By Bill Spinks

The Waxahachie Daily Light is proud to announce its second annual All-Ellis County boys’ basketball team as part of its countywide celebration of high school sports all-stars.

These 30 student-athletes and three head coaches are featured in a two-page graphic on Pages B4 and B5 of this weekend’s paper.

The Daily Light staff began the All-Ellis County high school all-star preps awards program last year. These include awards for individual players and coaches of the year.

Finalists for superlative awards for boys’ basketball are being announced today; the winners will be announced during the All-Ellis County Preps Awards Show, a star-studded broadcast that will be available at no charge at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The show will feature more than 20 professional athletes as hosts and award announcers, and provide the community with an on-demand broadcast.

The All-Ellis County boys’ basketball team was chosen based on a combination of criteria: season statistics, team advancement in the playoffs, postseason honors achieved, previous All-Ellis County selections, recommendations from head coaches, and direct observation of players by the Daily Light staff.

Members of the All-Ellis County 2019-2020 Boys’ Basketball Team are, listed alphabetically:

Player of the Year Finalists

Vernon Johnson, Life Waxahachie

CJ Noland, Waxahachie

Latrone Turner, Red Oak

Coach of the Year finalists

Eddie Berumen, Life Waxahachie

Greg Gober, Waxahachie

Arthur Ivy, Milford

First team

Reggie Adams, Mid. Heritage

Jaden Epkin, Life Waxahachie

BJ Francis, Waxahachie

Nyk Madison, Midlothian

Joshua Sasser, Red Oak

Second team

Omari Bobbitt, Midlothian

Adrian Cisneros, Palmer

Jalen Lake, Waxahachie

Laylon Spencer, Ennis

Emerson Wallace, Red Oak

Honorable mentions

Wyatt Benoist, Ovilla Christian

Jared Cantrell, Mid. Heritage

Daniel Esquivel, Avalon

Carter Fagan, Ferris

Jaydon Hogg, Mid. Heritage

Colbie Holliman, Red Oak

Lex Lewis, Maypearl

Gage Mayfield, Life Waxahachie

Jessy Morones, Avalon

Demarcus Rankin, Ferris

AJ Russ, Waxahachie

Blaine Stacy, Life Waxahachie

Jackson Tollefsbol, Midlothian

Jarveon Williams, Ennis

Julius Williams, Italy

Kelton Williams, Midlothian

Damyan Woodward, Milford