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DANDY DOZEN: The Standard Democrat’s 12 best boys’ basketball players from the 2019-2020 season

Sikeston's Clark Steward tries to find an open teammate against Cape Central in a Class 4, District 1 semifinal game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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SIKESTON — Below is a list compiled of the Standard-Democrat area’s 12 best boys’ basketball players — outside of the player of the year.

Eight schools make up the Standard-Democrat coverage area: Sikeston, Scott County Central, Oran, Portageville, East Prairie, Charleston, New Madrid County Central, and Kelly.

Clark Steward, Sr.

HEIGHT: 6’4”

COACH: Gregg Holifield

ABOUT HIM: It was a new role for Steward in his senior season. Handling the ball for nearly half of the games he played in Steward finished his senior by averaging a near triple-double. He averaged 7.7 points per game, 7.6 rebounds, and six assists per contest for the Bulldogs. He also shot 48 percent from the floor and played in all 26 games this season. “He recovered from his knee injury very well, worked hard to do so, and I thought he had a great season,” Sikeston head coach Gregg Holifield said. “We were so much better with him on the floor, with his leadership and hard work, and at the end of the day, I thought he had a great season.” He earned Class 4, District 1 All-District and was an honorable mention for the SEMO Conference All-Conference team as well. Steward is a three-sport athlete at Sikeston, playing soccer and baseball as well.

Sam Bledsoe, Sr.

HEIGHT: 6’2”

COACH: Danny Farmer

Sam Bledsoe

ABOUT HIM: Bledsoe had a strong end to his Charleston career in 2019-2020. He averaged 15.5, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.7 steals points per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor, 33 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line for a 28-5 Bluejays team that won its 10th straight district championship, and advanced to the championship game of the Class 3 Show-Me Showdown. Bledsoe had 10 20-plus point games and scored his 1,000th point against John Burroughs in the Sixth Man Shootout in February. Bledsoe is verbally committed to Southwestern Illinois College and will attend in the fall. He earned Class 3 All-State, Class 3, District 1 All-District, and SEMO Conference All-Conference honors this season. Bledsoe is a two-sport athlete at Charleston, playing baseball as well.

Blessin Kimble, Sr.

HEIGHT: 6’6”

COACH: Danny Farmer

Blessin Kimble

ABOUT HIM: Kimble neared a double-double for his season average in his final campaign with the Bluejays. He averaged 14.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds to go along with 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks. He shot 57 percent from the floor. Additionally, he drew seven charges and had 11 double-doubles. He finished with seven 20-plus point games and reached 1,000 points against Ava in the Class 3 Quarterfinals at Farmington. He earned Class 3 All-State honors for the second season in a row while garnering Class 3, District 1 All-District, and SEMO Conference All-Conference honors as well. Kimble is a three-sport athlete at Charleston, playing football and participating in track and field as well.

Terridean Bogan, Sr.

Terridean Bogan

HEIGHT: 5’10”

COACH: Danny Farmer

ABOUT HIM: Bogan averaged 14.2 points per game for the Bluejays this season and was the team’s primary ball-handler all season. An excellent passer, Bogan finished with 5.2 assists per game, and was also a pest on defense, with 3.2 steals per game. He shot 37 percent from the floor, 32 percent from 3-point range, and 71 percent at the free throw line. Bogan finished with four double-doubles this season as well. He earned Class 3, District 1 All-District, and SEMO Conference All-Conference honors this season.

Tyson Goodale, Sr.

HEIGHT: 6’0”

COACH: Joe Shoemaker

Tyson Goodale

ABOUT HIM: Goodale averaged a team-high 20 points for the Eagles this season. He shot 66 percent from the floor, 77 percent from 3-point range (35 of 45), and 79 percent from the free throw line for a 26-6 Oran team that advanced to the Class 2 Show-Me Showdown for the second year in a row. An athletic wing, Goodale also averaged 6.4 rebounds. “Tyson stepped his season up, especially as a scorer from last year,” Oran head coach Joe Shoemaker said. “When Todd went down, Tyson really stepped up as a senior and led us in scoring for the rest of the year. Shot a very high percentage, took good shots.” He earned Class 2 All-State, Class 2, District 3, and Scott-Mississippi County Conference All-Conference honors this season. Goodale is a two-sport athlete at Oran, participating in track and field as well.

Ty Johnson, Jr.

