CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Throughout his high school basketball career, Brett Morris was often referred to as the "Best-kept secret" in the state as Webster County High School is tucked away in an isolated part of West Virginia, an area stuck outside of most media's primary markets.
Some secrets are impossible to keep hidden though and on Thursday, Morris was selected as the first-team captain for the Class AA boys basketball all-state team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Morris, who was the top vote-getter in his class, led the Highlanders to within a game of a second consecutive state tournament appearance but Webster was ousted by North Marion is a thrilling double overtime Region 1 co-final. He finished his senior season leading the Highlanders in five statistical categories with averages of 25.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 4.6 blocks.
"It's definitely a huge honor," Morris said. "I was honorable mention as a sophomore and made first team last year. The whole team worked hard to get back to Charleston this year. North Marion got up early on us, we fought back but it wasn't meant to be. With the talent in Class AA, it's a huge accomplishment to make first team again and to be named the captain."
He's joined on the first team by a pair of Bluefield players - junior guards Lykel Collier and Anthony Eades - who helped the Beavers capture their first Class AA state championship since 1996.
Eades, who averaged roughly 20 points per contest, joins Morris as the only repeat selection to the Class AA first team.
Collier, was last year's second-team captain, averaged 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
"After making second team captain last year, I knew I had to work even harder this season," Collier said. "It's a great honor and it's great to get it along with Anthony. But the most important thing is we were able to win the double-A state championship. When you have team success, the individual awards come because of it."