2013 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball.

America’s longest-running program recognizing excellence in high school athletics

Joel Berry of Lake Highland Prep Named 2013 Mr. Basketball

GAINESVILLE (April 9) – Junior guard Joel Berry of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando has been named the 2013 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball following a final round of voting by a statewide panel of high school basketball coaches and media representatives.

One year after Berry, a North Carolina verbal commitment and the 2012 Mr. Basketball, became the first sophomore to win the prestigious award, he joins a select group that includes Chris Corchiani of Hialeah Miami Lakes (1986-87), Steve Edwards of Miami Senior (1991-92), Nick Calathes of Winter Park Lake Howell (2006-07) and Brandon Knight of Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (2009-10) as a two-time winner.

Berry, the Class 4A Player of the Year for the second straight year, averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game in leading the Highlanders to a 24-5 record and their first state championship. Despite missing eight games early in the season with a knee injury – a span in which his team went 3-5 – Berry returned to the lineup and led LHP to 16 straight wins, capped by winning the state title. With him in the lineup, the Highlanders were undefeated (21-0) on the season.

Berry finished this year’s voting with 184 points, withstanding a strong challenge from Class 1A Player of the Year Chris Walker, a 6-10 senior who led Holmes County to its first state championship in school history. The Florida signee and McDonald’s All-American finished as the runner-up with 170 points in one of the closest races in the award’s storied history.

Class 8A POY RaShawn Powell, a senior guard and Memphis signee from Orlando Dr. Phillips, was third with 115 points, while junior guard Grayson Allen, the Class 3A POY from state champion Jacksonville Providence, was fourth with 102 points. Rounding out the voting were Bartow senior Chris Perry, a USF signee and Class 7A POY (69); senior Erik Thomas from Wesley Chapel, the Class 5A POY (67); senior Ivan Canete, the Class 2A POY from state champ Boca Raton Grandview Prep (56); and Class 6A POY Zachary Johnson, a junior from state champ Miami Norland (37).

The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This is the 21st year of these unique awards, and we are honoring the state’s top athletes and coaches in all 30 FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

2013 FINAL VOTING RESULTS (Note: Points awarded on a 10-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
Joel Berry 11 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 184
Chris Walker 9 6 4 2 1 0 0 0 170
RaShawn Powell 1 2 9 4 2 3 0 0 115
Grayson Allen 3 5 3 1 2 0 2 2 102
Chris Perry 0 2 1 4 2 3 6 0 69
Erik Thomas 1 0 2 1 5 5 2 1 67
Ivan Canete 0 1 3 1 1 4 3 4 56
Zachary Johnson 0 0 2 1 2 0 2 8 37

Past Mr. Basketball Winners:
1983 – Frank Ford, Kissimmee Osceola
1984 – Vernon Maxwell, Gainesville Buchholz
1985 – Toney Mack, Brandon
1986 – Chris Corchiani, Hialeah Miami Lakes
1987 – Chris Corchiani, Hialeah Miami Lakes
1988 – Johnny Walker, Quincy Shanks
1989 – Douglas Edwards, Miami Senior
1990 – Clifford Rozier, Bradenton Southeast
1991 – Steve Edwards, Miami Senior
1992 – Steve Edwards, Miami Senior
1993 – James Collins, Jacksonville Jackson
1994 – LeRon Williams, Bradenton Southeast
1995 – Vince Carter, Daytona Beach Mainland
1996 – Luke Barnes, South Miami
1997 – Jason Pryor, Fort Walton Beach
1998 – Teddy Dupay, Cape Coral Mariner
1999 – Casey Sanders, Tampa Plant
2000 – Orien Greene, Gainesville
2001 – Adrian McPherson, Bradenton Southeast
2002 – Amare Stoudemire, Orlando Cypress Creek
2003 – Chris Richard, Lakeland Kathleen
2004 – Darius Washington, Orlando Edgewater
2005 – Keith Brumbaugh, Deland
2006 – Nick Calathes, Winter Park Lake Howell
2007 – Nick Calathes, Winter Park Lake Howell
2008 – Ray Shipman, Monsignor Pace
2009 – Brandon Knight, Ft. Lauderdale Pine Crest
2010 – Brandon Knight, Ft. Lauderdale Pine Crest
2011 – Austin Rivers, Winter Park High School
2012 – Joel Berry, Lake Highland Preparatory
Note: Award was sponsored by Florida Sports News, Inc., from 1983 to 1992