Sure, it might be a holiday, but that doesn’t mean the Varsity Insiders take a break. As always, we announce our Player of the Week, also known as #POTW, every Monday.
Both the picks this week played a huge part in helping their team take home tournament titles. Individual success coupled with team wins have been a key aspect of the #POTW this season.
Note: We’ll run the Game of the Week picks, or #GOTW, tomorrow due to the holiday. We figured we might as well spread the love to two days.
Josh’s POTW: Dane Williamson, Gorton —
The senior delivered in the best way possible — when it mattered and with city pride on the line.
Williamson was fantastic in leading the Wolves to the Yonkers City tournament championship. His team won its quarterfinal game and then beat Saunders and Riverside in wins that could both be considered upsets. The explosive guard averaged 21.0 ppg during a 3-0 week, including a terrific 31-point, MVP performance in Saturday’s 65-52 victory over Riverside in the championship.
Williamson has always been an underrated (and unknown) talent in Section 1, but he earned his share of the spotlight this week.
Dan’s POTW: Max Twyman, Rye (pictured above) —
Twyman helped Rye go 2-1 this past week as the Garnets won the Mamaroneck Sound Shore Classic. My favorite thing about Twyman’s performance is that it got better as the week went on.
The Garnets didn’t start the week off great, losing to Horace Greeley 65-61 on Monday. Still the 6-foot-5 senior managed to score 19 points in the loss.
Knowing his team needed more from him, Twyman put up 24 points and 10 rebounds in the opening round of the Sound Shore Classic as Rye topped Harrison 60-47.
Still, Twyman saved the best for last. He scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the final as the Garnets defeated cross-town rival Rye Neck 60-55, ending the Panthers six-game winning streak.
Continued growth as a player while leading your team to a championship? Yeah that sounds #POTW worthy to me.
2012-13 Players of the Week
Dec. 17 —
John Decker, Somers
Jay Cabell, Peekskill
Dec. 24 —
Demarcus Miller, Stepinac
Brian Daniels, Briarcliff
Jan. 2 —
Jack Sullivan, Albertus Magnus
John Decker, Somers
Jan. 7 —
Brendan Hynes, Mahopac
Vaughn Dweck, Panas
Umar Singh, North Salem