King’s Tony Livingston named 5A state player of the year in boys basketball

King’s Tony Livingston, a two-sport star who has signed to play football at Florida, was named the Class 5A state player of the year in boys basketball by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

One of the area’s most dynamic playmakers, Livingston averaged 24.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while leading the Lions to their first district title in 12 years.

In the playoffs, Livingston was even more of a force. 

Against Auburndale in the region quarterfinals, Livingston had 42 points and 16 rebounds to help the Lions win on a buzzer beater. 

He followed that up by finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Leesburg in the region semifinals. 

Though King lost 49-47 to Orlando Jones in the region final, Livingston still shined, capping off his high school career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

The accolades started pouring in after the season. Livingston was named the player of the year by the Tampa Bay Boys Basketball Coaches Association and was named the player of the year in his division of the Western Conference. 

Last week, Livingston was named one of the MVPs of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star game. 

Now, he has statewide recognition. 

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.