Will Blankenship & Ben Godby named Co-Players of the Year

Mar. 29—It was once again a special year for boys' basketball in the local area, with the Pulaski County Maroons representing the 12th Region at Rupp and the Somerset Briar Jumpers making it to the 12th Region title game as well. With that said, for the second-straight season, there are Co-Players of the Year in Pulaski County senior Will Blankenship and Somerset senior Ben Godby.

Blankenship, after suffering a terrible knee injury at the end of last season, was able to return to the court and lead the Maroons to another regional title. The senior led the team with 15.1 points per game, shot 38% from three-point range and was a terrific free throw shooter, hitting 86% of his attempts. Blankenship was fearless towards the end of the regular season and deserves the title of Player of the Year.

Godby, after making the All-County team last year, is also the Player of the Year after spending the season as the engine that made the Briar Jumpers go speeding down the tracks. The senior led his team with 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and shot the ball exceptionally well to the tune of 57.9% from the field. Godby was also named the KABC 12th Region Player of the Year.

Zak Anderson

The Pulaski County sophomore makes his first All-County Team after an impressive first season in the starting lineup. Anderson was the second-leading scorer on the team with 10.6 points per game and led the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. He also shot 47.1% from the field and was a terrific defender in the post.

Gavin Cook

Another first-year starter for the Maroons makes the All-County Team, with Cook's penchant for three-pointers coming in clutch several times over the course of the season. Cook averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and was the leading three-point shooter with 61 makes on 39.4% shooting.

Indred Whitaker

One of the best three-point shooters in the state, Whitaker was second on the team in scoring with 18.2 points per game and also averaged 3.7 rebounds per game. The senior makes his third-straight All-County Team after making 122 three-pointers on 40.8% shooting from outside, as well as shooting 83.7% from the free throw line.

Aedyn Absher

After being named an honorable mention last year, Absher makes his first All-County appearance as a sophomore after averaging 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Absher also shot nearly 40% from three-point range and made 66 threes.

Connor Hudson

The senior leader for the Warriors makes his second-straight appearance on the All-County Team. Hudson led the Warriors with 17.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Hudson had many memorable moments this season, with perhaps none as memorable as his game-winning layup to give Southwestern a victory over Somerset at the Briar Patch.

Zach Hutchinson

The sophomore took a big step up this year, as he was second on the team with 14.1 points per game. He was also a strong rebounder with 6.4 rebounds per game in his first year in the starting lineup for the Warriors.

Ethan Warren

The lone senior for the Cougars, Warren made his last year count as he makes the All-County Team after being named honorable mention last year. Warren averaged a team-high 14.5 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds per game.

Braley Adderley

The junior newcomer for Somerset Christian makes his first All-County appearance after a terrific year that saw him become a nightly double-double threat, averaging 11.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He also shot 53.8% from the field and had several highlight slam dunks.

Honorable Mention

Ethan Idlewine

Another new addition to the Pulaski starting lineup, Idlewine averaged 9.8 points per game and was very solid from the free throw line with an 83.5% average. The junior was also a strong contributor on the defensive end.

Jalen Wooldridge

Another long range sniper for the Maroons, Wooldridge is named an honorable mention after averaging 7.7 points per game and making 50 three-pointers to the tune of 38.2%.

Jarrett Simpson

The sophomore big man for the Warriors was a near nightly double-double threat, averaging 9.4 points and 7 rebounds per game to go along with shooting 50% from the field.

Josh Lewis

The freshman came off the bench for a majority of the season and averaged 5 points per game to go along with a 37.6% three-point success rate, but exploded late in the season and was key to Somerset's run to the region title game.

Jack Baker

The Cougar sophomore was a sharpshooter this season, averaging 11.8 points per game to go along with 80 three-pointers on 35.1% from three-point range.

Jacob Pratt is the Sports Editor of the Commonwealth Journal and can be reached at