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March 28, 2013

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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.

Memphis signee RaShawn Powell, who averaged 27.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.8 steals, was selected as the 8A Player-of-the-Year after leading Dr. Phillips (20-8) to the regional finals.

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
Powell, a 6-1 point guard and Memphis signee, averaged 27.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game and made 89 3-pointers in leading the Panthers to a 20-8 season and the regional finals.

Chris Perry, Bartow, Senior, Forward, Class 7A Player of the Year
Perry, a 6-8 power forward who has signed with South Florida, averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds a game in leading the Yellow Jackets to the state semifinals. He was chosen to play for the U.S. 22-and-under Elite Team.

Zachary Johnson, Miami Norland, Junior, Guard, Class 6A Player of the Year
Johnson, an athletic 6-2 junior, averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.2 rebounds per game and made 115 3-pointers in leading the Vikings to their second straight state championship.

Erik Thomas, Wesley Chapel, Senior, Forward, Class 5A Player of the Year
The 6-5 Thomas was one of the state's most prolific scorers, averaging 32.7 points and adding 16.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game while connecting on 56% from the field for the Wildcats.

Joel Berry, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Junior, Guard, Class 4A Player of the Year
Despite missing the first eight games (knee injury), the 6-foot Berry, a North Carolina commit and 2012 Mr. Basketball, led LHP to its first state title, averaging 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals a game.

Grayson Allen, Providence School of Jacksonville, Junior, Guard, Class 3A Player of the Year
The 6-5 Allen led the Stallions to a 31-1 record and their second state title (2009), averaging 19.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game with 48% FG and 81% FT. He totaled 58 points in their two Final Four wins.

Ivan Canete, Boca Raton Grandview Prep, Senior, Guard, Class 2A Player of the Year
Canete, a 6-4 guard, averaged 24 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in leading the Pride to their first state title. He shot 62% from the field, 46% from 3-point range and 84% from the foul line.

Chris Walker, Bonifay Holmes County, Senior, Forward/Center, Class 1A Player of the Year
Walker, a 6-9 McDonald's All-America who has signed with Florida, led the Blue Devils to their first state title, averaging a triple-double (25 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks per game) in their two Final Four wins.

Following are the eight finalists for Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year:

Josh Kohn, Oviedo Hagerty, Class 8A Coach of the Year
After guiding the Huskies to a state runner-up finish in 2012, Kohn, who is in his eighth season at Hagerty, led them to a school-record 27-5 mark and their first state championship.

Melvin Randall, Pompano Beach Ely, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Randall, the reigning Class 7A COY, led the Tigers to a 28-1 season that was capped by their second straight state championship, the third state title in his tenure (2007) and fourth overall for the program.

Lawton Williams III, Miami Norland, Class 6A Coach of the Year
Williams, who is the reigning Class 6A COY, guided the Vikings to a 26-5 record and their second straight state title, the program's fourth state championship in the last eight years.

Neal Goldman, Tampa Jesuit, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Goldman, a veteran coach of 26 years, led the Tigers to their best season in history as Jesuit posted a 31-1 record en route to winning the program's first state championship.

Jeff Turner, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Class 4A Coach of the Year
In his eighth and final season as head coach at LHP, Turner, the school's new Associate Athletic Director, guided the Highlanders, who were the 2012 state runner-up, to a 24-5 record and their first state title.

Jim Martin, Providence School of Jacksonville, Class 3A Coach of the Year
Martin, a 13-year coaching veteran at Providence, led the Stallions to a 31-1 season and the state title, their second state championship under his direction (2009).

Joe Dawson, Boca Raton Grandview Prep, Class 2A Coach of the Year
Seven was the lucky number for Dawson, a repeat winner as Class 2A COY who led the Pride to their seventh consecutive Final Four appearance, a 30-2 record and their first state championship.

Poe White, Bonifay Holmes County, Class 1A Coach of the Year
In his eighth year, White led the Blue Devils to their first state title by guiding them to a 20-8 record and ending the season on a 10-game winning streak that included wins over the state's top three ranked teams.

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