The top girls and boys basketball players in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association were honored by being named the winners of the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards. The awards presentation took place on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
A statewide committee of sportswriters selected the winners based on performance during the 2015-2017 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 of the young men and women recognized this evening at the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the court throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”
This was the 33rd year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. American General was the sponsor of the event since the inception of the awards in 1985 until 2001. The Memphis Grizzlies were sponsors of the awards from 2002-2004. From 2005-2015 the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards were presented at the conclusion of each respective championship game as part of the post-game trophy ceremony.
2017 MR. AND MISS BASKETBALL WINNERS
Division II-A Miss Basketball
Ashtyn Baker, Northpoint Christian
Division II-AA Miss Basketball
Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy
Class A Miss Basketball
Kara Meadows, Clarkrange
Class AA Miss Basketball
Akira Levy, Upperman
Class AAA Miss Basketball
Anastasia Hayes, Riverdale
Division II-A Mr. Basketball
Chase Hayden, St. George’s
Division II-AA Mr. Basketball
Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy
Class A Mr. Basketball
Tyreke Key, Clay County
Class AA Mr. Basketball
Bo Hodges, Maplewood
Class AAA Mr. Basketball
Alex Lomax, Memphis East
Oak Ridge High School standout Taijon Jones had been a finalist for the AAA Mr. Basketball award, but lost out to Memphis East’s Alex Lomax, who captured the award for a second consecutive year. No players from East Tennessee were named Mr. or Miss Basketball.