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March 28, 2013
The eight individual class finalists for the 2013 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball and Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year were announced today following balloting by a statewide panel of high school basketball coaches and prep media representatives.
Senior Chris Perry of Bartow was recognized as the 7A Player-of-the Year. The six-foot-eight power forward averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets, who advanced to the state semifinals this season and won a state title in Perry's freshman season. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his final game against Ely in the 7A semifinals.
The USF signee, who was chosen to play for the U.S. 22-and-under Elite Team, is now a candidate for the Mr. Basketball award, which is given to the state's top overall player.
Perry's coach, Terrence McGriff, finished third in the Coach of the Year voting.
Reigning Mr. Basketball Joel Berry of Lake Highland Prep repeated as the 4A Player-of-the-Year. Despite missing the first eight games due to a knee injury, the North Carolina commit averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game in leading the Highlanders to their first state title.
Berry's coach, Jeff Turner, who stepped down as coach last week, was named the 4A Coach-of-the-Year.
Five of the eight classification winners helped lead their team to a state title, including McDonald's All-American Chris Walker of Holmes County, who averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks per game at the FHSAA Boys Basketball Finals. The Florida signee led the Blue Devils to the 1A state title, which was their first state title in school history.
The winners will be announced in April.
Here are the eight finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award:
RaShawn Powell, Orlando Dr. Phillips, Senior, Guard, Class 8A Player of the Year
Chris Perry, Bartow, Senior, Forward, Class 7A Player of the Year
Zachary Johnson, Miami Norland, Junior, Guard, Class 6A Player of the Year
Erik Thomas, Wesley Chapel, Senior, Forward, Class 5A Player of the Year
Joel Berry, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Junior, Guard, Class 4A Player of the Year
Grayson Allen, Providence School of Jacksonville, Junior, Guard, Class 3A Player of the Year
Ivan Canete, Boca Raton Grandview Prep, Senior, Guard, Class 2A Player of the Year
Chris Walker, Bonifay Holmes County, Senior, Forward/Center, Class 1A Player of the Year
Following are the eight finalists for Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year:
Josh Kohn, Oviedo Hagerty, Class 8A Coach of the Year
Melvin Randall, Pompano Beach Ely, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Lawton Williams III, Miami Norland, Class 6A Coach of the Year
Neal Goldman, Tampa Jesuit, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Jeff Turner, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Class 4A Coach of the Year
Jim Martin, Providence School of Jacksonville, Class 3A Coach of the Year
Joe Dawson, Boca Raton Grandview Prep, Class 2A Coach of the Year
Poe White, Bonifay Holmes County, Class 1A Coach of the Year