Weeks after powering Gig Harbor High School to its first state title in school history, junior Brynna Maxwell has another win to celebrate.
Tuesday, Maxwell was awarded the highest honor in Class 3A, named the state player of the year by The Associated Press.
Maxwell led a group of 16 players from South Sound schools that were selected to the AP’s all-state boys and girls basketball teams, voted on annually by sports reporters around the state.
A two-time All-Area selection by The News Tribune, Maxwell averaged 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game for the Tides. She is already the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,297 points) with one season to play.
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She was named the 3A state tournament MVP after averaging 27.7 points per game in the Tacoma Dome, including scoring a game-high 31 points in Gig Harbor’s title game win over Garfield. Maxwell now holds tournament records for total points (83) and scoring average (27.7 in three games).
Maxwell also led the Tides to a 3A South Sound Conference title, and is considered the No. 66 women’s college basketball prospect in the nation by one recruiting website.
Peninsula’s Belle Frazier, the 3A SSC MVP who led the Seahawks to the state playoffs, joined league rival Maxwell on the 3A first team.
Frazier, a junior, averaged 21.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game for Peninsula, including two triple-doubles. She was also a TNT All-Area pick.
TNT All-Area player of the year Shalyse Smith earned a first-team nod in 4A. The Arizona-bound senior from Bellarmine Prep averaged 16.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game before an ankle injury ended her season during the state playoffs.
Smith was a TNT all-state pick, and three-time league MVP (4A Narrows and 4A SPSL) for the Lions.
Freshman phenom Julianna Walker of Annie Wright notched a first-team selection in 1A after leading the South Sound in scoring at 35.2 points per game. Walker pitched in 9.3 steals, 5.9 rebounds per game in leading the Gators to the district playoffs. She was a second-team TNT All-Area selection.
In 4A boys, both Federal Way junior Jaden McDaniels and Enumclaw senior Kaden Anderson — who were co-MVPs of the 4A NPSL Olympic Division — were first-team all-state picks.
McDaniels, also a first-team TNT all-state and All-Area selection, paced the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the 4A state tournament. He averaged 21.3 points, 10 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.3 blocks per game this season, and is already a highly sought after recruit for the 2019 class.
Anderson took the Hornets to the Tacoma Dome for the second consecutive season, and led them to a fourth-place trophy. A TNT All-Area pick, he averaged 20.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
TNT All-Area player of the year Emmitt Matthews Jr. was one of two South Sound players named to the 3A first team by the AP.
The UConn signee averaged 22.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for Wilson as a senior, and led the Rams to the state quarterfinals despite playing with a broken wrist. He was also the 3A Pierce County League MVP.
Timberline senior Erik Stevenson joined Matthews as a first-team selection after averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, leading the Blazers to a fourth-place finish at the 3A tournament — the program’s best since 1981.
He was also named the tournament MVP after breaking six modern records — including two set by former AP player of the year Michael Porter Jr.
Both Matthews and Stevenson were first-team TNT all-state picks.
Foss senior Demetrius Crosby earned a first-team all-state nod in 2A after pacing the Falcons to a state-tournament trophy in Yakima for the second consecutive season.
The 2A SPSL Mountain Division MVP averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in leading Foss to a fifth-place finish. He was a second-team TNT All-Area pick.
Tacoma Baptist’s PJ Talen was a first-team all-state selection in 1B after leading the Crusaders to a sixth-place finish in Spokane.
The 1B SeaTac League MVP averaged 20.5 points per game and finished with a program-record 1,748 career points.
Six more South Sound players were honorable mention selections by the AP, including Foss junior Micah Pollard (2A), Kentridge junior JaQuaya Miller (4A), Lincoln senior Kondalia Montgomery (3A), White River senior Georgia Lavinder (2A), Black Hills senior Lindsey Nurmi (2A) and Life Christian junior Alea Yun (2B).
Rainier Beach senior Kevin Porter Jr., who is headed to USC next season, was named the boys basketball state player of the year for all classifications.
Lexie Hull, a Central Valley senior who will play at Stanford, was selected as the girls basketball state player of the year.
Both Porter and Hull were also TNT all-state players of the year.
A full list of selections from each classification is below:
ASSOCIATED PRESS 2017-18 ALL-STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS
State player of the year (all classifications): Kevin Porter Jr., Rainier Beach, sr.
Player of the year: Anton Watson, Gonzaga Prep, jr.
Anton Watson, Gonzaga Prep, jr.
Jaden McDaniels, Federal Way, jr.
Carson Tuttle, Kamiak, sr.
Kaden Anderson, Enumclaw, sr.
Riley Sorn, Richland, sr.
Cameron Tyson, Bothell, sr.
Naje Smith, Lewis and Clark, sr.
Player of the year: Kevin Porter Jr., Rainier Beach, sr.
Kevin Porter Jr., Rainier Beach, sr.
Emmitt Matthews Jr., Wilson, sr.
Erik Stevenson,Timberline, sr.
CJ Elleby, Cleveland, sr.
