For the first time ever this year, our annual selection of the area’s top high school basketball talent will also include fan-voted all-star and all-county teams. The players and coaches will be selected by YOU, the reader.
Voting will begin today and run until Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. For further explanation, read here.
The top vote-getter will be named the fans’ player of the year. Remember these two things:
1. If there’s a player not listed who you believe is worthy, add him to the list. If there are enough votes for players not included in the original poll, I will add them to the list.
2. Our Westchester/Putnam all-stars include all players, public, Catholic or private, who play in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Dutchess County players are not eligible because they are outside of our coverage area.
Here are the candidates:
Tom Capuano, Iona Prep: The Manhattan commit finished second on the 22-6 Gaels in scoring at 16.0 ppg. He scored his 1,000th career point in his third season as a starter. Capuano also earned first-team all-CHSAA honors.
Derrick Felder, Saunders: The 6-foot-1 junior led the Blue Devils to 17 straight wins en route to an appearance in the Class AA semifinals at the County Center. He averaged 23.2 ppg and led the team in rebounding, assists and blocked shots.
Jamil Gambari, Woodlands: The smooth 6-foot-3 senior led the Class B champ in both scoring and rebounding at 17.1 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He helped guide the Falcons to the Class B state championship game — the program’s first appearance in a state final.
Kylan Guerra, Stepinac: The 5-foot-11 senior started the season on fire and was consistently productive despite the team’s slump in league play. Guerra led the CHSAA ‘AA’ in scoring at 24.4 ppg.
Elijah Hughes, Kennedy: The 6-foot-5 Hughes evolved into one of the area’s most talented players in his first season after transferring from Beacon. He averaged 14.7 ppg and led the 26-2 Gaels in rebounding. He was also voted the CHSAA ‘A’ player of the year.
Ty Jerome, Iona Prep: The 6-foot-4 junior led the 22-6 Gaels in scoring at 20.0 ppg while averaging 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game. He was honored as first-team all-CHSAA and was the league’s second-leading vote-getter behind CHSAA ‘AA’ player of the year Rawle Alkins.
Marco Morency, Mount Vernon: In just his first year on varsity, the 6-foot-2 guard helped lead a young Mount Vernon team to the state final four. He averaged a team-best 17.8 ppg to go with 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.6 spg while shooting a robust 57 percent from the field.
Matt Ryan, Iona Prep: After returning from double-hip surgery, the 6-foot-7 senior posted 15.1 ppg while showing an improved all-around game. He averaged a team-best 7.3 rpg to go with 4.0 apg. The Notre Dame-bound sharpshooter was selected as the BCANY’s New York State Mr. Basketball, becoming the first Iona Prep player ever honored with the award.
All-star/all-county fan votes:
• Rockland coach of the year
• Westchester/Putnam coach of the year
• Rockland first-team all-county
• Westchester/Putnam first-team all-county
• Rockland player of the year
• Westchester/Putnam player of the year