Top Prospect Doesn't Make All-League?
So how did one of the Washington area's top players fail to make his own all-league team? Apparently, his own coach did not nominate the player for such honors.
While no one wanted to talk publicly about it - citing the confidentiality of last night's season-ending coaches' meeting - O'Connell junior guard Kendall Marshall was on the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference's all-league second team after O'Connell Coach Joe Wootten nominated another of his players for the 10-member all-league first team.
Marshall, a 6-foot-3 junior who has accepted a scholarship offer to play for North Carolina, led the Knights in scoring this season, averaging 13.7 points per game. He was widely regarded as O'Connell's best player.
Wootten was one of two coaches not to attend last night's meeting where the coaches voted on their all-league teams. Instead, Wootten phoned in his nominations. When other coaches learned that Wootten had not nominated Marshall for the first team, they were surprised.
Wootten did not immediately return a phone call this afternoon.
"I was very shocked I didn't have an opportunity to select" Marshall, one coach said on the condition of anonymity. "It's ridiculous. We're all looking at each other like, 'What? Who's nominated for the first team? Who's nominated for the second?' I shook my head. That makes no sense."
Those making the first team were: DeMatha guard Quinn Cook and forward Naji Hibbert; Gonzaga guards Tyler Thornton and Cedrick Lindsay and center Ian Hummer; Bishop McNamara center Talib Zanna and guard Rashad Whack; Paul VI Catholic guard Erick Green; St. John's guard Derrick Thomas; and Good Counsel guard Recardo Gaddy. Gonzaga's Steve Turner was the coach of the year.
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