These are the 12 nominees for the Herald-Tribune’s 2021-22 Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte High School Sports Awards to be held in Sarasota in May. The winner will be announced at the show. More details about the program are coming soon. The show is produced with support from Lakewood Ranch.
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During the live show, these nominees will be honored along with the Player of the Year. All official nominees can receive a free ticket. Check back soon for information on how to RSVP.
The Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte High School Sports Awards show is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.
ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
MATTHEW ABLE, Parrish Community High, freshman
He averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game for the Bulls.
JADEN BAKER, Bradenton Christian School, sophomore
He averaged 15.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game for the Panthers.
KARMANI GREGORY, Southeast High, senior
He averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Seminoles.
BRIAN HERSCHBERGER, Sarasota Christian School, senior
He averaged 13.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Blazers.
DYLAN HIGGINS, Cardinal Mooney Catholic School, sophomore
He averaged 15.8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game for the Cougars.
JASON JACKSON, Riverview High, junior
He averaged 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2 steals per game for the Rams.
JA’MIER JONES, Riverview High, freshman
He averaged 20.1 points, 5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Rams.
ANDRES JUNGE, Lakewood Ranch High, senior
He averaged 17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Mustangs.
ALEX PERRY, Port Charlotte High, senior
He averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Pirates. He also set the school record for most points in a game with 49 against DeSoto County.
JAYSHON PLATT, Venice High, senior
He averaged 13 points, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
DUKE TIMMONS, Palmetto High, senior
He averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game for the Tigers.
DJ WOODS, Charlotte High, senior
He averaged 15.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game for the Tarpons.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
SCOTT TOWNSEND, Bradenton Christian School
He guided the Panthers to a 24-6 record and a spot in the Class 2A-Region 3 final.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
At the conclusion of each high school season, the Herald-Tribune sends the area athletic directors a nomination form for coaches to select and rank players for our All-Area teams. A combination of Herald-Tribune research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected. An athlete of the year for each sport will be announced at the Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Area High School Sports Awards show.
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Boys basketball: Meet the Herald-Tribune’s 2021-2022 All-Area team