Stockbridge's Dante Campbell (left) and Mia Adams of Eagle's Landing were named to the Georgia Sportswriters Association all-state team. Campbell made second team in Class AAA while Adams was named honorable mention.
By Derrick Mahone
After leading her team to the brink of the Class AAAA championship last month, Forest Park guard Ashlee Cole was named to the Georgia Sportswriters Association all-state team. She was the lone first team member among 10 players named to the GSWA all-state, which was released Thursday.
Last month, Cole played in the second annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South junior all-star game. She was the lone girls player from the Southern Crescent to participate.
In helping the Lady Panthers reached the finals for the first time in 41 years, Cole averaged 18 points and 2.6 assist per game. She was selected the Clayton County Player of the Year by the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald.
In addition to Cole, there were nine other players that received recognition from the GSWA in three classifications.
Jonesboro's Rasham Suarez, the two-time Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year, and North Clayton's Marcus Hunt, the Clayton County Player of the Year, were named to the second team. Suarez, a Georgia Southern signee, helped led the Cardinals to the region championship and to the state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Miller Grove.
Hunt, a 6-foot-5 junior, is considered one of the top underclassmen in the state. He averaged 26.2 points and had five games of at least 30 points, including a career-high 47 against Jonesboro.
Suarez's teammate, James White, was named to the honorable mention alone with Justin Tuoyo of Lovejoy and Charles Mann of Union Grove. Tuoyo, a 6-foot-9 defensive specialist, averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Mann helped the Wolverines to a state playoff appearance after averaging double figure points and rebounds.
In Class AAA, Dante Campbell of Stockbridge and Eagle's Landing's Aaron Horton were named to the second team. The 6-4 Campbell was chosen the Henry County Player of the Year by the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald after averaging 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Horton helped the Golden Eagles to the Region 4-AAA championship by averaging 14 points and five assists while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
Eagle's Landing coach Clay Crump was tabbed as the top coach after leading the Golden Eagles to their first Final Four appearance in school history. The team won the Region 4-AAA championship and reached the state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Columbia.
Mia Adams was named honorable mention in AAA after helping Eagle's Landing to the state playoffs. She averaged 18 points and was named first-team all region. She is also a standout on the school's track and field team.
In Class A, versatile athlete Symone Ball was named to the honorable mention team after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy senior was also a standout on the softball team.
These Southern Crescent player were named to the Georgia Sportswriters Association all-state team.
Player School Grade Team Class
Mia Adams Eagle's Landing Sr. HM AAA
Symone Ball ELCA Sr. HM A
Dante Campbell Stockbridge Sr. Second AAA
Ashlee Cole Forest Park Jr. First AAA
Aaron Horton Eagle's Landing Sr. Second AAA
Marcus Hunt North Clayton Jr. Second AAAA
Charles Mann Union Grove Jr. HM AAAA
Rasham Suarez Jonesboro Sr. Second AAAA
Justin Tuoyo Lovejoy Jr. Second AAAA
James White Jonesboro Sr. HM AAAA
* Eagle's Landing coach Clay Crump was selected coach of the year in Class AAA.