2024 Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball Team

photo by: Mike Gunnoe/Special to the Journal-World

Lawrence High's Zaxton King looks to find an opening against Olathe North Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Olathe.

Note: The Journal-World All-Area teams are carefully selected by the Journal-World sports staff.

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Bishop Seabury coach Trey Johnson celebrates with his team after defeating Centralia 52-51 on a buzzer-beater 3 by junior Jace Smith on Mar. 2, 2024, at Highland-Doniphan West High School in Highland, Kansas.

Coach of the Year: Trey Johnson, Bishop Seabury

In his first year at the helm, Johnson led the Seabury boys program to its best all-time finish (21-5) as 1A DI state runners-up following a loss to top-seeded Montezuma-South Gray in the title game. The Seahawks had one of the area’s most productive teams, averaging 65.8 points per game behind multiple All-Kaw Valley selections.

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LHS senior Zaxton King shoots a layup early on the matchup against Olathe Northwest Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Olathe.

Player of the Year: Zaxton King, Lawrence High

King finished his Chesty Lion career averaging 27.6 points per game en route to Sunflower League Player of the Year honors. A four-varsity player, King helped guide an impressive second-half turnaround for LHS in his final season and first under head coach Nick Wood.

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Bishop Seabury junior Jace Smith shoots a floater against Veritas Christian on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in Lawrence.

Jace Smith, Bishop Seabury

Smith finished his junior campaign averaging 16.8 points per game through 32.2 minutes per night on the floor. The First Team All-Kaw Valley point guard ended his state tournament run as the fourth-highest scorer in the tourney (18.0 ppg) and as Seabury’s top 3-point shooter (37%).

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Bishop Seabury junior Chase Honarvar (33) and senior Aidan Page (10) walk onto the floor during a game with St. Mary’s on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, at Bishop Seabury Academy.

Chase Honarvar, Bishop Seabury

Honarvar served as a force in the lane for Seabury, leading the state in blocks (7.5 bpg) and second in rebounds (15.2 rpg) alongside 14.7 points per game. The junior was named Kaw Valley Player of the Year and finished the year with 24 double-doubles and five triple-doubles.

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Bishop Seabury senior Aidan Page races down the floor during the sub-state title game with Centralia on Mar. 2, 2024, at Highland-Doniphan West High School in Highland, Kansas.

Aidan Page, Bishop Seabury

Page capped his Seahawk career averaging 14.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game in the school’s best-ever finish. Committed to Rockhurst, Page finished his senior year with Second Team All-Kaw Valley and PrepHoops 1A All-Tournament Team honors.

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Cooper Carr

Cooper Carr, Baldwin High

Building a reputation on the hardwood, Carr led the Bulldogs with 19.6 points per game and six assists per game this season en route to First Team All-Frontier League and First Team All-State honors.

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Talan Torrez

Talan Torrez, Baldwin High

Torrez brought his time at Baldwin to a close in record-breaking fashion, surpassing the school record with 70 3-point buckets on 41.4% shooting behind the arc. The All-Frontier League selection finished the season averaging 12.7 points per game.

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Logan Sullivan

Logan Sullivan, Eudora High

Sullivan finished his Cardinal career averaging 21.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game as a First Team All-Frontier League selection after earning All-League and All-State honors a year ago during a run at the state tournament.

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Ronnie Baker

Ronnie Baker, Perry-Lecompton

Baker rose to the forefront of the Kaws’ roster, finishing the season averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-3 forward earned a unanimous vote to First Team All-Big 7 after helping Perry-Lecompton finish second in the league.

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Eli Dean

Eli Dean, Perry-Lecompton

Dean provided 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game for the Kaws en route to the team’s 14-8 finish. The 5-foot-10 junior was voted First Team All-Big 7.

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Gavin Oberzan

Gavin Oberzan, Veritas Christian

Oberzan logged 9.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as the Eagles’ key scorer at center.

Honorable Mention: Josh Galbreath (LHS); Edward Roman Nose (LHS); Joey Ziembicki (Baldwin); Errol Siemon (Eudora); Caden Stedry (Eudora); Abel Ney (Veritas); Wesley Edison (Free State); Korbin Dowdell (Free State); Dash Johnson (Free State).


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