BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TANNER KRAMER, PARMA
Why he is Player of the Year: The Panthers, seeded fourth in their six-team district tournament, surprised everyone with their program’s first state title. The 6-2 senior point guard led the charge with 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Coach’s comment: “(He) was the best player on the state championship team,” Parma coach Scot Garrick said.
What others are saying: “As soon as he is past halfcourt, you have to guard him,” Emmett coach Greg Daniels said. “Then he drives by the defender for a layup or finds a teammate for an open shot.”
What’s next: Kramer is talking with several NAIA schools to continue his career.
HAYDEN ECKERT, BUHL
As a four-year starter, the Indians went 82-22 under their 5-10 senior point guard. A three-time, first-team All-Idaho pick, Eckert averaged 19.9 points, 4.5 assists and 2.4 steals and set school career records in all three categories.
MICHAEL LIVELY, BUHL
The 6-6 senior center averaged a double-double (13.9 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the third straight year and shot 65 percent from the field. The three-year starter and 2015 first-team All-Idaho pick dominated at state, shooting 23-of-33 from the field with 30 rebounds.
ALEC POPE, SOUTH FREMONT
The Mountain Rivers Conference Player of the Year makes his second straight appearance on the first team. The 5-11 senior point guard averaged 13.7 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game while turning in a 3.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
CLANCY THOMAS, SNAKE RIVER
The 6-5 sophomore forward flashed quickness and athleticism that will make him a headache for opponents for the next two seasons. He averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Snake River to the state consolation championship.
12 ppg, 6 reb
10.7 ppg, 5.4 reb, 1.8 stl
10.5 ppg, 9.3 reb, 3.2 blk
12.5 ppg, 10.1 reb, 2.0 stl
15.9 ppg, 10.5 reb, 3.4 ast