Posted On: 03/20/18 8:00 AM

Now that the 2017-18 season is over and the championship trophy made its way back to Covington Catholic, the post season looms large. Before we move into AAU season and publish our final class of 2018 rankings, we need to recognize the players who made the most impact across the Bluegrass State in the regular season and into the postseason. Team success is taken into consideration with these teams and not just the individual statistics that players accumulated during the season. Here is the 2017-2018 Prep Hoops Kentucky Third Team:

Trey James, Sheldon Clark – The 6’11 freshman Center shot 60% from the floor and blocked nearly 8 shots per game. Over the course of the season, Trey averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds per game and recorded several triple doubles.

Carter Hendricksen, Lexington Christian Academy – The Senior forward for the Eagles is headed to North Florida next season. Carter averaged nearly 19 points and 9 rebounds per game for the season. Had Hendricksen not gotten hurt in the second half of the 11th region title game, they may have beaten Scott County.

Markelo Sullivan, Fairdale – Averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds per game for one of the surprising teams in Louisville, Sullivan is an electrifying scorer who will be a nice college player.

Stephon Franklin, Doss – Another senior guard from Louisville, Franklin ended a nice career at Doss by averaging 14 points and 4 rebounds while being one of the best passers in the city. Franklin’s college path is undecided but he’s going to be a good college player when all is said and done.

Cooper Robb, Scott County – The second best player and the senior leader for the State Runner-Up, Robb averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds for the Cardinals who putting up 50/42/76 shooting splits. When Robb was at his best, he was great. When Scott County was at their best, it was usually because of Robb.

Justin Powell, Trinity – The 6’5′ sophomore guard only averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds per game but Powell was one of the best players on one of the best teams in the state. Powell continues to rack up high major scholarship offers. This time next year Justin is likely to nearly double his sophomore season averages.

Ksuan Casey, Madisonville-North Hopkins – Casey can score with his back to the basket and can stretch the floor. Ksuan averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Maroons and shot 59% from the field along with being 6/12 from 3 for the year. In a state that has very few bigs, Casey is one of the best.

Steven Fitzgerald, Pulaski County – Fitzgerald finished off a long high school career by averaging nearly 31 points and 9 rebounds per game. Steven will attend Samford next season and expects to contend for playing time as a freshman with the Bulldogs.00