This year’s player of the year was a no-brainer selection for the Tomahawk’s All Johnson/Carter County team. Mr. Basketball finalist and All-State guard Blake Atwood in Class AA was the unanimous choice for this year’s prestigious award.
Atwood guided the Longhorns to a 27-7 season and a berth in the sub-state game. He led Northeast, Tennessee in scoring at 26 points per contest and accounted for another six rebounds and four assists.
Elizabethton’s Eric Wilson and Zack Eller of Johnson County are the Co-Defensive players of the year. Wilson averaged 11 points per contest, and Eller tossed in 10 points per game, but they were both were a specialist in taking charges and collecting steals.
Johnson County’s Gavin Reece, Elizabethton’s Nico Ashley, Cloudland’s Robert Leeper, and Happy Valley’s Bryce Carter were unanimous choices for the first team unit.
Reece was a key cog for the Horns averaging 12 points per game and was the perfect running mate at the guard position for Atwood.
Ashley led the Cyclones in scoring and rebounding helping them to a share of the conference championship with Johnson County and a District title.
Leeper was one of the leading scorers in the Mountain East Conference at 16 points per game. Carter was the lone player to average a double-double in NE Tennessee, 15 points and ten rebounds.
Rounding out the team are Elizabethton’s Evan Perkins and Hampton’s Jordan Bentley.
Perkins led the Three Rivers Conference in three-point shooting and was good for 12 points per contest. Bentley led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding.
Johnson County’s Austin Atwood was named coach of the year, and Elizabethton’s freshman guard Bryson Rollins was selected as the most promising underclassman.
Atwood enjoyed one of his best seasons ever as head coach and had the gym floor named in his honor.
Rollins was a key performer for the Cyclones starting at the point in his first season of high school basketball. He was named to the All-District team.
All Johnson/Carter Blue Collar squad
We also selected for the first time a 5-man all Johnson/Carter blue-collar squad. The group consists of one player for each school that put his team before himself and showed a ton of toughness in doing so.
Troy Arnold of Johnson County heads up this group. He is joined by Happy Valley’s Dakota Cochran, Cloudland’s Dillon Johnson, Elizabethton’s Parker Hughes, and Hampton’s Mitchell Tolley.