Basketball in Chandler has been said to play second fiddle to the excitement and attention brought on by football– but this year left C-Town round-ball fans with lots of budding rivalries and young talent to be excited about. There were also games that people will surely be talking about for years to come, such as the “purple shirt” game, the three point explosion, and who can forget one of our own defeating the #1 team in the state.
This list may leave plenty of room for debate, as there are talented players, especially a few sophomores, who narrowly missed making one of the teams. Our hope is that this list helps to generate excitement about our local talent from year to year, cultivating an energetic and supportive atmosphere for the players that are working hard to represent their schools as athletes. Without further delay, we present your All-CTR boys basketball teams.
All-CTR 1st Team
G- Jordan Howard, Jr. (Perry)
It’s impressive enough that Howard averaged over 25 points per game, but for a guard to shoot 57% from inside the arc over the course of a season is truly special.
G- Marco Morales, Jr. (Chandler)
Marco was an assassin from long range, and nearly hit 100 3-pointers this year. He was also second on the Wolves in total assists.
F- Jake Mortensen, Jr. (Perry)
Opposing teams game-planned to focus on Howard, and Mortensen continuously made those plans blow up in their faces. Second in scoring and rebounding for the Pumas, he was deadly beyond the arc, as Basha fans found out firsthand.
F/C- James Sosinksi, So. (Hamilton)
It’s hard to believe that Sosinski is just a sophomore- he has great basketball instincts and a feel for where the basket is at at all times. Sosinski was given a lot of responsibility at a young age for a successful team, and that should bode well for his development.
C- Maurice Kirby, Sr. (Basha)
You’ve heard the phrase “you can’t teach height,” but an equal truth is that you can’t teach work ethic. Kirby worked hard to earn a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, and didn’t rest once he accepted the offer. Kirby was responsible for a a third of his team’s scoring, and nearly half it’s rebounds on the season.
All-CTR 2nd Team
G- Daquise Gaines, Sr. (Chandler)
Daquise is arguably the most talented true PG in the city, and perhaps beyond. The Wolves had their struggles this year, but a few games that we witnessed firsthand showed us Gaines’ ability to will the team to succeed- like when he sunk Perry from the FT line.
G- Mikee Garcia, Sr. (Hamilton)
A Hamilton player once told us that “We don’t have a ‘best player,’ but Garcia is the glue and key to our success.” Garcia always seems to be in the mix when the game is on the line, and should be fun to watch in sectionals and the playoffs.
G/F- Nate Markovich, Jr. (Basha)
One of our favorite quotes on the season came from a member of the Perry student section- “We harass Marko nonstop, but he’s a great player, and they’re lucky to have him.” Markovich averaged over 13 points per game this year.
G/F- Brandon Haagsma, Jr. (Valley Christian)
Haagsma does a little bit of everything for the Trojans, near the top of their stat chart in scoring, rebounding assists and steals. A perfect example of his all-around game came in VC’s 1-point win over Brethren Christian, when Haagsma had 24 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals.
F/C- Kameron Casey, Jr. (Chandler)
By the end of the season it was increasingly clear- if Casey stayed out of foul trouble and Gaines was finding him down low, the Wolves won, if not, they didn’t.
All-CTR 3rd Team
G- Nate Henderson, Sr. (Perry)
He is the most unselfish player we’ve. One of the most telling stat lines of the year for Henderson is a three game stretch against the three other CUSD teams in mid January, where he averaged 3 points and 11 assists per game.
G- Zach Evans, Jr. (Hamilton)
Evans epitomized the Huskies’ small, defensive minded, ball-control style. Evans averaged about 7 points per game despite only taking more than 9 shots in a game once all season.
G- Nate Walker, Sr. (Hamilton)
Walker was Hamilton’s biggest scoring threat early on, averaging 11 points a game over his first 5 contests. While production has fallen off recently, he remains a dangerous scorer and should help Hamilton against top tier teams in both sectionals and the state playoffs.
G- Jake Rueter, Fr. (Seton)
Our only Freshman to make the list, we’ve kept an eye on Rueter ever since he scored 13 against Basha in his first ever High School contest.
C- T.J. Widner, Jr. (Valley Christian)
Led the Trojans in scoring and rebounding- may have the best natural post moves in Chandler.
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