Chamberlain's Hart named HIllsborough's player of year
BY NICK WILLIAMS, Tribune staff Tribune staff
Published: April 16, 2013
Updated: April 17, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Chamberlain High senior guard Reggie Hart was named the Paul Straub Player of the Year at the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association banquet on Tuesday night. The award is given annually to Hillsborough County’s top boys basketball player. Hart, who finished his prep career with 2,020 points, led the county in scoring with 25 points per game and guided the Chiefs to a district title. Jesuit coach Neal Goldman received the Doug Walker Coach of the Year award for guiding the top-ranked Tigers to the Class 5A state championship.
Hillsborough’s Dimario Jackson, Armwood’s Marcus Hill and Durant’s Jerome Hodge were each presented with the Heart of a Champion Award, given to players who have persevered through adversity during the season. Brandon’s Jamie Turner received the William Bethel Award, named after the former Middleton coach and given to a coach who led a team beyond expectations. Other awards included the West Coach Official Award (Jon Decker) and Meritorious Service Award (Larry Wagers). Meanwhile, the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches named Jesuit senior guard Devin Harris the 5A Player of the Year, Goldman the 5A Coach of the Year, Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli the 8A boys Coach of the Year, and Lakewood’s Necole Tunsil the 5A girls Coach of the Year.