CHARLES TOWN – Washington senior guard Dominique Newman leads a cast of four Jefferson County high school basketball players who have earned all-state recognition as determined by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Newman, who led the Patriots to an undefeated regular season and showdown with eventual state champion Huntington in the triple-A semifinals March 21 in Charleston, was named a first-team selection.
Washington senior forward Jerome Jones earned second-team honors, while Washington senior forward Kendell Smith collected honorable mention honors.
Jefferson junior guard Jalen Smith earned honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season.
Neither of the high schools in Jefferson County were represented on the third team.
George Washington senior Jon Elmore was named captain of the first-team triple-A selections, while also nabbing the Evans Award for the state’s most outstanding high school basketball player.
South Charleston sophomore Brandon Knapper, also a first-team selection, finished a distant second to Elmore in the voting for the Evans Award.
The other first-team selections included Hedgesville senior C.J. Burks, Musselman senior Trevon Wesco, Preston senior Jimmy Galusky, Lewis County senior John Riley and Greenbrier East senior Rondale Watson.
Newman was essential in leading Washington to a 25-1 overall record this season. He averaged nearly 21 points per game and his often precise shooting from the outside and tough man-to-man defense were instrumental in the Patriots outscoring their opponents by an average of 30 points.
Jones offered Washington a balance of marksmanship from the perimeter while also serving as one of the team’s most consistent rebounders. Smith, who missed five games early on due to an ankle injury, brought the Patriots a tough physical presence inside the paint and also often dominated the boards.
As for Jefferson, Jalen Smith teamed well with freshman point guard Jahlil Jenkins in the backcourt as the Cougars finished the season 12-11, including an impressive first-round postseason sectional upset at Musselman. A Jefferson team that won three times as many games this season as opposed to a year ago is poised to return all five starters next fall.