By this point, you probably know the drill: Dan and I will each pick a player of the week. We’ll take your suggestions on Twitter. You can tweet us your suggestions @LoHudInsider and @LoHud_DeFran using the hashtag #POTW.
I’ll keep a log of our selections every Monday (or, in this case, Tuesday). This week, we have our first two-time winner.
Here’s a look at this week’s selections:
Josh’s POTW: Jack Sullivan, Albertus Magnus —
Not only did the senior guard deliver another leading performance en rout to Albertus winning its Christmas tournament, he continued his strong, consistent start as the Falcons’ top option.
Sullivan is one of those players who has always logged about twice as much time on the odometer as any other player on the court. Now, in addition to his superior effort, he has ascended to the role of leader seamlessly.
Last week, Sullivan continued on that trend, averaging 24.0 points per game in double-digit wins over Dobbs Ferry and Kennedy. That including 31 points in the semis against Dobbs as he basically went point-for-point with one of the section’s top players, Eric Paschall, who finished with 33.
After Albertus dispatched the Eagles, it beat Kennedy the following night. Sullivan chipped in 17 points in addition to his typically strong defense and vastly improved playmaking.
Dan’s POTW: John Decker, Somers —
I was really torn this week on who to pick. Is one game’s performance really #POTW worthy?
Well, when you score 39 points en route to your team earning a potential season-changing victory, yes, yes it is. Decker’s 39 points were the second highest in Slam Dunk boys tournament history — topped only by Stepinac’s Tony Taylor’s 54 points in a triple OT loss to Briarcliff.
Decker carried the Huskers in the first half, scoring all 17 of their points, and helped them come back from a 15-point deficit in the final six minutes. He capped it all off by assisting on Conor Cousin’s game-winning 3.
The win shows that Somers and Decker are not to be taken lightly.
**I can’t in good faith talk about a #POTW and not mention Saniya Chong. Chong putting up big numbers is about as new as disco, but this week was extra special. She averaged 48.5 points on her way to breaking the Slam Dunk tourney record for most points. The UConn-bound senior scored 51 in Ossining’s 90-84 win over Irvington in the final. I know we’re talking about boys basketball here, but in terms of #POTW and the Slam Dunk tourney I felt not mentioning her would cause me to get struck down by the basketball gods.