Billy White Jr. is proud of his player, but he also is delighted for his district.
The Texas Basketball Coaches Association released its all-region teams Tuesday, and Copperas Cove standout Rashard Odomes landed on the list for a second consecutive year.
The Oklahoma commit was not the only District 12-6A player to be honored, though, as Harker Heights forward C.J. Bobbitt, Ellison guard Shannon Bogues and Shoemaker center Torenzo Saunders also were placed on the Region II-6A Team.
For the Bulldawgs head coach, the quartet of selections proves the area is home to some of the best basketball in the state.
“This is great for the district,” said White, who was part of the regional selection committee. “It is a tremendous accomplishment and achievement for the district and the guys, who are all very deserving of this honor.
“I was proud to be representing our district at the meeting.”
Admittedly, White was especially happy for his nominee and does not believe it will be the last accolade Odomes receives.
“It is a great individual accomplishment for him,” White said. “I’m not sure exactly when the all-state teams will come out, but hopefully, he will get that as well because I definitely feel he is an all-state caliber player.”
Odomes, who was named district MVP, averaged 25.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals for the season while making 58.3 percent of his field-goal attempts en route to guiding the Bulldawgs to their first playoff victory in more than 20 years.
The Eagles, Knights and Grey Wolves each claimed a share of the district championship, and like Copperas Cove, relied heavily on their all-region selections.
Bobbitt led Harker Heights in scoring, rebounds and assists as a senior while also ranking second in steals, and the honor put a smile on his father’s face.
“I’m very excited for him just personally as a dad,” Knights head coach Celneque Bobbitt said. “It just feels great he came so far.
“For him to get acknowledged as an all-region player just puts the feather in his cap for the great high school career he had.”
Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett echoed the sentiments in regard to his senior.
“Torenzo put in the time and effort to improve his game to a level that people talk more about his skill than they do his athleticism.
“Stats won’t define his presence in our program. He will definitely be missed.”
Bogues was named district offensive player of the year following his senior season, averaging approximately 18 points per game to go with five rebounds before a broken wrist ended his season with four games remaining on the district schedule.
Ellison head coach Alberto Jones Jr. confessed he was surprised to hear Eagles senior Malik Malone did not make the list after leading the team in scoring following the injury, but it did not take away from the pride he felt for Bogues.
“It’s nice to see him get it,” Jones said, “because we knew he had the talent to get it from Day 1. We knew he was that kind of player.”
Dukes, Porter and Ringo honored
A trio of District 12-6A girls basketball players were selected as well, including MVP Raven Ringo, who guided Killeen to a district championship during her senior season.
The guard then helped the Lady Kangaroos win their first playoff game in five years, and according to Killeen head coach Latisha Williams, she undoubtedly deserved the award.
“She was a very consistent leader and helped our team in every aspect of the game,” Williams said, “which was new to her.
“I’m so proud of her accomplishments this year because she really had to work for everything she got. Nothing was given to her; she earned it.”
Joining Ringo on the list was Harker Heights guard Alexis Dukes and Ellison senior Jordanna Porter.
For Dukes, a senior, the accolade caps off one of the most outstanding careers in program history. The team’s leading scorer, who is committed to Texas-San Antonio, played all four years on the varsity squad and became just the second player under Lady Knights head coach Shirretha Nelson to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Porter, who was named all-district offensive player of the year, is also a four-year player and was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s All-State Team.
“I’m very proud of her,” Lady Eagles head coach Sherry McKinnon said. “Her hard work has paid off.”
Lometa’s Molter lands on Class 1A team
Outside of Class 6A, Lometa post Kyle Molter was the lone area player to land on an all-region list, making the Region IV-1A team as a junior.
During the season, Molter averaged a double-double, posting 11.3 points and 11.4 rebounds to go with 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, while earning a share of the District 25-1A Defensive Player of the Year award. Additionally, he helped the Hornets win their third consecutive district championship.
“Stat wise, he was pretty much our leader,” Lometa head coach Aaron Nuckles said. “I think the people who played us or heard about us all knew what a driving force he was.
“So, the word spread, and sometimes word of mouth speaks more than numbers anyway.”
The Hornets also had two players selected as alternates in junior wing Ivan Jasso and sophomore post Adrian Rivera. Jasso averaged 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals, while Rivera posted an 11.9-point, 10.3-rebound double-double.
“It’s pretty cool,” Nuckles said of having a trio of players nominated. “They all deserve it.”
Jordan Mason and Albert Alvarado contributed to this report.