It’s a been a tumultuous and violent few months. Hyde Park’s best player, Malcolm Whitney, was shot and killed before the season started. Orr’s Tyquone Greer was shot two weeks ago and Marshall assistant coach Shawn Harrington was shot in January. Curie was forced to forfeit its entire season, including the city championship, for using ineligible players. But even all the off-court drama couldn’t overshadow the blindingly high level of talent across the state.
Benet big man Sean O’Mara’s season was a revelation and a sign of just how loaded with talent the state was this year. The 6-9 Xavier recruit posted one of the most dominant campaigns of any big in recent state history, but it wasn’t even good enough to make the Class 4A All-State First Team. That’s how solid the top five players in Class 4A were this season.