CLARKSBURG - When Jordan Simpson's name was called as one of the selections for the Class A all-tournament team at the conclusion of the 2012 boys basketball State Tournament, he arrived at center court sporting a baseball cap.
It's a look fans across the state have grown accustomed to seeing. Simpson is widely considered one of the state's best baseball players and is being recruited by a handful of NCAA Division I schools.
He's also proven to be pretty good on the basketball court.
On Monday, the 6-foot-1 senior was named the first team captain of the 2011-12 Class A boys All-State team, as announced by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
It marks the second consecutive year Simpson, who averaged 25.6 points per game and led the Hillbillies to a State Tournament appearance, has been a first team selection.
"I thought I may have a decent chance of getting All-State again but I never expected to be the captain," Simpson said. "When you look at the talent level across the state and with the other players who made all-state, it's a great honor and I'm very humbled."
Joining Simpson as a repeat selection to the first team is Madonna senior Clay Rokisky, who averaged 16.5 points per game.
Also earning first-team honors are Trinity junior Cody Triplett, Huntington St. Joseph senior Josh Pierson and Parkersburg Catholic senior Daniel Collie.
No Kanawha Valley players made the Class A All-State first team. Area players on the second team were Charleston Catholic sophomore Nick George and Buffalo junior Levi Jordan.
George helped lead the Irish to the Class A title and averaged 13.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Jordan put up 16.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Bison.
George's Catholic teammate, Haston Gerencir (13.4 ppg) made the All-State third team.
Triplett was a third-team pick last year, and this season became the main scoring option for Warriors, who qualified for the State Tournament from Region 2.
He averaged 23.8 points and nine rebounds. Pierson, a second-team honoree in 2011, averaged 23 points per game. Collie led the Crusaders at 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Jordan Burdette and Casey Kessler, a pair of seniors from Midland Trail, also earned first-team honors. Burdette averaged 20.5 points per game as well as 3.2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Kessler scored 19 points per contest along with 9 rebounds. The duo helped the Patriots advance to the State Tournament semifinals.