After breakout junior seasons, Harlan County guards Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock are receiving statewide attention.
Carmical, who averaged 17.3 points per game, and Spurlock, who averaged 15.2, were both on the honorable mention list on the Lexington Herald-Leader all-state team announced Sunday.
Both have started since they were freshmen and have led an impressive resurgence by the program. The Bears finished 14-15 in 2014, improved to 18-11 in 2015 and jumped to 24-5 last season, winning their second straight 52nd District Tournament title. Harlan County finished second in the WYMT Mountain Classic, knocking off eventual 14th Region champ Buckhorn in the first round and eventual 13th Region champ South Laurel in the semifinals. The Bears won 10 straight games, including a victory over Corbin in the 13th Region Tournament, before falling to Clay County in the regional semifinals.
This was a strong season for the 13th Region with several other players around the region ranked among the state’s best. South Laurel senior center Caleb Taylor was one of 10 players on the all-state first-team squad. North Laurel junior Peyton Broughton was on the second team, and South Laurel junior guard Jared Grubb was on the third team. Joining Carmical and Spurlock on the honorable mention list were Corbin guard Andrew Taylor and Clay County guards Blake Smith and Trey Farmer.
Carmical was also an honorable mention selection on the Courier-Journal all-state team, along with Farmer, Smith, Andrew Taylor and Grubb.
Broughton and Caleb Taylor were second-team picks by the Courier-Journal. Letcher Central’s Torell Carter was selected to the third team.