Austin Brewer named Player of the Year
by PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer
Tug Valley first team All-State selection Austin Brewer leads the voting for the 2013 Williamson Daily News All-Area boys’ basketball team.
Brewer is the WDN Player of the Year. He was also a nominee for the West Virginia Player of the Year.
Brewer, a 6-3 senior, averaged 15 points per game and also dished out about seven assists for the Class A state championship Panthers.
“I think he was definitely one of the top five players in the state,” said Tug Valley coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson. “I think he was the best player in the state.”
His longtime teammates, seniors Mikey Newsome and Aaron Muncy, were both voted to the first team.
Newsome, a 5-10 guard, was a first team All-State selection. He averaged 18 points per game and was known for his long distance shooting.
Muncy, a 5-8 guard, had a career high 21 points in the state finals against Charleston Catholic. He was also known as the Panther’s defensive stopper. He averages nine points per game.
All three senior guards made the Class A all-tourney team in Charleston. Brewer and Newsome are repeat members of last year’s All-Area squad.
Mingo Central senior point guard Austin Banks, another All-State selection in Class AA, was also voted on the first team.
Banks averaged about 17 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals a game, according to first year Miners head coach Brad Napier.
His teammate, Alex Lee, a 6-2 forward, also made the first team. Lee averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game. Napier says Lee will be a key returner next season for the Miners.
Belfry bruiser Tony Messer, a 6-5 senior, made the first team again this season. He averaged a double-double for coach Randy Casey. Messer scored 19 points a game and pulled down 12 rebounds per contest for the Pirates.
Messer is going to Eastern Kentucky University on a football scholarship.
His teammate, senior guard Brett Charles, caps off the first team. Charles, a 6-0 guard, fired in 14 points per game and also grabbed about five boards each game. Charles was also one of Belfry’s best 3-point shooters.
There are several talented players on the WDN Second Team.
They include Mingo Central 6-6 senior center Marqus Cunningham. Cunningham, son of former Matewan and Marshall University star Melvin Cunningham, averaged about 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Tug Valley junior Thomas Baisden, a 6-1 senior forward, averaged 12 points per game and eight rebounds per game.
Josh Robinson, a senior point guard for the Belfry Pirates, was named to the 2nd team. Robinson fired in 13 points per game and dished out five assists for BHS. Robinson was also known as a dependable outside shooter.
Mingo Central junior guard Julius Hatcher IV was voted to the second team. Hatcher led the Miners in 3-point shooting. He was their most consistent outside shooter, according to coach Napier. Hatcher made 48 3-pointers this past season and had one of his best games in the Class AA sectional against Scott. He led MCHS in 3-point field goal percentage.
Belfry senior guard Sean Hurley rounds out the 2nd team. Hurley was a dependable 3-point shooter for the Pirates. He was also a steady defender and helped Belfry win the district championship this year.
WDN All-Area First Team:
Austin Brewer, Sr. guard, Tug Valley, Player of the Year
Mikey Newsome, Sr. guard, Tug Valley
Austin Banks, Sr. guard, Mingo Central
Tony Messer, Sr. center, Belfry
Alex Lee, Jr. forward, Mingo Central
Aaron Muncy, Sr. guard Tug Valley
Brett Charles, Sr. guard, Belfry
Marqus Cunningham, Sr. center, Mingo Central, Captain
Thomas Baisden, Jr. forward, Tug Valley
Sean Hurley, Sr. guard, Belfry
Julius Hatcher, Jr. guard, Mingo Central
Josh Robinson, Sr. guard, Belfry
Zack Avina, Sr. forward, Phelps
Honorable Mention List:
Corey Dillon and Hayden Sturgell, Tug Valley; Garth Simpkins, Mingo Central; Nick West, Belfry; Davon Smith, Phelps.
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