We unveiled the 2011-12 All-Met basketball teams yesterday. You can find the boys’ team here, the girls’ team here and all the Winter All-Met teams here. The section will appear in Sunday’s Washington Post.
Now for some trivia about this year’s basketball teams:
He is the sixth player from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference to be named boys’ player of the year since 1993, joining Quinn Cook (DeMatha, 2010), Jason Clark (O’Connell, 2008), Austin Freeman (DeMatha, 2007), Joe Forte (DeMatha, 1999) and Alvin Brown (Gonzaga, 1997).
* Montrose Christian placed two players on the first team for the third time in the past four years. There’s been at least one Mustang on the first team in each of the past eight years, the longest such active streak. Justin Anderson and Michael Carrera, the first two-time All-Met from the Rockville private school, were honored this year. (Josh Hairston was a two-time All-Met, but only played one season at Montrose.)
* Coolidge junior DeShaun Morman is the lone public school representative on the first team. That’s the fewest public school players we’ve had on first team since 1959, when the first team consisted of five players: Cardozo’s Everett Lucas, Landon’s Fred Hetzel and Carroll’s Tom Hoover, George Leftwich and Monk Malloy.
Our basketball preview section story, for what it’s worth, was about the pronounced shift of talent from public to private schools.
* Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones has the rare distinction of being named All-Met as both a player and a coach. He earned All-Met honors playing for DeMatha in 1991 and 1992. This year’s wrestling Coach of the Year, River Hill’s Brandon Lauer, was a three-time All-Met and the 2000 Wrestler of the Year.
* At 6 feet 3, Riverdale Baptist senior Jonquel Jones could be the tallest girl ever named All-Met Player of the Year. Since 1985, only one other girls’ player of the year was listed as being 6-2 or taller: Watkins Mill’s Lisa Ostrom (1994).
* Friendly senior Nakita Gray was named honorable mention All-Met in basketball — and first team All-Met in indoor track. Lake Braddock junior Sophie Chase pulled off a similar double, earning first-team honors in indoor track and honorable mention in swimming.
Complete Winter All-Met coverage at AllMetSports.com