HEIGHT: 5’11”

COACH: Joe Shoemaker

Ty Johnson

ABOUT HIM: Johnson was the second-leading scorer on Oran this season, with 13.6 points per game. He shot 42 percent from the floor, 32 percent from 3-point range and 64 percent at the free throw line. He was the team’s leading rebounder, at 7.3 per game, and dished out nearly five assists per contest as well. “Ty overall has great leadership,” Shoemaker said. “He’s never afraid of the moment. He came up with some big plays, big shots, as we needed them. He really developed, and he’s so unselfish. On nights when he’s shooting well, he’s going to score a lot; on nights that he’s not, he won’t let it affect him, and he still plays hard.” He earned Class 2, District 3 All-District, and Scott-Mississippi County Conference All-Conference honors this season. Johnson is a two-sport athlete at Oran, playing baseball as well.

Langdon Scheeter, Jr.

Langdon Scheeter

HEIGHT: 5’9”

COACH: Joe Shoemaker

ABOUT HIM: Scheeter averaged 13.1 points per game for the Eagles this season. He shot 49 percent from the floor, 38 percent from 3-point range, and 61 percent from the free throw line. He gobbled 3.8 rebounds per contest as well. “Langdon did a lot of little stuff for us,” Shoemaker said. “He’s always going hard. He was always guarding the length of the floor, stepped up his game offensively for us at times when we needed too also.” Scheeter earned Class 2, District 3 All-District honors and was an honorable mention for the Scott-Mississippi County Conference All-Conference team as well.

Christen Phillips, Sr.

HEIGHT: 6’0”

Christen Phillips

COACH: Lennies McFerren

ABOUT HIM: Phillips averaged 14.8 points per game for the Eagles this season. He also shot 49 percent from the floor to go along with 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 steals. Phillips' best game came in the first round of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament, where he scored 28 points on 12 of 16 shooting. He scored 24 points on 10 of 21 shooting in the championship game of the tournament as well. Phillips had seven 20-plus point game this season, and earned Class 3, District 1 All-District, and was an honorable mention for the SEMO Conference All-Conference team. Phillips is a three-sport athlete at New Madrid County Central, playing football and baseball as well.

Ke’von Williams, Sr.

Ke'von Williams

HEIGHT: 6’4”

COACH: Lennies McFerren

ABOUT HIM: Williams was the second-leading scorer on the Eagles’ team this season, at 11.1 points per game. He also was the team’s leading rebounder at 5.9. He shot a team-high 60 percent from the floor and was second on the team in charges, with 12. He mustered three double-doubles as well. Williams' best game of the season came in the first game, against Covington in the Riverbend Shootout, when he scored 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting. Williams earned Class 3, District 1 All-District and was an honorable mention for the SEMO Conference All-Conference team as well.

Drew Irby, Jr.

HEIGHT: 5’10”

COACH: Jason Irby

Drew Irby

ABOUT HIM: Irby averaged 17.1 points per game for the Bulldogs this season. He also corralled 5.9 rebounds, dished out 4.1 assists, and had 3.1 steals per game. “Drew has a really good work ethic and worked especially hard this last offseason both in the weight room and on skill to do his part to replace all of the productivity we lost when our seniors graduated,” Portageville head coach Jason Irby said. “Drew stepped up this season and led us in a number of statistical categories as well as guarding the opposing teams best perimeter player every night. He had a nice season for us and still has so many things he can improve in his game, which is exciting.” Irby earned Class 2, District 1 All-District and Bootheel Conference All-Conference honors this season.

Harrison Moore, Sr.

Harrison Moore

HEIGHT: 6’0”

COACH: Casey Knight

ABOUT HIM: Moore finished his senior season with the Eagles averaging 12 points per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor, 38 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line while managing 5.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest as well. “Harrison had a solid senior season,” East Prairie head coach Casey Knight said. “He did a good job finding multiple avenues to influence the games, whether through scoring, rebounding, or providing intensity.” Moore is a two-sport athlete at East Prairie, playing baseball as well.

Gavin Jansen, So.

Gavin Jansen

HEIGHT: 6’3”

COACH: Fred Johnson

ABOUT HIM: In 29 games played this season, Jansen averaged 17.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He shot 48.4 percent from the floor and 62.9 percent from the free throw line and was on the court for nearly 30 minutes a night. A force inside, Jansen averaged 10.8 points in the paint this season as well. He earned Class 3, District 2 All-District, and Scott-Mississippi County Conference All-Conference honors this season. Jansen is a three-sport athlete at Kelly, playing football and baseball as well.

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