William Lee, Shakayla Thomas win state's top basketball honors

      William Lee of Dallas County and Sylacauga's Shakayla Thomas earned top honors at the Mr. and Miss Basketball banquet.

      Lee is the 30th Mr. Basketball in state history and Thomas is the 27th Miss Basketball. The awards were presented by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

      Lee, who will play at UAB next season, helped Dallas County to the Class 4A state title last month. Alabama's Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 22.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 9.2 blocks a game in his senior season.

      Thomas has a scholarship to attend college at Florida State after finishing her high school career as the all-time leading rebounder in AHSAA history. Thomas grabbed 2,643 career rebounds and scored 4,242 career points which ranks fourth all-time by the AHSAA.

      Thomas helped Sylcauga advance to the 5A championship game last season, where the Aggies lost to Wenonah. She averaged 33.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game in her senior season.

      Alabama Sports Writers Association Class Player of the Year

      Boys Player of the Year

      Class 6A: Lewis Sullivan, Hazel Green

      Class 5A: Justin Coleman, Wenonah

      Class 4A: William Lee, Dallas County

      Class 3A: Joshua Langford, Madison Academy

      Class 2A: Cobe Goosby, Elba

      Class 1A: Wesley Person Jr., Brantley

      AISA: Torrence Brown, Tuscaloosa Academy


      Girls Player of the Year

      Class 6A: Alexis Jennings, Sparkman

      Class 5A: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga

      Class 4A: Destiney Elliott, Oneonta

      Class 3A: Sierra Jones, Madison Academy

      Class 2A: Leah Strain, Woodland

      Class 1A: Anna Claire Noblit, Covenant Christian

      AISA: Tamara York, Glenwood