Coaches announce picks for all-county basketball team

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Brunswick County’s three boys’ basketball coaches agreed unanimously on three picks for the All-County basketball team this season—South Brunswick senior Ryan Waldrep, South Brunswick junior Ervin Hall and North Brunswick junior Shawn Sanders.

Choosing the next two proved a more daunting task, so the 2007-08 All–County team boasts six members with North Brunswick sophomore Reggie Cobia, West Brunswick junior Pat Kamfolt and West Brunswick sophomore Alfy Hill making the first team.

Notice how young the team is?

Waldrep, a 6-foot-5 post player, is the only senior and Brunswick County’s player of the year for the second consecutive season.

But the youthfulness of the team suggests all three schools are positioned well for the future.

“Ryan’s biggest improvement since his junior year was his outside shooting,” said South Brunswick coach Dan McGougan, who guided the Cougars to a 16-11 mark and into the second round of the Class 2A playoffs, where they lost to eventual state champion West Bladen. “He worked on his 18-20 foot jump shot.”

South Brunswick played West Bladen three times this past season, including an overtime loss in the opening game back in November. Posting the only winning record among the three schools and taking his team to the playoffs earned McGougan the county coach of the year honor.

Waldrep’s ability to shoot from the outside just gave the Cougars another weapon to go along with that of Hall, a shooting guard who was forced to playing point guard in many instances when South Brunswick saw certain defenses.

Waldrep averaged 12.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He shot 56.8 percent from the field and made 8 of 20 three-point attempts.

North Brunswick coach Travis Lemanski called Waldrep the “most fundamentally sound” player he had coached against.

“Ryan led our team by example,” McGougan said. “We could count on him every night to rebound and score. Ryan was a mature player that practiced hard everyday. He took pride in rebounding and free throws. He kept a good attitude, and he competed everyday. Much of our success the last two years is because of his effort.”

Even with his success in basketball, Waldrep realizes his future rests in baseball, where he is a left-handed pitcher.

“Basketball is my sport, but baseball can carry me further toward my goals,” Waldrep said. He’s hoping to play baseball at Appalachian State, although other schools and professional scouts may change his mind.

With Waldrep’s departure, McGougan will turn to the 5-foot-11 Hall next season. The junior shooting guard averaged 15.7 points per game and made 64 of 151 three-point attempts (42.4 percent).

Lemanski nominated Sanders, a 6-foot-3 junior, for player of the year. He finished a close second to Waldrep.

Sanders averaged 20 points and 10.5 rebounds a game for the Scorpions. Having him and 6-6 sophomore Cobia, who averaged 9.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, back next season should give North Brunswick an inside force. Cobia also had 112 blocks on the season.

Hill, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, came on strong after the Christmas break, according to West coach Brad Lewis. He averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds a game, but those numbers rose to 15 points and 8 rebounds after the holiday break.

Kamfolt, a 5-9 junior, scores 9 points a game but averaged three rebounds and three assists.

“You really have to see him play to appreciate him,” Lewis said.

Also receiving mention were North Brunswick’s Demontez Lennon, West Brunswick’s Marcus Jackson and South Brunswick’s Joey Hines and Edward McNeil.