A select group of Missouri high school basketball players traded their uniforms for business-casual Sunday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.
The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association recognized the best athletic and academic performers at the Academic All-State Banquet on the MU campus.
The MBCA awarded Academic All-State honors to 46 girls and 41 boys and named the Coach of the Year, Mr. Show-Me Basketball and Miss Show-Me Basketball awards.
Katie Dierdorf of Visitation Academy in St. Louis won Miss Show-Me Basketball.
Stephanie Phillips, the Kickapoo girls coach, introduced Dierdorf and recalled a game this season when Dierdorf scored 31 points against Kickapoo despite double and triple teams.
“I had a tremendous amount of respect for her before that game and had even more respect for her after,” Phillips said.
Dierdorf averaged 25 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3 blocks in her senior season. She was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch player of the year in 2003 and 2004 and will play at Michigan next season.
Drew Richards, from Logan-Rogersville won the Mr. Show-Me Basketball award, which went to Spencer Laurie in 2003 and Jimmy McKinney in 2002. The Wildcats went 95-23 in Richards’ four years on varsity. He averaged 17 points and 10.6 rebounds in his senior season.
After finishing his high school career with 1,525 points and 818 rebounds, Richards will play at Southwest Missouri State next season.
Larry Holley, who has coached the William Jewell College men’s basketball team for 24 years, served as the guest speaker for the event and the MBCA gave him the Carrie Frankie Award for outstanding contribution to basketball in Missouri.
“It’s a great day to be from the state of Missouri and be a basketball coach and have such great friends,” Holley said.
Holley was the NAIA national coach of the year in 1996 and is a member of the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. He has 657 wins and this year passed Norm Stewart (634) to become the winningest college coach in Missouri history.
Hickman senior Bret Burchard was the lone Columbia representative at the banquet, earning Academic All State Honors. Burchard is the son of Columbia College men’s basketball coach Bob Burchard.
Amy and Jodi Bolerjack from Hickman were nominees for the Miss Show-Me award.