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Parkersburg High’s Sam Potts honored on first squad

Parkersburg High’s Sam Potts goes up for a lay-up in a 2019-20 regular-season game against Capital. Potts was named to the All-MSAC boys’ first team by league coaches. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

PARKERSBURG — Senior guard Sam Potts of Parkersburg High School landed a spot on the first unit of the all-Mountain State Athletic Conference basketball team.

Spring Valley’s C.J. Meredith was honored as the MSAC Player of the Year while Cabell Midland’s J.J. Martin was selected as the Coach of the Year.

First-year Big Red head coach Bryan Crislip had little doubt about Potts ending up on the first team.

“Sam Potts did a lot for our program to get us going where we need to go for the future,” said the coach.

“I was never worried about him getting all-conference first team. He had big games against teams in our conference.”

Known for his ability to get up and down the court with breakneck speed, Potts was a solid finisher at the rim.

On the season, he ended up getting to the foul line 147 times and made 103 (70%). Along with averaging a Big Red team-high of 18.2 points an outing, Potts also grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game, dished out 2.4 assists and collected 1.8 steals a contest. He shot 41% from the field.

“He had 30 points against Spring Valley,” said Crislip, whose team lost that night on the road 78-77.

“I remember the Spring Valley coach saying there is nothing we can do to stop him. From an offensive standpoint he had a great year. Potts was the sixth man and didn’t play a lot his junior year.”

No team placed more than one player on the all-MSAC first unit.

Cabell Midland was represented by Chandler Schmidt.

MSAC champion George Washington, which defeated the Knights 65-53 in the title game, landed Mason Pinkett on the first team.

Woodrow Wilson’s Richard Law, Austin Dearing of Hurricane, Huntington’s Amare Smith, Capital’s Karrington Hill and Quay Sutton of South Charleston also grabbed first team honors.

The MSAC second unit featured Capital teammates Kerion Martin and Dai’Marquis Brooks, St. Albans’ Jaimelle Claytor and Rodney Toler as well as Beckley’s Ben Gillian, Cabell Midland’s Kailen Siebert, Spring Valley’s Corbin Page and Riverside’s Javante Ely.

Big Red senior Noah Umpleby was special honorable mention.

“We made a big thing on commitment and I didn’t get the job until June, but Noah was one that never missed a thing, whether it was weight-lifting or the preseason workouts. He was there every day,” Crislip said.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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