Posted On: 09/10/19 2:30 PM

Preseason Player of the Year: 2020 Ryan Hurd, Cherokee

The 6-6 forward stuffed the stat sheet for the Braves, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks, while finishing second in assists and steals. With 99% of the team's scoring back, this could be the surprise team to win the league, and Hurd would be the biggest reason why.


First Team

2020 Ryan Hurd, Cherokee (15.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists)

The leading returning scorer and rebounder in the league, Hurd is the key piece for a Cherokee team that could make the leap towards the top of the conference this year. 

2022 Ty Van Essen, Western Christian (6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 65.6 FG%) 

Van Essen played in just eight varsity games last year for the Wolfpack, but the 6-5 sophomore forward was incredibly productive, shooting above 65% from the floor. With lots of production gone from one of 2A's best programs, look for Van Essen to emerge as one of the league's best players this year. 

2022 Karter Petzenhauser, Spencer (14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals)

Petzenhauser was one of the

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