Meet the 2022-23 All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Published 2:23 am Saturday, April 29, 2023

The DL All-Area is made up of players from Wesson, Brookhaven Academy, Loyd Star, Brookhave High, Enterprise, Bogue Chitto  and Lawerence County

Christian Davis, Wesson

A senior, Davis was one of the best pure scoring guards in the area as he and the Cobras (6-16) competed in a tough MHSAA 3A region. Capable of playing either guard spot, the 5-foot-6 Davis is a repeat All-Area selection. Averaged 23.5 points, 4.3 rebound, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game for coach Rusty Newman. Named All-Region 7-3A, Davis scored a career high 43 points in a win over Puckett this season.

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Trevor Fortenberry, Brookhaven Academy

A senior, Fortenberry used his size and athleticism to lead the Cougars (9-22) in nearly every statistical category. Able to play on the perimeter or in the paint, the 6-foot-3 Fortenberry is a repeat All-Area selection. Averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game for coach Josh Watts. A MAIS All-Star in football and hoops, he’s signed to play wide receiver next year for Co-Lin football.

Jalen Haliburton, Brookhaven High 

A junior, Haliburton is smooth with the ball and was the go-to offensive threat for the Panthers (11-17) this season. Capable of making long shots or attacking the basket and getting to the goal, the 6-foot-1 Haliburton was tabbed as an MAC All-Star game selection. Averaged 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.1 assists per game for coach Charlton Grey. Haliburton is the son of former BHS high-flyer Melvin Smith.

Shomari Jenkins, Bogue Chitto

A junior, Jenkins is a guy who does a little bit of everything to help the Bobcats (21-6) get the job done as one of the team’s primary ball-handlers and leaders. Able to play at different speeds, the 6-foot guard doesn’t get rattled when he has a defender hugging his hip tightly. An All-Region selection, he’s a repeat All-Area pick after averaging 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.1 assists per game for coach Marc Howard.

Noah Magee, Bogue Chitto

A sophomore, Magee has grown into a versatile player for the Bobcats (21-6) as he’s one of  best spot up shooters and the primary rim-protector for his team. The 6-foot-4 Magee stepped into an increased role offensively this season and responded by averaging 11.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.9 blocks per game for coach Marc Howard. A three-sport athlete who plays football and baseball for the Bobcats, his twin sister Neeli starts at point guard for the BC girls’ basketball team.

Landon McNickles, Enterprise

A sophomore, McNickles used his size to muscle past defenders in leading the Yellow Jackets (7-13) in scoring this season. Picked as the Region 7-1A Offensive MVP, the 6-foot-1 McNickles averaged 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.1 assists per game coach Shane Adams. Was also tabbed for the All-Area football team as a quarterback for the Yellow Jackets.

Nathan Mills, Loyd Star

A junior, Mills stepped into an increased role offensively and was one of the best rebounders and defenders this season for the Hornets (13-12). Very effective with his ability to score off the dribble via floaters and layups, the 6-foot-1 Mills averaged 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game for coach Seth Britt. A three-sport star who also played quarterback in football and shortstop in baseball this year for Loyd Star.

Willie “JJ” Rice, Brookhaven High

A senior, Rice was the next man up in a long and proud linage of pure Panther (11-17) point guards. Strong with the ability to handle opposing defensive pressure, the 5-foot-10 Rice averaged 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game for coach Charlton Grey. Sank 53 3-pointers for a BHS team that made the MHSAA 5A playoffs.

Keith Taylor, Lawrence County

A senior, Taylor could put up scoring numbers as good as anyone in the area for a tough team of LC Cougars (19-11) that reached the second round of the MHSAA 4A playoffs. Worked hard to add a midrange element to his game and averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for coach Pat Bridges. The 5-foot-11 Taylor scored 32 points in a win over Mendenhall this season while earning All-Region honors.

Colby Terrell, Loyd Star

A junior, Terrell was he usual reliable, rugged self in the paint and around the basket for the Hornets (13-12) in 2022-2023. With basketball running deep in his bloodline, Terrell led the Hornets with 17.6 points per game. The 6-foot-2 Terrell is a repeat All-Area selection that also put up 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game for coach Seth Britt. Scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a close loss to East Marion.

Honorable Mention

Grayson Coates, Wesson

Randy Crisler, Bogue Chitto

Trey Jones, Lawrence County

Jacob Sanford, Brookhaven Academy

Julius Smith, Loyd Star

Sangyin Stewart, West Lincoln

Zackary Taylor, West Lincoln

Blake Thornton, Loyd Star

Payne Waldrop, Enterprise

Cameron Williams, Bogue Chitto