High School Hoops Wrapup: Union County Awards

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By Jim Whelan

2010 Boys All Union County
Player of the Year
Kyrie Irving-Senior-6’2-Guard St. Patrick HS

This season though, Kyrie Irving’s Celtic team was denied an opportunity to defend their NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown and state championship after a discovery of illegal out-of-season-practices by the Celtics coach Kevin Boyle.

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After a mea culpa by Boyle, a federal court upheld the ruling and the Celtics were out of contention.   The courtroom defeat does not take away what the senior standout did on the court.

This “do-it-all” senior leaves the Elizabethport school with a prep championship, two Union County championships, a Non Public B title, a 2009 Tournament of Champions crown, and a lot of what could have been.
The Celtic senior averaged 25 points per game and was dominating on both side of the ball.

Duke’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski once again made the trek up Route I-95 from the Durham campus to the Garden State is search of guard help. Point guards Bobby Hurley (St Anthony/Jersey City) and Jason Williams (St. Joseph/Metuchen) both led the Blue Devils to NCAA titles. Coach K is not looking to break precedent with Irving.

Irving is looking to take up journalism at Duke University. The senior guard is as polished off the court in front of a microphone as he is on the court with a basketball.  There have been very few guards coming out of New Jersey with the hype of Irving.

Celtics fans can get one last glimpse of Kyrie Irving. He has been named to the prestigious High School McDonald’s All American team.  The high school showcase will be broadcast on ESPN tomorrow night (March 31) from Columbus, Ohio.

First Team
Kyrie Irving-6’2 Guard St. Patrick

Mike Price-6’0 Guard-Plainfield High School
The senior point guard was a very big piece of this season for Plainfield’s 26-4 run.  In two years on the varsity level for the Queen City basketball club, Price has compiled a record of 49-11.  The senior’s heady play has him on a few NJAC hoop teams radar and also some lower DI schools calling, too.  The unsung player, who help drive the Plainfield bus.

Michael Gilchrist-6’7 Junior Forward St. Patrick High School
Riavls.com rated Gilchrist as the number one junior forward in the country.  He will be a lock   McDonald’s All American next season for Boyle.  Villanova and top ranked Kentucky have come to the Elizabethport School to convince Gilchrist to join their programs.  It remains to be seen what Boyle’s club will be doing next year,but one thing is for sure–Gilchrist has lived up to the hype since before his freshman year.  The junior tallied 22 ppg for the Elizabeth school.

Tyrone Johnson-6’3 Junior Guard/Forward Plainfield High School
This junior guard has re-asserted Plainfield’s dominance in Union County and the state.  Johnson softened the blow of the loss of Pitt-bound senior Isaiah Epps over the summer.  Johnson is a two-sport athlete for the Cardinals (he is also a standout on the gridiron as Plainfield’s quarterback) and is a born leader.  Georgetown has offered Johnson a ride to play in Washington D.C.  Basketball is back in Plainfield and Johnson has a lot to do with that.

Derrick Gordon-6’2 Junior Guard/Forward St Patrick High School
The Plainfield native opted to go to St. Patrick rather than stay at his hometown.  Gordon verbally committed to Western Kentucky during his sophomore season.  The junior has been overshadowed by so many other St. Pat’s standouts.  This season, with some injuries on the Celtics club, Boyle called on Gordon to fill in the gaps.  Gordon delivered with 13 ppg.  The G & G (Gordon & Gilchrist) boys will have St. Patrick atop of the national high school power rankings next season.

2010 Coaches of the Year
Jeff Lubreski-Plainfield

In his second season in the Queen City, Lubreski’s Plainfield Cardinals team made it all the way to the NJSIAA Group IV State Championship game, the first time in six years for the Union County club.  The Cardinals came up short losing to the South Jersey Champion Cherokee 38-52.  The season will be one of experience for a young Plainfield squad.  The kids from the Queen City will be bucking for the top spot in the state once again next year.  With the return of senior standout Tyrone Johnson and the maturation of sophomore center Justin Sears, Plainfield will be a team to bet on next season.

Dave Boff-Roselle Catholic
Three years into his tenure at Roselle Catholic replacing RC’s Union County coaching icon Pat Hagan, Dave Boff has RC Lions fans excited about basketball again. An earlier exit out of the state tournament does not diminish their accomplishments this season. After a 2-3 start, the Lions went 10-1 in the month of January.  Boff’s bunch also put Plainfield “on the ropes” for three quarters in the UCT quarterfinals.
With one of the most exciting young players in Union County in sophomore Jameel Warney and fellow sophomores Dominick Gonzalez and Wesley Cherry, Boff’s squad will be a force to reckon with in Union County and Non Public A for the next two years.

Team of the Year
Plainfield Cardinals-Even though they lost the Frank Cicarell Union County Finals to St Patrick,  the Cardinals licked their wounds and took their frustration out on the competition in the NJSIAA state tournament.  Falling short in the state Championship game, the Cardinals exceeded the expectations of most experts with a young squad.  The Cardinals were the only Union County school to win a state sectional championship.  One thing is for sure, the experts will have the Cardinals as the team to beat in Union County and Group IV action.

