Manheim Township’s Tyler Crespo, Elizabethtown’s Larry Locker and Andrew Williams of Lancaster Country Day are the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s representatives to the all-state basketball team announced Tuesday.
The team was selected via nominations and voting by a panel of sports writers around Pennsylvania.
Crespo, a 5-9 senior guard, made the class 6A second team. He is Township’s leading career scorer (1,931 points), and led the Blue Streaks to the L-L championship and two straight state-tournament berths. He will play college basketball at Shippensburg.
“It’s pretty cool, a little bit surprising. I wasn’t really expecting it,’’ Crespo said Tuesday.
“I work at it 24/7, but winning and being with my teammates having fun is really what I’m about. All I want to do is win.’’
“This is fantastic news,’’ Township coach Matt Johns said Tuesday. “We’ve used (Crespo) as an example at our camps the past couple years. Don’t tell us you can’t do it, if you’re willing to commit, if you get in the gym and work on your skill level.’’
Elizabethtown coach Rocky Parise said Locker, a 6-5 senior, is his school’s first all-state player. He made the 5A third team.
“This makes my day,’’ Parise said. “I’ve been working with him since he was in fourth grade. We always knew he had potential.’’
Locker started to take off near the end of his junior year. It carried over to a senior year in which Locker led the Bears to their first state playoff berth in a decade, averaging 19 points per game and leading the area in highlight-reel dunks. He is E-town’s career scoring leader with 1,268 points.
“It’s very exciting, not only for myself but our team,’’ Locker said. “I think our success as a team allowed me as an individual to shine.’’
Locker will play at York College.
Williams, a 5-11 senior guard, made the A third team. He averaged 15 points, scored 1,196 career points, and led the Cougars to the District Three A championship, avenging a loss to Halifax in the previous year’s district final.
“This is unreal,’’ Williams said. “I’ve worked so hard, … I’ve gone through a lot of stuff with my family this year, and basketball has been my outlet.’’
Williams is launching a clothing brand, 2up Apparel, he hopes will raise money for poverty-stricken inner-city families. He plans to walk on the basketball team at Shippensburg.
Statewide, two players repeated as state player of the year in their classes: Abington’s Eric Dixon, a 6-7, 250-pound Villanova recruit who averaged 27.6 points and 10.4 rebounds for a 28-2, District One championship team; and Donta Scott, a 6-7 multi-position star for three-time state 4A champ Imhotep Charter. Scott, a Maryland recruit, averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds.
The 5A player of the year is Donovan “Puff,’’ Johnson on state champion Moon. Donovan, who averaged 22 points and eight rebounds, has offers from Arizona, Ohio State and Penn State.
The 3A player of the year is UConn recruit Jalen Gaffney, who played at the Westtown School, a non-PIAA boarding school in West Chester.
Jihad “Squid,’’ Watson of state champion Math, Civics & Sciences Charter in Philadelphia is the 2A player of the year. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.6 assists per outing, and assisted on the game-winning hoop in overtime in the state final.
The only non-senior POY is Derrius Ward of Sankofa Freedom Academy, which rolled to its first state title in Class A.
Ward, a 6-4 junior, averaged 16 points and had 20 points and nine assists in the state final. Ward has a scholarship offer from Murray State and interest from LaSalle, Hofstra, Rider and other mid-majors.
Coaches of the year: 6A - Dean Behrens, who led Pennridge an in unlikely run to the state final. 5A - Adam Kauffman of state champion Moon. 4A - Sath Baron, who led Lower Moreland to 28 wins and the state semifinals. 3A - Will Chavis of state semifinalist Bishop McDevitt of Wyncote. 2A - Lonnie Diggs of state champion Math, Civics & Sciences. 1A - Isaiah Thomas of state champ Sankofa Freedom.