You should know how this works by now. In case you forgot, here’s a link to the second team and here’s one to the third team. As I said word-for-word (hooray copy and paste!) in the first two teams, 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..
Away we go…
Well, yeah, obviously.
Shawn Alston, The Haverford School: After being asked to be the Fords’ go-to point guard with Sammy Foreman’s transfer to Vaux, Alston has blossomed as the guy running the show. The 6-4 sophomore has done it all for coach (and 1998-99 Daily Times Player of the Year) Henry Fairfax to the tune of 16.3 points per game to go with 5.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He’s already tuned defenses up for six 20-point games and he’ll be the key to the Fords’ Inter-Ac title hopes.
Tyree Bynum, Penn Wood: The county’s leading scorer at a shade better than 20 points per game, Bynum has been a force in his first year as the Patriots’ No. 1 scoring option. He has one of only three 30-point games in the county this year and leads Delco with seven 20-point games, including three in a row. He’s as dangerous as almost anyone behind the arc with 30 treys this year and has only been held to one single-digit scoring performance. With Jerry Price being kicked off the team, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 5-11 Texas Southern signee handle the ball more.
Rondae Jefferson, Chester: The reigning Daily Times Player of the Year has been even better for the two-time defending PIAA Class AAAA champions as his stats in pretty much every category are up. Jefferson is right on the cusp of averaging a double-double and would undoubtedly score a lot more if he had to. He’s a very unselfish player who will often spend his time trying to set up his teammates. Perfectly willing to not take a ton of shots as long as Chester wins, the 6-7 Arizona signee will be needed to come up big in the postseason if the Clippers want to three-peat, especially with only one viable post threat in Richard Granberry and an unsettled point guard situation.
Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll: What. A. Freak. They don’t get much better athletically than Jones and the 6-5 sophomore has been everywhere for the Patriots. He can score inside, he’s added some outside scoring, he’s a double-double threat every night and he’s already a superb shot blocker. His best game of the year was a 22-point, 17-rebound, 7-block outing against Plymouth Whitemarsh and it’s the type of stat line that he’s capable of putting up every night. He still needs to work on his consistency – as most sophomores do – and he readily admits that he needs to spend more time in the weight room, but Jones has unlimited upside.
Jon McGill doing what he does best. Scoring.
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Jon McGill, Ridley: If you’re looking for the best player in the Central League, it’s hard to ignore Lower Merion’s B.J. Johnson. If you’re looking for the player most valuable to a top team, I’d love to hear a convincing argument against McGill. During the Green Raiders’ 11-game winning streak, McGill has averaged 14.2 points per game. That’s pretty impressive. Add to it his rebounding, his passing and his free-throw shooting – right around 90 percent – and you’ve got a pretty convincing case for how valuable he is to Ridley. The Green Raiders have a tough stretch coming up, starting with tomorrow’s road trip to Penncrest, and McGill could cement his spot if he continues his strong play.
Yosef Yacob, Archbishop Carroll: All-Delco a year ago and even better this time around. It’s impossible to appreciate Yacob’s game until you’ve seen him in person. He can score, is never rattled with the ball in his hands, is a scrappy defender and generally makes everyone around him better. The Binghamton signee averages right around 12 points per game and is evolving as a leader on one of the PCL’s best teams. The Patriots lost by 10 to Roman Catholic Sunday with the Chester native out of the lineup. Safe to say he would have made a big difference. He’ll be the key if Carroll wants to make another deep postseason run.