ADA — Depth was the watchword on this season's Ada Evening News All-Area boys squad, which had players on the third team who could have been first-team selections in other years.
Stratford's Dalen Qualls was named Player of the Year for the third straight season after winning a second consecutive state scoring title, and he leads a talented group of underclassmen on a first team that has just two seniors — Roff teammates Dayne Parker and Dylan Lemley.
In fact, Parker and Lemley join Latta's Wacey Henderson as the only seniors on this year's first or second team, which should guarantee another exciting area boys season in 2010-11.
Here is a capsule look at this year's All-Area boys first team:
DAYNE PARKER, Roff
Parker, a four-year starter in two sports for the Tigers, is a Division I prospect in baseball who also managed to rank third in area scoring this season at 18.6 points per game. Part of a talented backcourt rotation on a Roff squad that cruised to the Class B title (the school's first in 42 years), Parker hit 224 of his 424 field goal attempts, 74.6 percent of his free throws and added 79 steals for the Tigers.
DYLAN LEMLEY, Roff
At 6-6, Lemley gave Roff a dominating presence inside, but he also expanded his game to include outside shooting as a senior. He hit almost 60 percent of his shots overall and was a solid 14-for-45 from beyond the arc. He also ranked second to Stonewall's Josh Scribner in area rebounding at 9.8 per game, and he was the area's only All-State selection this season after posting two double-digit scoring efforts in Roff's three state tournament wins.
ELI BAILEY, Byng
Bailey came out of nowhere to join Lemley on a short list of the area's best big men this season. He combined a soft shooting touch with a physical inside game, averaging almost 11 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first varsity season. Byng coach Trent Miller will welcome back a solid nucleus next year, and with Lemley gone, Bailey figures to open the season as the area's top post player.
REED JOHNSON, Latta
Like Qualls, Johnson came to the varsity with a "can't-miss" tag, and so far he has lived up to the advance billing. Almost exclusively a 3-point specialist as a freshman, he was a complete player as a junior, leading the Panthers in scoring (16 ppg), and ranking third in rebounding (5.4 per game) while also finishing among the area leaders in 3-point percentage (39.1) and free throw percentage (77.4).
DEVIN TERRY, Konawa
Terry moved to Konawa last summer and joined freshman point guard Alex Yellowfish to lead the Tigers — who won just four games a season earlier — to a 14-13 record sprinkled with narrow losses. One of the area's top long-range shooters, Terry ranked behind only Qualls in scoring at 18.7 points per game, and he showed he was more than just a 3-point specialist by averaging six rebounds and grabbing 54 steals during the season.