Guard: Jamicah Humphrey, Tallassee sophomore
Humphrey had a lot of pressure on him to start the season, taking over the starting point guard spot from Travon Skipper after Tallassee won the area championship in 2018. The Tigers moved to Class 5A and needed production from their new point guard. Humphrey provided that and more, leading the team with 14.4 points to go with 5.8 assists per game. He made 47 3-pointers and reached double figures in 20 in 27 games on the court.
“After losing Travon, that position was a big question mark for us,” Tallassee coach Keiven Mixson said. “He played as well as I could have expected him to. We certainly do not get as many wins as we did without him.”
Guard: Robert Stewart, Edgewood junior
Stewart’s numbers will not jump off the sheet but he was a big factor for bringing a state title to the Wildcats. Over the last seven games of the season, he averaged 15.3 points per game and took home the AISA State Tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. He made 43 3-pointers during the season and averaged 11.6 points per game across 27 games. Stewart also added 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
“He did a great job coming on this year,” Edgewood coach Darryl Free said. “He’s the kind of player you can keep on the floor for a lot of minutes. He was a great tool on both sides of the ball for us all season.”
Guard: Tyquan Rawls, Wetumpka junior
Rawls was always expected to be one of the leaders for Wetumpka this season. Before he made it to the court, the Indians started the season just 1-6. However, in the 22 games Rawls played in, Wetumpka went 11-11. He led the team with 17.5 points per game, including a 41-point performance in a win over Jemison. Rawls also led Wetumpka with 63 made 3-pointers and 70 steals.
“Going into this year, we knew he could be a top scorer,” Wetumpka coach Derrick Powell said. “We just didn’t know he would come in with the tenacity he did. He’s a pure shooter and his basketball IQ makes it easier for him to score.”
Forward: Drake Baker, Holtville junior
Prior to the start of the basketball season, Baker’s status was unknown after a surgery on his right elbow. However, he did not miss a game and led the Bulldogs to 10-plus wins for the third consecutive season. Baker packed the stat sheet every night, averaging 17.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He also added 2.7 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game.
“When you have a guy like that, you want to build around him,” Holtville coach Michael Collins said. “We’ve been trying to do that since he was a ninth grader. There’s just something about him on the court. There are some situations you just look at him and he’s unguardable.”
Forward: Jahsan Upshaw, Stanhope Elmore senior
Basketball fans around the county had seen Upshaw’s potential in spurts over his high school career but he put it all together for his senior season. He led Stanhope with 13.3 points per game, taking the Mustangs into the sub-regional round for the second time in the last six years. Upshaw grabbed 8.7 rebounds per game and recorded 11 double-doubles in 29 games. He also averaged 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.
“He really exceeded my expectations this season,” Stanhope coach Terry Hardy said. “He grew up a lot from last year. He lived up to his potential and played hard for us. He was more focused on helping the team this year.”
Honorable Mention: C.J. Wright, Sr., G, Stanhope Elmore; Dajon Reeves, Sr., G, Holtville; DJ Patrick, Sr., G, Elmore County; Seth Johnson, Jr., F, Wetumpka; Jackson Welch, So., F, Edgewood