Lady Cougar Player, Coach Chosen as All-Stars
The Rector Lady Cougars will have two representatives in the 59th Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games on June 26 at the Farris Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Senior guard/forward Kendal Gunn and head coach Matt Dean have been selected to take part in the All-Star game, with the high-scoring Gunn playing amongst 29 other top competitors from across the state and Dean named as an assistant coach, both representing the Eastern squad.
Gunn shined for Rector with season averages of 17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. She sank 88 three-pointers as a senior en route to a career number of 270 triples. Gunn scored 1,624 points in her three seasons of high school play.
"I'm excited," Gunn said of her selection to the game. "I know it's a big deal to be in the top 30 players. Everyone there will be really good, and I'm happy to have the chance to play with and against them. I'm going to go out there and give my best. I want to show my full potential"
Gunn, the 17-year-old daughter of Robin Gunn and Anthony Gunn, plans to play college basketball. She verbally committed to play for the Missouri Valley College Lady Vikings in Marshall, Mo. after being contacted by numerous colleges.
For Dean, this marks his third selection as a coach for the All-Star Game., having been chosen twice before during his time as the head coach of the Marmaduke girls' program.
"It's a privilege and an honor," Dean said. "Personally, I believe it's a testament to the teams and the talented kids that I've coached. Players like Kendal make coaches like me look good."
Dean surpassed 500 career victories in 2014, a year in which the Lady Cougars advanced to the regional tournament.
Dean says having a player like Gunn take part in the game is the true highlight for a coach.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Kendal show off her skills," Dean said. "We may be a small school, but she's definitely got what it takes to play with anybody."
Joining Gunn on the East team will be Britnee Broadway of Searcy, Da'Monique Brown of Rivercrest, Bailey Clark of South Side Bee Branch, Ashalei Conway of Norphlet, Dajha Hardaman of North Little Rock, Jamie Holley of Cave City, Brianna Jackson of Fort Smith Northside, Hannah Johnson of Heber Springs, Machie Kuhn of Pulaski Academy, Briana Leonard of Mountain Home, Olivia McWilliams of eStem, Kalela Miller of Beebe, Kierston Moore of Viola and Lundon Williams of Greenwood.
Rector also has connections on the boys' side of the All-Star Game. Rector native Lee Wimberley, who coaches at Manila, was named an assistant to the East team. Former Cougar coach Tony Davis, now at Clarksville, is the head coach of the West team.