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2012 KBA State High School Tournament Results & Information
The most heard comment of this weekend’s 2012 KBA State High School Tournament had to be “He’s a Junior.” One thing is for certain, there has not been this deep of a class of players in over a decade. There were twenty-eight Varsity and twenty-eight Junior Varsity teams in action this weekend. The atmosphere was not casual like the day camps teams attend throughout the summer, but rather it was as intense as a district championship game. It was evident, teams were not here to get everyone playing time and have fun. Teams were here to win. Here are the results and awards:
2012 KBA State High School Varsity Bracket Results:
2012 KBA State High School Junior Varsity Brackets:
The Henry Clay Blue Devils took home the championship trophy this weekend. Their three-headed monster composed of Christian Cunningham, Trey Grundy, and Jordan Green led them to victories in hard fought games. Henry Clay got every team’s best shot this weekend. The Blue Devils won every way possible this weekend. They won a 5 point, low-scoring, grind-it-out game against Lexington Christian while also winning what looked to be a high scoring football game against Harlan County 80-73. Henry Clay showed poise and maturity this weekend. If they continue to play as unselfish and under control as they did this past weekend, they will be on of the favorites to cut down the nets in Rupp next March.
Tournament MVP: Christian Cunningham – Jr, PG – Henry Clay
The weekend buzz was about Shane Hall and Trey Grundy, but the tournament belonged to Christian Cunningham. The lead guard controlled each game Henry Clay played, leading them to an undefeated weekend. He keeps the ball on a string and really sees the whole court. His decision making throughout the weekend was practically flawless. He made every one of his teammates better and kept them all involved. Cunningham scored when needed (15.4 PPG), but controlling the tempo and demeanor of his team was his most impressive feat. The Blue Devils have one of the most talented roster in the 11th Region (and maybe the state), but it looks as though the team will go as far as Cunningham takes them.
All Tournament Team:
- Shane Hall – Jr -6’8’’ PF – Johnson Central
- Christian Cunningham – Jr – 6’ PG – Henry Clay
- Trey Grundy – Jr – 6’7’’ SF – Henry Clay
- Justin Johnson – Jr – 6’7’’ PF – Sheldon Clark
- Taywan Taylor – Sr – 6’ PG – Pleasure Ridge Park
- Chase Fain – Jr – 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine
- Dalton Peters – Jr – 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine
- Jackson Davis – Jr – 6’7’’ PF – Lafayette
- Tyler Brewer – Sr – 5’11’’ G – Harlan County
- Trent Gilbert – JR – 5’10’’ PG – Scott County
- Mike Smith – Sr – 5’9’’ PG – Dunbar
- William Gary – Sr – 6’1’’ G – Dunbar
- Tyler Thacker – JR – 6’1’’ G – Rowan County
- Tyler Harville – Sr – 5’10’’ G – Lexington Christian
- Kody Johnson – Sr – 6’3’’ G/F – Pulaski County
Top Scoring Avg:
- Dalton Peters: JR- West Jessamine – 25 PPG
- Michael Powers: SR- Whitley County – 21.75 PPG
- Chase Fain: JR – West Jessamine – 21.75 PPG
- Tyler Harville: SR – Lexington Christian – 21.5 PPG
- Shane Hall: JR – Johnson Central – 21 PPG
Top Playmakers (In No Particular Order):
- Taywan Taylor – SR – 6’ PG – PRP: The guard from Louisville led his team to the tournament finals despite PRP missing their starting big man. Taylor uses his strength and speed to get into the paint when he wants and can finish when he gets there.
- Chase Fain – JR 6’3’’ G – West Jessamine: With West Jessamine playing without their star PG, Fain accepted and excelled at the playmaker role this weekend. He efficiently scored 21.75 PPG, all while handling the ball and getting everyone involved. Fain quietly might have had the best tournament of anyone this weekend.
- Tyler Brewer – SR 5’11’’ G – Harlan Co: Fans loved him, the opposing players hated guarding him! The hard-nosed guard might have had the dunk of the tournament against Lafayette opening night. He is relentless going to the basket, and is a consistent outside jumper away from being unguardable at the high school level
- Mike Smith – SR 5’9’’ G – Dunbar: Smith has been playing at the Varsity level for 6 years now, and it shows. With his much-improved outside jumper combined with blinding speed and a solid frame, Smith was a real headache for defenders this weekend.
