The last of The City Paper’s three-part look at the best of area high school basketball in 2011-12.
Today, notable performers in boys basketball:
Craig Bradshaw, CPA: The Belmont-bound star averaged 18 points and four assists per game and was named MVP of the state tournament and AA Mr. Basketball.
Corn Elder, Ensworth: Averaged 17 points and four assists per game and was DII-AA state tournament MVP.
Jack Montague, Brentwood: Dominant point guard and Yale commitment averaged 17 points per game and led Bruins to within one win of their first state tournament.
Honorable Mention: Devin Robinson, Ravenwood; Liam Nash, University School of Nashville, Darius Ballard, Antioch; Billy Hughes, Hunters Lane; Vic Wharton, CPA; Austin Blackwell, MBA; Jordan Smith, BGA; Kenny Robertson, Maplewood.
Jalen Lindsey, CPA: Averaged 17.5 points and eight rebounds per game and, as a sophomore, already has seven DI offers, including Vanderbilt, Tennessee and, most recently, Louisville. Made the all-tournament team at the state championships.
Jamonte Graham, Father Ryan: Led all Nashville DII scorers with 18.2 points per game, sparked Irish to the state tournament.
Honorable mention: Josh Erickson, Donelson Christian Academy (DII-A state tournament MVP); Chris Willingham, East Literature; Christian Lynn, Goodpasture; Zach Jenkins, Ezell-Harding; Darius Ballard, Antioch; Tanner Johnson, David Lipscomb; Jason Stone, Maplewood; Matt Pond, Centennial.
David Howard, Montgomery Bell Academy: Evansville signee and three-year standout was one of the most dominant post players in DII and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds, sparking the Big Red to within one game of the state tournament.
Honorable mention: Jeremy Henderson, Overton; Addison Daws, David Lipscomb.
Jake Allsmiller, CPA: Sophomore hotshot led all of Nashville shooters with 111 treys and set a school record 223 in two seasons.
Also: Will Downey, Ensworth, a Sewanee commitment who hit 100, was a key in the Tigers’ state tournament run; Ladareas Palmer, McGavock; Ross Welch, University School of Nashville.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Drew Maddux, CPA: State champ team won the King of the Bluegrass tournament in Kentucky, placed third in Arby’s Classic in Bristol in December (where it lost its last game).
Runnerup: Ricky Bowers, Ensworth, guided his Tigers to their second straight DII-AA state tournament title and Pressley Ramsey, who took his Donelson Christian Academy team to the school’s first basketball title in DII-A.