Maumelle’s Rasberry earns another honor

Maumelle's Darvis Rasberry personal trophy case was already pretty full.

The senior basketball player was already all-conference, all-state and named an All-Star for his play on the court this past season. Now, he needs to make room for yet another award as he was named one of the five best basketball players in the 5A classification by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association, or ArBCA, this week.

Joining Rasberry, who is still weighing college scholarship offers, on the team are some familiar names and faces as 5A-Central rivals Nick Smith of Sylvan Hills and Layden Blocker of Little Rock Christian, while Jonesboro, the team that beat Maumelle in the state championship game, had two players recognized in Keylin McBride and Jesse Washington.

Rasberry wasn’t the only local player or coach to get recognition.

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Central Arkansas Christian’s Bethany Dillard was selected in 3A. Dillard was CAC’s top player this past season and will play at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, next year.

In 6A, North Little Rock adds to its state-title winning resume with senior guard DJ Smith, who hasn’t decided on a college yet either, and junior 7-foot center Kel’el Ware, one of the country’s top prospects named to the team, while Johnny Rice, who got his fifth title in six tries, was named the top coach.

On the girls side, North Little Rock guard Arin Freeman was named to the 6A team.