Roddy rewarded with league's top honor
Brandon Roddy proved he can score from anywhere on the court during the 2012-13 boys basketball season.
A 6-foot junior combo guard at Monroe High, Roddy led Union County in scoring at 21.1 points per game. He led the Redhawks to a 23-4 record, including an 11-3 mark in the Rocky River Conference.
For his standout season, Roddy was voted Player of the Year in the RRC by the league’s coaches.
“I was excited and it meant a lot,” said Roddy. “All the hard work in practice, all the time spent in the gym working on my game, just paid off.”
Roddy eclipsed 20 points 17 times as a junior, including a career-high 35 in a win over Porter Ridge. He also helped his team beat regular season champion Cuthbertson twice, including the RRC tournament championship game.
As a sophomore, Roddy averaged 16.0 points per game.
“My shot really wasn’t that consistent last year, so I worked on my pull-up game and I was able to knock it down this year,” said Roddy. “Last year I didn’t really have a pull-up game.”
Roddy is joined on the all-conference team by teammate Quayshawn Chambers — a four-year starter.
A 6-foot-3 senior forward who has signed to play football at Duke University, Chambers averaged 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Cuthbertson, which won the regular season title outright for the second straight year, placed a league-high four players on the all-RRC team.
Junior point guard Shelton Mitchell, a Wake Forest commit, made the honorary squad after averaging 20.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
A trio of CHS seniors also made the all-conference team, including Emmitt Afam, Isaiah Cureton and Lucius McMillon.
Cureton averaged 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest while Afam posted 9.3 points and 4.2 assists per game.
McMillon added 7.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers, who finished 29-4 and advanced to the 2A state championship for the second straight year.
Piedmont, which had a 21-6 record, placed senior Brady Meggs, senior Qualen Blakeney and sophomore Cameron Tripp on the all-RRC team.
Meggs averaged 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Blakeney posted 12.0 points and 4.8 assists per contest. Tripp, a 6-foot-6 post, contributed 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Piedmont’s Rudi Heath was named the league’s Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a second-place finish in his first season at the helm.
Forest Hills senior Kalief Harrison and Central Academy junior Ryan Grigston were voted to the all-conference team.
Harrison led the Yellow Jackets in rebounding (6.3 rpg) while Grigston averaged a team-best 12.6 points per game.
boys basketball team
(as selected by the league’s coaches)
Cuthbertson: Shelton Mitchell (Jr.), Emmitt Afam (Sr.), Lucius McMillon (Sr.), Isaiah Cureton (Sr.)
Piedmont: Qualen Blakeney (Sr.), Brady Meggs (Sr.), Cameron Tripp (So.)
Monroe: Brandon Roddy (Jr.), Quayshawn Chambers (Sr.)
Forest Hills: Kalief Harrison (Sr.)
Central Academy: Ryan Grigston (Jr.)
West Stanly: BJ Hill (Sr.)
Player of the year: Brandon Roddy, Monroe
Coach of the year: Rudi Heath, Piedmont