Second Team
Quadeer Lewis-Senior Forward Linden High School
Jon Merceus-Senior Guard-Union Farmers
Jameel Warney-Sophmore Center-Roselle Catholic
Kevin Boyle Jr. Senior Guard-St. Patrick High School
Justin Sears-Sophmore Forward-Plainfield High

Third Team
Chase Plummer-Senior Forward-St Patrick High
Elijah Hodge-Junior Guard-Linden High School
Pat Sabatino-Senior Center Westfield High School
Ederson Exume-Senior Center-St. Mary’s High school
Charles Oliver-Junior Guard-Scotch Plains High School

All Union County Conference-Watchung Division
Kyrie Irving-Senior Guard-St. Patrick
Mike Price-Senior Guard-Plainfield
Michael Gilchrist-Junior Forward St. Patrick High School
Tyrone Johnson-Guard Forward Plainfield High School
Derrick Gordon-forward-St. Patrick high school

All Union County Conference-Valley Division
Jameel Warney-6’6 Sophomore center-Roselle Catholic
Ederson Exume-6’6 Senior Center-St. Mary’s of Elizabeth
Aaron Williams-6’0 Junior guard-Dayton Regional
Jack Cole-6’6 Junior Forward-New Providence
Scott Miller-6’0 Junior Guard-Oratory

All Union County Conference-Mountain Division
Dwight Bostic-5’10 Junior Guard-Roselle
Brain Flores-6’2 Senior guard-Union Catholic
Kendall Grier- 5’10-Senior guard Cranford
Mike Reilly-6’1 Senior Guard-Gov. Livingston
Jamal LaDuna-6’2 Senior forward-Rahway

Union County All Suitcase Team
Kelvin Amayo-Hillside-NIA Prep
Isaiah Epps-Plainfield- Military Academy
Jihad Prelow-Elizabeth-Avon Old Farms-Connecticut
Ashion White-Union-Evelyn Mack Learning Center- Charlotte, North Carolina
Myles Davis-Plainfield-St. Peter’s Prep

All Plainfield Team
Tyrone Johnson-Plainfield
Mike Price-Plainfield
Myles Davis-St. Peter’s Prep
Jameel Warney-Roselle Catholic
Derrick Gordon-St. Patrick

Union County All Junior Team
Tyrone Johnson-Plainfield
Michael Gilchrist-St.Patrick
Derrick Gordon-St. Patrick
Elijah Hodge-Linden
Charles Oliver-Scotch Plains

Union County All Sophomore Team
Justin Sears-Plainfield
Jameel Warney-Roselle Catholic
Dijon Allan-Jordan-Plainfield
Sakou Harris-Plainfield
Hakeem Kornegay- Rahway

Union County Top Freshman
P.J. Walker-Elizabeth
Austin Colbert-St. Patrick
Hakeem Rogers-Elizabeth

Honorable mention
Brearley-Dominck Vitale
Clark-Anthony Fishetti
Cranford-Sean Trotter, Will Green
Dayton-Regional-Elliott Karp, Aaron Williams, Kareem Jackson, Alex Popolani
Elizabeth-J.P Pringley, P.J. Walker, Hakeem Rogers
Governor Livingston-Robert Ingebretsen, Kevin Ferguson
Hillside-Shakill Copeland, Keith Burgess, Kevin Oshiokpekhai
Linden-Trell Myers, Jaurice Jones, Rodney Sanders
New Providence-Eddie Morgan, Justin Singer, Vinny Fischetto
Oratory-Nick Liagas, Dwayne Jordan, Sebastian Leguerre
Plainfield-Dominique Blackmon, Michael Williams, Nathan Grant-Dewitt,
Dijon Allan-Jordan, Sakou Harris
Rahway-Hakeem Kornegay, Giovanni Smith
Roselle-Terrence Childs
Roselle Catholic-Wesley Cherry, Brian Petruzzelli
Roselle Park-Malik Caldwell, Paul Antonucci
Scotch Plains-Patrick Dougher, Matt Jegede
St. Patrick-Kevin Seabrook, Josh Daniell, Jarrell Lane
St. Mary’s-Garland Green, Brandon Langston
Summit-Matt Wholey, Chris Carfiero
Union-Chidoziem Ikwaegbu, Tony Gilchrist
Union Catholic-Jamaad Nash, Mike Marciano, Zack Zlabik
Westfield-Ryan Hess, Jarard Rogers

2010 Final Union County Rankings
1.St Patrick 24-3
2. Plainfield 26-4
3.Linden 17-7
4.Union 17-10
5.Roselle Catholic 18-8
6. Westfield 11-12
7. Cranford 13-9
8. St. Mary’s 14-10
9. Rahway 11-11
10. Governor Livingston 13-10
11 Union Catholic 13-11
12 Oratory 12-15
13 Hillside 10-13
14 New Providence 11-13
15 Scotch Plains 7-17
16 Elizabeth 6-16
17 Summit 8-13
18 Roselle -6-18
19 Roselle Park 8-16
20 Clark 8-16
21 Brearley 2-18

Jim Whelan can be reached at njhoops@hotmail.com


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