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Roundtable: Midseason All-State, Superlatives

1/25/2013

At the midpoint of the MIAA basketball season, we've asked our panel of experts to submit their picks for ESPN Boston All-State, as well as Mr. and Miss Basketball along with a number of superlatives:

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Brendan Hall

ESPN Boston High Schools Editor

All-State Super Team

G – Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

G – Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham

G – Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High

G/F – Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central

F/C – Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

Second Team

G – Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton

G – Nick McKenna, Sr., Danvers

F – Nick Cambio, Jr., Central Catholic

F – Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield

F – Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover

Third Team

G – Riyadh Asad, Sr., West Springfield

G – Juwan Gooding, Soph., New Mission

F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover

C - Dakari Wornum, Sr., Dorchester

C – Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team

G - Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, Jr., Newton North

G - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge

F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

F - Caitlyn Abela, Sr., Oliver Ames

C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball Finalists

Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic – WINNER

Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham

Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High

Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central

Defensive Player of the Year – Drew Healy, Lowell

Coach of the Year – John Walsh, Danvers

Best Shooter – Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic

Biggest surprise (player) – Dakari Wornum, Dorchester

Biggest surprise (team) – St. Peter-Marian

Most underrated (player) – David Stewart, Madison Park

Most underrated (team) – Melrose

All-Defensive

G – Tyree Weston, Soph., New Bedford

G – Marcus Middleton, Sr., Stoughton

F – Isshiah Coleman, Sr., New Mission

F – Prince Unaegbu, Sr., Brighton

C – Drew Healy, Sr., Lowell

All-Shooters

Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Tommy Mobley, Soph., Newton North

Daivon Edwards, Sr., Brighton

Giulien Smith, Soph., Catholic Memorial

Ben Judson, Soph., St. John's Prep

Second half sleepers to watch

Dorchester

The Bears are a streaky team, but also a gritty one, as shown in their 58-57 loss to East Boston on Wednesday. Dakari Wornum has been one of the breakout stars of the first half of the season, but a number of athletic shooters -- including Jeduan Langston, Khalil Newson, Ceejae Agnew-Carter and Dean Lee -- can make this team explode at any moment. The expected return of 6-foot-7 junior D'Bryant Coraprez should bolser the frontcourt too.

Sharon

We knew junior point guard Brian Mukasa (18.8 points per game) was good, and we though he had potential to be this good, but we had questions about the Eagles' supporting cast. Jimmy Fritzon (14.2 points per game) has some answers.

Waltham

Hawks are my favorite to win the Dual County League's Large division, in a year of parity across the board. Keep an eye on Mike Gelineau, one of the area's more underrated shooters.

Case

Most expected Wareham to run away with the South Coast Conference (again), but guess who's sitting at 11-2 and 8-1 in the league? The Cardinals are allowing a league-best 46 points per game, and face Wareham on Wednesday for a first-place battle in the SCC. Keep an eye on 6-foot-8 senior center Matt Plante.

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Chris Bradley

ESPN Boston correspondent

All-State Super Team

G - Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham

G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

F - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High

F - Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central

C - Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

Second Team

G - Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton

G - Riyadh Asad, Sr., West Springfield

F - Nick Simpson, Sr., Brighton

F - Nick Cambio, Sr., Central Catholic

F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield

Third Team

G - Nick McKenna, Sr., Danvers

G - Rod Milton, Sr., Worcester South

F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover

F - Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover

C - Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team

G - Kayla Burton, Sr., Newton South

G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge

G/F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

F - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover

C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball Finalists

Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic - WINNER

Darien Fernandez, Wareham

Jameilen Jones, BC High

Tyler Gibson, Rockland

Kamari Robinson, Springfield Central

Defensive Player of the Year - Isshiah Coleman, New Mission

Coach of the Year - Sean Connolly, St. John’s Prep

Best Shooter - Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic

Biggest Surprise (Team) – Wachusett

Biggest Surprise (Player) – KayJuan Bynum, Springfield Putnam

Most Underrated (Player) – Sam Dowden, Andover

Most Underrated (Team) – Dorchester

All-Defensive

G - Marcus Middleton, Sr., Stoughton

G/F - Nate Anderson, Sr., New Mission

F - Isshiah Coleman, Sr., New Mission

C - Alex Cooper, Sr., Wachusett

C - Drew Healy, Sr., Lowell

All-Shooters

Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Tim Dufficy, Sr., Whitinsville Christian

