New team, same result for Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp.
For the second straight season, Sharp, one of the state’s most prolific scorers, was named the state player of the year in his classification by the Florida Dairy Farmers.
Last season, Sharp (featured photo above courtesy of Willie Kelly) took home 5A honors after finishing as the state’s fourth-leading scorer and ranking among the top 20 in the nation with an average of 31.9 points per game. Better still, he helped Blake go through a remarkable turnaround. The Yellow Jackets went from a losing record during the 2018-19 season to finishing 22-6 and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last season.
In the offseason, Sharp switched schools, transferring to Bishop McLaughlin to join his father, Derrick, who took over head coaching duties. After missing the first six games of the season with an injury and enduring a 17-day layoff for contact tracing related to COVID-19, Sharp found his groove.
The junior guard finished with a team-leading 24.7 points per game and led the Hurricanes to their first state title game appearance in school history. Those numbers, coupled with the playoff run, were the main reasons Sharp won again, this time as the 3A state player of the year.
He is the first male at Bishop McLaughlin to win a state player of the year award in the school’s classification. And Sharp is the second Hurricanes athlete to win 3A state honors this school year, joining Audrey Koenig, an FSU signee who was the state volleyball player of the year in that class.
The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of boys basketball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week.