Dan and I will each pick a Player of the Week from the previous week of games every week this season. That means next week’s selections will lean heavily what happens during the first round of Section 1 playoff games.
First, here’s a look at last week’s best individual performances:
Josh’s POTW: Kevin Degnan, Pearl River —
This goes a little against our philosophy considering Pearl River finished last week 1-2, but the results had little to do with Degnan’s play. He was terrific, averaging 33.7 points per game against Nyack, Nanuet and Tappan Zee. That included his 1,000th career point.
The 6-foot-8 forward scored No. 1,000 during a 43-point outing in a double-OT loss to Nyack. He poured in all 27 of Pearl River’s points in the second half.
Degnan also scored 32 against rival Tappan Zee on Sunday and nearly led his team back from a 12-point deficit with about a minute to play.
The coaches have yet to pick “Mr. Basketball,” but had they picked at the end of the regular season, Degnan would be my pick. His play last week provided plenty of reasons why.
Dan’s POTW: Brandon Martin, Mount Vernon —
In a busy week that had Mount Vernon playing four games over the course of five days, the senior forward rose to the challenge.
Martin led the Knights in scoring in three of the four games and was also efficient on the boards.
Martin helped Mount Vernon eclipse the 80-point barrier twice last week, something the Knights did only once this season.
Martin’s increased offensive production adds another dimension to a Mount Vernon team that already has one of the best defenses in the section.
If the Knights’ offense can continue to score like it did last week than it’ll be an even tougher out in sectionals than it already is.
For a look at all of this season’s Player of the Week honorees, click on the “POTW/Game Balls” tab on the blog.