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Despite Washington and the Grayhounds sharing the league title, the teams did not share the Co-Players of the Year. Maybe it was the last name that did it but Burlington and Fort Madison supplied the Co-POY for the All-Southeast Conference boys basketball team with Dayton Davis (first in rebounds with 11.3 a game, first in steals at 3.0, second in scoring at 16.3, sixth in blocks at 0.6, 14th with 1.9 assists) of Fort Madison and Amarion Davis (fifth in steals, seventh in scoring, seventh in rebounding, 15th in assists) of Burlington.
Each school had one player on the first team. Usually all-conference teams are weighted with the best teams landing more on the elite team. Last year, the league's leading scorer was placed on the second team.
'This year, conference was the most even top to bottom than ever before while I have been at Washington,” Demon head coach Collin Stark said.
An example of that may be that five of the six on first team were unanimous choices.
Washington's Ethan Patterson, Mt. Pleasant's Dewon Trent and Fairfield's Max Weaton were each unanimous picks for first team.
Weaton was first in scoring (by 3 points) at 19.6 points a game, second in rebounds with 9.2, third in blocks at 0.7 and ninth in assists at 2.4.
Trent was third in points (15.8) and rebounds (7.3), fourth in blocks (0.6) and 12th in steals (1.4).
Patterson's scoring was fourth at 15.7, assists were seventh at 2.7, and steals were 14th at 1.4. He averaged three rebounds a game. Washington had the fourth, fifth and sixth leading rebounders in the conference with Trashaun Willis (7.0), Lance Sobaski (6.8) and Lucas Kroll (6.3). Burlington's Brendon Hale led the league in assists with 4.5 a game. Willis led in blocks at 1.8 a game.
Co-champs Washington (Wilis and Kasen Bailey) and Burlington had two players each on the second team while Mt. Pleasant Brevin Wilson), Fort Madison and Fairfield (JJ Lane) had one. Keokuk did not have any.
Normally in Player of the Year voting, not every coach has a candidate. This year, they did. Davis and Davis each got three votes. Every coach puts up his deserving players for first team and then every coach votes on six players for first team and repeat for second team.
'I don't fully agree on this process since it puts so much emphasis on stats, but I was content with getting three players on first and second team,” Stark said.
Last year, Burlington had the league's leading scorer and he was on second team.
2020-21 All-Southeast Conference boys basketball teams
*Amarion Davis, junior, Burlington
*Dayton Davis, junior, Fort Madison
*Ethan Patterson, sophomore, Washington
Anthony Potratz, senior, Keokuk
*Dewon Trent, junior, Mt. Pleasant
*Max Weaton, sophomore, Fairfield
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Dayton Davis, junior, Fort Madison
Amarion Davis, junior, Burlington
Michael Alexander, senior, Burlington
Kasen Bailey, junior, Washington
Miles Dear, junior, Fort Madison
JJ Lane, sophomore, Fairfield
Jordan Lowe, senior, Burlington
Trashaun Willis, senior, Washington
Brevin Wilson, senior, Mt. Pleasant
Burlington - Brendon Hale; Hunter Johnson, senior
Fairfield - Blake Holden, senior; Tate Allen, sophomore
Fort Madison - Reiburn Turnbull, junior; Tate Johnson, junior
Keokuk - MJ Davis, junior; Isaiah Seay, senior
Mt. Pleasant - Owen Vansickel, sophomore; Chase Williamson, senior
Washington - Lucas Kroll, junior; Lance Sobaski, junior
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS
Washington 7-3 15-7
Burlington 7-3 9-11
Mt. Pleasant 5-5 13-11
Fort Madison 4-6 8-12
Keokuk 4-6 12-10
Fairfield 3-7 6-13