The talent pool for high school basketball in DeKalb County has been deep for a long time. And with four state champions and a runner up this past season, many players were put in the state and national spotlight.
Several players who performed well in the state title games highlight The Champion’s 2009-10 All-DeKalb County basketball team.
Here is a look at The Champion’s top 10 boys and girls players in the county.
G Kayla Lewis, Southwest DeKalb, 6-0, Sr. (Player of the Year)
The University of Florida signee is one of the best shooters in the state, averaging 14.6 points per game and connecting on 53 percent of her field goal attempts. Quickness and aggressiveness on both ends of the court helped Lewis stand out on a team that won its third straight state title.
G Chancie Dunn, Southwest DeKalb, 5-8, Sr.
The Clemson University signee led the county in free throw shooting and shot 54 percent from the field. She could take over a game if opponents paid too much attention to Lewis or if Lewis got into foul trouble, as was the case in the state title game.
C Akila McDonald, Columbia, 6-4, Sr.
McDonald, who has signed with the University of South Florida, led the county with 81 blocks on the season and averaged 8.3 rebounds per game. She had a season-high 22 blocks against Carver Atlanta.
G Zuri Frost, Columbia, 5-3, Soph.
Frost developed into a solid leader on the court and was instrumental in bringing the Eagles their first girls state basketball title. She averaged 12.4 points per game and was second in the county with 4.6 steals per game.
G Williesha Spencer, McNair, 5-2, Sr.
The transfer from New York made a huge impact in her only season at McNair. Spencer led the county in scoring (21.2 points per game), steals (6.5 per game) and 3-point shooting (45 percent). She also helped turn around a struggling program, as the Wolverines’ 17-5 record was their first winning season since 1992.
G Alisha Andrews, Redan, 4-11, Sr.
The feisty point guard has a profound court-sense and can do amazing things with a basketball. Andrews led the county in assists (6.0 per game) and averaged 14 points (tops for the Raiders) and 4.3 steals per game. She had a season-high of 32 points against Stephenson.
C Nia Evans, Redan, 6-0, Sr.
The Virginia Tech signee was a dominant force close to the basket for the Raiders, who lost in the Class AAAAA title game to end a 58-game winning streak. She shot 52 percent from the field while averaging 11.6 points per game.
F Aneesah Daniels, Redan, 6-0, Jr.
An integral part of the Raiders strong inside game, Daniels led the team with 10.6 rebounds per game and scored 12.4 points per game. She had a 20-rebound effort against Douglass.
F Serena Clark, Tucker, 6-1, Sr.
The Clemson University signee passed the 1,000-point mark for her career this past season. Clark was among the top scorers (17 points per game) and rebounders (10.9 per game) and led the county shooting 54 percent from the field.
F Jasmine Camp, Chamblee, 5-6, Jr.
Quickness with or without the ball is one of the main strengths of the Bulldogs’ playmaker. She also averaged 13.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, and scored 20 or more points in a game four times.
F Jershon Cobb, Columbia, 6-4, Sr.
(Player of the Year)
The Northwestern signee is a well-rounded athlete and a tireless worker, and it shows on the court. Cobb averaged 18.8 points per game. He scored 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in the state championship game. An accurate shooter, Cobb shot 53 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
C Donte Williams, Miller Grove, 6-8, Sr.
Consistency is the name of the game for Williams, who helped the Wolverines win their second straight state title with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 10.3 rebounds per game and was second in the county with 125 blocks.
G Langston Hall, Chamblee, 6-4, Sr.
The Mercer University signee is the prototype all-around player. Hall is a good shooter and better ball-handler, and was the floor leader for the Bulldogs. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists per game, and led the county in 3-point shooting percentage.
G David Mason, Chamblee, 6-5, Sr.
Mason is one of the best pure shooters in the area and led the county in scoring at 22.8 points per game. He made 55 percent of his field goal attempts and scored 30 or more points in six games last season.
F Kash Manzelli, Marist 6-3, Sr.
The War Eagles’ floor leader, Manzelli scored a school-record 48 points in a loss to Hillgrove in the 6-AAAA tournament and averaged 22.6 points per game. He scored in double figures in all but one game and had nine double-doubles.
G Sheldon Strickland, Lakeside, 6-4, Sr.
Known as much for his defense as his offense, Strickland led the county in steals (106) and was second to Mason in scoring average (20.3 points per game).
G Adarius Fulton, Miller Grove, 6-0, Sr.
Fulton was the motor that made the Wolverines go. Fulton was a dangerous shooter from long-range and could turn a game with one shot. He made 57 percent of his long-range shots, good enough for second-best in the county.
C William Goodwin, Southwest DeKalb, 6-8, Soph.
Goodwin dominated close to the basket and made life difficult for opposing teams in the lane. He led the county with 138 blocked shots (5.8 per game) and rebounds (11.1 per game). Goodwin had 10 or more blocks in four games.
G Trumon Jefferson, Decatur, 5-10, Jr.
A clutch playmaker who helped the Bulldogs advance to the Class AA state playoffs, Jefferson averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game. He also averaged six assists and five steals per contest.
G Shaqui Byrd, Stone Mountain, 6-2, Sr.
Byrd averaged 17.5 points per game and proved to be one of the better shooters in the county. He made 44 percent of his 3-point shots. Byrd’s 37 points against Chattahoochee was the highest single-game point total among public school players in the county. He also averaged 2.8 steals per game.