CUMBERLAND — Quincy Redmon made quite a name for himself on the basketball court during his high school career at Bishop Walsh.
The area’s head coaches recently selected a new name for him: Player of the Year.
Redmon, a 6-foot-6 senior who came back as strong as ever after a season-ending knee injury during his junior year, became the third BW player to be voted the Cumberland Times-News Player of the Year, and the first in 25 years. The others were Jason Stitcher in 1989 and Barry Page in 1988 and 1987.
“I’ve coached Quincy since he was in the eighth grade, and I knew then he was a special player and a special young man,’’ said Bishop Walsh coach Bob Boyle.
The area’s high school coaches select the Player of the Year and the All-Area team in postseason voting. Each is asked to nominate players for the All-Area team, and then choose the top player and teams from an All-Area ballot.
Fifteen coaches nominated players and 11 of the 15 (73 percent) returned ballots. Redmon received six player of the year votes. Others receiving votes were teammate Liam Rhodes, Allegany’s Trenton Eirich and Christian Thomas and Hampshire’s Travis Clower.
Redmon was also the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year and first-team Times-News All-Area, All-AMAC and All-City.
It comes as little surprise because Redmon did just about everything at Bishop Walsh, where he was also All-Area in football and a member of the baseball and track and field teams. He will be continuing his football career in the fall at West Virginia University.
“I have been involved in and followed Bishop Walsh basketball since the school opened and as far as I’m concerned Quincy Redmon is one of the best athletes in the history of the school,’’ Boyle said.
He proved it on the basketball court and achieved numerous career milestones this year, including 1,000th point, 1,000th rebound, 200th assist and 200th blocked shot.
Despite the knee injury that limited him to only the first 11 games of his junior season, Redmon finished his career with 1,204 points, 1,044 rebounds, 209 assists, 204 blocked shots and 173 steals.
“Even when he was a sophomore, Quincy rose to the challenge in big games and to the competition level in good tournaments,’’ Boyle said. “I just wish he would have been healthy all year during his junior season. Getting hurt early in the season and missing all those games and the ACITs hurt his recruitment for basketball, but without a doubt he has been a major factor for Bishop Walsh basketball for the past four years.”
Redmon was also first-team All-Area as a sophomore when he helped lead the Spartans to a 19-9 season and the City championship.
The Spartans were 21-10 this year and co-champs in the AMAC (14-2) and City League (2-2). Redmon was one of only two area players to average a double-double, with 14.7 points and an area-leading 11.8 rebounds per game. The other was area scoring leader Tyler Michael of Calvary, with 22.9 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Redmon, first in the area in rebounding and 10th in scoring, was also eighth in blocked shots, averaging 1.7 per game. He led the City in shooting percentage at 69 percent, making 20 of 29 shots in the four league games. He was sixth in scoring in both leagues, averaging 14.2 points in the City and 13.8 in the AMAC.
Redmon had 46 points and 26 rebounds in this year’s ACIT and was voted second-team all-tournament for the second year in a row, becoming the third BW player to be a two-time All-ACIT selection, the others being Rick Scaletta (1967, 1968) and Dave Turnbull (1980, 1981).
Earlier in the year, Redmon was named to all-tournament team while leading the Spartans to the championship of the Mid-Atlantic Tournament in Hagerstown, and was first-team all-tournament at Benedictine (Va.), where he scored 45 points and grabbed a tournament high 37 rebounds.
“As far as his best games, his performances in the ACIT and Benedictine Tournament certainly proved he could play at most any level,’’ said Boyle. “His 22 points and 17 rebounds in our win against Allegany was huge, and his 31-point, and 20-rebound game against Berkeley Springs was outstanding.
“Until he committed to WVU for football there were several good basketball offers for him. There are numerous colleges that would love to have him for basketball.”
Redmon left a strong impression on others, on and off the court, at BW.
“Quincy’s a gentle giant,’’ Boyle said. “He can be as tough as tough can be, and yet he is very considerate, extremely polite and very compassionate. I have witnessed all of this on several occasions. He was very coachable, very unselfish and always gave 100 percent.
“I will miss him very much and wish him the best at WVU. I have never been a Mountaineers fan, but that will change now.”
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at email@example.com.