Allen Strothers

Posted On: 11/15/18 12:40 PM

As we begin our final stretch into the much anticipated start to another high school season, it’s time to take a closer look at what to expect. In this series, we will be previewing various regions and classifications within the VHSL in an effort to highlight who we think are the top teams and prospects. Below we preview and predict Class 5, Region A.

TOP TEAMS

Bryan Phillips

Green Run

Maury

Menchville

Norview

Kecoughtan

Kempsville

Indian River

THE SKINNY

Jaylani Darden
Jaylani Darden was one of the most productive freshmen in the 757 last year.

Based out of the Hampton Roads area, Class 5 Region A has a mix of traditional powerhouse programs along with some up and coming programs as well. Norfolk powerhouse Maury (20-4 last year) come in as the favorites with a senior laden backcourt led by Chase Coleman and Bryan Phillips. Virginia Beach power Green Run (19-5 last year) are as deep a team in the region and led by senior All State guard Ashley James will be looking to finally get over the hump. Both Menchville and Norview sport some talented young prospects, mainly 2021s Allen Strothers and Jaylani Darden, and if they can grow up should be able to compete. Hampton and Kecoughtan always are well coached and have talent on the peninsula, and Kempsville and Indian River have some scrappy and talented pieces and could be teams that prove tricky to get by when the time comes.

PREDICTIONS

Ashley James
Ashley James is the preseason region POY.

Region Champion: Maury

Region POY: Ashley James | 6’2” PG | Green Run 2019

James has been a steady producer for Green Run over the past three seasons and has been a big reason for their success. This season as a senior, expect James to be their go-to guy, leader and what gives him the nod is that he’s probably one of the best on ball defenders in the area. His ability to get in the lane at will and shut down the opposing team’s best scorer is why he’s chosen as this year’s Class 5 Region A preseason POY.

1st Team All Region

Ashley James | 6’2” PG | Green Run 2019

Chase Coleman | 5’10” PG | Maury 2019

Allen Strothers | 6’2” PG | Menchville 2021

Jaylani Darden | 6’3” G | Norview 2021

Matt Mensia | 6’4” WF | Maury 2019

Jeremiah Lewis | 6’2” WF | Nansemond River 2019

2nd Team All Region

Jahn Hines | 6’3” WG | Norview 2020

Bryan Phillips | 6’1” PG | Maury 2019

Clarence Rupert | 6’6” PF | Maury 2020

Tyson Brown | 6’6” PF | Kempsville 2019

Jaden Keasey | 6’6” PF | Menchville 2020

Jeremiah Foster | 6’2” WG | Kecoughtan 2020

Underclassmen To Watch

Elijah White

Jaylani Darden | 6’3” G | Norview 2021

Darden made his mark early in the 757 as he had multiple triple-doubles as just a freshman. A long and lanky stat-sheet stuffing guard who can handle in transition and has good feel, he’s able to impact the game in a number of ways on both ends of the floor.

Allen Strothers | 6’2” PG | Menchville 2021

Strothers is becoming one of the top young point guards on the east coast. He has a natural feel for the game, good size and length and he’s growing into his body and becoming a tremendous athlete. 

Jacob Cooper | 5’8” PG | Green Run 2021

Cooper isn’t the biggest guy in the area, but he can flat out score the basketball. He shoots it well off the catch or the bounce, he’s able to run the pick-and-roll with a great middle game and he knows how to negate his size when finishing.

Elijah White | 5’9” PG | Kempsville 2022

It looks like White will get the keys to the Kempsville car early as he started in the Boo Williams Fall League, and he seems ready. He’s an ambidextrous point guard with a tight handle who stays low, gets in the lane and finds his shooters and scorers, making their lives easy. 

Kanye Clary | 5’6” PG | Princess Anne 2022

Clary isn’t the biggest guy, but hopefully he’ll grow because he has some special abilities to his game. He has a tight and flashy handle that allows him to break down his defenders, and he’s lightning quick with his first step allowing him to get in the lane with ease.