To the surprise of no one, this year’s District 3-3A All District squad is filled with Runnin’ Cubs, the current State Champions of Texas.
Head Coach Dustin Faught released the list Tuesday, following the conclusion of the Cubs’ perfect run through the playoffs.
Leading the impressive list is Brownfield senior Alex McCrary, honored as the District 3-3A Most Valuable Player.
Faught said Alex was invaluable to the Cubs this year.
“Alex is our floor general,” the coach said. “He runs the show on the court so much, that it’s like having another coach out there. He has a high basketball IQ and an unbelievable motor. He’s got every tool a player needs and above all that, he’s a great person with high character and work ethic.”
Earning the distinction of Offensive Player of the Year is Cub junior Jezreel Griffin.
“I could not be more proud of the way Jezreel has played this year,” Coach Faught said. “He can do everything on the floor. He’s a great defender and rebounder and one of our top scorers. There’s not a better kid in Brownfield. He’s a role model for every younger player in this town.”
Earning spots on the All District 1st Team this year were Cub starters Darius Kyle, Coby Serbantez, and Gage Siller.
Kyle is a junior and a first-year starter for the Cubs, but made a huge impact under the basket all year.
“Darius has sparked a lot of our success this year,” Faught said. “He’s doesn’t mind doing the dirty work underneath and he gives our press and our defense the ability to be as aggressive as possible because they know he’ll clean up under the basket if someone gets by them up top. He has also developed a feather touch offensively that not many big men have.”
Siller, a senior and first year starter, became one of the Cubs’ top scorers this season.
“Gage has stepped up and filled a big scoring role that we lost to graduation last year,” he said. “He is one of the most coachable guys we have and he works on his game every day. He might be the most improved player I have had in Brownfield.”
Coby Serbantez is a returning senior that the Cubs depended heavily on all season.
“Coby is an anchor for our team on both sides of the ball,” Coach Faught said. “He fills up a stat sheet and people don’t even notice. He gets rebounds and assists and everything he does on the floor for us is solid. He’s also one of the most fierce competitors that I’ve ever coached.”
Nathaniel Saenz is another senior that moved into a varsity role this year.
“Bo-Bo has been a catalyst for us on the defensive end of the floor,” Faught said. “His speed and the way he plays defense has been unbelievable this year. He’s a great teammate and a great kid to be around.”
Earning Honorable Mention nods were four more Cubs who got extensive playing time through the season.
Freshmen Jeronimo Quintanilla and Nunie Ramirez, junior Deveen Reed, and sophomore Jaelyn Nolan all were included on the HM roster.
Of Quintanilla, Faught said “He is the biggest 5’10” post I have ever seen play the game. He plays fearless. He battles and he uses his athleticism extremely well. He reads players well and is deadly on defense.”
Faught said Ramirez has a love and passion for the game of basketball that is evident when he plays.
“What he has done this year is going to see big payoffs over the next few years,” he said. “A freshman shouldn’t play with that kind of confidence, but he’s got it. His ability to shoot and handle the ball has made us a lot deeper in the guard position.”
Reed was another contributor off the bench this season.
“Deveen was a pleasant surprise this season,” Faught said. “He has really developed and given us another option on offense.”
Of Nolan, Faught said he has and will continue to make an impact on the court.
“Jaelyn gives us the athleticism that makes us so much more of a versatile team,” he said. “With him on the floor, we can play big, fast, and long. The way he plays the game offers the team so many different options that we can beat people in a lot of different ways.”
Rounding out the honorees was Coach Faught himself, who was voted by his peers as the 2016 District 3-3A Coach of the Year. It is the fourth time Faught has earned the distinction after coaching the Cubs to a 39-1 record over the last four years of district and, most recently, to the State Title.