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ESPNBoston Boys Basketball All-State Team

3/30/2015

FIRST TEAM

Guard – Guilien Smith, Sr., Catholic Memorial

The 6-foot-1 Smith was named ESPNBoston’s fifth “Mr. Basketball” earlier this week as the top player in Massachusetts, after leading the Knights to the Division 1 State Championship. He led the run-and-gun Knights in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.6), but elevated his game in the playoffs, averaging 23.1 per game on their run. He will continue his career next year at Dartmouth.

Guard – Kellan Grady, Jr., Catholic Memorial

After a meteoric postseason for the state champion Knights, Grady is the talk of the Bay State as one of New England’s more promising juniors. He averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds, including 21.5 points for the playoffs. Grady currently holds offers from Rhode Island, Boston University, Brown and Dartmouth.

Guard – Isaiah McLeod, Sr., Cambridge

The 6-foot-1 McLeod was one of the state’s leaders in scoring average (26.0) this season, including eight games over 30 points, to go along with 8.2 rebounds per game, as the Falcons captured their first MIAA Division 1 North title since 2007. He is one of a rare class of Bay State players to be named MVP in two different leagues over his high school career (Greater Boston League, 2013-14; Dual County League, 2014-15), and finished his career with 1,170 points. He will continue his career next year at Southern Connecticut State.

Forward – Tyree Robinson, Sr., Durfee

One of the most explosive athletes to come through the MIAA landscape in years, the 6-foot-3 slasher has made his presence felt at both ends of the floor over the last two years with his seemingly endless vertical leap. This season he averaged 25.7 points, 13 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 2.5 steals as the Hilltoppers made the second round of the Division 1 South tournament. In 40 career games with Durfee he scored 952 points, and in 2013-14 brought the Hilltoppers their first Big 3 Conference title in over two decades.

Forward – Tyonne Malone, Jr., Putnam

Once again, the 6-foot-3 Malone was a volcanic presence at both ends for the Beavers, who made their third straight MIAA Division 1 State Championship appearance but fell short in their quest to three-peat as state champs. Malone averaged 16.7 points per game during the regular season but was one of the most explosive players of the postseason, averaging 22.2 per game – including 29 in the state final.

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SECOND TEAM

G – Tommy Mobley, Sr., Newton North

One of the deadliest long-range shooters in Massachusetts, the 6-foot-3 Mobley leaves North as one of its most decorated scorers in program history, winning MVP of the Bay State Conference three consecutive years and finishing with 1,607 career points -- better than his brother, Yale forward Greg Kelley, and second only to schoolboy legend Anthony Gurley, among North’s rich history of scorers. For this season he averaged 23 points per game as well as six rebounds and three assists, as the Tigers reached the Division 1 South semifinals for the third consecutive season.

G – Wabissa Bede, Jr., North Andover

The 6-foot-1 Bede who earned MVP of the Merrimack Valley Conference after finishing the season with the state’s second-best scoring average (26.8 ppg) to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Earlier this winter he received his first Division 1 offer, from New Hampshire; to date he has also heard from VCU, Creighton, St. Bonaventure, Maine, Northeastern and Fairfield.

G – Brandon Twitty, Jr., Catholic Memorial

Another of the state’s premier marksmen, the 6-foot-2 Twitty made plenty of big shots in the Knights’ run to their first state title since 2008. On the season, he averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game for the state’s leader in team scoring average (86.1).

F – Devan Harris, Sr. F, Danvers

The 6-foot-5 Harris was one of the state’s most bullish on the blocks, as the Falcons went 27-0 in capturing the Division 2 State Championship, the program’s third state title in four years. On the season, Harris averaged 19.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

F – Ryan Boulter, Sr. F, Mansfield

Boulter was named MVP of the Hockomock League after a dynamic senior season in which the 6-foot-6 stretch forward shot 44 percent from three-point range. He led the league in scoring average (22.6) as the Hornets reached their second Division 1 South final in three seasons.

