A trio of local players earned Player of the Week awards on Wednesday following outstanding weeks. Juniors Carl Cleveland (Banks County) and Pierson Allison (Union County) both hit big milestones, while senior Kaylee Sticker (Dawson County) continued her dominant start.
Carl Cleveland is about the most versatile player in boys basketball in the area. He can play and dominant from all areas of the floor. That was never truer than in his last game on November 24 at Stephens County.
The junior went crazy with 45 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. He made good on 12-of-20 from the field, and was 4-for-6 from downtown. Within that stat line he eclipsed 1,000 career points just four games into his junior year. He averages 27.2 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, and is making good on 46% of his shots this season.
His season includes four double-doubles already and he has scored at least 21 in every game. His 45 points is the highest in known history at Banks County (cannot be verified). For Cleveland, it marks the second Player of the Week award of his career, and he is considered a front-runner for Player of the Year.
Pierson Allison slid right over from football to basketball and appears to be in top form already. In his last game against Towns County, the junior guard drilled nine 3-pointers, a school record. He finished the game with 29 points and averages 18.5 per contest so far.
Allison is a four-time Player of the Week winner this season, while three of those have come in football.
The Lady Tigers’ star hybrid Kaylee Sticker (Clemson signee) is off to a blistering start, winning her third career Player of the Week award. She plays all five positions, and dominates to the tune of 21.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
Sticker had 31 in the season-opening win over Flowery Branch, followed that up with 10 against Chestatee, and finally 24 in the most recent win over South Forsyth. All told, the 1,000-point scorer (joined the club last season) already has 65 points this season for the unbeaten Lady Tigers.