CONYERS - Juron Dobbs was a model of consistency this winter for the Heritage boys basketball team.
Game in and game out, Dobbs was the focus of the opposing defense and yet the senior forward managed to average a double-double while helping the Patriots claim the Region 8-AAAA South subregion title.
For those reasons, Dobbs is being honored as the Player of the Year on the Citizen's 2008 All-Area Boys Basketball Team.
Legendary coach Ron Bradley is the Coach of the Year after producing a remarkable turnaround in his first season at Heritage. Bradley guided the Patriots to a 19-7 record and a subregion title, producing the most victories at Heritage in 13 seasons and second highest number of wins in 22 seasons.
Under Bradley's tutelage, Heritage posted an 8-2 mark in subregion play after finishing just 2-8 in the previous season.
What's even more impressive is how fast Bradley turned around the Patriots' fortunes. He took over the program in late spring and 10 months later guided Heritage to a subregion crown.
Here is a breakdown of the team.
· Justin Jones (Junior, Heritage): Jones provided the Patriots with solid play in the post all season, averaging 10.2 points and an outstanding 13.6 rebounds a game. The junior center's rebounding average was the second highest for a player during Bradley's 48 years of coaching. He also shot a team-high 60 percent from the field and led the squad in blocked shots at 2.7 per game.
· Zach Roddenberry (Senior, Salem): Roddenberry completed his stellar career with another strong season for the Seminoles. The senior center averaged a double-double for Salem at 15 points and 10 rebounds a game. He also shot 64 percent from the field.
· Juron Dobbs (Senior, Heritage): Dobbs' consistent scoring and rebounding were two big reasons for the Patriots' turnaround this winter. The senior forward averaged 19.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game for Heritage. He also led the Patriots in free throws. Dobbs' single-game high in points was 33. He was selected the Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year.
· Artis Clanton (Senior, Eastside): Clanton was the leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker for the Eagles this winter. The senior forward averaged 15 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game for Eastside.
· Sean Monk (Senior, Newton): Monk produced a strong all-around season playing guard and small forward for the Rams. The senior averaged 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals a game for Newton.
· Shakeem Mitchell (Junior, Heritage): Mitchell was the Patriots' most consistent outside scoring threat. The junior guard averaged 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. He paced the Patriots with 46 3-pointers, hitting 38 percent of his 3-point attempts.
· Worrel Clahar (Senior, Alcovy): Clahar capped off his career with another outstanding season for the Tigers, averaging 18.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game. The senior guard shot 44 percent from the field and connected on 39.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. His single-game high in points was 38.
· Jamon Hawkins (Junior, Newton): Hawkins produced a strong junior season for the Rams, leading the team in six statistical categories. The guard averaged 15 points a game while also leading Newton in assists (4.5), steals (3.5), 3-pointers (67), free-throw percentage and blocked shots.
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