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THIRD TEAM

G – Marcus Zegarowski, Soph., Hamilton-Wenham

The younger half-brother of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, Zegarowski earned Cape Ann League MVP honors in leading the Generals to the Division 4 State Championship, their first title in school history. On the season he averaged 20.6 points and also led the team in assists and steals.

G – Ty Nichols, Sr., Putnam

Earlier this month, Nichols was named Western Mass Player of the Year by the Basketball Hall of Fame, as the Beavers reached their third straight state final but fell short of a three-peat. On the season, the 6-foot Nichols averaged 16.5 points per game.

G – Jonathan Garcia, Sr., Putnam

Long considered one of the premier on-ball defenders Massachusetts has to offer, the 6-foot-3 Garcia lived up to the billing again this winter, as the Beavers reached their third consecutive Division 1 State Final. On the season, the returning All-State selection averaged 9.5 points per game.

F – Connor Merinder, Sr., Andover

A four-year starter for legendary coach Dave Fazio, the 6-foot-5 Merinder will go down as one of the Golden Warriors’ all-time greats, averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game as they won the Merrimack Valley Conference’s Large division outright. He will continue his career next season at Trinity.

F – Chris Doherty, Fr., Marlborough

One of New England’s most promising freshmen took Central Mass by storm this winter, experiencing runaway success as the Panthers reached the Division 2 State Championship, their first state final appearance in school history. The 6-foot-6 Doherty averaged a double-double (16.3 points, 13.2 rebounds) for the regular season, but turned it up in the playoffs, averaging 22.8 and 14.3.

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BEST OF THE REST

Michael Boen, Sr. F, Mansfield

The 6-foot-4 Boen was named a Hockomock League All-Star as the Hornets reached their second Division 1 South final in three seasons. For the season he averaged 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists. He will continue his career next season at Stonehill College.

Darrick Boyd, Sr. G, Chicopee

The 6-foot Boyd is the first player in our site’s history to make an All-State Team from two different schools, as he earned All-State honors last season with Springfield Cathedral. He averaged 19.6 points per game as the Pacers reached the Division 1 West semifinals.

Fru Che, Jr. F, Somerville

After a brutal start to the season, the Highlanders got hot in the second half, winning eight of their last nine games of the regular season to sneak into the Division 1 North tournament. At the forefront was the 6-foot-4 Che, who picked up a second straight Greater Boston League All-Star nod along the way.

Kareem Davis, Sr. G, St. John's Prep

This winter, the 5-foot-7 point guard led the Eagles to their first Division 1 North Final appearance since their last state championship season of 2010-11. Along the way, Davis was named a Catholic Conference All-Star for the second straight season, averaging 17 points per game.

Jakigh Dottin, Soph. G, Cambridge

One of Massachusetts’ brightest young sophomores, Dottin formed one of the region’s most feared backcourts as the Falcons captured their first Division 1 North title since 2007. A dogged on-ball defender, he averaged 13 points, five rebounds and two steals this winter.

Joey Downes, Sr. G, Sandwich

Downes was named MVP of the Atlantic Coast League as the Blue Knights posted their best record in school history, going 21-2 and reaching the semifinals of Division 2 South. He averaged 22 points per game, with 85 three-pointers made, and finished his career with 1,535 points.

Marcus Giese, Sr. C, Franklin

The 6-foot-6 Giese was a tough matchup underneath for nearly every opponent this winter, as the Panthers reached the Division 1 Central semifinals. He shot 51 percent from the field, and posted averages of 13.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

David Giribaldi, Sr. G, Andover

One of the more creative scorers north of Boston, the 5-foot-10 Giribaldi was electric at times this winter for the Golden Warriors, who won the MVC outright and reached the D1 North semifinals. He finished his career averaging 15 points per game this season.

Karlens Joas, Sr. F, Malden Catholic

The Lancers have slowly risen to power the last half-decade, and Joas was at the forefront as they reached the Division 2 North quarterfinals this season. A two-time Catholic Conference All-Star selection, the 6-foot-5 Joas plans to do a post-graduate season next year at Taft (Conn.).

