Pretty soon the Washington Post and the Gazette will start to tally up votes and take nominations for Player(s) of the Year and All-Met and All-Gazette teams. With all due respect to the Post, I can virtually guarantee you that their Player(s) of the Year will not be from one of the Montgomery County public schools, and it’s possible the same can be said for the Gazette. The Post has way too much territory to cover and not enough people to cover it, and the Gazette covers both the public and private schools in the county, so the choices, particularly for player(s) of the year, are much more difficult. My own public vs private school biases aside, the only teams I cover are those from the 25 Montgomery County public schools, so I will only choose players from that pool of talent (and it is a very deep pool).
I must make some concessions to the choices because after all, I can only see so many games during the course of a season. The difficulty is that a number of players who I know will be first team this or second team that will not be on my lists, because I simply have not seen them play. My criterion is that I must have seen the player at least once during the season, and really I prefer twice. As this cuts out a number of worthy players, I’ve put together some other “lists” to incorporate those players who I did not see at all during the season, which I will publish tomorrow. And yes, I do take into consideration the evaluations made by the coaches I speak with during the season. Every one of them is honest in how they view not just their own players, but those on other teams, particularly if you aren’t writing down what they say or sticking a recording device under their nose.
I try not to make this about statistics. It is really hard to get and keep statistics, particularly assists, turnovers, rebounds and blocks because these are in some cases very subjective. I’ve sat next to scorers at the table who have no idea what they are doing, and others who are not quite sure who got a rebound or tap-in, but they have to put something down, so they pick their favorite player. For the most part the schools try to keep updated statistics, and perhaps the coach or assistant coach keeps them, but it is not consistent enough for me to count on in order to make choices. So for purposes of my teams, I will only use points per game, and even those I’ve gotten from the Post’sAll-Met High School Sports , which you can access to check on any one of the players chosen below.
So with all those factors described, here are my All-Bastow boys teams for 2009-2010.
First Team All-Bastow:
- (G) Deshaunt Walker, Springbrook 15 ppg. Walker is Mr. Clutch when necessary, plays nasty defense, and is the team leader. It’s clear he subordinated his game this season for the betterment of the team, and could easily score 20+ ppg if he wanted.
- (G) Nick Brown, Richard Montgomery 13 ppg. Brown is the consummate point guard, smooth with the ball as he runs the team. A good jump shooter and penetrator, his cool and calm demeanor on the court belies a fierce competitor.
- (F) Willy Lee, Northwest 15 ppg. Maybe I have him out of position, but Lee played forward whenever necessary, and can rebound with the best forwards in the county. Whenever he was in the lineup, Northwest was a factor.
- (C) Rycourt MacAuley, Paint Branch 17 ppg. A legitimate 6’7” center with smooth post moves around the basket and a nice touch from just inside the free throw line. MacAuley is an outstanding rebounder in traffic with great hands, and despite a slim frame, battled against the toughest competition.
- (F) Demetric Austin, Springbrook 8 ppg. Please do not let the low scoring numbers fool you. This is a 6’5” terror on the glass and on the break. The fastest guy I saw baseline to baseline at his height, and an offensive rebounding machine.
Second Team All-Bastow
- (G) Ryan Frazier, Blake 17 ppg. A tremendous shooter and leader on a great team, Frazier is also a stellar defender. Oh, and he is really, really smart.
- (G) Tim Harwood, Magruder 18 ppg. Harwood was the all-everything player for Magruder, shouldering the load for a young and inexperienced team, drawing the opposing team’s best defenders night after night. What a great season.
- (C) Shawn Stephens, Richard Montgomery 14 ppg. Stephens was extremely strong inside for RM, with both a post-up and step-back game he developed all year long.
- (F) Matthew McGugan, Blake 12 ppg. McGugan is a critical part of the Blake team, and he came on really strong in the second half of the season to help Blake get through a rough stretch.
- (F) Devin Gallman, Paint Branch 12 ppg. Gallman’s vertical leap is breathtaking, and he used it to full advantage on the glass and in the paint. Gallman just got better and better as the season progressed.
Third Team All-Bastow:
- (G) Jake Eskin, Churchill 18 ppg. Eskin ran the show for the Bulldogs, and without his floor generalship they would’ve had problems. Good shooter and penetrator who will take his game to Susquehanna University next year.
- (G) Mac Kennedy, Quince Orchard 12 ppg. Maybe it was I, but it seemed that Kennedy took, and made, almost all of the most important shots in the most important games for QO.
- (F) Charlie Waugh, Whitman 15 ppg. For my money, and my team, Waugh was the heart and soul of the Whitman team, stepping up in every game, particularly on the defensive end. And what a competitor.
- (F) Andre Gaines, Quince Orchard 12 ppg. Gaines did not start for QO, and yet managed to squeeze out 12 points per game, and probably 5 rebounds. He made a huge difference every time he was in the game.
- (C) Ryan Trafton, Wootton 11 ppg. Trafton was the missing ingredient for Wootton, a legitimate offense threat in the post and a shot blocker on the other end of the floor. If only he was there in 2005-2006.
So there are my All-Bastow First, Second and Third Team for 2009-2010. Before I get those angry emails and comments, hold off a day, as tomorrow I will provide my All-Defensive, All “I Did Not See Them Play” and All “Nothing But Net” teams, in addition to my Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.