Section 1 teams are at, or near, the midway point in their seasons. Today, Dan and I will breakdown who’s done what so far in each class and look ahead to who we like and what questions still need to be answered going forward.
We will look at the landscape in Class AA, A, B and C throughout the day today, including our favorites, contenders, dark horses, midseason all-stars, MVPs and more.
In this video, we hash out our thoughts about the teams in Class AA:
Class AA Midseason All-Stars
First team —
Devonte Banner, Sr., Mount Vernon
Mike DeMello, Sr., White Plains
Brandon Martin, Sr., Mount Vernon
Kai Mitchell, Jr., Spring Valley
James Morales, Sr., Fox Lane
Second team —
Judah Alexander, Sr., Mount Vernon
Derek Dorn, Sr., New Rochelle
Rickey McGill, Jr., Spring Valley
Ryan Simone, Sr., Mahopac
Joe Zayer, Sr., Clarkstown South
MVP: James Morales, Sr., Fox Lane (pictured above). He might not be the current favorite for “Mr. Basketball,” but the 6-foot-3 Morales is the most valuable. Everything Fox Lane does is predicated on Morales performing, and he has done exactly that during the team’s 11-1 start.
Most improved: Justin Tapper, Sr., White Plains. On a team in dire need of rebounding and toughness in the paint, Tapper has slid down low from the wing to provide that and then some. He’s developed into a reliable, consistent performer and helped turn the White Plains frontcourt into a strength.
Best newcomer: Jordan Tucker, Fr., White Plains. Alexander is certainly a contender here; he will be a big factor going forward for Mount Vernon. But Tucker has proved his prodigious talent already, scoring the third-most points in Slam Dunk history against Cardinal Spellman. His 3-point range and ability to get open shots over defenders both rank among the best in the section…already.
Coach of the year: Chris Violante, Fox Lane. Violante has built a team that knows its strengths and emphasizes them. Fox Lane can really shoot and has good size and depth, and he has put those strengths to good use during the team’s 11-1 start. The Foxes ability to share the ball and hit open shots is fun to watch and has made them a legit County Center contender.