This week, we're pulling out the bottles of sparkling apple cider for a few New York ballers who set milestones with their play on the hardwood.
You know the drill — each week, we'll take a look back at our New York preseason All-State basketball team and update you on how some of those players are faring this year. There will be a Prime-Time Player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an Under the Radar (UTR) player who is making his case as one of the state's top ballers.
PTP: Emile Blackman, Half Hollow Hills West, Senior
In the Colts' blowout win against Comsewogue, Blackman surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 5. Fittingly, the milestone basket came on a dunk by the high-flyer off an assist from his brother Jamir.
OTP: Phil Valenti, Aquinas Institute, Senior
In their biggest test of the season so far, Valenti came up, well, big. The senior forward dropped 26 points to help the Little Irish overcome a 12-point deficit and pull out a 76-71 double-overtime win against rival Bishop Kearney. Fourteen of those points came in the fourth quarter and overtime periods. The Little Irish are now 7-0 and ranked No. 8 in the most recent POWERADE state rankings.
UTR: Jon Severe, Christ the King, Junior
In Christ the King's 79-67 win against Xaverian, it wasn't Omar Calhoun or Isaiah Lewis (aka the usual suspects) who made the difference. Instead, it was Severe's dead aim. The junior knocked down a school-record eight 3-pointers en route to 27 points.
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.