Dallas County’s Lee, Sylacauga’s Thomas

Named 2014 Mr. Basketball, Miss Basketball

    William Lee of Dallas County and Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga were named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as Mr. Basketball and Miss  Basketball, respectively,  at Wednesday’s 2014 Player of the Year luncheon hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.

    Lee is the 30th Mr. Basketball since the inception of the ASWA’s annual award and Thomas is the 27th Miss Basketball. The Mr. Basketball award was started in 1985 while Miss Basketball began in 1988.
    The two were among the 42 finalists who attended the luncheon at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery. Three girls and three boys in each classification were selected as finalists by the ASWA.
    The 6-foot-9 Lee, a UAB signee, led Dallas County to the Class 4A championship this season. He averaged 22.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 9.2 blocks, 3.9 assists and 3.4 steals as a senior while helping the Coach Moore’s Hornets go 29-3. Lee scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and seven blocks in the title game, earning 4A state tourney MVP. He was also Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

    Thomas, a Florida State signee, led Sylacauga (28-4) to the Class 5A championship game this past season.  The 5-11 Thomas had 31 points with 15 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots in the title game loss to Wenonah after scoring 40 points in a semifinal victory over Brewer.

   The senior forward averaged 33.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game this season. Her 2,643 career rebounds in six seasons is No. 1 all-time in AHSAA history while she ranks fourth in scoring with 4,242 career points.

    Lee holds the national record for blocks in a game with 26 and has been credited with more than 1,000 blocks in his career. He was also named  by the ASWA as the Class 4A Boys Player of the Year and headlines the ASWA Boys Super 5 All-State Team. Also named to the Super 5 were Justin Coleman of Wenonah, Lewis Sullivan of Hazel Green, Wesley Person, Jr., of Brantley and Giddy Potts of Athens.
     Coleman was named Class 5A Player of the Year, Sullivan the Class 6A Player of the Year and Person the Class 1A Player of the Year. Other players of the year included Joshua Langford of Madison Academy (Class 3A) and Cobe Goosby of Elba (Class 2A)    Also earning Player of the Year honors Wednesday were Joshua Langford of Madison Academy (Class 3A) and Cobe Goosby of Elba (Class 2A).

    Thomas, who was also named  Class 5A Player of the Year, was named to the ASWA Super 5 Girls’ All-State Team for the third straight year. Joining her are Morgan William of Class 6A state champion Shades Valley, Alexis Jennings of Sparkman, Leah Strain of Class 2A state champ Woodland and Destiney Elliott of Class 4A state titlist Oneonta.
     Jennings was named Class 6A Player of the Year, Strain the Class 2A Player of the Year and Elliott the Class 4A Player of the Year.
      Other players of the year included Sierra Jones of Madison Academy (Class 3A) and Anna Claire Noblit of Covenant Christian (Class 1A).
   Thomas, also named Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year, was selected Class 5A Player of the Year for the third time while Elliott and Noblit are two-time player-of-the-year selections.
    Leslie Claybrook, an assistant commissioner with the Southeastern Conference, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Claybrook was the 1989 Miss Basketball recipient as senior at St. James.
  A complete list of the ASWA’s Mr. and Miss Basketball winners are listed below.


Alabama Sports Writers Association
Mr. Basketball/Miss Basketball Winners (1985-2014)


Mr. Basketball

2014   William Lee            Dallas County

2013   De’Runnya Wilson Wenonah

2012   Craig Sword           Carver-Montgomery

2011   Trevor Lacey          Butler

2010   Trevor Lacey          Butler

2009   Kerron Johnson      Madison Academy

2008   JaMychal Green      St. Jude

2007   Courtney Fortson   Jeff Davis

2006   Stanley Robinson   Huffman

2005   Richard Hendrix     Athens

2004   Ronald Steele         John Carroll

2003   Ronald Steele         John Carroll

2002   Kennedy Winston  Blount

2001   Chris White            Grissom

2000   Gerald Wallace       Childersburg

1999   Marvin Stone          Grissom

1998   Sam Haginas           UMS-Wright

1997   Anthony Williams  Loachapoka

1996   Isaac Spencer          Jeff Davis

1995   Brian Williams        Jeff Davis

1994   Rod Willie              Lee-Huntsville

1993   Howard Pride         Butler

1992   Darryl Wilson         South Lamar

1991   Victor Newman      Houston Academy

1990   Cedric Moore         Woodlawn

1989   Queintonia Higgins Fairhope

1988   Terrance Lewis       Ramsay

1987   Bryant Lancaster    Valley

1986   Larry Rembert        Keith

1985   Vincent Robinson   Bridgeport


Miss Basketball

2014   Shakayla Thomas    Sylacauga

2013   Marqu’es Webb      Hoover

2012   Jasmine Jones         Bob Jones

2011   Hayden Hamby      West Morgan

2010   Kaneisha Horn        Ramsay

2009   Jala Harris               Bob Jones

2008   Courtney Jones       Midfield

2005   Whitney Boddie     Florence

2007   Katherine Graham  Ramsay

2006   Shanavia Dowdell  Calera

2004   Starr Orr                 Speake

2003   Sidney Spencer       Hoover

2002   Kate Mastin            Boaz

2001   Donyel Wheeler      Huffman

2000   Natasha Thomas     Lawrence County

1999   Tasheika Morris      Butler

1998   Gwen Jackson        Eufaula

1997   April Nance            Butler

1996   Nicole Carruth        Sulligent

1995   Heather Mayes       Fyffe

1994   Pam Duncan           Carrollton

1993   Leah Monteith        Cherokee County

1992   Yolanda Watkins    Decatur

1991   Tonya Tice              Hamilton

1990   Karen Killen           Mars Hill Bible

1989   Leslie Claybrook    St. James

1988   Jeaniece Slater        Hartselle


Corporate Partners