Thursday, November 3, 2005

Dandy Dozen Hawks
• Hannah, Ayers among state’s best

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Holly Springs High School Hawks will be going for three straight state basketball championships this season, and they will have two of Mississippi’s best players as team leaders.

Senior guards Clevin Hannah (6’0”) and Brandon Ayers (6’4”) have been named to The Clarion- Ledger’s 2005-06 Boys Basketball Dandy Dozen, a list of the 12 top players in the state.

Hannah, who has started on the back-to-back 3A championship squads, averaged 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals a game in his junior year.

He scored 14 points in the 2005 Mississippi High School All-Star Game.

The sports staff of the daily newspaper in Jackson calls Hannah “an exciting floor general who can make a crowd-pleasing assist or bury a three-pointer.”

“Clevin (Hannah) is exceptional in every phase of the game,” Holly Springs coach Naylond Hayes told The Clarion-Ledger.

Colleges interested in Hannah, according to The Clarion-Ledger, include Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Ayers scored 31 points, just one shy of an all-star record, in the 2005 Mississippi High School All-Star Game. His North team won 90-80.

He averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals per game in his junior year for the Hawks, who finished 34-1 with the state title “gold.”

The Clarion-Ledger’s sports crew calls Ayers, the son of former Ole Miss standout Joe Ayers, “an explosive leaper with great quickness who can light it up in a variety of ways.”

Coach Hayes said, “Offensively, Brandon is almost a complete player, if I can just get his passing down. Everybody knows he can score, but he can handle the ball and he’s solid on defense. He’s quick and fast.”

Colleges interested in Ayers, according to the state’s largest newspaper, are Kentucky Wesleyan, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Having Dandy Dozen players is not new to Hayes.

Former stars Kenny Dawkins and Tarrell Wilson made the prestigious list in 2004 and 2003, respectively.

The Hawks tip off the 2005-06 season on Thursday, Nov. 3, at home against Coldwater.

Other members of the 2005-06 Dandy Dozen are Chad Akins (6’1” guard) from Madison Central, David Booker (6’7” forward) from Moss Point, JeJuan Brown (6’7” forward) from Biloxi, Terrance Calvin (6’1” guard) from Coahoma County, Al Graham (6’2” guard) from Lanier, David Howard (6’5” forward) from Wayne County, Chris Hyche (6’4” guard) from Provine, Ravern Johnson (6’7” forward) from Coahoma County, Santez Johnson (6’6” forward) from Tupelo and Andre Stephens (6’8” center) from Heidelberg.


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