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Sam Vinson named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Sam Vinson of Highlands (Fort Thomas) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior guard helped the Bluebirds go 30-4 en route to the programs' first state title.

Vinson averaged 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest during the regular season, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

The Northern Kentucky signee was named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
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Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
Daughters of former NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph set to make high school basketball debuts for California powerhouse Sierra Canyon - HIGHSCORE
Daughters of former NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph set to make high school basketball debuts for California powerhouse Sierra Canyon
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has seen high-profile players come through its boys high school basketball program, including the sons of notable current and former NBA stars. Well, the girls got next as the Trailblazers added a pair of marquee freshman to a squad that finished No. 18 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Izela Arenas, daughter of Gilbert Arenas, and Mackenly Randolph, Zach Randolph's daughter, join a Sierra Canyon team that finished 25-7 last season before falling in the first round of the CIF Open Division state tournament.

The Trailblazers lost four Division I players to graduation, and Arenas and Randolph are part of a talented incoming freshman class that features seven players, including promising point guard Christy Reynoso.

The boys team features Bronny James (LeBron James), Zaire Wade (Dwyane Wade), Scotty Pippen Jr. (Scottie Pippen) and Kenyon Martin Jr. (Kenyon Martin).

Gilbert Arenas and Zach Randolph are former All-Stars who combined to play 28 seasons in the NBA. Randolph averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds over a lengthy NBA career, while Arenas averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.9 assists during an impressive 11-year run.

Expect the national spotlight to shine bright Sierra Canyon's boys and girls basketball programs as James continues to develop his game in his sophomore season, while Arenas and Gilbert add that star power to the girls game.

Top 25 high school football rankings: South Panola finishes No. 1 - HIGHSCORE
Top 25 high school football rankings: South Panola finishes No. 1
South Panola (Batesville, Miss.), one of the country's most dominant programs over the last decade, can add one more notch to its belt: national champion.

The Tigers, who finished 15-0 and captured Mississippi's 6A state title, posted eye-popping statistics on both sides of the ball en route to finishing No. 1 in the Xcellent 25 Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

Loaded with star power and groomed by excellent coaching, South Panola allowed more than one touchdown in only four games this year. They averaged more than 45 points per game on offense.

In the state final against previously-unbeaten Meridian, the Tigers turned in an outstanding effort, winning easily 28-7.

Running back Qyendairs Griffin gave the Tigers a powerful threat running the ball, while Marcus Henry and Nickolas Brassell helped stretch defenses at wide receiver.

Antonio Connor and Kendrick Market were dynamic defensive backs for South Panola, and up front, Temario Strong and Issac Gross were nearly impossible to block.

The Tigers rose to No. 1 following the Pearland (Texas) upset of Trinity (Euless, Tex.), which was the top-ranked team heading into the final weekend of the season.

Finishing a close second to South Panola is Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. Like South Panola, Aquinas excelled on both sides of the ball and had an equally dominant season, culminating in a 5A state title.

Final Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard

1. (2) South Panola (Batesville, Miss.), 15-0
Season complete. 6A state champions. National champions.
Qyen Griffin was unstoppable for South Panola.
Qyen Griffin was unstoppable for South Panola.
HIGHSCORE High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 basketball season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Forty-five states have completed their 2020-21 high school basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored those athletes over the past four weeks. Now, we've gathered them together in one place. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
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Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
MaxPreps Player of the Year in each state

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Alabama
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 32.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.6 steals to lead the Tigers to the Class 2A state semifinals. Davison opened his senior campaign with a career-high 57 points. Read More: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
Two-time Class 4A Player of the Year averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field to help Colony advance to the state semifinals. McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points. Read More: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Quickly rising Class of 2021 prospect averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Dragons to the No. 2 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 and the program's first GEICO Nationals invitation. Read More: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 30 Class of 2022 prospect averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory Feb. 2 over Jacksonville and earned all-state honors for the third consecutive season. Read More: Arkansas Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 50 Class of 2020 prospect helped the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003. Clingan averaged 36 points and 26.3 rebounds in three CCC tournament games and averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists on the season. Read More: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2023, the 6-11 center averaged 22.1 rebounds, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots to lead the Lion to the program's fourth state title. Read More: Colorado Player of the Year

Delaware — Nnanna Njoku, Sanford (Hockessin)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Villanova
The 6-9 center averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 71 percent from the field this season. The top 100 prospect tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while connecting on 8-of-9 attempts from the field and 8-of-10 free throws in Sanford's state title game victory. Read More: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, Duren averaged 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest while shooting an efficient 63 percent from the field. The 6-10 post helped the top-ranked Eagles to a 21-1 record. Read More: Florida Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Auburn
Regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-10 forward averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field to help the Patriots to the Class AAA state title game. Smith tallied over 1,900 career points. Read More: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-10 center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years. Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4). Read More: Idaho Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Top 30 senior prospect averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He helped the Friars go 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Chicago Catholic League play. Read More: Illinois Player of the Year
Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
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Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
Indiana — Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (Fort Wayne)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Purdue
The 6-10 forward averaged 21.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest to guide the Braves to their second consecutive state title. Furst finished his four-year run as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,087 career points. Read More: Indiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Drake
Averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field to lead Waukee to the program's first championship. DeVries is regarded as a top 100 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read More: Iowa Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Tennessee
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, the five-star guard averaged 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals while shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line. Read More: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Northern Kentucky
Named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown. Read More: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Santa Clara
The under-the-radar guard averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range to guide the Tigers to their second consecutive state crown. Read More: Louisiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Attending Kimball Union Academy (Prep School)
The 6-1 guard averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals per contest to help the Black Bears go 15-0 en route to the Class A/B championship game of the central Maine tournament. Read More: Maine Player of the Year

