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8-5A All-District Boys Basketball Team

July 2, 2012

By David McNabb

Leading Flower Mound Marcus to consecutive Class 5A state titles, District 8-5A coaches have selected Oklahoma State's signing duo of Marcus Smart and Phillip Forte III as Co-Most Valuable Players. Forte was named the MVP for Marcus's victory over Fort Bend Travis in the 5A final. Smart is a McDonald's All-American who was the MVP of the 2011 5A state final win over Garland Lakeview.

Marcus's 5-11 defensive specialist, A.J. Luckey, was named first-team All-District along with 6-8 New Mexico signee Nick Banyard.

Flower Mound coach Henry Thomas, who eclipsed 500 career victories and was honored by the UIL at the state tournament, was named the District 8-5A Coach of the Year. Thomas coached for 30 years with stops at smaller division schools in Miranda City, Crystal City and Calvert before arriving at Denton in 2001. He then spent four years at Denton, where he turned a perennial losing team into a playoff team, and then the last six at Lewisville, which made at least the third round of the playoffs in four of his last five years. Thomas is retiring to become fulltime pastor  at Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church in Frisco.

Leading Plano West to a second-place district finish, Wolves senior T.J. Cline was named the Offensive Player of the Year. The 6-8 son of Hall of Fame basketball player Nancy Lieberman, Cline averaged 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds.

One of the area's top receivers in football, Allen's 6-4 Cortland Tolbert was selected as Defensive Player of the Year.

Co-Most Valuable Player: Marcus Smart (Marcus, Sr.) and Phillip Forte (Marcus, Sr.)

Offensive Player of the Year: T.J. Cline (Plano West, Sr.)

Defensive Player of the Year: Cortland Tolbert (Allen Sr.)

Newcomer of the Year: Tyler Williams (Hebron, Fr.)

Coach of the Year: Henry Thomas (Flower Mound)

First Team

Jacob Rothbauer (Allen, Sr.)

Holt Harmon (Plano West, Sr.)

A.J. Luckey (Marcus, Sr.)

Nick Banyard (Marcus, Sr.)

Ray Dorsey (Lewisville, Sr.)

Sawyer Kipp (Plano East, Jr.)

Austin Mitchell (Plano Senior, Sr.)

Brett Bell (Flower Mound, Sr.)

Ridge Shipley (Hebron, Jr.)

Drew Nelson (Hebron, Sr.)

Second Team

Tony Adams (Allen, Sr.)

Jaden Wright (Lewisville, Jr.)

Kendall Britton (Plano West, Sr.)

Marcus Mathieu (Plano East, Jr.)

Jackson Forbes (Plano West, So.)

Shawn James (Plano Senior, Sr.)

Jared Hamilton (Marcus, Sr.)

Taylor Johnson (Flower Mound, Sr.)

Darrius Parker (Allen, Sr.)

Steven Lanz (Hebron, Sr.)

Cameron King (Lewisville, Sr.)

Honorable Mention

Tay Evans (Allen, So.)

Bola Alade (Plano East, So.)

David Havala (Plano East, Jr.)

Chico Morales (Plano East, Jr.)

Xavier Smith (Plano East, Jr.)

Zach Smith (Plano East, So.)

Malcolm Mann (Plano Senior, Sr.)

Travis Warman (Plano Senior, Sr.)

Tim Okposin (Plano West, Jr.)

Connor McWilliams (Plano West, Sr.)

Brandon Allums (Plano West, Sr.)

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