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All-Observer basketball: Shelby’s Gabe DeVoe named boys player of the year

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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Shelby High’s Gabe DeVoe said coming from a small town, he doesn’t get the same exposure as players from bigger cities.

So he spent his senior season determined to prove himself.

DeVoe averaged 34 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 steals and two blocks this season. Along the way, DeVoe got plenty of the recognition he wanted. He was one of the nation’s top scorers and won the N.C. Associated Press Player of the Year. DeVoe also was named to Parade’s All-America squad.

Today, the Clemson recruit is named the All-Observer boys player of the year, signifying him as the top player in the Observer’s 139-school coverage area in western North Carolina and York and Lancaster counties in South Carolina.

The boys coach of the year is Northside Christian’s Byron Dinkins. Dinkins led Northside to a third straight N.C. Independent Schools 2A state championship. Northside finished 28-2 and was unbeaten against N.C. teams.

Mr. Basketball

Theo Pinson of High Point Wesleyan is Mr. Basketball in North Carolina. A 6-foot-6 guard signed to North Carolina, Pinson was a McDonald’s All-American this year and a top 15 national recruit.

Pinson led his high school team to back-to-back N.C. Independent Schools 3A state titles.

Mr. Basketball in South Carolina is Gaffney’s L.J. Peak. Peak scored 49 points in his final game, a 76-65 third round playoff loss to Irmo. Peak, 6-5, signed with Georgetown as a junior. Peak, named S.C. player of the year by most services, averaged 36 points and 10.5 rebounds last season. He had 58 points against Wade Hampton, 54 against Spartanburg and had several games with 40 or more points.

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