Boys basketball: GW star Eddy repeats as All-Kanawha Valley Player of the Year
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With less internal debate as there has been in years, George Washington senior Luke Eddy has been chosen by the Charleston Daily Mail as the Kanawha Valley boys basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Eddy, a 6-foot guard, led the area in the scoring in the 2012-13 season and in doing so, nearly propelled the otherwise rebuilding Patriots to a 20-win season. But while he led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals, perhaps the most noteworthy element of Eddy's season was his growth as a player, GW Coach Rick Greene said.
"A lot of it was hard for Luke because everyone was so inexperienced," Greene said. "It made him really concentrate on basic things and improve those things. It was like, 'Luke, you can't be giving people no-look passes and going between their legs. They're not there yet.'
"He really adapted well, though, and I couldn't be prouder of him the way he responded and became a leader."
Eddy, who has signed to play at Elon University of the Southern Conference, started for a healthy portion of his freshman season in 2009-10, then helped lead GW to a Class AAA state championship his sophomore year.
In fact, Riverside's upset of GW in sectional play on Feb. 27 ended Eddy's quest to play in four state tournaments in his high school career.
The Patriots, who lost four starters from their Class AAA runner-up team from 2012, finished 18-5. They finished the regular season ranked sixth in the Associated Press Class AAA poll, a development that seemed highly unlikely at the start of the season.
By season's end, Eddy pushed his career total to 1,306 points.
Eddy was not the lone 1,000-point scorer honored on the All-Kanawha Valley team. Nitro senior point guard Angelo Sirianni passed the milestone in a win at rival St. Albans on Jan. 22. He eventually led the Wildcats (11-14) to the verge of a state tournament berth, as they fell to Huntington in a Region 4 co-final by seven points.
Although he averages less than 10 points per game, South Charleston senior point guard Ra'Shaud Kincaid carried the scoring load for the Black Eagles (23-2) early in the season, before the emergence of sophomore swing guard A.D. Cunningham. Kincaid then reverted to his role as distributor and speedy defender, and few coaches would contest his abilities as one of the best pure point guards in West Virginia.
Kincaid, and fellow first-team selection Henry Sorsaia of Hurricane (20-5), will represent the Kanawha Valley in the Class AAA state tournament, which begins Wednesday. Sorsaia, a 6-4 junior wing, has averaged a double-double of 14.1 points and 11 rebounds in a breakout season that has resulted in Hurricane's first Class AAA state tournament appearance.
Capital struggled through a season in which the Cougars (8-15) used more than 20 players to score points on the varsity level. One constant through the year was flashy guard Carrington Morris, a 6-1 junior who averaged 20.1 points per game.
In a year in which numerous coaches made impressive statements with youthful teams - Greene and Poca's Allen Osborne included - the award for Kanawha Valley Coach of the Year goes to Hurricane third-year coach Lance Sutherland.
Sutherland designed a strenuous early season schedule for the Redskins that he believed would ready his young team for a state tournament run, and it paid off. The school had not reached the state quarterfinals since the 1953 season, and enters Wednesday morning's quarterfinal against Beckley with a lineup largely guided by underclassmen.
Nitro freshman Trevon Taylor, who averaged 10.1 points for the Wildcats, heads the Daily Mail's second annual All-Rookie team, and was named as Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year.
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