After leading Northside Christian to a national ranking, Keyshawn Woods is the Observer’s All-Mecklenburg boys player of the year. The girls player of the year is split between two state champions: Myers Park junior Rydeiah Rogers and Providence Day’s Jatarie White.
Woods, the N.C. Gatorade boys player of the year, helped his team to the 8-team prep national championship tournament in New York.
The awards signify Woods, Rogers and Whte as the top girls and boys player in the Observer’s coverage area inside Mecklenburg County. A separate All-Region team was released Friday, listing the top players in the newsaper’s coverage area outside Mecklenburg. On Sunday, the All-Observer team will be announced, honoring the top overall players in the entire zone. Players had to be nominated by their coach to be considered for the All-Region team.
White, the N.C. Gatorade girls player of the year for the past two seasons, was a McDonald’s All-American. She repeats as All-Meck player of the year and has signed with South Carolina. Rogers had the biggest game of her career in the biggest game in school history: a 25-point, 20-rebound performance against Southeast Raleigh in the state final.
The All-Meck girls coach of the year is Barbara Nelson, who led the Mustangs to a national ranking and an N.C. 4A state championship. Woods’ coach at Northside Christian, Byron Dinkins, is the boys coach of the year.
Dinkins led Northside Christian to a third straight private school state title this season. Dinkins’ team, nationally ranked much of the season, competed in the prep championship in New York that was televised nationally.
Basketball Awards This Week
The Observer is announcing its annual basketball awards this week.