Tommy Mobley, Soph., Newton North

Zack Berman, Sr., Wachusett

Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton

Second-half sleepers:

Andover

If Connor Merinder is back in time for the tournament, then consider Andover a favorite in Division 1 North. Central Catholic has clearly separated themselves from BC High, St. John’s Prep, Lowell, and Andover so far, but if Andover gets a healthy, productive Merinder back, they will make a run to the Division 1 North final. The Golden Warriors have gone 10-2 thus far without the 6-foot-5 forward, who is considered one of the MIAA’s best in a loaded 2015 class. Sam Dowden has done a great job of leading Andover so far, but getting a healthy Merinder makes them a legitimate contender to be at the DCU Center come March.

Worcester South

South became the first team to finally knock off previously undefeated Wachusett in Central Mass. The Cononels, who with the win moved to 8-2, did so without junior point guard Kasheen Cunningham, one of the area’s best outside shooters. South has the best scorer in Central Mass. in Rod Milton, a strong young big man in Khalil Bryan-Robinson, and a constant threat from outside in Cunningham—with Central Mass. Division 1 as up in the air as it has been in years, look for South to make a run to the Division 1 finals at WPI.

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Ryan Kilian

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Mass. Prep Stars (www.massprepstars.com)

Boys Super Team

G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

G - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High

G - Malik James, Jr., Brighton

F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield

C - Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team

G - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover

G/F - Alana Gilmer, Soph., Archbishop Williams

G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge

F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball

Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Miss Basketball

Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

Defensive Player of the Year

Boys: Kendall Hamilton, Sr., Wakefield

Girls: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, Jr., Newton North

Coach of the Year

Boys: Mike Kasprzak, Melrose

Girls: John McNamara, Pentucket

Best Shooter

Boys: Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Girls: Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover

Biggest Surprise

Boys: Frantzdy Pierrot, Jr., Melrose

Girls: Molly Bent, Soph., Barnstable

Most Underrated Player

Boys: Doug Gemmell, Sr., Central Catholic

Girls: Tess Noguiera, Sr., Pentucket

Most Underrated Team

Boys: Melrose

Girls: Ipswich

Second Half Sleepers

Boys: Wakefield – They have been hanging in the wings with a few losses and have battled some injuries but with a healthy Bruce Brown and continued improved play of Kendall Hamilton, Mikol Blake-Green and others they should be back in the title hunt by the end of the regular season.

Girls: Westford Academy – Westford Academy has played a very difficult schedule, losing to Bishop Feehan, Wachusett and Billerica by a combined five points. They have wins over Lincoln-Sudbury and Arlington Catholic as resume boosters and can play with any team in the state. Juniors Sam Hyslip and Hannah Hackley lead the Grey Ghosts in most statistical categories.

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Rob Sarmiento

Founder and Editor, Beantown Hoops (www.beantownhoops.com)

First Team

G - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High

G - Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham

F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover

F - Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

F - Doug Gemmell, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team

G - Jaleel Bell, Sr., Wayland

G - Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton

G - Malik James, Jr., Brighton

G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

F - Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover

Third Team

G - Giulien Smith, Soph., Catholic Memorial

G - Juwan Gooding, Soph., New Mission

G/F - Bruce Brown, Soph., Wakefield

F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield

F - Nate Anderson, Sr., New Mission

Girls Super Team

G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge

G/F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

G/F - Molly Bent, Soph., Barnstable

G/F - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover

F - Sarah Hope, Sr., Medway

Mr. Basketball - Jameilen Jones, BC High

Miss Basketball - Olivia Healy, Reading

Coach of the Year - Mark Antonelli, Somerville

Best Shooter - Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic

Biggest Surprise (player) - Molly Bent, Barnstable (Girls)

Biggest Surprise (team) - North Reading

Most Underrated (player) - Jaleel Bell, Wayland

Most Underrated (team) - Melrose

All-Shooters

Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover

Sam Bohmiller, Sr., Franklin

Tommy Mobely, Soph., Newton North

Mike Gelineau, Sr., Waltham

Second Half Sleepers

Boys: Franklin - Well-coached and playing in a tough conference will make them battle ready come playoff time. Plus, they have a player who can make threes in bunches with Bohmiller.

Girls: Arlington Catholic - Seem to always make a run and their style of play is tough to prepare for. They are young in some key positions, but first half of the season experience will show during the playoffs.