ASWA names four local basketball players to All-State teams

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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The Alabama Sports Writers Association announced its 2023-2024 All-State Boys and Girls Basketball Teams on Saturday, March 16, with four players from Covington County representing their respective schools.

The All-State Team features five players each on a First, Second, and Third Team as well as four honorable mention players in each of the AHSAA’s 1A-7A classifications and the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA).

The team was selected by the ASWA prep committee with nominations from coaches.

Red Level School senior guard Javen Poindexter was named to the Class 1A Boys First Team. He played in 22 games for the Tigers this season and averaged 38.2 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. Red Level finished with a 12-10 record under head coach Dominic Williams and fell in the 1A Area 3 Tournament semi-finals.

“Being First Team All-State means a lot to me. This recognition shows all the hard work and dedication that went into all the games, practices, and extra hours put into basketball. I’m very grateful to be selected,” Poindexter said.

Andalusia High School senior guard was named to the Class 4A Boys Second Team. He played in 30 games for the Bulldogs this season and averaged 19.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, and 3.5 steals per game. Andalusia finished with a 21-9 record under head coach Marcus Mickles and made its first appearance in the South Regional since 2018.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my basketball talents. I’ve put many years of work into this sport. It feels so good to be acknowledged as one of the top players in 4A for the state of Alabama,” Sigers said.

Florala High School junior guard was named to the Class 3A Boys Third Team. He played in all 30 games for the Wildcats this season and averaged 20.2 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game. Florala finished with a 20-10 record under head coach Troy Turman and made its second consecutive South Regional appearance.

“While this is a great achievement, me getting First Team last year set the standards for myself and my goals. Getting Third Team this year not very exciting to me, and I got outworked by multiple guys. I am ready for next year and have a lot to prove,” Coleman said.

Straughn High School freshman forward Allyx Williamson was listed on the Class 3A Girls Honorable Mention. She played in 25 games for the Lady Tigers and averaged 13.0 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, and 2.2 steals per game. Straughn finished with a 21-8 record under head coach Calen Lowery and reached the South Regional championship game for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

“I feel so honored to have been included in this group of talent from the surrounding area. There are certainly other talented girls that could have been added to this group. I am thankful for the coaching staff who believe in me and for the support of Covington County this past basketball season,” Williamson said.