Six players from southwestern Wake County made The News & Observer’s 2014 All-Metro basketball teams, and four teams ended the year ranked in The N&O’s area top 15.
State champion Apex boys basketball took the No. 1 spot in the boys basketball ranking and placed two of its stars on the nine-player All-Metro squad in senior T.J. Evans and sophomore Ian Boyd.
Evans was the MVP of the state championship game while Boyd was named the Cougars’ Most Outstanding Player. Evans ended his three-year varsity career with 1,774 points, which is believed to be a school record. He averaged 19.3 points per game this year en route to making his second appearance on the All-Metro team and his third straight conference player of the year award.
Boyd scored 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and his play in the postseason on both sides of the ball was a catalyst for the Cougars’ championship run.
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The only other boys team to be ranked in the final top 15 was SWAC runner-up Panther Creek, which ended its year in the regional semifinals.
The Catamounts placed Juan Munoz, a sophomore point guard, on the team after he averaged 16 points and five assists per game.
The highest-ranked girls basketball team from the area was No. 8 Cary, while No. 9 Apex and No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons were close behind.
Three area girls made the All-Metro team: Cary’s Azura Stevens, Cary Academy’s Rebekah Banks and Athens Drive’s Grace Hunter.
Stevens ended her career with 1,548 points despite missing all but six games from her junior season. The Duke-bound senior averaged 30 points per game this year to go with 18 rebounds per contest.
Banks, a UNC-Wilmington recruit, was one of the national leaders in rebounds per game. She brought down 20.2 per game for the Chargers while also scoring 20 points per contest.
Hunter, a junior, was behind only Stevens in points per game in the area.
She poured in 26.5 points per contest for the Jaguars while grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game.