Eric Paschall earned Section 1’s biggest award as a junior. On Thursday, he claimed one of the state’s biggest prizes as well.
The Dobbs Ferry junior was selected as the Class B state player of the year when the New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its all-state teams on Thursday.
Paschall, the 6-foot-6 swingman, averaged 26.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the Eagles. He became just the fourth junior in Section 1 history named “Mr. Basketball” and recently gave his oral commitment to Fordham.
Seniors Joe Clarke of New Rochelle and Josh James of Stepinac were both named to Class AA’s first team. Clarke led the Huguenots to the state final and James, The Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam player of the year, was the only Division I-committed senior in Westchester County.
Martin Luther King’s Rajien Griffin was the only other local player named first team. The junior guard led the Tigers to an appearance in the Class D state final.
Forty-one players were honored from Section 1 and local Catholic and private schools combined. Here’s the complete list of honorees, including the state player of the year in each class:
Player of the year: Jon Severe, Sr., Christ the King
First team: Joe Clarke, Sr., New Rochelle; Josh James, Sr., Stepinac
Fourth team: Josh Doughty, Sr., Mount Vernon
Sixth team: Brendan Hynes, Sr., Mahopac
Eighth team: Kai Mitchell, So., Spring Valley
Ninth team: Elijah Tillman, Sr., North Rockland
12th team: Brandon Martin, Sr., Mount Vernon
Honorable mention: Jack Hewitt, Sr., Scarsdale; Matt Ryan, So., Iona Prep; Naim Thomas, Jr., Stepinac; Brandon Williams, Sr., Iona Prep.
Player of the year: Adam Weir, Sr., Canisius
Second team: John Decker, Sr., Somers; Jack Sullivan, Sr., Albertus Magnus
Third team: Jermar Dancy, Sr., Poughkeepsie
Fifth team: Jack Daly, Jr., Eastchester
Sixth team: Jeff Lynch, Sr., Byram Hills
Eighth team: Max Twyman, Sr., Rye
Ninth team: Kevin Degnan, Jr., Pearl River
10th team: Jahleel Carter, Sr., Poughkeepsie
11th team: Vaughn Dweck, Sr., Panas
12th team: Ryan Golden, Sr., Byram Hills
Honorable mention: Devin Lawrence, Sr., Poughkeepsie; Joe Letizia, Sr., Tappan Zee
Player of the year: Eric Paschall, Sr., Dobbs Ferry
Second team: Umar Singh, Sr., North Salem
Third team: Brian Daniels, Sr., Briarcliff; Mike Donnelly, Sr., Our Lady of Lourdes
Fourth team: Ian Thom, Sr., Croton-Harmon
10th team: Terrence Tribble, Sr., Valhalla
Honorable mention: Jelani Bell-Isaac, Jr., Putnam Valley; Zach Coleman, Jr., Putnam Valley; Tyler Fernandez, Jr., Rye Country Day; Mike Jurzynski, So., Masters
Player of the year: Joel Wincowski, So., Lake George
Second team: Isaiah Ward, Jr., Palisade Prep
Fourth team: Kareem Padgett, Jr., Children’s Village
Sixth team: Shyheim Nixon, Sr., Tuckahoe
Seventh team: Kevin Sabino, Jr., Palisade Prep
Honorable mention: Roger Owens, Sr., Children’s Village; Fred Truss Jr., Sr., Palisade Prep
Player of the year: Joey Lufkin, Sr., Argyle
First team: Rajien Griffin, Jr, Martin Luther King
Fourth team: Johnnie Gray, Sr., Biondi