MEET THE REST OF THE FIRST TEAM
School: Henrico Year: Senior Position: Guard Height: 6-1
The skinny: The Class 5, Region B player of the year can do what a good point guard does — distribute, get to the basket, draw fouls and make 3-pointers — with the added element of rebounding. The Warriors often had Ested crash the boards and dropped another guard back on defense. He had one game with 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Ested averaged 18.5 points, 4 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 38% behind the arc and 80% at the foul line. Ested committed to Division II Millersville University (Pa.) this weekend.
Three words to describe him: “Outgoing, trustworthy, fun”
School: John Marshall Year: Junior Position: Guard Height: 5-10
The skinny: A consummate point guard who runs the show and sets up his teammates, Nelson can score when needed. His ability to handle the ball, dish, get to the basket or shoot from the perimeter makes him a handful for defenders. Nelson was the Class 2, Region A player of the year, averaging 17.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He produced several big games against top competition, including a 20-point, six-assist, five-rebound effort against McEachern (Ga.), a team that was nationally ranked early in the season.
Three words to describe him: “Passionate, humble, hardworking”
School: Steward Year: Junior Position: Forward Height: 7-0
The skinny: Opponents often double-team Reid trying to find an antidote for his height. He’s tough to stop in the post and is capable of moving out and shooting from the perimeter. Considered a top 20 recruit by several sites, Reid averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists and was named first-team VISAA all-state in Division II. His efficiency was eye-popping, making 78% of his 2-pointers and 74.6% from the field overall. Reid was 12 of 40 (30%) on 3-pointers.
Three words to describe him: “Humble, intelligent, mellow”
School: John Marshall Year: Junior Position: Forward Height: 6-10
The skinny: The 250-pound forward changes the game offensively and defensively. His strength and rebounding prowess are hard to combat for defenders, and his shot-blocking ability is intimidating. Considered a top 50 recruit by some sites, Wheeler averaged 15.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.3 blocks and was a first-team
Class 2, Region A pick. He had three triple-doubles — including a 22-point, 22-rebound, 10-block effort — and 18 double-doubles for the Class 2 state champs.
Three words to describe him: “Strong, confident, unselfish”