Finalists for Mr. Basketball & Coach of the Year
GAINESVILLE (March 14) — The nine individual class finalists for the 2017 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball and Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year have been announced following balloting by a statewide panel of high school boys’ basketball coaches and prep media members.
Every finalist was the leading vote-getter in their classification, making each one the Player of the Year or Coach of the Year in their class. The two winners will be announced following a final round of balloting by coaches and media.
Following are the nine finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award (Area winners in bold):
Trent Frazier, Senior, Guard, Wellington, Class 9A Player of the Year
The University of Illinois signee led his team to the state Final Four by averaging 27.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
Jeff Prophete, Senior, Guard, Ft. Lauderdale, Class 8A Player of the Year
The Towson University signee averaged 31.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
Anfernee Simons, Senior, Guard, Edgewater (Orlando), Class 7A Player of the Year
Averaged 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in leading his squad to the Class 7A state championship game. He has committed to play college basketball at the University of Louisville.
Marquez Cooper, Senior, Guard, Anclote, Class 6A Player of the Year
Cooper averaged 23.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game.
Kevin Knox, Senior, Forward, Tampa Catholic, Class 5A Player of the Year
The McDonald’s All-American led his team to the state championship game by averaging 28.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
Chaundee Brown Jr., Senior, Forward, The First Academy (Orlando), Class 4A Player of the Year
The Wake Forest University signee led his squad to the regional finals, averaging 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 87.5 percent at the free throw line.
Amorie Archibald, Senior, Guard, Trinity Christian (Deltona), Class 3A Player of the Year
The Louisiana Tech signee averaged 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.1 steals per game while leading his team to the Class 3A state title game.
Felipe Haase, Senior, Center, Miami Christian, Class 2A Player of the Year
The University of South Carolina signee averaged 19.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in leading his team to the Class 2A state championship.
Darion Wilson, Junior, Guard, Wildwood, Class 1A Player of the Year
Averaged 20.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.2 steals per game in leading his team to the Class 1A state championship game.
Following are the nine finalists for the Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year:
Nathan Alexander, Osceola (Kissimmee), Class 9A Coach of the Year
In his sixth year at the helm, Alexander led his squad to a 30-2 record and the Class 9A state championship after finishing as the Class 7A runnerup in 2015. His overall record is 127-43.
Renaldo Garcia, Sickles (Tampa), Class 8A Coach of the Year
Garcia led his team to a 29-4 record and the Class 8A state championship. The title was the first by a Hillsborough County public school since 1982. In his 15 years at Sickles, Garcia has compiled a 332-104 record with a state runnerup finish in 2010.
Darryl Burrows, Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale), Class 7A Coach of the Year
Burrows led his squad to a 28-4 record and Dillard’s second straight state title. It was the record-tying seventh state championship for Burrows, who became the first coach to win seven titles at one school. In 24 years at Dillard he has compiled a 564-145 record with 10 Final Four appearances.
Sean Campbell, Leesburg, Class 6A Coach of the Year
In his fourth year at Leesburg, Campbell produced a 23-6 record and won the Class 6A state championship. His overall record is 71-32.
Cilk McSweeney, Calvary Christian Academy, Class 5A Coach of the Year
In his fourth year as head coach, McSweeney led his squad to a 24-6 record and the Class 5A state title. He has a career record of 57-45.
Ehren Wallhoff, Westminster Academy, Class 4A Coach of the Year
Wallhoff led his team to a 29-4 record and the Class 4A state title. In 14 years at Westminster, he has an overall record of 275-113, including a state runnerup finish in 2016.
Treig Burke, Orlando Christian Prep, Class 3A Coach of the Year
In his first year at OCP, Burke led his squad to a 26-4 record and the Class 3A state championship.
Juan Cardona, Miami Christian School, Class 2A Coach of the Year
In his first year at Miami Christian led his squad to a 30-2 record and the Class 2A state title. MCS was unbeaten against Florida teams, including wins over state champs Dillard (7A) and Calvary Christian (5A).
Andrew Moten, West Gadsden, Class 1A Coach of the Year
Moten led his squad to a 24-6 record and the Class 1A state title. In seven years at West Gadsden, he has compiled a 153-41 record, including Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013.