Kevon Ferrell

Kevon Ferrell puts in two points during Halifax County High School’s Region 4D quarterfinal game.

Halifax County High School junior Kevon Ferrell was named to the Virginia High School League 2020 Class 4 boys all-state basketball team on Monday.

Ferrell, helped lead his team to the Region 4D championship, and back-to-back state tournament appearances this season. Ferrell emerged as a leader on this years Comets team and was an integral part in their success. Ferrell was also previously named first team all-district for the Piedmont District and first team all-region in region 4D.

Ferrell spoke about finding out about the honor, “I was really surprised, because I wasn’t really expecting it. I thought I could probably get second, but I wasn’t thinking I could get first,” he said.

Halifax head coach Sterling Williams also spoke about calling Ferrell and letting him know he had been named to the first team. “He is so humble; he was more worried about his other teammates not making it,” Williams said. “He is a really good kid, he worries about everyone else, and he is not about himself. It just shows how humble he is,” Williams added. Ferrell also made sure to mention that he wanted to thank his coaches and teammates for their help and all they did to get him to where he is.

Ferrell and his team hit a rough patch in the middle of the season, losing three straight games and coming to a crossroads. Ferrell explained the mindset him and his teammates had to help overcome that time. “The beginning of the season, things weren’t going like we wanted them to, and we weren’t playing like we wanted to and then we came together and played as a team and started getting better results,” Ferrell said.

Those results came in the form of a regular season district championship, a regional championship and back-to-back appearances in the state tournament. Ferrell was an integral part of the Comets success this season, nearing the top of the scoring sheet each night, and hitting the game-winning basket against GW to give Halifax the regional championship. What makes it even more impressive is that Ferrell played a position this year that he has never played before.

“We didn’t expect Kevon to play the position that he played. We expected him to be more of a wing, but we did not expect him to have to play point guard for us, but that kid exceeded our expectations this season. He has never played point guard before in his life until this year, he has always played off the ball, but this year we had some things happen to us that were out of our control, and he stepped up for us,” Williams said.

Ferrell remains humble and focused on next season, when he will return to lead the Comets in his senior season. Ferrell knows he will be looked upon to help lead. “Especially with being a senior and one of the best players on the team I need to be a leader. I lead by example but I need to lead by being more vocal,” Ferrell said. He continues to work hard daily, improving and becoming better in anticipation of his senior campaign, hungry to go further than any Halifax County High School basketball team has gone before.

2020 VHSL Class 4 Boys All-State Basketball Team

First Team All-State

• Jayden Epps, King’s Fork

• Kapone Barley, George Washington

• Khai Seargeant, Courtland

• Matthew Anderson, Loudoun County

• Kevon Ferrell, Halifax County

• Khaliyl Davis, Woodrow Wilson

• Jordan Parham, Hugenot

• Cliff Robinson, Monacan

• Player of the year, Jordan Epps, Kings Fork

• Coach of the year, Rich Hite, Kings Fork

Second Team All-State

• Chauncie Jenkins, Menchville

• Trent Dawson, Loudoun Valley

• Zyrail Mitchell, Lake Taylor

• Rayvon Graham, E.C. Glass

• Quentin Livingston, Kings Fork

• Demetri Gardner, John Handley

• Julien Hagerman, Millbrook

• Taevon Walden, George Washington

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV