|10||Lance Tejada Jr||PG||Jr.||5'11"||180|
The triumvirate of 6-3 Dallas Cameron, 6-8 Kahlil Thomas and 5-11 junior Lance Tejada helped guide the Tigers (27-1) to their second straight Class 7A state championship. Cameron (10.8 ppg, 6.4 apg, 2.3 spg) was the Broward County Player of the Year and Ely’s trusted leader. Cameron, who signed with American University, is a dependable scorer and playmaker but is prideful in his sticky defense. Thomas (13 ppg, 13 rpg) is good for a double-double each night, but is the Tigers’ only inside presence. He’s also a steal for Rider University while Tejada, a transfer from Miramar (FL), flipped in 12 points and handed off 8.5 assists per game, seamlessly fitting into Ely’s up-tempo offense.
The Tigers, who return for a second straight NHSI, were unbeaten against instate competition, suffering their only loss in the championship game of the Chick-Fil-a Classic in Columbia, SC. They also beat the New York State Federation champs, Christ the King (NY) in the semifinals. Coach Melvin Randall’s team captured their third BCCA Big 8 Tournament title, edging rivals Deerfield Beach, 65-63, when Kahlil Thomas slammed home the winning points with 14 seconds left. The Broward County title simply propelled the Tigers in the postseason, which was capped by a state final victory over Orlando Evans.