Monday, April 21, 2014

Concord Robinson's Lavar Batts, Concord's Ty-Shon Alexander earn national basketball honor

Freshman boys basketball players Lavar Batts and Ty-Shon Alexander have made the MaxPreps freshman All-America team.

Batts, a point guard at Concord Robinson, and Alexander, a wing at Concord, made the honorable mention team and were the only Observer-area players to make the national team.

Batts led Robinson in scoring at 16.9 points per game. Alexander averaged 16 points and six assists for Concord.

Mullins (S.C.) guard Jalek Felton, nephew of former North Carolina Tar Heel national champion Raymond Felton, made second team. Felton is a 6-2 guard. And Jatarious Smith, a 6-4 wing from Fayetteville, also made honorable mention.


FIRST TEAM

Zachariah Brown, Miami Beach (Fla.)
7-0 | 255 | Center

Michael Porter, Father Tolton (Columbia, Mo.)
6-5 | 185 | Guard

* Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-8 | 220 | Forward

Jarred Vanderbilt, Victory Prep (Houston)
6-7 | 195 | Guard-Forward

James "M.J." Walker Jr., Jonesboro (Ga.)
6-5 | 190 | Guard-Forward

* National Freshman of the Year.

SECOND TEAM

Mitch Ballock, Eudora (Kan.)
6-5 | 190 | Guard-Forward

Troy Brown, Centennial (Las Vegas)
6-5 | 180 | Guard

Matt Coleman, Maury (Norfolk, Va.)
6-1 | 160 | Guard

Jalek Felton, Mullins (S.C.)
6-2 | 170 | Guard

Markus Howard, Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)
5-10 | 155 | Guard

THIRD TEAM

Jordan Goodwin, Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Ill.)
6-3 | 190 | Guard

Damari Milstead, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
6-1 | 165 | Guard

Marcus Shaver, St. Mary's (Phoenix)
6-1 | 155 | Guard

P.J. Washington, Prime Prep (Dallas)
6-7 | 205 | Forward

Austin Wiley, Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
6-8 | 210 | Center

HONORABLE MENTION

LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
6-3 | 175 | Guard

Ty-Shon Alexander, Concord (N.C.)
6-3 | 165 | Guard

Lavar Batts, Robinson (Concord, N.C.)
6-1 | 170 | Guard

Brian Bowen, Arthur Hill (Saginaw, Mich.)
6-6 | 175 | Guard-Forward

P.J. Horne, Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
6-4 | 195 | Guard-Forward

Jamal Johnson, Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
6-4 | 175 | Guard

Ira Lee, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
6-7 | 225 | Forward

Jatarious Smith, E.E. Smith (Fayetteville, N.C.)
6-4 | 185 | Guard-Forward

Jordan Tucker, White Plains (N.Y.)
6-6 | 190 | Guard-Forward

Leondre Washington Jr., Teaneck (N.J.)

5-9 | 145 | Guard

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