Add another award to the resume of Mae Jemsion senior and future Crimson Tide guard John Petty.
The 6’6″ shooting guard repeated as Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year in boys basketball after winning the award as a junior for the former J.O. Johnson.
Petty led the way for Jemison to win a 5A state title over Faith Academy scoring 22 points, collecting 11 boards, and grabbing four steals. Over the course of the season, Petty averaged 21.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, two steals, and 1.2 blocks. Petty was named Alabama’s Mr. Basketball last year as a junior and is the favorite to win the award again. He also has been named to the All-State First Team four times. Petty scored 2,749 points through his career.
Off the court, Petty has volunteered locally in Huntsville as part of multipe community-service initiatives through his church and has a B average in class. Petty will head to Tuscaloosa in the fall.
Petty’s award comes one week after Brewbaker Tech’s Bianca Jackson was named the girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama. Jackson averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists through the 2016-17 season, but the Rams failed to make it past the first round of the state tournament with a loss to Eufaula. Jackson’s biggest achievement this season was her 58-point outing against Greenville. She’s been a three-time First Team All-State selection, volunteers on behalf of her church youth group, and has a 3.4 GPA. Jackson will be playing college basketball at South Carolina in the fall.
Past winners of the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball include: Michigan State’s John Langford (Madison Academy), UAB’s William Lee (Dallas County), Levi Randolph (Bob Jones), KT Harrell (Brewbaker Tech), and JaMychal Green (St. Jude) for the boys along with Florida State’s Jasmine Walker (Jeff Davis), Alabama’s Shaquera Wade (Huntsville), South Carolina’s Alexis Jennings (Sparkman), and Jasmine Jones (Bob Jones).