Our top boys players

By Brandon Speck

TOP Player
Keldrick Lesley
Booneville
Vitals: Guard, 6-2, senior
Facts: 14.9 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 3.3 apg. … signed to play basketball at Northeast Mississippi CC … had three double-doubles … scored a season-high 26 against Okolona in the second game of the season.
Coach speak: “He played his best in big games against quality people and sacrificed some of what he was doing on the offensive end of the floor to make sure he slowed down the best player on the other team.” – Michael Smith
The Team
Rashon Coleman
Tupelo
Vitals: Point guard, 5-9, senior
Facts: 15.5 ppg, 4.4 apg. … Signed with Northwest Mississippi CC. … Had a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in a Hot Bed Classic win over Calera, Ala. … Scored a season-high 32 points against 3A champion Kemper County.
Coach speak: “He knows the game and has a feel for the game. He’s an outstanding shooter who makes others around him better. He does what a good point guard will do and certainly is a leader.” – Grant Pate
Dee Gates
Baldwyn
Vitals: Point guard, 5-7, junior
Facts: 15.1 ppg, 5.0 apg. … All-Division 1-2A. Named All-Prentiss County, All-North State and All-State Tournament Team. … Scored a season-high 28 points against New Albany on opening night.
Coach speak: “One of best basketball players I’ve coached. He can score a lot of different ways, which can make him a defender’s worst nightmare.” – Jason McKay
Kenny Paul Geno
Booneville
Vitals: Forward, 6-6, junior
Facts: 13.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg. … Selected to play in the MAC Junior All-Star Game July 10 in Clinton. … Took more than 40 charges and blocked nearly two shots per game. … Shot 56 percent from the floor. … Had 13 double-doubles.
Coach speak: “Kenny just never stops. He’s relentless on going for the ball and does so many little things to help you win the game, taking charges, blocking shots.” – Michael Smith
Javon Green
Shannon
Vitals: Point guard, 5-10, senior
Facts: 19.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.8 rpg. … Co-MVP of Division 1-4A … Held to single digit-scoring only once during the season … Had a triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win against Pontotoc Jan. 27 …. Took 13 charges.
Coach speak: “He ran the team and did a good job of creating for others. He’s so quick at getting to the basket that other teams had to help out and it opened things up others.” – Cedric Brim
Moses Kingsley
New Albany
Vitals: Center, 6-9, junior
Facts: 12.5 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 7.0 bpg. … ESPNU’s top-ranked player in Mississippi and No. 33 on 2013 Super 60. … Drawing heavy interest from Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Tulane. … Selected for the MAC Junior All-Star Basketball Game on June 10 in Clinton. … Named Division 2-4A Defensive MVP last two years. … Invited to Lebron James Skills Academy last year. … 2011 Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen. … Named honorable mention all-state.
Coach speak: “He works hard, makes guys around him a lot better. He’s a very unselfish player, a team-first kind of guy. He looks to get his teammates involved first.” – Brad Gray
Dexter Stafford
Biggersville
Vitals: Forward, 6-2, senior
Facts: 17.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg., 1.2 bpg. … Had four double-doubles, including 25 points and 13 boards in a 84-73 win against Saltillo. … Division 1-1A Player of the Year … First-team All-Alcorn County. … All-State Tournament team.
Coach speak: “He was the backbone of our team, not only a scorer and rebounder but creates and makes everyone better.” – Cliff Little
Anthony Tucker
Hickory Flat
Vitals: Guard, 6-2, senior
Facts: 17.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg. … Took 40 charges, second most in state. … Scored his 1,000th career point and grabbed his 500th career rebound. … Named to Class 2A North State All-Tournament Team and MS/AL All-Star Game. … Scored season-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds at Tupelo. …Had seven double-doubles.
Coach speak: “He was at his best in the biggest and most important games. An overachiever who game-in, game-out, guards the best opponent.” – Michael Seger
Duke Upshaw
Baldwyn
Vitals: Forward, 5-10, 8th grade
Facts: 17.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg. … Scored game-high 30 points in an 82-37 win against New Site. … Named All-Division 1-2A and All-North State Tournament Team. … Named 1-2A Best Offensive Player.
Coach speak: “Very explosive player who can score a lot of different ways. That makes him hard to defend.” – Jason McKay
Deione Weeks
Corinth
Vitals: Forward, 6-3, senior
Facts: 16.5 ppg, 3.5 apg., 5.8 rpg. … Plans to play both basketball and football at Northeast Mississippi CC … Division 1-4A Offensive Player of the Year … Named team MVP … Led Warriors in steals and was second in assists … Had four double-doubles, including the state semifinals and finals.
Coach speak: “He’s so versatile. He handles the ball out top and almost at the point at times. He’s a great passer for a big man and can guard several positions.” – Keith Greene
Lakee Westbrook
Shannon
Vitals: Guard, 6-1, junior
Facts: 16.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, team-high 72 steals. … Chosen to play in the MAC Junior North-South All-Star Game in Clinton July 10. … Named All-Division 1-4A. … Had four double-doubles. … Scored season-high 23 against Pontotoc and Ashland.
Coach speak: “It’s like we’ve got two point guards on the floor (with Javon Green). Westbrook can shoot it. He can shoot it lights out and has a good all-around game.” – Cedric Brim
Compiled by Brandon Speck