Seniors headline Times-Journal basketball player of year finalists

Published 7:15 am Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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Seniors dominate The Selma Times-Journal boys and girls basketball players of the year finalists.

Dallas County’s Darrius Ellis, Jarvis Moss of Selma High, Tae Spears of Southside, Morgan Academy’s Chris Gardner and Tommy Tisdale III are the finalists for boys’ player of the year. Spears is the only junior in the group. Tisdale is only a freshman, but averaged 22 points against schools in Dallas County.

Selma High’s Aeraeonna Manuel, Patricia Peoples of Meadowview Christian School, Bailey Brown of Morgan Academy, Dallas County’s Kim’Misha McGee and Southside’s Jakeria Robinson are the girls’ players of the year finalists.

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Ellis and Moss both were selected in the state All-Star basketball game last year. Ellis averaged 18 points and nine assists a game. Moss averaged 20 points and four assists.

Gardner averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists and played in the AISA All-Star game. Spears averaged 14 points. Tisdale averaged 17 points and six rebounds.

On the girls’ side, Manuel averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game for the ninth-ranked Lady Saints.

The 6-foot-2 Peoples was more of a defensive presence, averaging nine points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. She also played in the AISA All-Star game.

Robinson averaged 10.8 points and five rebounds. Brown averaged 15 points and five rebounds.

The players of the year and coaches of the year along with the All Dallas County basketball teams will be announced later this month.