All-RECORD Basketball Team

Robinson goes back-to-back

Jags center tops All Record Boys Basketball Team for 2nd straight season

By DONNELL COLEY
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Posted 3/18/22

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All-RECORD Basketball Team

Robinson goes back-to-back

Jags center tops All Record Boys Basketball Team for 2nd straight season

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Player of the Year: Damien Robinson, C, Overhills

12.9 pts, 10.2 reb, 1.3 blk

One of the closest races in recent history saw the Jags’ charismatic big man take top honors for a second consecutive year.

Robinson paced all Record players in rebounds for the third straight season and had an area-high 11 double-doubles including six in the final seven games. 

“That was actually one of my goals this year, to get (player of the year) again,” Robinson said after leading Overhills to a 16-8 overall record — 9-0 against Harnett County teams — and a return to the state playoffs.

“Me having that two years in a row just lets you know how hard I worked for it.”

A more well-rounded roster this season caused the selfless senior to defer on offense some nights, but he still managed to finish second in scoring while earning a first-team All American Conference selection.

Defensively, Robinson paced the Jags in rebounds and blocks for a third straight season. He tied a career-high 18 boards twice, including a hefty 20-point, 18-rebound performance during the 75-66 win over Cape Fear on Nov. 29.

Robinson fittingly concluded his prep career with a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds, during the team’s first-round playoff loss at Lumberton on Feb. 22.

“It’s been a long four years. I loved every bit of it,” he said with a smile. 

“I just love Overhills, man. It’s a fun basketball program to be a part of and it’s a really good school.”

Whether he was leading the Jags’ cheering efforts or flushing a game-changing slam, Robinson made his impact known on a consistent basis.

Few were more complimentary than Overhills coach Michael Stephens, who summed up Robinson’s lasting impression for a budding program.

“I’m gonna miss him. He just has such a great personality ... and he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body,” said Stephens.

FIRST TEAM

Zeke Brock, PG, Cape Fear Christian

17.8 pts, 10.8 ast, 2.7 stl

The 6-foot guard enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, pacing the entire state — while ranking second in the country — in assists per game, according to Maxpreps.com.

Brock had 10 games with double-digit assists, including six with 15-plus dimes. He ended with a career-high 18 assists in the win over Bethel Christian Academy on Dec. 30.

The Eagles’ floor general was an equal scoring threat, finishing second in points per game among Record area players. He scored double figures all but two games, had nine double-doubles and a career-best 27 points with 15 assists during the Jan. 6 win over Berean Baptist.

Brock figures to become a familiar name in local hoops circles and looks to be a top contender for next season’s player of the year honor.

Deshawn Woods, G/F, Cape Fear Christian

25.9 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.9 stl

Woods led CFCA to a 15-12 season that concluded in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association state playoffs.

The senior wing led all area players, and ranked 15th statewide, in points per contest.

Woods finished with double figures in all but one game, surpassed 30 points seven times and had a pair of 40-point masterpieces. He poured in a career-high 44 points to help lift CFCA to an 82-67 win against Wake Christian Academy on Jan. 16.

The three-level scorer also shot 38% from deep and had a career-high seven 3s in the win over Fayetteville Christian on Feb. 8

Chase Norris, F, South Johnston

14.3 pts, 7.2 reb

Norris led a rebuilding South team in scoring and ranked top five in points per game among Record players.

He netted double figures in every contest of the Mount Olive Pickle Classic and continued his scoring efficiency through Quad County Conference play. Norris’ top performance came on Jan. 27, when he dropped a game-high 30 points during the historic 110-96 loss to Smithfield-Selma, which broke a modern day school record for most team points.

The junior swing forward was also one of the area’s top rebounders, finishing second on the team and fifth among Record players. Norris also earned one of the team’s two all-conference honors.    

Ayden Gittens, F, Overhills

14.3 pts, 5.3 reb, 2.0 ast

The springy Jags veteran began his final prep season by taking MVP honors during the Bennie Pollock Memorial tournament in November.

He ranked top five among Record players in scoring, posting three games over 20 points including a season-best 25 in the opening win over Triton.

Gittens led Overhills to an unprecedented eighth straight Harnett County title, notching career highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks.

He also earned a first-team nod from the All American Conference after helping the Jags to a 9-5 league record.

SECOND TEAM

Jalen Evans, PG, Triton: 11.5 pts, 3.4 ast, 2.0 stl

Davis Williams, G, Midway: 14.8 pts, 3.1 ast, 3.2 reb

Will Heard, G/F, Triton: 12.9 pts, 2.8 reb, 1.6 stl

Jay Byron, G/F, Overhills: 9.3 pts, 3.5 reb, 2.2 ast

Lucas Layman, F/C, South Johnston: 8.1 pts, 7.8 reb

Honorable Mention

Quez Jones, G, Harnett Central

Josiah McLaurin, G, Hobbton

Yabdiel Cruz, G, Overhills

Wyatt Holland, G, Midway

Nate McKoy, F/C, Triton

Chris Mills, F/C, Harnett Central

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