Phoenix honors Watson, Copper

Boys’ Latin Charter’s Maurice Watson, Jr. and Prep Charter’s Kahleah Copper on Wednesday were named winners of the fifth annual Phoenix Awards.

The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia was created in 2008 by Michael Horsey, a local certified public accountant, to recognize the most outstanding boys’ and girls’ senior basketball players in the Public League.

Watson, a 5-foot-10 point guard who signed with Boston University, averaged 21.8 points this season and scored 2,356 points for his career.

Copper, a 6-1 point guard who signed, is regarded as the nation’s 17th-best female college prospect in the Class of2012, according to ESPN.  The Rutgers signee participated in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All American girls’ game in Chicago. Copper averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds this season.

-- Keith Pompey