Deaton and Woodall honored by Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association
Manila’s John Deaton and Bradey Woodall were honored April 19 by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association at the Benton Event Center in Benton.
Deaton was selected as the state’s Junior High Coach of the Year while Woodall was named one of the Top Five 3A players in the state.
Deaton’s Junior Lions stormed through the season, posting a 21-4 record while winning the 3A-3 District Championship. Deaton’s Lions were a perfect 6-0 within their own conference and went 12-1 in blended conference play. Manila swept rival Osceola three games to none, including a victory over the Seminoles in the district title game.
Deaton began his coaching career at Rector in 1995 where he coached the Lady Cougars for five years. Deaton moved to Gosnell in 2000 and led the junior Pirates, returning to his alma mater, Manila, in 2001, where he has coached for the past 17 years.
“This was really a neat deal,” Deaton said. “It was a surprise to me and a great honor. I am just overwhelmed. I have been very lucky to have so many good players over the years. They are all good kids who love basketball and work hard.”
Woodall was a three-year standout, leading Manila to state tournament berths the past two seasons. Woodall poured in 1,569 points in his career and was named All-State three consecutive seasons. He finished his senior campaign, leading the Lions in scoring with a 17.2 per game average. He also pulled down 4.5 rebounds per contest and made 52 percent of his field goal attempts. The Lion sharpshooter connected on 70 three pointers in his final season, hitting treys at a 44 percent clip. The senior also shot 80 percent from the foul stripe.
Former Razorback great and NBA star Sidney Moncrief was the keynote speaker for the event.