It was a banner year for area basketball teams, and four athletes have received post-season accolades their performances during the season.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association announced all-state teams last week and both LaFayette High School and Chambers Academy had two players selected. In addition, LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill was named ASHAA Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the Class 2A state title.
LaFayette’s senior center and Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes headlined the selections. He was named first-team all-state in Class 2A. Barnes led the Bulldogs to their fourth state basketball championship in school history with a dominant 28-point performance in the title game win over Elba. He averaged 20.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7 blocks per game in the Final Four, and for the season, Barnes had 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for LHS.
Chambers Academy senior guard Tae Henry was named first-team all-state in the AISA. Henry led the Rebels to a 20-8 record and a runner-up finish in Class 1A. He scored 23 points in the title game and was named to the Final Four all-tournament team. He was also an integral part of the Rebels 2014 state championship team.
Henry, who averaged 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season, is in line for more post-season honors. He was one of three AISA players named as a finalist for Player of the Year. The winner will be announced on April 2 at the annual Alabama Sports Writers Association awards banquet at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.
Coach Threadgill has had incredible success in his four seasons at LaFayette. His team finished with a 25-5 record this season, which included the Area 8 title and Central Region title, in addition to the state championship.
Threadgill also led the Bulldogs to the state championship game in just his second season and has reached the playoffs every year since he took over the program. He has guided the Dogs to an 80-36 record since 2011.
In addition to being selected as Coach of the Year, Threadgill was also tapped to help coach in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star basketball game that took place last weekend.
LaFayette sophomore guard Jatarvious Whitlow was named second-team all-state in Class 2A. Whitlow played an integral role in the Bulldogs’ title run in his first season as a starter. He was outstanding in the Regional Tournament, earning MVP honors there. He averaged 20.5 points in the Final Four and was named to the all-tournament team. Whitlow averaged 15 points per game for LHS this season.
Chambers Academy senior guard Jay Tinsley was named second-team all-state in the AISA. Tinsley finished an outstanding career at CA by averaging 17.2 points and 5.8 blocks per game this season. He was named to the AISA Final Four all-tournament team for his role in leading the Rebels’ to a runner-up finish in Class 1A.