RALEIGH (AP) — North Mecklenburg’s Tristan Maxwell and Newton-Conover’s Chyna Cornwell are The Associated Press men’s and women’s prep basketball players of the year in North Carolina for the 2019-20 season.
George Stackhouse of Fayetteville Westover and Dee Hardy of Fayetteville Smith were selected men’s and women’s coaches of the year in results released Friday. That followed a vote of 15 statewide media members who also selected the AP all-state men’s and women’s teams.
The awards came two months after the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement, and eventually last month’s cancellation, of eight state championship games. The AP suspended its nomination process until there was clarity on the status of those games, then resumed after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association declared finalists as co-champions.
Maxwell, son of former NBA player Vernon Maxwell, averaged 24 points for the Class 4-A co-champion. The 6-foot-3 senior and Georgia Tech recruit earned seven votes to edge Concord Cannon sophomore Jaden Bradley, this year’s Gatorade state player of the year who finished with six votes.
Cornwell, a 6-3 senior, averaged 26.2 points and 16.7 rebounds for the 2-A co-champion. The Rutgers’ recruit had seven votes to finish one ahead of Wilmington Ashley junior Saniya Rivers, who shared last year’s AP award and won the Gatorade award for the second straight time.
Stackhouse led Westover to a 30-0 season and a share of the 3-A men’s title. His five votes were one ahead of Morganton Freedom’s Clint Zimmerman, whose 29-1 team was the other 3-A co-champion.
Hardy earned eight votes after Smith went 31-1 and claimed the 3-A women’s co-championship. Southeast Guilford’s Rachel Clark, last year’s AP coach of the year, was second with two votes after her 30-1 team claimed the other half of that 3-A crown.
Rivers was the only unanimous pick for either all-state team. The men’s team included two players – Raleigh Word of God’s Isaiah Todd and Hudson Moravian Prep’s Josh Hall – who are bypassing college basketball for professional options.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
MEN: Tristan Maxwell, North Meck
WOMEN: Chyna Cornwell, Newton-Conover
COACH OF YEAR
MEN: George Stackhouse, Westover
WOMEN: Dee Hardy, Fayetteville- Smith
MEN’S ALL-STATE TEAM
Tristan Maxwell, North Meck
Jaden Bradley, Concord Cannon
D’Marco Dunn, Westover
Dontrez Styles, Kinston
Lane Harrill, Cherryville
Isaiah Todd, Raleigh Word of God
Carter Whitt, Leesville Road
Dylan Blake, First Flight
Nick Farrar, Apex Friendship
Breon Pass, Reidsville
Josh Hall, Moravian Prep
Cam Hayes, Greensboro Day
Kalib Matthews, Henderson Collegiate
WOMEN’S ALL-STATE TEAM
Saniya Rivers, Wilmington Ashley
Chyna Cornwell, Newton-Conover
Kennedi Simmons, SE Guilford
Jacee Busick, Kernersville Glenn
Reigan Richardson, Concord Cannon
Jessica Timmons, North Meck
Anya Poole, Southeast Raleigh
Skylah Travis, Weldon
DaiJa Turner, Village Christian
Mallorie Haines, Davidson Day
Nevaeh Brown, Mallard Creek
Raven Preston, Southeast Guilford
Abigail Wilson, West Rowan
Molina Williams, The Burlington School
Shakira Baskerville, West Forsyth
Evan Miller, Ardrey Kell