One of the smartest and most prolific 3-point shooters around got a nice farewell honor, while two other Granbury Pirates who will be returning were honored by the league coaches as part of the All-District 7-4A Boys Basketball Team.
Junior guard Clay Brawner was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while senior guard Jacob Taylor was picked for the first team and junior post Mitchell May was selected for the second team.
In addition, Taylor was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Team.
Brawner averaged 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, but he was especially dangerous on defense. He was among tops in the area in charges taken and regularly guarded the opposing team’s top player, be it a guard or a post.
“I’m glad he got one of the superlatives. He’s about the hardest-working kid I’ve ever coached, definitely one of the top three as far as work habits go and how hard he competes,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale.
Taylor averaged 11.5 points and hit 39 percent of his 3-point attempts (86-for-222). Over his junior and senior seasons, he connected on 39.2 percent of his treys (152-for-388).
“I’m happy for Jacob,” said Breazeale. “In a lot of ways he improved so much between his junior and senior years.”
May averaged six points and six rebounds, led the team in blocks and was third in charges taken.
“Mitchell put in a lot of time in spring and summer, working on being a legitimate varsity player,” said Breazeale.
The Pirates missed the playoffs, finishing 11-17 overall and 6-8 in district. The season before, they broke a 13-year drought by reaching the postseason.
“With two of them coming back, that’s good for next year.”
The Pirates lost six games in district by five or fewer points.
Brawner was a first-team selection as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman. Taylor was on the second team last season.
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All-District 7-4A Boys Basketball Team
Co-Defensive Player of the Year – G Clay Brawner, jr.
First team – G Jacob Taylor, jr.
Second team – P Mitchell May, jr.