Here is some random thoughts and research with graduations all around us. Let’s look at some four year plus accomplishments of some of the best outgoing 2018 kids. This research came from MaxPreps only.
DJ Stewart, Riverside
Before DJ is headed to Mississippi State to play, he was a 5 year player at Riverside. DJ is leaving Riverside with a 16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.6 spg. These would’ve been much higher but he struggled his 8th grade year. He still ended his high school career with 2,250 points.
DeAnthony Tipler, Ashland
Lil Tip will be headed to Booneville to play at Northeast MS CC. He leaves Ashland after 4 years and 2 games his 8th grade year . Shun Shun totaled 2,872 points for the Blue Devils. He walks away with 2 championship rings, 1 runner up and 1 semifinal appearance. His record at Ashland was 106-34. His overall averages were 22.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4 apg and 2.6 spg.
Ladarius Marshall, Forest Hill
Krunchy heads to Hattiesburg to play at Southern Miss after 4 good years at Forest Hill. He was 87-36 while there. His overall average during his playing time was 16.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 4.3 bpg.
DaQuan Smith, Holly Springs
Quanny will be headed to Murray State after scoring 2,096 points in his career. He averaged 21.8 ppg and was 81-39 in his 4 years. He has 1 runner up award also.
Robert Woodard, Columbus
Robert is headed to join DJ at Mississippi State after a combined record of 89-30 for Columbus with 2 state championship rings.
Tada and Jon D, Corinth
Tada Stricklen heads off to Morehead State in Kentucky and Jon D Warren will make his way to Arkansas Fort Smith and both had terrific years at Corinth. They recorded a 98-30 record with 1 state championship ring, 1 runner up award and 1 semifinal appearance.
Cam and Moo Moo, Okolona
Cam Smith and Ladarrius Spears will leave Okolona going their separate ways. Cam is headed to Pearl River CC and Moo Moo is moving up to Northeast MS CC. They got better every year with their state ranking go in this order: #92, #49, #15 and #8. They have 1 state championship ring, 1 runner up finish and a semifinal appearance. Their record was 102-25
Ma’Darius Hobson, Houlka
MayDay will be going to ICC next year after 5 years at Houlka. He scored an amazing 3,064 points at Houlka. His 5 year average is 23.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.8 apg and 3.1 spg. He has 3 semifinals appearances behind him with a combined 108-49 record.
Jay, Kelton and Mallory, Ingomar
Jay Pickens and Kelton Hall are both 5 year players headed to Northwest MS CC. Their record leaving Ingomar is 127-54 with 2 semifinal appearances. They depart with a combined 5,186 points scored.
Most of you know that I really don’t cover girls basketball but sometimes you have to recognize the real. Mallory Russell leaves Ingomar heading to Northwest MS CC also. She takes with her 3 state championship rings and a semifinal appearance. 3 championships is impressive but so is her record in 6 years of play. Yes, since 7th grade she compiled 177 wins on the high school level with 47 losses. 32 of the 47 came on her junior high years. This is of note for all Coaches wanting to go young and rebuild from the junior high up. Coach Adair improved on the state rankings by this each year with 7th and 8th graders playing: #180, #106, #40, #10, #9 and #5. If you can handle the couple bad years it will pay off in the long run.