City flashes MVPs, double-double performers
With an impressive collection of game-changing performers this year, Tacoma Weekly decided to honor 15 of the top boys basketball players in the city in our 2012 All-Tacoma teams – which are broken into three squads.
The first team is highlighted by Narrows 3A co-MVPs Tre’Shaun Lexing of Lincoln and Dezmyn Trent of Foss. Lexing was undoubtedly one of the team leaders for the Abes, as the 6-foot-6 guard led Lincoln with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game and put up 29 points and 11 rebounds in the state-tournament loss to O’Dea. Trent was just as impressive at forward for the Falcons, putting up more than 18 points and seven rebounds per game for the Falcons, who also advanced to the first round of the state tournament. Wilson’s Kevin Johnson was an all-around player for the league-champion Rams, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds per game while also averaging two assists and two steals each contest. Life Christian’s Jordan King can do it all, as the Nisqually 1A league MVP led the Eagles to the district playoffs by averaging a league-high 17 points per game while also tallying more than six rebounds, four steals, four assists and almost two blocks per game. Bellarmine’s dual-sport athlete Sefo Liufau rounds out the first team, as the junior forward put up 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game – including an astounding 22-point, 20-rebound effort in the 66-50 win over Mount Rainier in the state tournament at Tacoma Dome.
The second team is run at point guard by Wilson’s Pheonix Waters, a smooth floor general who put up 12 points and four assists per game while also averaging five rebounds and three steals for the Rams. Mount Tahoma’s Michael Rollins also earns a nod, as the Thunderbirds’ only returning starter helped carry the offensive load for his team by averaging 16 points per game and had a sweet stroke from beyond the arc. Lincoln’s Isaac Barsh was another serious weapon for the Abes, as the senior forward averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals per game. Foss senior forward Dontiea Hankins was another aggressive inside player for the Falcons, equaling Barsh’s stats with 13 points and seven boards per game. Bellarmine’s Lucas Meikle completes the second team, as the 6-foot-8 inside force was a presence for the Lions, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game.
Bellarmine point guard Isaiah Flynn gets a nod on the third team, as the multi-talented athlete was lightning quick in running the show for the Lions – averaging 10 points, three assists and two steals per game. Bellarmine senior guard David Smith joins his teammate in the backcourt, as his outside shooting ability contributed to averaging 12 points per game while also pulling down five rebounds.
Stadium’s Eric Anderson-Connolly showed great ability, as the junior guard averaged 17 points, dished out three rebounds and pulled down 3.5 rebounds per game. Junior forward Corey Glackin-Coley was a strong inside presence for the Tigers as well, averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wilson senior forward Jaiden Martin was a hard-nosed interior player for the Rams, putting up 11 points and seven rebounds per game in teaming with Johnson and Waters to provide leadership.
As is always the case, not all of the talent is represented on this list, but with several of these players returning and a solid cast of up-and-coming players the near future of Tacoma high school basketball appears bright.
Come back for the March 23 issue of Tacoma Weekly for our 2012 All-City Girls Basketball Teams.
G – JORDAN KING – SR – LIFE CHRISTIAN
G – TRE’SHAUN LEXING – JR – LINCOLN
F – DEZMYN TRENT – JR – FOSS F – KEVIN JOHNSON – SR – WILSON
F – SEFO LIUFAU – JR – BELLARMINE
G – PHEONIX WATERS – SR – WILSON
G – MICHAEL ROLLINS – JR – MT. TAHOMA
F – ISAAC BARSH – SR – LINCOLN
F – DONTIEA HANKINS – SR – FOSS
F – LUCAS MEIKLE – JR – BELLARMINE
G – ISAIAH FLYNN – JR – BELLARMINE
G – ERIC ANDERSON-CONNOLLY – JR – STADIUM
G – DAVID SMITH – SR – BELLARMINE
F – JAIDEN MARTIN – SR – WILSON
F – COREY GLACKIN-COLEY – JR – STADIUM
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