The podium for the 14th annual WPDE Mister Hoop and Miss Hoop Zone awards have been revealed. Area coaches and media members cast their vote for the top player in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. The top 40 players in the area will be honored at the Hoop Zone Banquet this Thursday night in Myrtle Beach. WPDE's Hoop Zone Banquet special airs Sunday at 2:30 pm on WPDE NewsChannel 15.
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Alex Brown - Mullins
Mullins guard Alex Brown was voted Region 8 Class 2A player of the year. This 6-foot-4 senior was a scoring machine with more than 21 points an outing to go along with more than 8 rebounds. He was a big reason why the Auctioneers won the region championship. Brown was All-State. Brown and Jalek Felton teamed up to become the most productive offensive duo in the Pee Dee this season as they ran away with another region championship and a deep run in the playoffs. Head Coach Mark Gerald calls Brown the best combination of an athlete, student and young man with character that he's coached in his 24 years at Mullins. In the classroom -- Alex Brown has recorded a 3-point-5 GPA.
Jalek Felton - Mullins
Jalek Felton of Mullins is one of the top rated freshmen in the country. The 6-foot-3 phenom is the nephew of New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton. Jalik ripped the nylon for 21 points a game this year. He's improved his outside shot this season and is not afraid to take it to the rack. He had three steals a game this year and dishes out six assists a game for the Auctioneers. Felton already has plenty of travel ball experience on the AAU level and his dream is to follow in uncle Raymond's footsteps and one day sign with the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Frankie Johnson - Darilngton
Darlington's Frankie Johnson led the Falcons to the Region 6 Class 3A Championship. The 5-foot-6 Johnson was also voted conference player of the year and made All-State. This tiny sophomore has a high basketball I.Q. and he's quick as lightning -- grabbing nearly five steals a game. He has great court awareness and an excellent shooting touch beyond the arc. Falcons head coach Ken Howle says Frankie is a gym rat who constantly works on his game. Johnson is a 3-year starter who averaged 18 points a game this season with nearly four assists.
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Sade Eli, Timmonsville
Sade Eli is the reigning Miss Hoop Zone. She was named State Class 1A Player of the Year following her senior season with the Lady Whirlwinds. She led Timmonsville to a state championship as a sophomore. With Eli in charge on the court -- Timmonsville made it to the state semi-finals the past two seasons. She averaged nearly 20 points a game this year with almost 9 rebounds and over five assists a game. Timmonsville is one of the most winningest high school basketball players in the state over the past five years -- posting an impressive record of 93 wins and just 14 losses. Eli finished her career at Timmonsville with 2-thousand 6-hundred and 32 points. 8th most in state history.
Shaunice Fulmore, Lake City
Lake City's Shaunice Fulmore made the Class 3A All-State team for a third straight season. This phenominal junior talent led the Lady Panthers with an average of nearly 22 points a game. Fulmore now has more than 15-hundred points in her high school career. And she's not afraid to hit the glass -- she collected seven caroms a contest. Fulmore also made All-Region as a volleyball player and she's an honor student at Lake City High.
Tyshanna Lester, Dillon
Dillon Wildcats senior guard Tyshanna Lester is a four time Hoop Zone and Class 2A All-State selection. She scorched the nets for 23 points a game on the way to winning region player of the year honors and leading Dillon to a perfect record in the regular season. Lester is quick on defense -- averages a whopping 7 steals a game and she gets her teammates involved -- with six assists every time she steps on the floor.
Past Mr. Hoop Zone winners:
2001 - Raymond Felton, Latta (New York Knicks)2002 - Raymond Felton, Latta (New York Knicks)2003 - Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) 2004 - Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks)2005 - Cassan Breeden, Marlboro County (Florida State,College of Charleston)2006 - Bryant Julious, Hemingway (Francis Marion)2007 - Cliff Matthews, Cheraw (Atlanta Falcons)2008 - Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard, Georgetown (East Tennessee State)2009 - Eric Smith, Mullins (South Carolina, Coastal Carolina)2010 - Jordan Scott, Darlington (College of Charleston) 2011 - Sammie Davis, Darlington2012 - Marqui McKelvy, Marion2013 - Jaylen Shaw, Hartsville (South Carolina)
Past Miss Hoop Zone Winners:
2001 - Patrice Holmes, Lee Central (Middle Tennessee State)2002 - LaTangela Atkinson, Lee Central (UNC, WNBA)2003 - Sasha Reaves, Mullins (NC State) 2004 - Christina Dewitt, North Myrtle Beach (UNC)2005 - Christina Dewitt, North Myrtle Beach (UNC)2006 - Tomay Johnson, Andrews (Landar)2007 - Ashley Clarke, Myrtle Beach (East Carolina)2008 - Ashley Clarke, Myrtle Beach (East Carolina)2009 - Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)2010 - Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)2011 - Jasmine Phillips, Hartsville2012, Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)2013, Sade Eli, Timmonsville