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Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Carlos Stewart of Dunham (Baton Rouge) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior helped the Tigers go 18-11 en route to the program's second consecutive state crown.

Stewart averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

In Dunham's 52-48 Division III state championship game victory over Newman (New Orleans), Stewart tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds, including nine of team's final 10 points to overcome a late deficit.

Stewart is a Santa Clara commit. He also received offers from Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, New Orleans, TCU, Tulane and UAB.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020

MaxPreps/AVCA
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Alabama

Skyler Bumpers


McGill-Toolen High School (Mobile, AL), 6 - 1

6'0 Senior, OH,OPP

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 17 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.77
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 3.12
Aces: 8

Georgia
Kate Perryman


North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA), 13 - 2

6'2 Senior, MB,OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 10
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 18

Indiana
Dara Milivojac


Indianapolis Lutheran High School (Indianapolis, IN), 3 - 1

Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 80
Kills/Game: 7.27
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.46
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 8.18
Blocks: 3

Mississippi
Parker Bracken

Jackson Academy (Jackson, MS), 8 - 1

5'10 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 4.13
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 2.63
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Ohio
Paige Fisher


Williamsburg High School (Williamsburg, OH), 1 - 0

5'10 Senior, S,MH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 8.00
Digs: 2
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Oklahoma
Grace Thompson


Westmoore High School (Oklahoma City, OK), 3 - 3

Senior,

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 13 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.15
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/Game: 2.62
Aces: 4

Tennessee
Shaye Eggleston

Brentwood High School (Brentwood, TN), 2 - 0

6'0 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 5.43
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Texas
Graycee Mosley

Troy High School (Troy, TX), 5 - 1
5'9 Junior, OH,DS

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 5.27
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.47
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 2.73
Aces: 14
Blocks: 2

Utah
Halle Hogan


Woods Cross High School (Woods Cross, UT), 6-1

5'8 Senior, S

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 26 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 237
Assists/Game: 9.12
Team Hitting%: 0.220
Digs: 25
Aces: 23
Blocks: 6

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About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program – The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
Sara Puckett named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Alabama High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Sara Puckett named 2020-21 MaxPreps Alabama High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Sara Puckett of Muscle Shoals is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Alabama High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game despite being the focus of opposing defenses, helping the Trojans go 15-10.

Puckett's shooting range and defensive versatility made her a tough matchup for other post players, and her ability close to the basket at both ends of the floor made her even more difficult to contend with.

A Tennessee signee, Puckett is rated the 43rd best prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
The postseason banquet after Raven Johnson's freshman season was a celebration of a state championship for Westlake (Atlanta). As part of the festivities, a representative from the company that was going to make the championship rings was there to measure everyone for their new jewelry.

"What finger do you want your ring on?" he asked. "You might win another one, so choose carefully."

Johnson, the young point guard who had to be coaxed to say much during the season, held up her hand.

"She was dead serious," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson said. "There was no smile."

"I remember it like it was yesterday," Johnson said. "I held up all four fingers and said, 'You might as well get the other three sizes too because I'm going to win four state titles.'"

Which, of course, she and Westlake did. The Lions won AAAAAAA titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020, then a AAAAAA title this season, which they parlayed into a GEICO Nationals victory and a MaxPreps National Championship.
Johnson is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year after averaging 15.1 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while leading Westlake to a 22-0 mark.

"I wouldn't call that cocky," said Johnson, who's headed to South Carolina. "I'd call that confident."

And Johnson credits that confidence for much of her success. "If you have confidence, it will carry you a long way," she said.

It didn't take long for Hankerson to recognize that Johnson was going to carry Westlake a long way. She first saw her at the local middle school which feeds Westlake.

"She was head and shoulders above the others," said the coach. "She really stood out."

And Hankerson, who's been running the show at Westlake for 26 years and played Division I basketball at Mercer, knew exactly what she was looking at.

"Raven was my point guard from Day One," she said. "The summer before she started ninth grade, I called my senior point guard over and said ‘You're getting ready to be my two guard.' "

And though Johnson obviously had the skills and the confidence, she also understood that basketball is a team game.

"As players get older, they sometimes get cliquish," Hankerson said. "The seniors just sit with the seniors, or the starters are always together. But Raven probably sat with more people than anyone I've ever coached, no matter how good they were."

At the same time, though, Johnson is ferociously competitive. She's always played with boys because "they challenge me every day. I like to compete," she said, and then pauses. "But most of all, I like to win."

She hopes to keep on winning playing for the Gamecocks and coach Dawn Staley, who's one of the greatest point guards in women's basketball history.

"She showed me videos of her playing, and I was like ‘Wow,' " said Johnson, who also knows Staley is a taskmaster.

That's OK with Johnson. "I don't like a coach who would kiss my butt. When you're screaming at me, I like that."

Of course, there's one thing she likes better.

"I like to win," she said, adding her goal at South Carolina is simple. "I just want to win a national championship."

And get another ring.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
2019 — Azzi Fudd, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
2018 — Christyn Williams, Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock, Ark.)
2017 — Megan Walker, Monacan (Richmond, Va.)
2016 — Sabrina Ionescu, Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.)
2015 — Ali Patberg, Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
2014 — A'ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.)
2013 — Diamond DeShields, Norcross (Ga.)
2012 — Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)
2011 — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2010 — Chiney Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2009 — Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington (South Bend, Ind.)
2008 — Nneka Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2007 — Maya Moore, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)
2006 — Jacki Gemelos, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
David Peavy led Duncanville to a second straight Texas Class 6A state championship and the No. 6 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings. In his three seasons at the Dallas-area school, the Panthers are 90-13 and haven't lost a playoff game. For his efforts, Peavy has been recognized as the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year.

Without an elite senior recruit, the Panthers used balance and stellar defense to finish 29-1 while winning by an average margin of nearly 25 points per game.

Duncanville avenged its only blemish of the season — an 88-85 home overtime loss to Waxahachie on Jan. 9 — with a 70-65 road win over the top seed in the regional final. The Panthers then knocked off Richardson 68-49 in the semis and beat Westlake (Austin) 66-53 for the title. 

If not for the 2020 state tournament being canceled due to the pandemic, Peavy's program could have been bidding for a three-peat. Duncanville was the top-ranked team in the state at the time the season was called off with a 29-5 record.
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
The former Dekaney (Houston) coach made quite a debut for Duncanville in 2018-19, directing them to a 32-7 mark and 6A crown.

Those two teams had elite talent with the likes of Jahmi'us Ramsey, currently with the Sacramento Kings, and Peavy's son Micah Peavey, who just transferred from Texas Tech to TCU.

This year's Panthers relied on 6-foot-4 senior guard and Sam Houston State pledge Damon Nicholas Jr., SMU signee Zhuric Phelps (15.2 points per game), 6-8 sophomore forward Ronald Holland (13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and 6-3 senior guard and Alabama State commit Juan Reyna (13.4 points per game).

Peavy has coached at the high school or college level for 25 years.

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 – No award given
2019 – Mike Thompson, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 – Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy
2017 – Wes Swift, Jonesboro (Ark.)
2016 – Pat Donnelly, U-D Jesuit (Detroit, Mich.)
2015 – Sam Duane Jr., Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 – Gary McKnight, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 – Quincy Lewis, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
2012 – Danny Henderson, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
2011 – Bob Hurley, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 – Ed Azzam, Westchester (Los Angeles)
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.