We’re continuing the unveiling of the midseason All-Delco teams with tonight’s second team. Like I said in the third team post, keep in mind that this is very rudimentary. I usually try to talk to every single coach for the end-of-year, real All-Delco selections, whereas these teams are more based on what I’ve seen and some of what’s been passed my way. I also haven’t seen every team play, something I’ll try to do along the way, and these lists will undoubtedly change significantly from now until the end of the year.
With that being said, here goes the second team. Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Unfortunately for Christian Irons, the reason he made midseason second team is the reason why he might not receive any All-Delco honors by the end of the year.
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Richard Granberry, Chester: Granberry has been a tower of strength in the middle of the Clippers’ lineup in an area that Chester is not particularly strong. With All-Delco Erikk Wright lost to graduation, coach Larry Yarbray has had to rely on Granberry a lot more, and the 6-7 senior has responded well. He averages 12.3 points per game and has already had three games of 10 or more rebounds and he’s had to play extended minutes because the Clippers don’t have a ton of size. Granberry has a ton of potential to move up this list if he can help the Clippers make another deep postseason run.
Christian Irons, Interboro: It’s really a shame the way that the junior Buc’s season has gone because if he had been healthy the whole way, he’d be a no-brainer first-team pick. But that’s the problem. He hasn’t been healthy and from what Interboro coach Jeff Webb said a few days ago, Irons could potentially miss the rest of the season after re-aggravating the stress fracture that kept him out of the lineup. When he’s on the court, he’s great, averaging 16.4 points per game and being among the Bucs’ leaders in rebounding and assists. Perhaps an even more telling stat is that Interboro is 4-1 with him in the lineup and 1-5 without him.
Jay’re Jackson, Glen Mills: The straw that has stirred the Battlin’ Bulls’ drink this year. Glen Mills is 7-4 and a big part of that is thanks to Jackson’s all-around play. He’s been dynamite as a scorer, averaging north of 17 points per game, and I loved what I saw from him Saturday against Council Rock North. His shot wasn’t falling, but he proved to be a really good facilitator, a strong rebounder and a shot-blocking threat. How he holds up in the Del Val slate and the postseason will be a good measure of his talent.
Secean Johnson, Penn Wood: The Patriots’ No. 2 option has been a big presence for Clyde Jones‘ Penn Wood team. The Roman Catholic transfer averages right around 14 points per game, hits the glass hard and is the Patriots’ best shot-blocker. With Tyree Bynum scoring around 20 points every night, Johnson’s production becomes even more important as the Patriots desperately need him to come up big to stay around in big games. In Penn Wood’s two losses this year to Milford Mill (Md.) and Chester, Johnson has averaged 6.5 points per game. Coincidence? Probably not.
Mike Louden, Cardinal O’Hara: The revelation of the young season, Louden has carried the Lions as much as he can. He fell victim to the Daily Times Notebook Jinx when he only mustered six points against St. Joseph’s Prep after being featured, but he’s been tremendous in almost every other game. He’s got three 20-point games and has scored double-digit points in nine of O’Hara’s 11 games. The Lions will desperately need him to keep his scoring pace up if they want to have any shot of competing for a Catholic League title.
Dan Rutecki, Springfield: A true matchup nightmare for most teams, especially in the Central League, Rutecki has done it all for the Cougars. He’s got three 20-point games and one of only three 30-point games in the county this year and he’s also been a dominant force on the glass. At 6-5, he can rebound with the best of them, but he’s got the range and passing ability of a guard. He’s been a stabilizing force for a Springfield team that has struggled at times to score and he makes the Cougars a threat to beat any team they come up against.
– MATT CHANDIK