2013-14 Herald All-Area Boys Basketball Team

April 20, 2014 

Justin Harris, sr., Bayshore

To his credit: The 6-foot-5 swingman was often a one-man show, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds, registering 10 double-doubles and scoring in double figures in 18 of 26 games while shooting 48 percent from the field. Harris had a high game of 27 points against Southeast, led the Bruins in 3-pointers and shot more than 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Fast fact: His father, Vincent, who had a big impact on him, played high school basketball in Cleveland. Justin is a strong student with a 3.8 grade-point average. His brother, Vincent Jr., played football at Lakewood Ranch and sister Leslie played volleyball at Southeast.

Up next: Harris plans to attend FAMU and hopes to be a pharmacist someday because he says he loves helping people and that "everybody is going to need medicine."

Zechariah Kendall, sr., Braden River

To his credit: Kendall led the Pirates in scoring (15.7 points per game), assists (3.5 per game) and steals (two per game). He scored in double figures in 21 of 25 games he played and had eight games of 20-plus points. He was third in rebounds (four per game) and shot 45 percent overall from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line.

Fast fact: Both his parents played high school basketball in the Philadelphia area. His favorite subject is English. Kendall played sophomore year at Bayshore, where he was sixth man. He studies NBA players to pick up ways to improve his game and likes Kyrie Irving along with Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul.

Up next: Kendall has offers from some Division II and community colleges and is contemplating where to go. He wants to major in business and perhaps work as an engineer someday.

Ryan McMahon, jr., Cardinal Mooney

To his credit: McMahon averaged 16.2 points per game and had 87 assists and 89 steals. He shot 57 percent on 2-point field goal attempts, 46 percent overall and 36 percent from beyond the arc (62-of-173). He was the Class 3A FACA District Player of the Year.

Fast fact: McMahon is following in footsteps of his father, Dave, who was a standout prep player in South Bend, Ind., and played at Valparaiso. He loves geometry and how things fit together and says he could seem himself as a structural engineer or working in the stock market someday. McMahon is a National Honor Society inductee with a 4.3-plus grade-point average.

Up next: During the offseason, McMahon plays for Florida Elite, an Adidas-connected travel team. He has received interest from Bucknell, Yale and Mercer among others and said he will go where basketball takes him. He will be working to develop point guard skills this summer.

Jarrid Rhodes, sr., Palmetto

To his credit: Rhodes led the Tigers in scoring with 14.9 points per game and 3-pointers (39-of-118) and averaged four rebounds per game. He shot 41 percent overall from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line and had 46 steals, 52 assists and seven games of 20 or more points.

Fast fact: Rhodes grew up in Palmetto, but lived three years in Melbourne and played his freshman year there and says people really love basketball. The 6-7 sharpshooter says he learned how to play the game on the playgrounds of Manatee County and credits Palmetto head coach Reggie Bellamy for playing an instrumental role in his life. His favorite subject is social studies because he is interested in how the world evolved over time.

Up next: Rhodes is not sure where he will play next season but is entertaining multiple offers, including one from State College of Florida. In the future, if he's not playing basketball, Rhodes would like to be a sports therapist helping injured athletes.

Ronald Taylor, soph., Southeast

To his credit: Taylor led the Seminoles in scoring (18.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.3 per game) and was second in assists (4.5 per game). He scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games with 20-plus points in 17 games. Taylor shot 47.6 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free-throw line. He had a single-game high of 36 points against Wauchula Hardee.

Fast fact: Taylor is a rising star. ESPN ranked the 15-year-old 6-2 lefty among the top 34 guards in the nation for the class of 2016. ESPN said Taylor has high basketball I.Q. and all the tools to be an excellent point guard in college if he continues to improve and add strength.

Up next: Taylor will play for Manatee PAL AAU travel team this summer and participate in some showcase events. He is getting letters from major colleges, including Florida State, and wants to play at highest level. He lists Duke and Syracuse among his favorites.

Honorable mention

Bayshore -- Wesley Jackson, sr.

Bradenton Christian -- Coleman Barber, sr.; Ryan Leunk, soph.

Cardinal Mooney -- Matt Hueston, sr.; Justin Najmy, jr.

Lakewood Ranch -- Sam Hester, frosh.

Out-of-Door-Academy -- Amad Brayboy, frosh.

Palmetto -- Stepvon Saunders, sr.; Terry Collins, sr.

Southeast -- Tre Alexandrea, soph.

Saint Stephen's -- Omar Sammour, sr.

-- Capsules by Alan Dell, Herald sports writer

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