As expected, Spring Valley’s Rickey McGill was named Section 1’s Mr. Basketball tonight as the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches Association honored the best from the 2014-15 season.
McGill, a 6-foot-2 senior guard committed to Iona, led the Tigers to a 23-2 record, including an appearance in the Class A state semifinals. Spring Valley won 18 straight games before falling 46-42 to eventual state champ Scotia-Glenville on Saturday. McGill averaged 23 points and 4 assists per game and finished his career as the No. 2 scorer in Rockland County history with 1,463 points — 120 shy of Pearl River’s Brendan McManus.
(The sketch to the right was given to McGill at tonight’s dinner. It was drawn by Billy Becerra, an artist former of The Journal News and brother of our Frank Becerra Jr.)
Rockland County players dominated the night’s top awards. McGill was joined by first-teamers Kai Mitchell (Spring Valley), Luke McLaughlin (Tappan Zee) and Conor McGuinness (Clarkstown South), as well as Derrick Felder (Saunders) and Jamil Gambari (Woodlands). Felder, a junior, was the only non-senior in the group.
Those players and many more were among the all-section and all-conference players who were celebrated at the banquet. Here’s a list of all the players who were selected.
The LHBCA also saluted Saunders’ Anthony Nicodemo as the Section 1 coach of the year. Nicodemo led the Blue Devils to an 18-3 record, which included a 17-game winning streak, a Yonkers City tournament title, league title, and a trip to the Class AA semifinals.
Basketball official Frank Mazzuca, who is also the athletic director at Nanuet High School, was given the John Martino Service Award for his more than 25 years as an official.
Lastly, here is the list of the top senior scholar-athletes who were named to the Court of Excellence:
2015 Court of Excellence:
Drew Abate, Rye
Jeff Blair, Briarcliff
Mason Dyslin, Yorktown
Jamil Gambari, Woodlands
Andrew Livingston, Rye
Jason Neff, Horace Greeley
Brendan Roche, Pelham
Jake Spitz, Hen Hud
Charlie Tarry, Bronxville
Connor Thomann, Croton-Harmon