When Douglas County coach Chet Forsh nominated guard Amira Atwater for the region player of the year award, he was met with very little resistance.
In fact, there wasn’t much discussion among the nine coaches at the Region 3-AAAAAA meeting about who was the top player in the region this season.
Although Atwater wasn’t the team’s leading scorer, she was the Tigers undisputed leader. The Georgia Southern signee is a big reason the Tigers captured the regular-season and region tournament championship.
“She isn’t our leading scorer but she is our leader,” Forsh said. “She is the straw that stirs the drink for us. Everybody in the region recognized that and voted for her. We really didn’t have a long discussion about it.”
Douglas County swept the player of the year awards.
On the boy’s side, Douglas County guard Brandon Robinson was selected as the player of the year.
A McDonald’s All-American nominee and state player of the year candidate, the 6-foot-4 Robinson has signed with powerhouse North Carolina.
“Brandon is very deserving of this award,” Tigers boys coach Hollis Bethea said. “He really has led us this season, and I was happy to see him get the recognition as being the top player in a very good region.”
Robinson said he was humbled by the award.
“I’m just thankful to my teammates and coaches for being there for me,” he said. “This is a great honor. I was just trying to do what I could to help our team win.”
In addition to Atwater, three other Douglas County players made all-region. Joining Atwater on the first team were junior guard Arsula Clark and freshman center Amari Robinson.
Junior forward Ashanti Brown was named to the honorable mention team.
Atwater, a four-year varsity player, has scored over 1,000 points in her career. Heading into today’s second-round playoff game against Collins Hill, Atwater is averaging 12. 4 points per game and a team-leading 6.3 assists.
Clark is the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.1 points while Robinson leads the team in points (16.8) and rebounds (8.6). Brown is averaging 9.1 rebounds, which is second on the team.
Joining Robinson on the all-region teams is teammates Kalen Clifton on the second team while Khayl Waters, Khalil Cuffee and Reece Anderson all made the honorable mention team.
Douglas County boys lost 71-65 to Newton on Wednesday to end their season.
Robinson is awaiting word if he made the Jordan Brand Classic, a national all-star game that features the top players in the country. He is rated among the top-100 players in the nation by all the major recruiting services.