The All-The Dominion Post boys' basketball team
An easy Sell
North Marion star combination of inside and outside game
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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Rickey Sell led North Marion back to the state tournament this season and averaged 19.3 points per game.
19.3 points per game
7.0 rebounds per game
5.0 assists per game
11.9 points per game
7.4 rebounds per game
12.9 points per game
16.9 points per game
12.0 rebounds per game
11.3 points per game
11.5 points per game
7.5 assists per game
13.2 points per game
6.0 rebounds per game
11.8 points per game
7.0 rebounds per game
19.7 points per game
15.3 points per game
7.8 rebounds per game
BY JUSTIN JACKSON
The Dominion Post
Rickey Sell's basketball season took him across the state of West Virginia and there was even a trip to LeBron James' old stomping grounds with a game against St. Vincent-St. Mary's, Ohio.
"We pretty much went everywhere this season," Sell said. "Playing basketball where LeBron James used to play will be something I always will remember. That's a story you can tell for the rest of your life."
The season ended with a second consecutive trip to the state tournament, as Sell guided North Marion to a 14-11 record by leading the North Central Athletic Conference in scoring (18.1 ppg). Sell also averaged five assists and seven rebounds per game.
The senior has been named The Dominion Post's boys' basketball Player of the Year. Sell follows former Morgantown High guard Bobby Prim and former Clay-Battelle guard Beau Wilson in the honor.
It's also the second time a Sell has won Player of the Year. Rickey's older sister Jessica, now a member of the University of North Carolina women's team, won the honor in 2002.
"Going into the year, we had a good mixture of some young guys and some experience," Sell said. "I thought coach (Andy Sorine) did a good job of preparing us for the long run and getting us ready for the state tournament.
"I thought we had a good shot to make it. It was unfortuante we ran into a pretty good Hedgesville team in the first round."
Sell blends a mixture of outside shooting with a knack for driving to the basket.
On top of being one of the better 3-point shooters in the area, Sell also attempted more free throws than any other player in the NCAC.
"I've always tried to develop an all-around game," Sell said. "It makes it more difficult for teams to guard you if you can do different things. Overall, though, I just went out and played as hard as I could and gave it everything I had. Whatever my team needed to win, I tried to give it."
It's that kind of attitude that makes Sell the top player in the area.
"Right now, I would say he is by far and away one of the top players in our conference," Sorine said during the season. "I'm a little biased, but I see his approach to the game, his work ethic. I see the hours he puts into the game.
"He's not a selfish player. Everything he gets is within the confines of our game plan and he's one of those players that can give you both a good inside and outside scoring opportunity."
Sell's career came to an end with the 55-41 loss to Hedgesville. In that game, Hedgesville scored the game's first 16 points, but North Marion cut the lead, 32-29, at halftime before coming up short. Sell finished with 16 points.
"It certainly wasn't the way we wanted to go out," Sell said. "A lot of us had been playing together for the last four years and we had always dreamed of winning it all.
"Overall, though, it was a good season and it was a lot of fun. Being with the guys on the team and hanging out with them and working hard in practice with them, those are the things you remember. You forget about the losses eventually."