The TSSAA has announced the finalists for the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards for 2017-18, and Bradley Central’s Rhyne Howard is on the list for the second straight year. Howard, who led the Bearettes to a 32-1 record last season, finished runner-up in her junior season.
On the boys’ side, Brainerd’s Jessie Walker and McCallie’s Jr.
Clay are among the finalists.
The awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2017-2018 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
This is the 34th year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. American General was the sponsor of the event since the inception of the awards in 1985 until 2001. The Memphis Grizzlies were sponsors of the awards from 2002-2004. From 2005-2015 the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards were presented at the conclusion of each respective championship game as part of the post-game trophy ceremony.
The draw for the Division I boys’ state basketball tournament will be held prior to the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards on the floor of Murphy Center at 5:00 p.m. The draw for the Division I girls’ state tournament brackets will be scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro.
2018 Mr. and Miss Basketball Finalists
Division II-A Miss Basketball Finalists
Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville
Ashton Hulme, USJ
Ashlyn Pittman, Friendship Christian
Division II-AA Miss Basketball Finalists
Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy
Savanna Owens, Briarcrest
Dontavia Waggoner, Ensworth
Class A Miss Basketball Finalists
Tess Darby, Greenfield
Chloe Moore, Greenfield
Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County
Class AA Miss Basketball Finalists
Gracee Dishman, Cumberland County
Taylor Lamb, South Greene
Akira Levy, Upperman
Class AAA Miss Basketball Finalists
Brinae Alexander, Riverdale
Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway
Rhyne Howard, Bradley Central
Division II-A Mr. Basketball Finalists
C.J. Gettelfinger, Grace Christian Academy
Keon Johnson, The Webb School
Malik Riddle, Rossville Christian Academy
Division II-AA Mr. Basketball Finalists
Jr. Clay, McCallie
Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy
Cedric Henderson, Jr., Briarcrest
Class A Mr. Basketball Finalists
Arecko Gipson, MASE
Jackson Hicks, Oakdale
Caden Mills, Van Buren County
Class AA Mr. Basketball Finalists
Kadrion Johnson, Marshall County
Jayden Lockett, East Nashville
Jessie Walker, Brainerd
Class AAA Mr. Basketball Finalists
Mark Freeman, Southwind
Tyler Harris, Cordova
Alex Lomax, Memphis East