the Class 2 state quarterfinals because of a dynamic offense spearheaded by Niemann. The MBCA all-stater averaged 12.3 points, 6.7 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals while shooting 75 percent from the line.

The last word: "Tyler does a lot of things for our team and is the trigger man on our fast break." -- Canton coach Andy Anderson


Dalton Powell
Guard º 6-foot-3 º Senior

By the numbers: The Pirates went through a rebuilding season with a young team, leaving Powell to be a leader. He blossomed, averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while earning first-team All-North Central Missouri Conference honors.

The last word: "He's a huge piece of what we do and has developed into a leader." -- Hannibal coach Matt Pugh


Derick Smith
Forward º 6-foot-2 º Senior

By the numbers: The All-Clarence Cannon Conference pick and Missouri Basketball Coaches Association all-stater was dynamic at both ends of the floor. He averaged 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 2.1 assists as the Cougars won a district championship.

The last word: "He could play any position on the court and make any play needed in a big spot." -- Highland coach Brian Leeser


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