ANNA — For a second straight year, Anna guard Keamoni Mattocks has been named to the Class 4A all-state team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, an honor bestowed to just 20 basketball players each season. A four-year starter, the 6-1 Mattocks finished his Coyote career last month with more than 2,000 points and 98 wins. He led Anna to two consecutive district titles and has been the district MVP and an all-region pick each of the past three seasons.
Mattocks averaged 18.1 points per game in 2017, with 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists, as the Coyotes posted a 25-7 record and advanced to the Area round of the playoffs. Along the way, Mattocks shot a blistering 42 percent from 3-point range.
“Winners like him don’t come around very often and our program was very lucky to have him for the past four years,” Anna head coach Kyle Phifer said. “I can’t wait to see where his future leads him.”
“It was a huge blessing to me,” Mattocks said of being selected again. “It really felt good, just knowing that all my hard work had paid off in the end.”
Mattocks said his teammates top his favorite memories from these Coyote years.
“Each and every one of them, I’ve been with them since seventh grade,” he said. “We built a great bond together. They’re all like brothers to me. And our coaching staff, the support we get from our school, it’s really been a big difference. And, as a whole, just the atmosphere — I just love it here. It’s a good place to be.”
Asked to recall his favorite game, Mattocks noted a semifinal matchup against Forth Worth South Hills at the Kennedale tournament his junior year.
“We were just little Anna, nobody expected us to win that tournament,” Mattocks said. “We ended up getting second place but … (this) game went to double-overtime. It was one of the greatest games I think I’ve ever been a part of. It wasn’t one of my best performances but we were down 3 with two seconds left and I hit almost a half-court shot to go into overtime. … We ended up winning the game and that sent us to the championship.”
Like other athletes, Mattocks does have his role models.
“I like Stephen Curry but I’m not really a big Stephen Curry fan,” Mattocks said. “I like to watch his game because I feel like it relates to me in some way, like his shooting form, his ability to score off his dribble. He’s just very fundamental … which helps him. … Growing up, my favorite player was Penny Hardaway.”
Mattocks said he plans to continue his basketball career in college, having visited Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Collin College and Richland College. He is the son of Karen Hughes and Kenneth Mattocks.