Kyle leads area boys all-district honorees

Published 8:12 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

Varsity boys basketball teams in the Heart of Virginia registered six selections among the 2017-18 All-James River District accolades, with Cumberland County High School senior forward Darius Kyle leading the way as the lone first-team honoree.

Making the second team were Buckingham County High School sophomore forward Jalen Chambers, Prince Edward County High School junior guard Tajh White and Dukes junior center Christian Jackson.

Knights freshman forward Gerry Toney and Dukes junior guard Noah Bland received honorable mention.

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Cumberland Head Coach Tyrone Mosby was pleased to see Kyle make the all-district first team.

“I was proud of him,” Mosby said. “He’s a senior, last year of high school, so that’s something good to go out on. I felt he deserved it. (He) wasn’t our team leader as far as number-wise, but his impact on the game each and every night, being able to move him to multiple positions on the offensive end and the defensive end, really helped us and put us in a position to be the No. 1 seed in the region.”

This is the first time Kyle has made the all-district first team for basketball.

Mosby estimates that Kyle has been averaging nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.

The coach also noted being happy to see Jackson receive recognition, and he highlighted the center’s improvement from last year and dedication in his first season on the varsity team this season.

Buckingham Head Coach Taylor Boyers indicated being quite pleased with both Chambers and Toney being honored.

“Those two guys had really good seasons,” he said. “I think it was a good representation. They earned some respect this year throughout the league.”

Boyers praised Chambers’ ability to shoot the ball and stretch out defenses.

“The last two-thirds of the season, his offense has been a big key for us,” Boyers said. “He averaged 13 points a game this season, but in his final 13 games, he averaged 16.”