Jason Jones, Sr. F, Brighton

The 6-foot-6 Jones was the city of Boston’s premier rebounder this winter, averaging 15 rebounds per game to go along with 10.2 points and three blocks. The Bengals reached the Division 2 North semifinals for the fourth straight season.

Jack Loughnane, Jr. G, BC High

Loughnane was named a Catholic Conference All-Star for the second straight season for the Eagles, who just missed out on a playoff berth. For the season he averaged 18.2 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Devonte McCall, Jr. F, Amherst

The son of one of Massachusetts’ all-time schoolboy greats Zach McCall, the 6-foot-4 junior led the Hurricanes to the Division 1 West final with some explosive play above the rim. On the season, he averaged 15.2 points per game.

Peter Merry, Sr. C, Danvers

The 6-foot-10 Merry was named MVP of the Northeastern Conference as the Falcons won their third state title in four seasons. One of the stop shot swatters in the Bay State, he averaged six blocks per game – including 20 in his final four playoff games – to go with 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Frank Oftring, Jr. F, Bishop Feehan

Oftring was instrumental in the Shamrocks’ run to the Division 2 Eastern Mass Final, where they fell to state champion Danvers. The 6-foot-5 Oftring averaged 19.7 points and 10 rebounds per game as the Shamrocks won D2 South.

Miles Robinson, Sr. G, Arlington

The Spy Ponders endured their most successful season in school history, going 22-2 and reaching the Division 2 North Final, and Robinson, the Middlesex Liberty MVP, was at the forefront. He averaged 20.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.9 steals, finishing his career with 1,148 points and 812 rebounds. One of the nation’s top under-18 soccer prospects, he’ll continue his career on the pitch next year at Syracuse University.

Erick Rosario, Sr. G, Lynn English

The Bulldogs were one of the fastest teams this winter, and at the forefront was the 6-foot-1 Rosario, who averaged 19.4 points, 9.8 assists and 8.2 rebounds as the Dawgs reached the Division 1 North quarterfinals. He finishes his career at English with 1,223 points, 693 assists, 609 steals and 483 rebounds.

Nate Tenaglia, Jr. G, Tewksbury

The 5-foot-7 Tenaglia was named Co-MVP of the Merrimack Valley Conference’s second division, along with teammate Alex DiRocco, as the Redmen experienced their most successful season in school history. On the season he averaged 17 points, four rebounds and six assists as they reached the Division 2 North semifinals.

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tyree Robinson, Sr. F, Durfee

With a seemingly endless vertical leap, there were few shots that the 6-foot-3 Robinson didn’t alter – and he has the averages (13 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 2.5 steals) reflect that tenacity. When he wasn’t throwing down highlight-reel dunks to the delight of the crowds, he was wowing them with the way he deposited shots into the stands, sometimes charging in from behind the play. Even in his short tenure with Durfee (40 career games), the electricity he brought to historic Luke Urban Field House won’t soon be forgotten.

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Walsh, Danvers

What Walsh has done in just five years at the helm of the Danvers program is truly remarkable. Before his arrival, the Falcons traditionally lacked consistent success. But in his half-decade in charge, they’ve gone 104-19 with three state titles –including their first Division 2 title this season, which completed a 27-0 campaign. Walsh now has five state titles to his name (he won two as an assistant at Watertown under his cousin Steve Harrington), and has a program that is built for the long haul. Expect Danvers to remain state title contenders for years to come.

All-Defensive Team

G – Jonathan Garcia, Sr., Putnam

G – Guilien Smith, Sr., Catholic Memorial

F – Tyree Robinson, Sr., Durfee

F – Tyonne Malone, Jr., Putnam

C – Peter Merry, Sr., Danvers

All-Shooters Team

Tommy Mobley, Sr., Newton North

Kellan Grady, Jr., Catholic Memorial

Josh Lee, Sr., Arlington

Vinny Clifford, Sr., Danvers

Joey Downes, Sr., Sandwich