501 Basketball Team announced

501 LIFE proudly presents the 2017-18 edition of its 501 Basketball Team. The team boasts 37 honorees, representing some of the best student-athletes the 501 has to offer — both on and off the court. The team is made up of male and female athletes. 

“This year is our biggest team yet, representing more of the great schools and communities in the 501,” said Levi Gilbert, associate editor.

“We have three players this year receiving the honor for the second time. We have reigning state champions, and we even have a pair of twins — it’s going to make for an interesting season following all these great talents and personalities. 

“These players are nominated equally for their on-the-court attributes as well as their off-the-court contributions to their schools and communities. Every one of these student-athletes is a high-impact contributor to their schools. For 501 LIFE, it really is an honor every year to get to share these players’ stories with our readers. We are thankful to all the coaches who made nominations.”

Members of the 501 Basketball Team: (front, from left) Hunter Neely (Vilonia), Scott Ashby (Conway), Jalen Brown (Cabot), Tre Minton (Guy-Perkins), Jacob Bremmon (Heber Springs); (middle) Ethan Hill (Nemo Vista), Zane Haney (Wonderview), Spencer Pope (St. Joseph), Kanyin Martin (Mount Vernon-Enola), Steele Harris (Beebe), Joe-Todd Smith (Searcy), Hunter McClung (Quitman); (back) Andrew Poole (Sacred Heart), Benjamin McNair (Faulkner Co. Falcons), Jacob Wood (Conway Christian), Travis Turley (Harding Academy), Tanner Tilley (Greenbrier), J.T. Smith (Riverview) and Ethan York (Mayflower). Not pictured: Rashid Washington (Morrilton). (Mike Kemp photo)2017-18 team members include: 
Gracey Acre (Guy-Perkins), Scott Ashby (Conway), Jacob Bremmon (Heber Springs), Jalen Brown (Cabot), Hannah Cornett (Morrilton), Zane Haney (Wonderview), Steele Harris (Beebe), Elaine Helpenstill (Harding Academy), Sydney Hicks (Searcy), Ethan Hill (Nemo Vista), Rieley Hooten (Quitman), Kanyin Martin (Mount Vernon-Enola), Hunter McClung (Quitman), Benjamin McNair (Faulkner Co. Falcons), Tre Minton (Guy-Perkins), Hunter Neely (Vilonia), Sarah Owen (Faulkner Co. Falcons), Andrew Poole (Sacred Heart), Spencer Pope (St. Joseph), Shelby Reynolds (Wonderview), Lesley Roberts (Cabot), Breleigh Simmons (Greenbrier), Morgan Smith (Nemo Vista), Asiyha Smith (Conway), McKenzie Smith (Maumelle), Joe-Todd Smith (Searcy), J.T. Smith (Riverview), Stormy Stacks (Conway Christian), Tanner Tilley (Greenbrier), Travis Turley (Harding Academy), Katie Turner (Beebe), Rashid Washington (Morrilton), Brianna Wells (St. Joseph), Jacob Wood (Conway Christian), Kenzie Woodruff (Mount Vernon-Enola), Bella York (Mayflower) and Ethan York (Mayflower).

Players were nominated by their respective coaches and selected by the 501 LIFE staff. Nominations were weighted equally between on- and off-the-court attributes.

The team recently met at Conway Christian’s gym for a photo shoot.

In addition to being featured in 501 LIFE’s January issue, each player will be featured individually throughout the winter online at 501lifemag.com and in 501 Sports Extra, 501’s sports e-newsletter. (To subscribe, email [email protected] or visit 501lifemag.com.)