Massachusetts —  Ademide Badmus, Lynn English (Lynn)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Over the course of his four year career, the 6-7 forward amassed 1,000 points to go along with 984 rebounds. Badmus averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. Read More: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Connecticut
Top 50 Class of 2021 prospect averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots to lead the Stags to the No. 5 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: Maryland Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Michigan State
Top 75 prospect averaged 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per outing as a senior, finishing his prep career with 1,973 points and leading the Hurricanes to their first state title. Read More: Michigan Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
MaxPreps National Player of the Year averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field to guide the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship. Read More: Minnesota Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Mississippi
The 5-9 guard averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest to lead the Chargers to the state quarterfinals. Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest. Read More: Mississippi Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Georgetown
The five-star guard averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field. Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. Read More: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-7 guard averaged 24.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, helping the Spartans to the state semifinals. Germer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an 88-62 victory over Big Sky (Missoula), finishing a special night with 51 points and breaking the Class AA record with 13 3-pointers. Read More: Montana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The under-the-radar prospect averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. Thomas helped guide the Mustangs go 27-2 en route to the program's first state championship. Read More: Nebraska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Scored 1,056 points in his career and was named the state's Mr. Basketball by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization. He put up a season-high 33 in a January game against Oyster River. Read More: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — D.J. Wagner, Camden
Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Top ranked Class of 2023 prospect averaged 22.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored 20 or more points in 11 of 13 games and was the catalyst for the No. 8 ranked team in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: New Jersey Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Averaged 27.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line, helping the Bulldawgs reach the Class 5A state title game. Read More: New Mexico Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Three-star prospect averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall. The 6-3 guard helped the Falcons go 21-11 en route to the Grind Session tournament quarterfinals. Read More: New York Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with North Carolina State
Top 100 senior prospect averaged nearly 30 points per game this season, including a career-high 50 against Trinity Academy in early February. Farmville Central went 76-2 during his final three seasons with three consecutive state titles. Read More: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Joe Hurlburt, Enderlin
Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 100 junior prospect averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Playing alongside brother Gus on the varsity team since seventh grade, Hurlburt has amassed 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games. Read More: North Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2022, Livingston averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field to guide Buchtel to the program's second district championship in the past three seasons. Read More: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Bijan Cortes, Kingfisher
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Oklahoma
Scored 23 of his team's points in a 48-40 win over Heritage Hall in the state championship game. Cortes poured in 13 in the second half after Kingfisher fell behind by eight points in the third quarter en route to its 20th straight win. The Yellowjackets went 107-4 during his time with the program. Read More: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Connecticut
Top 50 prospect averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points. Diggins helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game. Read More: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Recorded a double-double in every game during his two years at Pilgrim, averaging 20.4 points, 17.4 rebounds and five blocked shots per outing this season en route to the state semifinals. He surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in the final game of the season. Read More: Rhode Island Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Nebraska
The five-star guard averaged 21.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest this season and was the leading scorer at the St. James NIBC Invitational, posting 20.9 points per contest in seven appearances at the loaded event. McGowens finished his four-year high school career with more than 2,300 points. Read More: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Matthew Mors, Yankton
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Wisconsin
Three-star forward averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists per contest while leading Yankton to its first 20-win season since 1975-76. Playing on the varsity team since seventh grade, Mors finished third on the state's all-time scoring list with over 2,700 career points. Read More: South Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-foot-3 guard helped the Fighting Irish go 21-4 with a state semifinals appearance. He averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest and was the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named TSSAA Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA. Read More: Tennessee Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Regarded as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-9 forward averaged 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocks per game to help the Rabbits go 19-5. Read More: Texas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
After spending his first three years of high school at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), Hickman averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during his lone season at Wasatch Academy. He helped No. 11 ranked Wasatch Academy finish the regular season 18-6 en route to a bid to GEICO Nationals. Read More: Utah Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 5-10 guard averaged 30.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest to help the Green Knights go 10-0 en route to their second straight Division 1 state title. Ndayishimiye is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Mr. Basketball in the Green Mountain State. Read More: Vermont Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
In a shortened season, Keels averaged 28.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals per contest while recording six triple-doubles. He finished his prep career with 1,803 points. Read More: Virginia Player of the Year

West Virginia — Isaac McKneely, Poca
Back-to-back Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year averaged 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line in 15 regular season games. Read More: West Virginia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Iowa State
Top 50 senior prospect led the team in scoring and assists averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the season for the Division 3 state champions. Hunter was a four-year starter for St. Catherine's, compiling 1,589 points while leading the program to a record of 91-12. Read More: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Sam Lecholat, Sheridan
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-6 wing averaged 17.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from the field to guide the Broncs to the Class 4A state semifinals. Read More: Wyoming Player of the Year
Lashae Dwyer named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Tennessee High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Lashae Dwyer named 2020-21 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Lashae Dwyer of the The Webb School (Bell Buckle) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 senior wing sparked a spectacular turnaround after transferring into the program, going from 4-17 in 2019-20 to 28-2 and winning the Divisiion II-A state title this season.

Dwyer averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as The Webb School won its first-ever Tennessee title with a 54-38 win over Providence Christian.

Headed to Miami (Fla.) next year, Dwyer is regarded as the No. 79 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.