By JOURNAL STAFF
They all have different skills on the basketball court, but when it came right down to it, all of the members of the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s All-Metro boys basketball team had one thing in common – they knew how to score when the game when their team needed it the most.
Bossier’s Joseph Manning is the Player of the Year on the 2021-22 first team that has five players from five different schools.
Three of those schools – Bossier, Huntington and Calvary — made it to the state tournament. The Bearkats and Raiders reached the semifinals and the Cavaliers got to the state championship game.
Manning led Bossier to a 25-9 overall record (and an undefeated district record) before falling to Wossman in the semifinals.
“He was a very unselfish player,” said Bossier coach Nick Bohanan. “We went as he went. At the end of the day, we fed off him a lot. He’s a real smart player. He was vital for us for this year.”
A three-year starter for Bossier, Manning is headed to Panola Junior College next year.
Loyola coach Ben Schonfarber has seen plenty of Manning while playing against the Bearkats in District 1-3A.
“He’s one of the hardest guys to guard and game plan against in the area because he is so versatile,” Schonfarber said. “He can create for others as well as for himself. He can score at all three levels. And he doesn’t take plays off when he is on defense.”
Rayshun McCullar helped take Huntington to the Class 4A state tournament after the Raiders ran through the District 1-4A season with a 7-1 record to win the title.
Calvary’s Labree Williams helped the Cavs to a 25-7 record (including a 16-game winning streak) before falling in the state finals.
Two high-powered scoring guards — Lance Waddles and Woodlawn’s Donavan Seamster – were also chosen to the first team. Both helped lead their teams to playoff berths. Woodlawn was 27-9 and the second-place team in District 1-4A and received a No. 11 playoff seed. Evangel was a No. 6 seed in the Division II playoffs and finished 20-9.
Huntington’s Mack Jones, who led his team to a district championship and a semifinal appearance, is the Coach of the Year. Jones and the Raiders played in the toughest classification in the state (4A) and had to deal with the death of one of the starters during the playoffs but made it to the school’s fourth Marsh Madness.
The All-Metro first and second teams were chosen by the Shreveport-Bossier Journal staff in close consultation with local coaches and basketball observers.
A “Best of the Rest” was chosen including players who were given serious consideration for the top 10 spots.
2021-22 SBJ BOYS ALL METRO TEAM
Joseph Manning (6-2), Bossier, Sr.
Rayshun McCullar (6-1), Huntington, Sr.
Donavan Seamster (6-2), Woodlawn, Sr.
Lance Waddles (6-3), Evangel, Sr.
La’Bree Williams (6-6), Calvary, Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Joseph Manning, Bossier
COACH OF THE YEAR – Mack Jones, Huntington
Nick Dyer, BTW, Sr.
Marquis Harris, Bossier, Sr.
Andri Lewis, Woodlawn, Sr.
Omarion Miller, North Caddo, Jr.
Kyron Reed, Captain Shreve, Sr.
BEST OF THE REST
Jecal Bryant, Evangel
Calvin Collins, BTW
Christian Ford, Captain Shreve
Marquarius Johnson, Southwood
Martin McDowell, Calvary
Tahj Roots, Bossier
DeCedric Webb, Huntington