Choctawhatchee HS (26‑3)
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
FLORIDA FHSAA CLASS 5A STATE RUNNER-UP
- 6-8 SOPH Asa Newell
Indians At A Glance
An all-senior starting lineup that helped power “Choctaw” into three Final Fours in four years has graduated, but a talented young nucleus now steps in to fill the void, led by versatile lefty 6-8 SOPH Asa Newell (4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg). Coach Andy Thigpen stepped down, and the Indians quickly hired Panama City Mosley’s Mike Memmen (50-29 in three years) the man responsible for Choctaw’s only regional loss since 2017. He will build around Newell with 6-3 SR Kion Hayes, 6-4 JR Tariq Pitts (2.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and 5-11 JR Jayce Brown (5.9 ppg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 steals), along with a unique pair of big men – 6-7 SR Elijah Johnson (6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and 6-8 SR Brian Grant (3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg), who weigh a combined 550 pounds.