Lee was front and center in the All-Metro Basketball selections for the 2016-2017 season. On the boys side they garnered both the All-Metro Player of the Year, JonDatric Butler, and Coach of the Year, Coach Johnson. Butler is a much deserved award but the Coach of the Year choice has created a large amount of chatter on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are speculating heavily that Coach Johnson was awarded the honor strictly because he has his 50th birthday celebration this week. Along with these accolades Henry Ruggs III and Demond Robinson received 2nd team honors while Quinterrius Rivers was named Honorable Mention.
Actually the Coach of the Year award could not have been more deserved by Coach Johnson. Over his dozen years as the head of the program he has recorded a 221 – 165 record. He has had many outstanding basketball players come through the program but this year he had probably as many as seventeen true athletes. With exception of 6’9″ sophomore Demond Robinson, Johnson had a team of 5’10” to 6’4″ total athletes. Speed, speed, and more speed which fits Coach Johnson’s style perfectly. They played so fast and full court that opponents often had to think there were more than five players on the floor. Congrats on the honor.
JonDatric Butler was one of those athletes that fit perfectly with the Generals style of play. A four year player that has often been overlooked with the talent around him, took advantage of his opportunity to be a leader. He was an important piece of the puzzle that saw the Generals break a 17 game losing streak to Carver. The award of All-Metro Player of the Year could not have gone to a more deserving player.
Second team All-Metro members Henry (Sky High) Ruggs III certainly made the price of a ticket worth every penny. Almost half of his field goals were dunks and there were plenty of opponents who at this point wish they had just backed off and let him throw it down. There were windmills, ally-oops, two-handed slams. One of the more memorable had to be the poster job at Carver to break the losing streak and left one Generals fan on the floor break dancing.
Sophomore Demond Robinson was the big body that kept the opposing teams honest in the paint. His 78 blocks were a contributing factor in the Generals success. As is said about many athletes, if Demond continues to improve during the next two years as he did between his freshman and sophomore the sky is the limit for the young General.
Quintterrius Rivers received a much deserved Honorable Mention. As an undersized post player Rivers showed night in and night out what strength and determination can do. He always face much bigger post players and continually put up numbers as impressive as any. Congratulations to all the Generals on receiving these awards.
On the Lady Generals side Zippy Broughton added 1st team All-Metro to go along with her 1st team All-State designation. One of the best players in the state, Zippy stepped up as a leader for the young Lady Generals and often found herself on the floor with sophomores and freshmen. Broughton saw her numbers increase across the board even as the Lady Generals played possibly their most difficult schedule in school history. Early games against Birmingham and Huntsville teams and traveling twice to Georgia to play top ranked teams didn’t slow her down. Zippy busted her own school record when she scored 43 points against eventual 5A state champion Charles Henderson. She is a player who shows up every night whether she knows she will only see a half of play because of a weaker opponent or if she knows that defeating a number one ranked team will require 32 minutes of complete effort.
Zippy was joined by teammate De’asia Marsh who was named 2nd team All-Metro. Much like Rivers for the Generals, Marsh was asked as an undersized post player to fight every night against much bigger players. One of the strongest, smartest, hard working, maybe a little dirty, and determined players to come through Lee, Marsh makes the most out of her ability. Her eight double-doubles highlighted her efforts and she has just receives the biggest award for her effort in a full athletic scholarship to Montevallo University. Just like Zippy, De’asia shows that being a true STUDENT-ATHLETE pays off.
Congratulations to all recipients. Ann Street is doing its thing, come and see for yourself!