5 boys players worthy of Mr. Basketball award

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Here’s a look at five Nashville-area standouts who were on my Mr. Basketball ballot. Michael Murphy

Summit senior John Carter(Photo: Michael Murphy / USA Today Network – Tennessee)

With just more than a week remaining in the high school basketball regular season, there have been several Nashville-area standouts worthy of consideration for TSSAA Mr. Basketball awards.

The Mr. Basketball awards are considered regular-season awards, which are given to the top player in each of the TSSAA’s five classifications. All Tennessee high school basketball head coaches and members of the media can vote on the award.

Here’s a look at five players who were on my ballot:

John Carter

Summit (Class AAA)
6-4, Sr., SG
College plans: Signed with Navy
Season statistics: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals per game

Why chosen: Carter has been in the District 11-AAA-leading Spartans’ success this season, posting a team-leading 17 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field.

Darius Garland

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Brentwood Academy junior Darius Garland (10) (Photo: Mark Zaleski / For The Tennessean)

Brentwood Academy (DII-AA)
6-1, Jr., PG
College plans: Offers from Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, ,
Season statistics: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2 steals per game.

Why chosen: Garland, the nation’s top-ranked junior point guard according to 247Sports, already has one Mr. Basketball award to his credit, and the prized 2018 prospect’s game has only grown since his stellar sophomore campaign.

Bo Hodges

Maplewood senior Bo Hodges (Photo: Michael Murphy / USA Today Network – Tennessee)

Maplewood (Class AA)
6-3, Sr., G/F
College plans: Signed with ETSU
Season statistics: 25.8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks per game

Why chosen: Hodges missed four games earlier this season with a nagging knee injury, but when healthy, the athletic 6-foot-3 swingman has been among the state’s most unstoppable players. Hodges was Mr. Basketball a year ago.

Tyreke Key

Clay County senior Tyreke Key (Photo: Michael Murphy / USA Today Network – Tennessee)

Clay County (Class A)
Basics: 6-3, Sr., PG
College plans: Signed with Indiana State
Season statistics: 38.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game

Why chosen: Key, a two-time all-state selection and Mr. Basketball finalist a season ago, has consistently been among the state’s most prolific scorers this season, posting an eye-popping 38.1 points per game for the third-ranked Bulldogs.

Ruot Monyyong

Whites Creek senior Ruot Monyyong (40) (Photo: Michael Murphy / USA Today Network – Tennessee)

Whites Creek (Class AA)
6-9, Sr., C
College plans: Bound for junior college to get grades in order
Season statistics: 18 points, 14 rebounds, 8 blocks per game

Why chosen: Monyyong has served as a double-double machine for the District 10-AA-leading Cobras, averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds per game, and the deceptively nimble big man is also among the state’s fiercest shots blockers.

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