Two West River basketball players were honored Monday, when they were named to Class B boys basketball all-state teams, as voted on by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.
White River's Jadice Morrison was selected to the second team and Jayd VanDerWerff of Gregory was named to the third team.
Morrison led the Tigers to a fourth place finish at the state tournament and averaging 15.2 points per game, shooting 76 percent from the free throw line and hitting 61 3-pointers.
VanDerWerff also put up solid numbers for the Gorillas. He averaged 17.6 ppg and 7.8 rebounds per game. He also collected 48 steals.
A towering post player and five dynamic perimeter players make up this year’s Class B boys basketball all-state first-team.
Named to the first-team are Bridgewater-Emery’s Sawyer Schultz, Langford Area’s Mason Larson, Clark/Willow Lake’s Jacob Prouty, Sully Buttes’ Lincoln Jordre, Irene-Wakonda’s Trey King and Chester Area’s Devin Eppard.
The six players have been productive scorers and have all played in big games during their careers. Schultz, Larson, Jordre, King and Eppard have scored more 1,000 career points. Five of the six -- Schultz, Larson, Prouty, Jordre and King -- have played in state championship games.
Schultz, Larson and Jordre are repeat first-team selections. Eppard was a second-team all-stater last season.
The high-flying Schultz did a little of everything for the Huskies (22-4), who finished third at the state tournament. The explosive 6-foot-3 guard led the Huskies in scoring (23.5), assists (5), steals (2.8) and was second in rebounding (7.6). He hit a team-high 76 3-pointers, shot 49 percent from the field, 75 percent at the foul line and threw down close to 10 dunks this season. The junior has racked up 1,295 points, 463 rebounds, 310 assists, 205 steals and 77 blocked shots so far in his career.
“He kind of stepped up in a little bit more of a leadership role this year with the absence of last year’s seniors,” said Bridgewater-Emery coach Scott Schultz, who is Sawyer’s father. “So I think kind of his all-around game with that has kind of improved. His rebounds have been up a little bit and his scoring, but assists and everything went up, too.”
The athletic and bouncy Larson carried the Lions (19-7) to their third state tourney appearance in his prep career. The 6-foot-7 Larson led Langford in scoring (21.3), rebounds (9.1), blocked shots (2.5), steals (2.1) and soared above the rim for several highlight-reel slam dunks. The versatile forward dished out 84 assists, shot 49 percent from the field and 67 percent at the free-throw line.
Larson finished his career with 1,496 points, 600 rebounds and 180 blocked shots. Larson was the Spirit of Su recipient at the state tournament and is the Class B Player of the Year (awarded to the senior with the most all-state votes). He’ll play hoops next season at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The playmaking Prouty guided the Cyclones (20-6) to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. The 6-foot-1 Prouty recorded 20.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He shot 36 percent from the 3-point line, 42 percent from the field and 82 percent at the free-throw line.
The junior has registered 998 points, 315 rebounds and 203 assists in his career. He’s been a varsity player since his eighth grade season and has played in 95 career games.
The imposing Jordre protected the rim and swatted shots for the state champion Chargers (25-1). The 6-foot-9 Jordre powered Sully Buttes with 20 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game.
The lefty shot 56 percent from the field, 82 percent at the foul line and maneuvered his way around the basket for numerous dunks. Jordre finished his career with 1,066 points and will play basketball next season at Northern State University.
King did it all for Irene-Wakonda (14-8). The 6-foot-1 King tossed in 23.1 points and grabbed 6.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles, who lost to Bridgewater-Emery in the Region 5B semifinals. King shot 44 percent from the floor, 68 percent from the 3-point line and 77 percent at the foul line.
He led Irene-Wakonda in blocked shots (26), 3-pointers made (68), assists (72), steals (75) and rebounds (152). The junior has exactly 1,500 career points entering his final season.
The high-scoring Eppard paced the 9-13 Flyers, who lost to Sanborn Central/Woonsocket in the Region 4B semifinals. The 5-foot-11 Eppard averaged 24.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He shot 33 percent from the 3-point line, 38 percent from the field and 71 percent at the free-throw line.
Eppard finished his career with 1,085 points, 281 assists, 255 rebounds and 154 steals. He will play basketball next season at Dakota State University.