J’Raan Brooks, Garfield, sr.
P.J. Fuller, Garfield, jr.
Player of the year: Elijah Pepper, Selah, jr.
Elijah Pepper, Selah, jr.
Demetrius Crosby II, Foss, sr.
Christian Zamora, Lynden, jr.
Steele Venters, Ellensburg, jr.
Clayton Whitman, Lynden, jr.
Micah Pollard, Foss, jr.
Khyree Armstead, Mountlake Terrace, sr.
Trystan Lowry, Anacortes, sr.
Jordan Thomas, W.F. West., sr.
Zac Olmstead, North Kitsap, sr.
Tyler Berger, Mark Morris, sr.
Player of the year: Cole Bajema, Lynden Christian, jr.
Cole Bajema, Lynden Christian, jr.
George Reidy, Cedar Park Christian, sr.
Lewis Pope, South Whidbey, sr.
Michael Coumont, Freeman, sr.
Antonio Salinas, Zillah, jr.
Kobe Kohls, Naches Valley, sr.
Casey Bauman, Nooksack Valley, sr.
Player of the year: Brock Ravet, Kittitas, jr.
Brock Ravet, Kittitas, jr.
Matt Poquette, Morton-White Pass, sr.
Cody Young, Adna, sr.
Erik Farias, St. George’s, jr.
Joe Taylor, Brewster, jr.
Justin Jeske, Liberty (Spangle), sr.
Reece Wallace, Toledo, sr.
Carson Cloaninger, Colfax, jr.
Player of the year: Erwin Weary, Cedar Park Christian, sr.
Erwin Weary, Cedar Park Christian, sr.
PJ Talen, Tacoma Baptist, sr.
Maguire Isaak, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, jr.
Luke Wagenaar, Sunnyside Christian, sr.
Zach Cain, Taholah, sr.
Ryan Moffet, Odessa, soph.
Cade Bosma, Sunnyside Christian, sr.
Jacob Tewalt, Pomeroy, sr.
Brandon Flett, Wellpinit, sr.
State player of the year (all classifications): Lexie Hull, Central Valley, sr.
Player of the year: Lexie Hull, Central Valley, sr.
Lexie Hull, Central Valley, sr.
Kylee Griffen, Lake Stevens, sr.
Jamie Loera, Moses Lake, sr.
Shalyse Smith, Bellarmine Prep, sr.
Lacie Hull, Central Valley, sr.
Jade Loville, Skyline, sr.
JaQuaya Miller, Kentridge, jr.
Gina Marxen, Eastlake, sr.
Player of the year: Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor, jr.
Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor, jr.
Oumou Toure, Kamiakin, jr.
Belle Frazier, Peninsula, jr.
Brooke Walling, Prairie, jr.
Dalayah Daniels, Garfield, soph.
Grace Sarver, West Seattle, sr.
Kondalia Montgomery, Lincoln, sr.
Ashley Alter, Stanwood, sr.
Player of the year: Kiara Steen, W.F. West, sr.
Kiara Steen, W.F. West, sr.
Jelly Perry, Lakewood, sr.
Emily Rodabaugh, Archbishop Murphy, jr.
Beyonce Bea, Washougal, jr.
Marissa Cortes, Prosser, jr.
Genesis Wilkinson, East Valley (Spokane), jr.
Erika Brumfield, W.F. West, jr.
Jenni Johnson, Toppenish, sr.
Georgia Lavinder, White River, sr.
Julia Johnson, W.F. West, sr.
Lindsey Nurmi, Black Hills, sr.
Player of the year: Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere, soph.
Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere, soph.
Julianna Walker, Annie Wright, fr.
Katrina Gimmaka, Nooksack Valley, sr.
Samantha Bowman, Zillah, sr.
Avery Dykstra, Lynden Christian, sr.
Irena Korolenko, Cedar Park Christian, soph.
Taylor Stephens, La Center, jr.
Isabela Hernandez, Lynden Christian, jr.
Sienna Swannack, Lakeside, sr.
Player of the year: Carmen Gfeller, Colfax, sr.
Carmen Gfeller, Colfax, sr.
Talia von Oelhoffen, Tri-Cities Prep, fr.
Melissa Lee, Napavine, sr.
Makenzie Kaech, Ilwaco, sr.
Sydney Abbott, Davenport, sr.
Britnee Guerrero, Mabton, sr.
Mollie Olson, Napavine, sr.
Alea Yun, Life Christian, jr.
Cece Bergquist, St. George’s, sr.
Player of the year: Dakota Patchen, Colton, jr.
Dakota Patchen, Colton, jr.
Gabi Isaak, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, jr.
Sailor Liefke, Sunnyside Christian, sr.
Nayha Mills, Yakama Tribal, sr.
Tiffany Boutain, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, sr.
Gabi Rick, Selkirk, sr.
Emily Banks, Sunnyside Christian, sr.
Maddy Dixon, Pomeroy, soph.
Gina McCaulley, Neah Bay, sr.
Katie Arrasmith, Garfield-Palouse, sr.