All-Area boys basketball: Jacoby Brissett, large schools player of the year
Monday, March 28, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Dwyer boys basketball coach Fred Ross was asked to describe his star player, Jacoby Brissett.
"Jacoby just makes us go," Ross said simply.
That much was evident in the Class 5A state tournament in Lakeland, where Dwyer won its third championship in school history, thanks in large part to Brissett's outstanding performance in the title game.
With Dwyer's lead against Lake Wales cut to just nine points, Brissett scored the next eight consecutive points to end the threat and secure the title for the Panthers.
That sequence put the 6-foot-4 guard's ability on display for all to see, and it was a familiar sight for opponents.
Brissett, who will attend Florida on a football scholarship, struggled to get in basketball shape after a fantastic senior year in football, but once he did, he gave Dwyer the player it needed to go from great to virtually unbeatable.
And when it was all said and done, Brissett won his second state-title ring - he won one in football as Dwyer's quarterback in 2009 - and permanently earned a spot in the discussion of the greatest two-sport athletes in Palm Beach County history.
"I don't look at it like that," Brissett said moments after winning state. "I feel like there are players getting overlooked who are just as good as me or better. Without the players around me that's what made me the player that I am, the person that I am."
Then he smiled and joked, "I think the county is too little for me."
COACH OF THE YEAR
Didn't have any superstars on a team that reached the regional finals for the first time since 1956.
Was a consistent performer for the state champions, averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Regularly called the best shooter in the county by opposing coaches, he averaged 20.8 points per game.
West Boca Raton, Senior
The football standout led all big schools players in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game.
John I. Leonard, Senior
Scored inside and out for the Lancers, averaging 20.8 points and 4.4 assists per game.
At 6-4, a matchup problem for opposing point guards, he averaged 15 points and nearly eight assists per game, which led the area.
W: Anthony Anderson, West Boca Raton, Sr.
F: Richarson Myrthil, Atlantic, Sr.
G: Victor Adams, Dwyer, Sr.
G: Chris Hall, John I. Leonard, Jr.
W: Rigueson Desorvil, Lake Worth, Sr.
GUARDS: Quinn Cole, Palm Beach Lakes; Steven David, Santaluces; Deontrae Dixon, John I. Leonard; Cody Fobbs, Palm Beach Lakes; Jeff Fulwood, Suncoast; Wyndell Gilliam, Atlantic; Terrell Harris, Dwyer; Fred Millar, Wellington; Quintin Powell, Park Vista; Nelson Presendieu, Lake Worth; Josh Schattie, Jupiter; Dante Scholl, Spanish River; Anthony Sidden, Park Vista; Tommy Sirkin, West Boca Raton; Marquale Thomas, Atlantic; Montel Williams, Dwyer.
FORWARDS: Serge Auguste, Santaluces; Stephane Beneche, Wellington; Tyler Cameron, Jupiter; Talonzo Edwards, Royal Palm Beach; Edert Geffrard, Palm Beach Gardens; Bobby Hain, Jupiter; Estilus Lahens, Atlantic; Reggie Love, Spanish River; John Thomas, Spanish River.
CENTERS: Joel James, Dwyer; Rex Kirby, Wellington.
BEST OF THE TREASURE COAST
Fort Pierce Central: Giorgio Newberry; Jensen Beach: Alex Thompson; Martin County: Levius Louissaint, Greg Nelson; Pine School: John Dirr; Port St. Lucie: Jeremiah Baker; South Fork: Travis Wiley; Treasure Coast: Tim Debish. MVP: Akeem Johnson, FP Central.