2011-12 Herald All-Area boys basketball team

April 15, 2012 

Trevon Young, junior, Braden River

To his credit: Manatee County's Mr. Double-Double averaged 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds and had 20 double-doubles in 27 contests. The forward/center has already become the school's first 1,000-point scorer with 1,035 points, and has has 802 career rebounds. Shot 58 percent from the field and more than 60 percent in the postseason.

Fast facts: Though he has made his mark on the basketball court, the 6-foot-5. 260-pounder expects to play football at the next level. He was born in Daytona, moved to this area for ninth grade and credits his development to his grandparents and uncle Ronnie Weston, who played basketball at Bethune-Cookman. Despite facing double teams all season, Young managed to shoot nearly 60 percent in leading Braden River to back to back district titles. In his spare time, he likes to fish, and his favorite subject is math.

Up next: Though it appears Young will be aiming for a football scholarship as a lineman, he will continue to work on basketball and play for his AAU team the Jacksonville Lee Bulls. In football, he has received interest from USF, Clemson, Indiana and N.C. State.

Tré Bryant, senior,Braden River

To his credit: One of the best long-range shooters to come out of Manatee County, the 6-foot guard leaves as his school's career 3-point leader with 137 treys (422 attempts). This past season, Bryant led the Pirates in scoring (15.4 points per game) and drained 69 treys while averaging 2.5 steals and 2 assists per game. He leaves the program ranked second in career scoring with 798 points.

Fast facts: Bryant has followed the footsteps of his dad, Ralph Bryant, the Manatee County PAL basketball director who was a hoops standout for Sarasota High. He also credits Southeast High hoops legend Francine Houston for helping him develop. Bryant improved his game significantly this season by becoming a playmaker and slasher. He was called the team's best on-ball defender by Pirates head coach Matt Nesser.

Up next: Bryant plans to play college basketball and is considering his options. He wants to major in science and technology. Many schools like his long-range shooting skills and court savvy.

Joey Carollo, senior, Bradenton Christian

To his credit: Carollo led the Panthers in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game, and finished his two-year career at BCS with 1,014 points. He averaged 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per game. In his sophomore year at Bradenton Prep, Carollo averaged 15 points per game.

Fast facts: Carollo joined the Bradenton Christian basketball team as a junior after transferring from Bradenton Prep. He owes his basketball success to his father, Tom, who coached him and runs an NBA basketball camp in Las Vegas that enabled Joey to work out with NBA standouts Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and others. Carollo can play numerous positions, but he likes the two-guard spot the most because it enables him to take advantage of his long-range shooting skills. His favorite player is New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

Up next: Carollo plans to play college basketball next season and is exploring several options, including West Florida, Washington & Lee, Rochester and Clark. Wants to major in business and hopes to get into marketing someday.

Chaz Grady, junior, Lakewood Ranch

To his credit: The 17 year-old athletic swingman was the Mustangs' best weapon, leading the team in all the important categories, including scoring (11 points per game), rebounds (7.4), assists (3), steals (2.2) and blocked shots (1).

Fast facts: The 6-1, 160-pounder is the first in his family to play basketball. He started with football, but gave it up for hoops because he says basketball is more exciting, and he enjoys the fast pace. Grady said his favorite part of playing basketball is defense because it drives him to excel in the other areas of the game, such as making the extra pass or the big shot. His personal highlight moment came in the sixth grade, when he made the game-winning shot and got the game-winning steal in the national championship semifinal for his USSSA team.

Up next: Grady wants to play college basketball after next season and will continue to work on his game. He plays with the Sarasota-based Bay City Ballers.

Antonio Ray, junior, Southeast

To his credit: The Seminoles' leading scorer averaged 19.2 points per game and was a high-efficiency point producer, shooting 59 percent from the field. Ray was among the team leaders in numerous categories, including assists (2.5 per game) and steals (2.1), and he averaged 3 rebounds per game. Ray has been a starter since his freshman year.

Fast facts: Antonio comes from a large family of basketball players who honed their skills on the playgrounds of Atlanta and played high school ball in that area. Though he is a solid long-range shooter, he enjoys playing point guard more because he likes dishing out assists and it gives him more opportunities to drive to the basket, which he loves to do. Ray credits his mom, Tina Porter, for helping him the most, and he gets inspiration from watching LeBron James play.

Up next: Ray has his sights set on playing Division I basketball and, with another season to go, hopes to hone his skills to earn a scholarship. Along with Braden River's Trevon Young, he will play with the Jacksonville Lee Bulls this summer.

Jordan Smith, senior, Palmetto

To his credit: Smith averaged 20.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Deadly from long range, he shot 42 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down 66 of 158 attempts, and hit 43 percent overall from the field. Shot 76 percent from the free-throw line and had 29 assists and 29 steals. Scored 1,456 points for his career.

Fast facts: Comes from an athletic family that includes older brothers Chris, Donald and Bryan Smith, who played football and basketball at Palmetto. Chris and Donald played football at Northern Illinois, and Chris was with the St. Louis Rams last season. The thing Jordan Smith loves most about basketball is the feeling no one can stop when he is on his game. He credits his father, Donald Smith, for making him into the player he is today. In his spare time, Jordan Smith likes to hang out with family and friends. He enjoys horror movies, and his favorite player is Dwyane Wade.

Up next: Thinking about going to a prep school for a year, Smith says he just learned he is an NCAA qualifier and will likely change those plans. He says he has offers from UCF, Jacksonville and New Jersey Tech, but will likely wait until June to make a decision because he expects more offers to come.

Honorable mention

BAYSHORE -- David Scavella.

BRADEN RIVER -- Jeff Casseus, Tommy Bernhardt.

BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- Landen Hochstetler.

CARDINAL MOONEY -- Jamie Glasser, Antonio Blakeney.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- T.J. Bridges, Brian Cobb.

MANATEE -- Austin Gordon.

PALMETTO -- Terrance Mann.

SOUTHEAST -- Markcene Jean.

-- Alan Dell,Herald sports writer

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