Boys Basketball: Several players closing in on 1,000 points

This season has featured one player cracking the vaunted 1,000-point mark: Haverford School’s Shawn Alston. That number, though, has the potential to grow very soon.

After scouring the Delco Times stat books the last three years, here are some players to put on milestone alert, and when that could happen:

Travis Smith, Academy Park 933 career points

Nick Giordano, Marple Newtown 863

Mike Jolaoso, Episcopal Academy 849

Malik Jackson,  Penn Wood 821

All have the chance to make it to that mark in this, their senior seasons. Smith, averaging 17.9 points per game, could get there as quickly as next week. Giordano, who is averaging 25.3 ppg, could need six games to get there. The 6-8 Tigers have eight games remaining in the regular season, with the postseason looking like a long shot.

Jolaoso is averaging 14.9 ppg, though he’s picked up the pace lately. The averages say it should take him 10 games to get there; the Churchmen have six Inter-Ac games left on the slate and may need to make a decent run in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament for him to attain the milestone.

The more likely to get to the mark is Jackson. Averaging a shade shy of 25 per game, Jackson could have 1,000 sewn up before the playoffs start if he continues on his current pace.

As only two players topped 1,000 last year (Derrick Jones and Christian Irons, both late in the season), getting as many as five this year would be notable to say the least.

There are others on the horizon that likely won’t get there this year but bearing watching next season, barring injuries and the ever prevalent transfer threat. Jawan Collins of Academy Park sits at 797 with his senior season still ahead of him, but a few more nights like last Tuesday will hasten that process. Midway through his junior season, Brett Foster stands at 656 points and should be over 800 by season’s end. Depending on the length of Haverford School’s postseason, Lamar Stevens could make a push this year. He has accumulated 787, including his freshman year at Abington Friends. Nick Alikakos is at 504 midway through his sophomore year and could be one of the select few juniors to hit the mark next season. Josh Sharkey’s scoring pace has elevated significantly this year, and long postseason runs will be a boon if his current total of 395 is to hit quadruple digits.

Stat numbers are based on totals kept by the Daily Times. If there are discrepancies, drop me an email at mdegeorge@21st-centurymedia.com

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