2022 Daily Leader All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team – Daily Leader

Jaheim Ball, County Lawrence

Once he crosses the half court, Jaheim Ball is within range. A 5-foot-10 senior guard, Ball averaged 14.3 points per game for a Lawrence County team that finished 18-10 this season. He also averaged 4.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for coach Pat Bridges. Ball may come out of the logo, but he’s also a gifted passer who led the offense as a point guard.

Christian Davis, Wesson

Transfer from Copiah Academy, Christian Davis had a big impact in his first season as Cobra. A 5-foot-5 junior point guard, Davis averaged 20.1 points per game for a Wesson team that finished 8-15 this season. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game for coach Rusty Newman. Davis can slide down the wing and play as a point shooter or he can drop the ball as a primary ball handler.

Trevor Fortenberry, Brookhaven Academy

Playing the game with a physical nature, Trevor Fortenberry also has an engine on the pitch that sets him apart on most nights. A 6-foot-3 junior winger, Fortenberry averaged 10.1 points per game for a Brookhaven Academy team that finished 12-17 this season. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for coach Josh Watts. Fortenberry will be the top returning scorer next season for the Cougars and was also a DL All-Area pick in football.

Demeriuntia Jackson, Brookhaven High School

Defenses have focused on Demeriuntia Jackson this season and he has responded by having his best season as a Panther. A 6-foot-1 senior point guard, Jackson averaged 15.4 points per game for a Brookhaven High team that finished 15-10 this season. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game for coach Charlton Gray. Jackson has the ability to force his way into the lane and was his team’s leading ball handler and leading scorer.

Shomari Jenkins, Bogue Chitto

Vision and strength are two tools that Shomari Jenkins uses to her advantage to help push through a fast attack from Bobcat. A 6-foot sophomore guard, Jenkins averaged 13.2 points per game for a Bogue Chitto team that finished 13-13 this season. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game for coach Marc Howard. Jenkins has the ability to play either guard position and does some of his best work in the lane with floaters and runners.

Trey Jones, Lawrence County

On a team that got most of its points from the perimeter, Trey Jones has emerged as an offensive threat for the Cougars this season. A 6-foot junior guard, Jones averaged 10.2 points per game for a Lawrence County team that finished 18-10 this season. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. With Lawrence County not having much height inside, Jones’ willingness to rebound made him a valuable player.

Elijah Kennedy, Brookhaven High School

Strong with the ball on the rebound and capable of guarding bigger or smaller players, Elijah Kennedy is the guy who makes his team better. A 6-foot-1 senior winger, Kennedy averaged 10.2 points per game for a Brookhaven High team that finished 15-10 this season. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game for coach Charlton Gray. Kennedy can finish with lane contact and is the kind of defender who knows where the ball is going next.

Taylor Presley, Enterprise

A versatile player who scored inside and out, Taylor Presley was an important piece for the Yellow Jackets for four years. A 6-foot-2 senior forward, Presley averaged 10.4 points per game for an Enterprise team that finished 6-14 this season. He also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for coach Shane Adams. Presley can shoot shorter defenders from deep and has used his inside length to lead his team on the rebound.

Colby Terrell, Loyd Star

There’s a cerebral, heady slant to Colby Terrell’s game as the son of two former basketball coaches is still thinking about his next move. A 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, Terrell averaged 10.0 points per game for a Loyd Star team that finished 13-13 this season. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game for coach Seth Britt. Terrell does some of his hardest work around the free throw line area as his lane elbow jumper is one of his best offensive weapons.

Devonta “Bam” Thompson, Bogue Chitto

The ball always accelerates when it falls into the hands of Devonta “Bam” Thompson, as the young Bobcat plays the game with explosive style. A 5-foot-10 freshman guard, Thompson averaged 21.2 points per game for a Bogue Chitto team that finished 13-13 this season. He also averaged 5.1 assists and 5.2 steals per game for coach Marc Howard. Thompson is accurate in depth and pushes his team into transition when he has the rock.

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