Prairie's Max Smith Drahos named Metro boys' basketball player of the year

Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Max Smith Drahos reacts after drawing a foul from Iowa City West’s Connor McCaffery during the first quarter of their Mississippi Valley Conference boy’s basketball game at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Max Smith Drahos reacts after drawing a foul from Iowa City West’s Connor McCaffery during the first quarter of their Mississippi Valley Conference boy’s basketball game at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Senior guard Max Smith Drahos of Cedar Rapids Prairie has been named the Metro’s boys’ basketball player of the year, in a vote of the seven Metro coaches.

Smith Drahos recently was named to the 10-member Gazette All-Area team and was a third-team all-stater by the Iowa Newspaper Association. He averaged 17.5 points per game this season, shooting 61.9 percent, an incredible number for a guard.

Jeremy Rickertsen and his assistants at Prairie were selected the Metro coaching staff of the year. Other first-team picks were Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Royshawn Webb, Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Drake Brewster and Derrick Diggins, Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Matt Mims, Linn-Mar’s Trey Hutcheson and Prairie’s Griff Clark.

Webb, Brewster, Smith Drahos and Mims were unanimous selections. Webb, Brewster and Smith Drahos are seniors, Mims, Diggins and Clark juniors and Hutcheson a sophomore.

Named to the second team were Jefferson’s Kane Kramer and Willie Guy, Prairie’s Jake Eilers, Xavier’s Jackson Joens and Max Techau, Linn-Mar’s Tyler Voves and Marion’s Chase Zielke.

Each of the seven schools picked a pair of honorable-mention players. They were Kyler Bell and T.J. Kuennen (Jefferson), Matt Berst and Jackson Foley (Kennedy), Keegan Murray and Logan Serbousek (Prairie), Donovan Beard and Luke Jonasson (Washington), Nolan Butkowski and Quinn Schulte (Xavier), Reese Phillips and Nolan Ruff (Linn-Mar) and Baylor Fish and Mitch Wiese (Marion).

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