All-Area boys basketball: Farad Cobb, small schools player of the year
Monday, March 28, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Locked in a state semifinal dogfight with Orlando Christian Prep, one of the nation's premier programs, Summit Christian desperately needed a basket.
The Saints called on Farad Cobb.
Cobb's three-pointer late in the fourth quarter gave Summit Christian a one-point lead, and his baseline floater late in the game proved to be the game-winner, earning his team a spot in the Class 1A championship game against Grandview Prep.
His 20 point-performance in the final (the same amount he scored in the semifinals) helped the Saints win their inaugural state title. If the Florida High School Athletic Association still gave out an MVP award in the state playoffs, Cobb would've won it for Class 1A.
"Any shot he wants, I want," Summit Christian coach Murray Smith said. "He's smart enough to know that I want him shooting the ball."
Cobb rewarded his coach's trust, leading the area in three-pointers made and delivering on his pre-state-tournament promise to "surprise some people."
Now the 6-foot guard becomes the second consecutive Summit Christian junior to be named the Player of the Year. Senior forward Jean Prophete followed his award-winning junior year by averaging 18.6 points and 12.1 rebounds a game this past season and helping the Saints to the title.
That's a pretty good follow-up, and it's scary to think what Cobb is capable of as a senior.
"I would love to be Farad Cobb for the next few years because his career is going to be unbelievable," Smith said.
COACH OF THE YEAR
His Saints beat Grandview Prep for the Class 1A championship. Won his third state title and first at Summit.
Summit Christian, Senior
Last year's Palm Beach Post Player of the Year had a stellar follow-up season, averaging 18.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
Grandview Prep, Senior
The 6-foot-9 Nigerian-born center, who has committed to Miami, averaged 20 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.
Lake Worth Christian, Senior
Called a "handful" by opposing coaches, Jones averaged 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Grandview Prep, Junior
Versatile player who averaged 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Pride.
Averaged 12 points per game and, with fellow guard Kevin Crescenzi, helped the Bucs reach the regional semifinals.
C: Alix Moise, Berean Christian, Sr.
F: Brandon Williams, Summit Christian, Jr.
G: Erik Sanders, St. Andrew's, Sr.
G: Eric Mance, Grandview Prep, So.
G: Zach Whitehead, Wellington Christian, So.
GUARDS: Matt Brunjes, Jupiter Christian; Ivan Canete, Grandview Prep; Sam Cogan, Pope John Paul II; Kevin Crescenzi, Benjamin; Jesse Cummings, Pope John Paul II; Gary Gladden, St. Andrew's; Camilo Hornet, Wellington Christian; Kevin Johnston, Boca Raton Christian; Ryan Lantz, Berean Christian; Ra'Vin Lee, Clewiston; Max Ralby, St. Andrew's; Kadeem Robinson, Summit Christian; John Saint Juste, Wellington Christian; Sami Sachi, Donna Klein Academy; Juan Smith, Village Academy; Keion Tyson, Village Academy; R.J. Walsh, Boca Raton Christian; Kamil Williams, Grandview Prep; Jaime Wilson, Glades Central; Kyle Yong, Summit Christian.
FORWARDS: Andrew Albert, King's Academy; Hunter Burnette, Cardinal Newman; Stefan Dombrowsky, Jupiter Christian; Ray Jones, Jupiter Christian; Dickerson Joseph, Glades Central.
CENTER: Corey Pedowitz, Donna Klein Academy.