BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON
Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee State University, the Mr. And Miss Basketball Awards were held.
The annual event is sponsored by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The award is decided by a statewide committee of sportswriters based on the individual player’s performance, as well as their character and academic accomplishment.
“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 of the young men and women recognized this evening at the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards,” Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA, said on the event.
“They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the court throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”
Maggie Brown, who just led the Lady Eagles to a state runner-up finish and 25-5 season, was a Finalist for the D-II AA Miss Basketball honor. The other two finalists were Dontavia Waggoner and Kaiya Winn, both of Ensworth. The eventual winner of Miss Basketball was Waggoner.
After the ceremony, Brown shared, “It was a great year for the team. We made it a lot further than we thought we would. And we grew as a team.”
She was also enthusiastic about next season as she stated. “We have one more year to make another run, as I’m a junior. Our team will only lose one player, so it’s exciting to play, and we can rebuild upon what we already have as a unit and try for a state title again.”
On the boys side, the Eagles had another amazing accomplishment as sophomore Randy Brady was a Finalist for D-II AA’s Mr. Basketball award. The other two finalists were Kennedy Chandler of Briarcrest, and Beynan Hendricks of Baylor. Chandler would end up taking home the honor.
After the ceremony, Brady said he “had a great season. It didn’t end how we wanted, but we did good. ”
In regards to his future plans, “I want to get back in the gym and start getting better. I want to get ready for AAU ball, then prepare for next season.” Brady led the Eagles to a state runner-up finish this past weekend. BA had previously won four-straight state titles and finish the year 25-7.
Eagles head coach Hubbie Smith stated of his player, “He is a joy to coach. He is a great teammate to have on the team. He soaks in everything you teach him, and he has been tremendous.”
Here’s the full list of winners, courtesy of the TSSAA.
Division II-A Miss Basketball
Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville
Division II-AA Miss Basketball
Dontavia Waggoner, Ensworth
Class A Miss Basketball
Chloe Moore-McNeil, Greenfield
Class AA Miss Basketball
Gracee Dishman, Cumberland County
Class AAA Miss Basketball
Madison Hayes, East Hamilton
Division II-A Mr. Basketball
Keon Johnson, The Webb School
Division II-AA Mr. Basketball
Kennedy Chandler, Briarcrest
Class A Mr. Basketball
Ja’darius Harris, Peabody
Class AA Mr. Basketball
Kadrion Johnson, Marshall County
Class AAA Mr. Basketball
James Wiseman, Memphis East