2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: COVY KELLY, GARDEN VALLEY
Why he is player of the year: The 6-foot sophomore announced his presence in the state finals, scoring 38 points to break a 1A Division II record set by Salmon River’s Leighton Vander Esch. He racked up 23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.3 blocks per game to carry Garden Valley to a runner-up finish.
Coach’s comment: “He is a tremendous leader, has a great work ethic and is a fearless kid,” Garden Valley coach Joel LaFleur said.
What others are saying: “Covy is a great player all the way around who can hurt you from anywhere on the court. (He’s a) humble kid that has a great basketball future still to come,” Horseshoe Bend coach Tivon Miller said.
What’s next: Kelly will return for his junior season.
TYLER MUNSEE, LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN
The 6-4 junior guard packed the stat sheet for the undefeated state champ, averaging 19.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 blocks. He also excelled on defense where he guarded the opponent’s top weapon, regardless of position.
JONNY HILLMAN, GENESIS PREP
The Carroll College commit ends his high school career on the first team for the third straight time. The 6-2 senior guard missed state with a knee injury but totaled 21.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
CASPER BLOCK, LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN
The 6-4 junior forward dominated the offensive glass for the Lions. He finished the year averaging a double-double of 14.4 points and 10.8 rebounds to help lead Lighthouse Christian to the program’s first state title.
TREY SMITH, CAMAS COUNTY
The Mushers get one more season out of the dominating 6-1 junior forward, who already has surpassed 1,000 career points. He racked up 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.3 assists to lead Camas County to a state play-in game.
COACH OF THE YEAR: JOEL LAFLEUR, GARDEN VALLEY
The first-year coach led the Wolverines to their second state title game in program history.
20.0 ppg, 9.6 reb
15.7 ppg, 6.7 reb, 1.2 blk
16.6 ppg, 9.9 reb, 3.8 ast
14.1 ppg, 6.2 reb, 4.7 ast
22.5 ppg, 6.7 reb, 3.8 ast