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Herald All-Area | 2014-15 Boys Basketball Team

Tre Alexandrea, jr., Southeast

To his credit: The versatile point guard averaged 11.5 points and a team-high six assists, two steals and 5 rebounds per game despite playing in the back court. Alexandrea came up big in big games last season with 25 points and 13 assists in an overtime win against Tampa Sickles. He shot 45 percent from the field.

Fast facts: His father, Greg, was a nationally touted high jumper, setting the Sarasota High record and jumping 7 feet, 2 inches in Junior Olympics in 1994. Tre's sister Kei Kei Archer played basketball for Lakewood Ranch. His favorite subject in school is English because he says he likes to explain his thoughts through writing. Alexandrea plans to major in sports management and wants to be involved in basketball in an administrative role if he doesn't play.

Up next: This summer, Alexandrea will play for Florida Sons, an Adidas-sponsored team that plays in the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet high school circuit.

Deondrick Bacon, sr., Braden River

To his credit: Despite making a sacrifice for his team by playing mostly in the post when he was more suited for guard, the 6-1 Bacon was the Pirates' only double-digit scorer (12.7 ppg) and led the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and blocks while shooting 49 percent from the field.

Fast facts: He comes from a family of basketball players, including his grandfather, Dennis Smalls, and his uncle, Demetrio "Champ" Bacon, who played for Bayshore. Deondrick Bacon Likes to play pickup games at LA Fitness on University. He lists Dwyane Wade as his favorite player and math as his favorite subject "because I am a numbers guy." His favorite movie is "Glory Road."

Up next: Bacon wants to major in business management in college; he plans to attend SCF and possibly walk on for spot on the basketball team.

Tre Clark, jr. Palmetto

To his credit: Clark led the Tigers in nearly every category, including scoring (19 ppg), rebounding (8 rpg), assists (5 apg) and had two blocks and two steals per game.

Fast facts: He comes from an athletic family. His father, Willie (Palmetto High principal), played football for Notre Dame, and his uncle, Jamera Clark, played football for Georgia Tech. He chose basketball, wanting to follow first cousin Jordan Smith, who was a standout basketball player for Palmetto. Tre Clark a 4.0 GPA and says his favorite subjects are math and history because he likes to figure things out and compare the past to the present.

Up next: This summer, Clark will play with Nike South Beach, a traveling team out of Miami. He is receiving interest from colleges and would like to play at Division I level.

Ryan Leunk, jr. Bradenton Christian

To his credit: The 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged a double-double in leading the Panthers in scoring (19 points per game) and rebounding (10 rebounds per game) and averaged 3 assists per game; shot 57 percent on two-point field-goal attempts, 39 percent on treys and 54 percent overall. For his career, Leunk has 996 points and 564 rebounds.

Fast facts: Leunk credits his dad, Ron Leunk, who played high school ball in Michigan, for his success in basketball. A member of the National Honor Society, Leunk would like to major in business in college. Math is his favorite subject, and he enjoys watching sports on TV, comedies and eating quesadillas. He likes to play pickup games at Palmetto Boys and Girls Club because he says the competition is intense.

Up next: This summer, Leunk will play for the Bay City Ballers travel team out of Sarasota, which will be going to Louisville in July for the AAU National Tournament. He averages 19 points per game for them.

Ronald Taylor, jr., Southeast

To his credit: Taylor led the Seminoles in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) and scored more than 20 points in 17 of the 25 games he played. He shot 47.6 percent from the field and was second on the team in assists, averaging 4.5 per game. He was selected team MVP.

Fast facts: A repeat first-team selection, the 6-3 guard has proven to be an all-around player with his shooting, playmaking and rebounding. He credits his parents for guiding him on the right path and supporting him. Taylor likes to read in his spare time, and English is his favorite subject. He plans to major in psychology in college.

Up next: Taylor wants to play in college. This summer, he will play for the Manatee PAL boys travel basketball team and possibly attend camps.

Honorable mention

BAYSHORE -- DeMarco Fisher, sr.

BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- J.T. Noellert, jr.

BRADEN RIVER -- Isaiah Garrett, sr., Ryan Oswianka, sr.

CARDINAL MOONEY -- Justin Najmy, sr., Mitch Arimura, sr.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Cameron Darby, sr., Sam Hester, soph., Damien Gordon, freshman.

MANATEE -- Justin Aracena, jr.

OUT-OF-DOOR-ACADEMY -- Amad Brayboy, soph.

PALMETTO -- Kyle Edwards, jr.

SOUTHEAST -- Corey Davis, jr.

SAINT STEPHEN'S -- Jacob Westberry, jr.

-- Alan Dell, Herald sports writer

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