CEDAR RAPIDS — Matt Mims of Cedar Rapids Xavier and A.J. Green of Cedar Falls have been named boys’ basketball players of the year in their respective divisions of the Mississippi Valley Conference, it has been announced.
Mississippi Division MVP Mims, a senior guard, is averaging 21 points per game for the Saints, who are seeking a Class 3A state championship three-peat. He recently set the Xavier record for most career points and is headed to South Dakota State to play college basketball.
Valley Division MVP Green, also a senior guard, is averaging 26 points for a Cedar Falls team that has qualified for the state tourney in 4A. He is shooting 49 percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the free-throw line.
Green will play college ball at Northern Iowa, where his father, Kyle, is an assistant coach.
Steve Bergman and his staff at Iowa City West are Mississippi Division coaches of the year. Wendell Eimers and his staff at Dubuque Senior are Valley Division coaches of the year.
Other first-team picks in the Mississippi Division include Patrick McCaffery and Seybian Sims of Iowa City West, Trey Hutcheson of Linn-Mar and Jackson Joens of Xavier. In the Valley Division, first-teamers include Kris Murray of Cedar Rapids Prairie.
All-MVC boys' basketball
* = unanimous selection
Mississippi Division First Team
Patrick McCaffery, jr., Iowa City West*
Seybian Sims, sr., Iowa City West*
Matt Mims, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier*
Trey Hutcheson, jr., Linn-Mar*
CaRondis Harris-Anderson, sr., Waterloo West*
Tyrese Nickelson, jr., Waterloo East
Jackson Joens, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Player of the year: Mims
Coach of the year: Steve Bergman, Iowa City West
Mississippi Division Second Team
Kyler Bell, sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Dante Eldridge, jr., Iowa City West
Willie Guy, jr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Jacob Robertson, sr., Linn-Mar
Matt Bandy, sr., Dubuque Wahlert
Peter Timmerman, sr., Dubuque Wahlert
TreyShawn LaBeaux, sr., Waterloo East
Valley Division First Team
AJ Green, sr., Cedar Falls*
Lucas Duax, sr., Dubuque Hempstead*
Carter Stevens, sr., Dubuque Senior*
Kris Murray, jr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Keith Johnson, sr., Dubuque Hempstead
Noah Carter, jr., Dubuque Senior
Logan Wolf, jr., Cedar Falls
Player of the year: Green
Coach of the year: Wendell Eimers, Dubuque Senior
Valley Division Second Team
Jackson Foley, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Griff Clark, sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Keegan Murray, jr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Mick McCurry, jr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Keshawn Christian, soph., Iowa City High
Nick Timmerman, jr., Dubuque Senior
Sam Link, jr., Dubuque Senior