There was no surprise.
After leading his team to a share of the district championship and overpowering the opposition in the process, Ellison senior Casey Armour was recently named 8-6A All-District Most Valuable Player.
While the guard was admittedly humbled by the news, it was also expected.
“Everybody already knew I was going to be MVP,” Armour said, “but I was still at a loss for words when I heard.”
Armour posted team-highs for the Eagles in four statistics, averaging 21.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.3 steals during district competition, and the production made him the sole candidate for the superlative, according to Ellison head coach Alberto Jones Jr.
“I didn’t even have an argument for why Casey should be MVP,” Jones said. “I just nominated him, and if anybody didn’t vote for him, I wanted to hear their argument against him.
“I just thought it was kind of obvious.”
Armour was one of three Eagles recognized on the all-district list.
Junior guard Amir Davis and senior guard Kadarius Green landed on the first team and second team, respectively.
Although Jones felt several teammates were deserving of joining the trio, he believes it is also a testament to his team’s balance.
“I thought we were represented well,” Jones said. “All our other guys were so close in talent and similar, that everybody contributed fairly equally.”
Co-district champion Waco Midway claimed two superlatives with sophomore Anthony Scott being named offensive player of the year and junior Diego Gonzalez earning the title of newcomer of the year.
Shoemaker junior Jwan Roberts was crowned defensive player of the year after helping the Grey Wolves return to the playoffs under first-year head coach Brandon Gilbert.
“Jwan controlled the paint for us,” he said, “and he did a good job of erasing other kids’ mistakes on the defensive end. If anybody got by their man, he was there.
“He was a great rebounder; he altered shots and he blocked shots, and that’s what makes him the defensive player of the year.”
Belton and Killeen had two players on the first team. Montego Muckelvaney, a senior, and junior Cortez Ivie received the honors for the Kangaroos, while seniors Kiron Griffin Jr. and Dontori Lott were selected for the Tigers, who made their first playoff appearance since 2004.
Shoemaker senior Du’Wain Thomas and Harker Heights senior Dillon Gooding rounded out the first-team selections.
The second team consisted of Harker Heights senior Dashawn Walker; Copperas Cove junior Quinton Ford and teammate Neyland Block, a senior; Killeen junior Jackson Taylor; San Angelo Central teammates Deveraux Minix and Duriell Taylor; and the Panthers trio of Jarian Kerly, Rickey Lacey and Levi Whiddon.
Additionally, Jones and Midway’s Brad Chasteen were named co-coaches of the year after their teams shared the district championship.
ALL-DISTRICT 8-6A BOYS TEAMS
- MVP—Casey Armour, sr., Ellison.
- OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Anthony Scott, soph., Waco Midway.
- DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—Jwan Roberts, jr., Shoemaker.
- NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR—Diego Gonzalez, jr., Midway.
- CO-COACH OF THE YEAR—Alberto Jones Jr., Ellison; Brad Chasteen, Midway.
Diego Gonzalez, jr., Midway; Du’Wain Thomas, sr., Shoemaker; Kiron Griffin Jr., sr., Belton; Montego Muckelvaney, sr., Killeen; Dillon Gooding, sr. Harker Heights; Dontori Lott, sr., Belton; Amir Davis, jr., Ellison; Cortez Ivie, jr., Killeen.
Dashawn Walker, sr., Harker Heights; Deveraux Minix, jr., San Angelo Central; Quinton Ford, jr., Copperas Cove; Jarian Kerly, sr., Midway; Duriell Taylor, sr., Central; Rickey Lacey, sr., Midway; Levi Whiddon, jr., Midway; Kadarius Green, sr., Ellison; Neyland Block, sr., Copperas Cove; Jackson Taylor, jr., Killeen.
HONORABLE MENTION (local players)
Jordon Ellis, Belton; Elijah Edding, Belton; Romeo Postell, Shoemaker; Marvin Caines, Ellison; Elijah Moleon, Ellison; Shamir Bogues, Ellison; Avantae Bell, Ellison; Chandler Sutton, Ellison; D’marcus Leach, Ellison; Justus Honea, Copperas Cove; Jyhlil Rice, Copperas Cove; Jaylin Glover, Harker Heights; Rhandy Hughes, Harker Heights.