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All-Midstate boys basketball team


1:00 AM, Apr. 05, 2013 EDT

Ensworth's Corn Elder (23) launches against Briarcrest in the Division II-AA boys basketball championship at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville Saturday, March 2, 2013. Steven S. Harman/Tennessean / THE TENNESSEAN

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CORN ELDER

Ensworth, Sr.

5-10 guard

Why chosen: Elder was the Division II-AA tournament MVP the past three seasons, leading the Tigers to three consecutive state titles. He averaged 20.2 points, 4.7 assists 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 steals this season.

College plans: Signed with Miami in football. Elder will walk on with the Hurricanes in basketball.

Quote: "A lot of people don't get to win one state championship, so winning three is a blessing. It's a great honor, and it feels great."

Family: Parents Sharon Collier and Corneilus Elder; stepdad Shawn Collier; sisters, Charrisse, 24; Jaki Tasha, 20; brothers, Keyshawn, 11; Ernest, 1.

What's on your iPod? "I have different kind of songs -- mostly Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa."

Best high school sports moment: "They've all been great, but I would probably say winning the (state basketball) championship this year because we were down and everybody probably counted us out, but we found a way to fight back."

Favorite athlete: "Dwyane Wade. I watched him play at Marquette, and I watched him lead his team to a Final Four. So (I like) his will to win, his attitude and just everything about him."

Favorite food: "Steak."

Least favorite part of practice: "Maybe when somebody does something wrong or talks back, and we have to run."

On Twitter: @AIR_CORN23

Athletic background: "I used to play baseball, and I used to run track when I was younger."

How did you spend spring break? "I went to Florida. I was about four hours away from Miami, but I'm going down there (on April 13) for the spring game."

JALEN LINDSEY

CPA, Jr.

6-7 forward

College: He has 19 offers, including Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

Why chosen: The Class AA Mr. Basketball averaged 19.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in leading CPA to its second consecutive state title.

BRAXTON BLACKWELL

CPA, Fr.

6-7 forward

College: He has nine major-college offers, including five Southeastern Conference schools.

Why chosen: The versatile Blackwell averaged 12.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his first season as a starter.

JAMONTAE DAVIS

Hillsboro, Sr.

6-8 center

College: Signed with Tennessee State.

Why chosen: The District 11-AAA MVP averaged 18.8 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and led Hillsboro to the Class AAA quarterfinals.

DARIUS THOMPSON

Blackman, Sr.

6-4 guard

College: Committed to Tennessee.

Why chosen: The Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist averaged 16.4 points 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

SECOND TEAM

F: Mason Ramsey, Livingston Acad., Sr., 19.5

F: Terry Holt, East Nashville, Jr., 17.7

C: Damien Clark, Siegel, Sr., 15

G: JeQuan Lewis, Dickson Co., Sr., 24.5

G: Jake Allsmiller, CPA, Jr., 10.8

THIRD TEAM

F: Andy Schumpert, Brentwood, Jr., 13.7

F: Rob Marberry, FRA, Jr., 14.4

C: Josh Phillips, Pope John Paul II, Sr., 15.0

G: Jacob Williams, Wilson Central, Jr., 20.4

G: Andrew Fleming, Ensworth, So., 20.4

 

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