Rabun’s Cooper Welch wins ‘Last Finalist’ vote to be up for POY

We had 6 Finalists chosen by BLITZ for Boys Basketball Player of the Year. We put up a select group of nominees who didn’t make our cut for the Fan Vote for a ‘Last Finalist’ to join that 6. After 9,536 total votes, Cooper Welch (Rabun County) claimed the Last Finalist spot by taking 5,663 of the votes. The finalist pool is now set for Basketball Player of the Year. The boys up for the award are: Zane Floyd (Towns), Anfernee Hanna (Tallulah Falls), Jackson Morris (Commerce), Bryce Pittman (Habersham), Eli Underwood (Union), Cooper Welch (Rabun), and Jadon Yeh (White).

WHAT’S NEXT? BLITZ has an internal voting panel (not public vote) that will cast a digital ballot by ranking the finalists 1-7. This voting produces a point total (Heisman-style voting) to determine the Player of the Year.


Zane Floyd – Towns County JR G #22

Photo by Penny Ledford

STATS: 18.0 PTS, 6.0 REB, 3.7 AST, 2.3 STL, 1.0 BLK, Region 8-A DII POY

Anfernee Hanna – Tallulah Falls SR SF #4

Photo by BLITZ

STATS: 18.8 PTS, 8.1 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.1 STL, 8-A DI All-Region (3rd straight), 1,204 Career Pts & 620 Career Reb

Jackson Morris – Commerce SR PG #4

Photo by BLITZ

STATS: 18.9 PTS, 6.2 REB, 5.0 AST, 2.3 STL, Region 8-A DI POY, 1,441 Career Pts, 443 Career Reb, 400 Career Ast, 200 Career Stl

Bryce Pittman – Habersham Central SR G #1

Photo by Habersham Central / Ric Wallace

STATS: 15.4 PTS, 5.4 REB, 2.0 AST, 2.8 STL, Region 8-AAAAAA All-Region

Eli Underwood – Union County SR F #32

Photo by BLITZ

STATS: 15.0 PTS, 13.0 REB, 53% FG, 65% FT, 8-AA 1st Team All-Region

Cooper Welch – Rabun County JR G #14

STATS: 14.2 PTS, 6.1 REB, 4.0 AST, 1.5 STL, 1.0 BLK, 8-A DI All-Region

Jadon Yeh – White County SR G #14

Photo by BLITZ

STATS: 24.4 PTS, 6.8 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.9 STL, 0.5 BLK, 57% 2PT FG, 38% 3PT, 91% FT, Region 7-AAA POY (B2B), White County’s #2 all-time scoring leader (Career: 1,836 PTS, 536 REB, 308 AST, 199 STL, 101 GS)


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