Trevor Hensley of Unicoi County didn't garner the attention of Gate City's Mac McClung. Still, there was no debate when it came time to choose the Johnson City Press/Times-News All-Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year.
Hensley, a 6-foot-3 senior, set the school career scoring record with 2,378 career points. For the season, he averaged 23.4 points, four assists, 5.1 rebounds and an area-best 3.3 steals per game to become the second Blue Devils’ player to win the award, joining Logan Lyle who earned the honor in 2011.
Player of the Year
Trevor Hensley, Unicoi County, 6-3, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Chris Poore, Dobyns-Bennett
Blake Atwood, Johnson County, 5-11, Jr.
Ryan Bledsoe, Cherokee, 6-0, Jr.
Jerriah Love, Science Hill, 5-9, Jr.
Marae Foreman, Dobyns-Bennett, 5-5, Jr.
Dru Owens, Hampton, 5-11, Sr.
Chad Heglar, Daniel Boone, 6-3, Jr.
Jordan Self, Sullivan Central, 6-4, Sr.
Riamello Wadsworth, Dobyns-Bennett, 6-1, Jr.
McHale Bright, David Crockett, 5-10, So.
Troy Podvin, Unicoi County, 6-3, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year
Kaleb Meredith, University High, 5-11, Fr.
Underclassman of the Year
Parker Hughes, Elizabethton, 6-1, Fr.
Players on the All-Northeast Tennessee first team were Blake Atwood of Johnson County, Jerriah Love of Science Hill, Marae Foreman of Dobyns-Bennett, Ryan Bledsoe of Cherokee and Dru Owens of Hampton.
Chad Heglar of Daniel Boone heads up the second team, which also features Jordan Self of Sullivan Central, Riamello Wadsworth of Dobyns-Bennett, McHale Bright of David Crockett and Troy Podvin of Unicoi County.
Kaleb Meredith of University High was the defensive player of the year and Parker Hughes of Elizabethton was chosen as most promising underclassman.
Chris Poore of Dobyns-Bennett earned coach of the year after leading the Indians to a share of the Big Seven Conference title, the District 1-AAA title and a sectional appearance. He edged out Science Hill's Ken Cutlip, who led the Hilltoppers to their fourth straight Region 1-AAA title, and Travis Cain of Sullivan North, who guided the Golden Raiders to their first ever sectional appearance.
Bledsoe averaged 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per year, named the Big Seven Conference Player of the Year. He had a season-high 43 points in the Chiefs' 75-72 overtime win over rival Volunteer in January.
Atwood scored 19 points per game, but his unselfish play led to an area-best 4.8 assists per contest. He also led the area with 91.7 percent free-throw shooting and ranked among the area's best with 2.6 steals.
Love's stats don't immediate catch one's attention, but his play on the floor does. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.6 assists per game and led the Hilltoppers to a share of the Big Seven title. He was named the MVP of the Region 1-AAA tournament.
Foreman provided Love with a challenge. With a quick first step, the younger brother of former Tennessee Vols defensive back Malik Foreman and Chattanooga guard Makale Foreman, averaged 10.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.
Owens, who had 20.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals, rounds out the first team. He also hit 108 shots behind the 3-point line in the regular season.
The importance of Heglar to Daniel Boone's success was apparent late in the season. That's when Heglar missed some games with an injury and the Trailblazers struggled. With Heglar back in the lineup, Boone advanced to the Region 1-AAA tournament. He scored a team-best 18.3 points per game, along with 6.6 rebounds and three assists per game.
Self was an offensive threat for the Cougars, averaging 20.6 points per game and also grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game. Self accounted for over half his team's points in Central's final game of the season against Johnson County.
Although just 6-foot-1, Wadsworth's muscular frame made him a powerhouse on the inside. He averaged 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while hitting 83 percent from the free-throw line.
Bright was the leading scorer for the Pioneers at 12.1 points per game, including a 22-point effort in a must-win against Tennessee High in the District 1-AAA tournament. He also hit 72.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Podvin provided the definition of stepping up when he upped his game after teammate Clay Simpson went out with a leg injury. Podvin finished with a double-double of 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Meredith made an immediate impact on the Bucs and not just on offense, where he ranked second behind senior Joseph Harless with 15.6 points per game. A bigger role came with his defense where he averaged 2.4 steals per game, helping University High more than double its win total from the previous year.
Hughes showed his talent the second half of the season, helping the Cyclones reach the region tournament. He had a 17-point breakout in a 62-55 win over Sullivan South, prompting Elizabethton coach Lucas Honeycutt to comment, "He has a lot of room to grow, but at the same time he's already mature for his age. He's one of those guys who can get after it."