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Steele earns spot on JCP Elite 11 Team

Every child in Northeast Tennessee dreams of being named to the Johnson City Press' Elite 11 Team and now Jason Steele is earning the honor for the second time.
For the second year in a row, Steele was named to the first team on what is the area's most prestigious All-Star Team.
“It's an honor to achieve that two years in a row, but I definitely wanted to do a little bit more than I did this year,” Steele said. “I wanted the team to go farther than we did. I would have traded this to go to the state tournament. It was always my dream to go to the state tournament.”
The area was loaded with great players this season with Logan Lyle winning Johnson City Press' MVP and Hampton's Nathaniel Hughes, a very close friend of Steele's, being named a Mr. Basketball finalist.
“I feel like I've accomplished something, but to me it wasn't enough,” Steele said. “I'm glad I achieved this, but there were so many things I could have done that I didn't. Still, this is a great honor and achievement.”
Steele considers this award one for the team to celebrate. He says it wouldn't have happened without them.
“Everybody stepped up and started playing better and helped me do the things I did,” Steele said. “The team gets just as much credit as I do for this. They helped me get there.”
Though Steele is disappointed still that the Longhorns just missed out on the substate, the Elite 11 recognition is a good consolation prize for him.
“It's a good way to end my career, but not a great way,” Steele said. “I really wanted to end my career in Murfreesboro or at least with a substate game and for the younger guys it's a great experience, but for me I wanted to accomplish a lot more than we did. I felt like we could have beaten Greeneville.”