Yesterday the seven individual class finalists for the 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball and Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year were announced. The Class 1A player of the year was Marcus Niblack of Wildwood. The Ole Miss commit led his team to a 21-8 record and a spot in the regional finals by averaging 20.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Corey Buie of Hawthorne finished 3rd in the voting in 1A behind Niblack and Jacob Crews of Hilliard.
Greg Bowie of the Hawthorne boys basketball team was named the Class 1A Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. Bowie led the Hornets to the Class 1A state title and a 25-3 record. It was the school’s first state title since 1987. In 13 years at Hawthorne, Bowie has posted a 285-82 record with five Final Four appearances, including two state runner-up finishes and this year’s state title. Meanwhile, Steve Faulkner of Lake City Columbia was runner-up for coach of the year in Class 6A. You can find the winners online at ThePrepZone.com.
On Friday, the seven individual class finalists for the 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball and Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year were announced. Renee Clines a senior guard at Mayo Lafayette was named the Class 1A Player of the Year. Clines led her team to a 17-10 record and an appearance in the regional finals by averaging 23.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.5 steals per game. She scored 20 points in the regional semifinals as the Hornets upset defending 1A state champion Trenton. Nasia Powell of Ocala Vanguard finished third in the voting for the Class 5A Player of the Year.
Cornelius Ingram of the Hawthorne girls basketball team was named the Class 1A Coach of the Year. Ingram compiled a 29-2 record and won the Class 1A state title. It was Hawthorne’s first-ever girls state basketball title. In three years, Ingram has posted a 64-16 record, including back-to-back Final Four appearance and a state title. You can find the girls basketball & Coach of the Year classification winners online at ThePrepZone.com.
Mike Ridaught is the editor and publisher of ThePrepZone.com, the foremost website for high school sports in northeast Florida.