- Honorable Mention: Ronnie Carson – East Jessamine & Tyler Thacker – Rowan County
Top Marksmen (In No Particular Order):
- Tyler Harville –SR 5’10’’ G – Lexington Christian – Harville showed that he can flat fill it up in LCA’s first game against Rowan County netting seven 3-pointers. Against Sheldon Clark the sharpshooter hit 5 threes…in just the second half.
- Trent Gilbert – JR 5’11’’ G – Scott County – Gilbert had a fantastic weekend. He was easily one of the top perimeter defenders (if not the best) and playmakers throughout the tournament. He also connected on six 3-pointers in a convincing victory over Johnson Central
- Teddy Ware – JR 6’ G – Henry Clay – If Ware gets his feet set, you can mark it down. He hit big 3 after big 3 this weekend, including four back-breakers against PRP in the championship game
- Tyler Potter – SR – Bell County – Potter filled it up this weekend, but his six 3-pointers against Lafayette was very impressive
Best Of The Bigs:
- Shane Hall – JR 6’8” PF – Johnson Central – Hall was great all weekend, but reached another level on Saturday night’s tournament game against Lafayette. Hall poured in 39 pts, 18 rebounds, and 8 blocks in a win-or-go-home situation against a Lafayette team that is as big and athletic as any team in the state. Hall altered shots all weekend, and almost broke several rims at KBA with his unbelievable dunks. Without a doubt Hall is a high-major prospect, and he showed it this weekend.
- Jackson Davis – JR 6’8” PF – Lafayette – Davis played well all weekend, and it was evident that if he plays his best Lafayette will be very hard to beat. Davis averaged 17.25 PPG and sparked his team on many runs with big plays.
- Justin Johnson – JR 6’7” PF – Sheldon Clark – Johnson missed the games on Saturday, but he made his mark on every game in which he played. Johnson’s physical play combined with an impressive skill set and great athleticism (can do a 360 dunk with ease) made him one of the top players of the weekend.
Get To Know:
- John Michael Oyler – JR 6’3” – PRP – Oyler was the top scorer for PRP over the weekend (17.85 PPG) and is a do-all player. Oyler can handle the ball and defend, and is a high efficiency scorer.
- Keifer Dalton – SO 5’11” – Clinton County – Dalton is a known commodity on the AAU scene, but is set to break out on the High School circuit. A speedy guard with an high level handle, Dalton had a breakout game against Lafayette by handling the constant pressure from their much bigger and athletic guards and adding 18 points.
- Ronnie Carson – SO 6’1” – East Jessamine – Carson’s playmaking was on display this weekend. He has the ability to take over a game and has one-on-one moves that seem unguardable. Carson showed this ability by pouring in 22 points in a surprise win over Johnson Central.
- Jeremiah Tisdale – SO 6’1” – Henry Clay – The smooth wing had a great weekend, and showed he can score in big moments by adding 16 points against Harlan County in a very intense, physical game.
Southern KY Youth Movement: This weekend’s tournament showcased a handful of rising 8th graders who stood out this weekend on the JV level. There were several rising 7th and 8th graders playing this weekend that will be the next crop of elite KY high school talent, but these four stood out:
- Peyton Broughton – North Laurel – Broughton played in every varsity game I watched North Laurel play. This kid will be a big-time scorer and playmaker in High School.
- Bryce Asher – North Laurel – The 6’5” rising 8th grader is hard to miss. Asher will play inside but also has the ability to step outside and shoot.
- Hunter Cromer – Southwestern – MVP of the KBA 7th Grade State Tournament, Cromer had an outstanding weekend at the JV level (considering this is the first he has played all summer). He can score and get into the paint at will.
- Landon Powell – Pulaski Co – The guard from Somerset took some time to adjust to playing against Juniors and Sophomores, but played well once he settled in. Coaches know he is a major part of a talented group in his class.