S9 Hoops Boys Basketball All Star Package

S9 Hoops Boys All Star Teams

First Team:

Marquis Gill - 18.9 points, 8 assists, 6 reboundsIMG_1537

School: Middletown

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-foot-8

Position: Point guard

One of Section 9’s most dynamic scorers, Gill led the Middies in scoring in all three of his varsity seasons. His 55 three-pointers ranked him second in Section 9 and he finished his career with 1,081 points.

Marquis’s Future: Gill will take the prep-school route next season, but has yet to pick a school.


Axel Rodriguez - 16.3 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.2 stealsIMG_1534

School: New Paltz

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-foot-10

Position: Point guard

Trading his Tarzan-like hairdo for a shorter cut, Axel put together his best season yet. A four-year starter, Rodriguez led the Huguenots in scoring two-of-his-four varsity seasons.  He led New Paltz to a Section 9 Class A championship before losing to NYS Class A Champ Poughkeepsie in the regional semifinal.

Axel’s Future: Rodriguez will play for Division III SUNY Plattsburgh next season


Caleb Simmons - 18.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 81.3 FT%IMG_1538

School: Newburgh Free Academy

Grade: Senior 

Height: 6-foot-4

Position: Center

The most consistent player on a gritty Newburgh team, Simmons averaged a Section 9 high 62.3% from the field, and finished top 5 in free throw percentage, shooting 81.3% from the line.

Caleb’s Future: Simmons has interest from two Division I programs, and several Division III programs.


Zac Goldstein - 19 points, 9.4 rebounds, 81.1 FT %IMG_1535

School: Warwick

Grade: Senior 

Height: 6-foot-4

Position: Power forward

With one of the sweetest strokes I’ve seen from a big-man in Section 9, Goldstein led the Wildcats in scoring for the second consecutive season, including a career-high 34 points on Dec. 17th against Chester. “Zac’s the guy where if I look at the scoresheet after the game and he has 21 points, I’m disappointed,” said Warwick head coach Joe Mackey. He’s the only person I’m actually angry at because of how well he can shoot for his size. He’s definitely the most consistent player I’ve ever coached.”

Zac’s Future: Goldstein’s top three schools are Division III Drew University, SUNY Farmingdale, and SUNY Cortland


Player of the Year

Brian Moore - 27.5 points, 71-three-pointers (48%)IMG_1536

School: Kingston

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-foot

Position: Shooting guard

One of the best players in New York State Class AA this season, Moore led the Tigers to its first ever final four appearance. Moore scored 20-or-more points in 21-of-24 games this season. He finished his career with 1,227 points in two varsity seasons, and became the ninth player in the history of the Kingston boys basketball program to score 1,000 career points.

Brian’s Future: Moore has received offers from several Division II schools, and has interest from a couple of Division I programs. He has yet to decide where he will play next season.


Second Team:

Monticello junior guard Josh Gattling – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 steals

Millbrook junior guard Jake Daly – 17.6 points (46% from 3), 7.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Goshen senior guard Zack Foley – 24.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.3 steals

Washingtonville senior forward Kareem Lubin – 14.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1 steal

Cornwall senior forward Will Fredericks – 16.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists


Third Team:

Red Hook senior guard Chris Yearwood – 15.8 points, 5.8 assists, 45 three-pointers

Washingtonville junior forward Romeo Aquino – 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.2 blocks, 1.6 steals

James I. O’Neill junior guard Darius Boben – 22.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.2 steals

Chester junior forward junior forward Kevin Stein – 17.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists

Highland senior center Cameron Ness – 16.6 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks


Most Improved Player:

Monticello junior guard Josh Gattling

IMG_1541As a sophomore, Gattling was known as an elite defender with a knack for getting to the rim. A year later, Gattling is still an elite defender, but now one of the top scorers in Section 9. Gattling helped the Panthers to its best record since the 2014-15 season.


2017-18 Stats: 7.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists
2018-19 Stats: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 steals


Sixth Man

Kingston junior guard Brady Short

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I can’t really think of a better sixth-man than Brady Short. Any time Short touched the hardwood, you could be assured a deep three-pointer (or a couple of them) would be swished. Only question remains about Brady: Who was the better shooter for Kingston; him or his brother Zack?

 


Coach of the Year:

Ron Kelder – KingstonIMG_1543

After a false-alarm firing in May, Kelder returned to Kingston for his 23rd season, and produced his best season yet — winning 22 games. He also won his 300th career game this season, and sits at 308 for his career. He coached Kingston to its first ever Class AA Final Four appearance, and was unanimously selected as coach of the year by fellow Section 9 coaches.

 


Rookie of the Year:

Washingtonville junior forward Romeo Aquino IMG_1544

14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.2 blocks, 1.6 steals

Aquino seemingly came out of nowhere this season for the Wizards. A junior-varsity call-up from last season, there were questions on whether he would be in the starting lineup this season. Not only was he in the starting lineup, but he was one of Section 9’s best forwards, and one of the most valuable pieces for a 17-5 Washingtonville team.


All-Rookie Team:

Minisink Valley sophomore guard Alex Krupinski – 14.5 points, 34 three-pointers

Monticello sophomore guard Jordan Ruggiero – 13.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.2 steals

Kingston sophomore guard Shyquan Royal – 9.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals, 1.6 blocks

Pine Bush sophomore forward Tim Linton – 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds


Photo Credits:

A huge thank you to Alejandro Rodriguez for supplying the photos you see in the basketball package. Rodriguez, better known as @AlejozPics on Instagram, is a student at New Paltz HS. He has taken photographs at over 40 Section 9 basketball games this season and has produced some amazing photos over the duration of the season.


Thank You

Another huge thank you to you — the reader. When I started S9Hoops at the end of November last year, I had a vision of what I wanted to do, but due to the amazing support of coaches, players and fans, S9Hoops has become so much more than I ever envisioned. I am extremely grateful for those who have sent e-mails, text messages, and people who’ve approached me at games with kind words.

– Sean