The postseason honors continue to roll in for several Cherokee County basketball players.
Cherokee’s Ashlyn Andrus, Taihland Owens, Elijah Tucker and Sydney Watts were selected to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State teams, which were announced on Sunday.
Along with Owens, Tucker and Watts, Sequoyah’s Jacksen Greco and Cherokee’s Kate Johnson were also selected to play in the GACA All-Star Basketball Classic, although the event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cherokee’s boys coach Rover Kvam was also named as one of the four coaches on the Class AAAAAAA South All-Star roster.
Several of the Cherokee players still have one more season remaining to play for the Warriors. Johnson, a junior, was named second-team All-Region 4 after helping the Lady Warriors reach their second consecutive state semifinal.
Johnson’s selection to the All-Star Classic as a member of the South Junior Girls team was more than deserving as she averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game. A Furman commit, Johnson will undoubtedly be the centerpiece on both ends of the court for the Lady Warriors next season.
Owens and Tucker, both juniors, spearheaded the Warriors run to their first-ever boys basketball region championship this season. Both were selected to play in the All-Star Classic in addition to being named All-State. With this duo returning for next fall for their senior seasons the Warriors will likely be favored to repeat in Region 4.
Owens, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard, averaged 19.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He was named the Region 4 Player of the Year and earned MVP of the Pope Christmas Tournament, which the Warriors also won. Owens holds offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University and is drawing interest from a number of other schools.
Tucker, a 6-foot-7-inch power forward, averaged 18 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He was named a first team All-Region player and earned MVP honors of the North Forsyth Tournament earlier this year, which Cherokee also won. Tucker holds offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Northwestern, Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and Middle Tennessee State.
The two senior girls for Cherokee were at the heart of one of the most successful seasons for the Lady Warriors in the past 20 years. Andrus and Watts were both named Class AAAAAAA All-State, while Watts was also selected to be a part of the All-Star Classic. Andrus, who will play collegiately at Limestone College, averaged a team-high 12 points per game for the Lady Warriors while adding three assists per contest. She was often leading the fast breaks for Cherokee and was the team’s most consistent outside shooter.
Watts, who signed to play collegiately at the United States Naval Academy, averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game for the Lady Warriors. She led Cherokee in scoring in the region championship, the fourth consecutive region title for the Lady Warriors, and was also named to the All-Region 4 first team and Atlanta Tipoff Club’s All-Metro team.
Greco, the lone non-Cherokee player awarded by GACA, had a senior season to remember. He was named to the North Senior Boys team for the All-Star Classic after a season that saw him become the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer and help lead the team to the state quarterfinals, its best season in program history.
Greco, a 6-foot-3-inch shooting guard, averaged 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was a first team All-Region 6AAAAAA honoree and is signed to play collegiately at Mercer University next fall.
The Cherokee Tribune 2019-20 All-County teams will be released later this week.