Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2009-10 All-City boys basketball team

Devonte Gleason
School: Watervliet. Height: 6-0. Class: Junior. Position: Point Guard.
2009-10 Accomplishments: The architect of the Cannoneers’ offense carried Watervliet to a share of the Colonial Council championship with Lansingburgh and a spot in the Section II Class B title game. He averaged 14.7 points, five assists and five rebounds per game and was named a first team Colonial Council All-Star. Gleason is a cousin of Lansingburgh’s Sajae Pryor, also a first team All-City selection in 2010. A high honor roll and National Honor Society student, Gleason was named team MVP. He plays for the Albany City Rocks in the offseason.
Favorite moment of the season: "When we played Voorheesville at Voorheesville. We had one loss and they came in undefeated."

Nick Durocher
School: Watervliet. Height: 5-11. Class: Senior. Position: Shooting Guard.
2009-10 Accomplishments: Durocher took advantage of his teammates’ ability to drive to the rim, as he made 36 three-pointers by getting open looks on the perimeter. He scored 10.6 points per game, adding four rebounds, four assists and four steals per contest. A second team Colonial Council All-Star, Durocher excelled during Watervliet’s postseason run, earning a spot on the 2010 Section II Class B All-Tournament team. He’ll attend Siena College in the fall and study accounting and try to walk on with the cross country and basketball teams. At Watervliet, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year and was twice named the Cannoneers’ cross country MVP. He was Watervliet’s Capital District Scholar Athlete basketball representative.
Favorite moment of the season: "At Voorheesville. They were undefeated and No. 1 in the state. We knew going in there that they had crushed Lansingburgh and Lansingburgh beat us, so we knew we had a tough game."

Sajae Pryor
School: Lansingburgh. Height: 6-3. Class: Junior. Position: Guard/forward.
2009-10 Accomplishments: A flashy scorer from any spot on the court, Pryor led the Knights to their second straight Colonial Council regular season title. Pryor averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game. Lansingburgh finished with the same record (12-2) as Watervliet, but Lansingburgh defeated the Cannoneers twice in head-to-head action. As the No. 1 seed, the Knights reached the Section II Class A championship game, but lost to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. It was Lansingburgh’s first local title game appearance since the 1966-67 campaign. Named Lansingburgh team MVP, Pryor also plays football for the Knights.
Favorite moment of the season: "My favorite part was just making it far and playing hard. Every game was my favorite."

Mike Murray
School: La Salle Institute. Height: 6-5. Class: Senior. Position: Forward.
2009-10 Accomplishments: A first team Big 10 Conference All-Star, Murray, who averaged 17.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, was the league’s leading scorer (Schenectady’s Derrick Millinghaus did not finish the season). The Cadets finished the season with a 7-12 record, but gave defending finalist Albany Academy a scare in the opening round of the Section II Class AA playoffs. Murray also quarterbacked La Salle’s football team to a Section II Class AA Super Bowl title in 2008. He is not certain on where he will go to college yet, but he hopes to play basketball.
Favorite moment of the season: "We had a couple of buzzer-beater shots. At Albany High, Josh Terry hit a 3 to win the game. Against Troy, we had an unbelievable, come-from-behind win. I think we were down 15 with three or four minutes left. We came back and Marquis (Campbell) hit a big shot with no time on the clock."

Javion Ogunyemmi
School: Troy High. Height: 6-7. Class: Freshman. Position: Center.
2009-10 Accomplishments: Ogunyemmi start¬ed the season on the junior varsity squad, but Troy High head varsity coach Jeff Sitterly could not leave him there for long. Called up in mid-December, Ogunyemmi burst onto the scene in Shaker High’s Girmindl/Sand Memorial tournament, as he led the Flying Horses to the team title and earned MVP honors for his efforts in victories over Colonie and La Salle. Troy High scored a victory over a state-ranked Bishop Maginn team in the second half of the regular season and advanced to the Section II Class AA quarterfinals, losing to eventual state champion Christian Brothers Academy. Ogunyemmi earned second team All-Big 10 Conference honors. He plays for the Albany City Rocks in the offseason.
Favorite moment of the season: "My favorite part was the over at the Christmas Tournament where I got MVP. It was my third game on varsity, so I thought it was big that I got MVP."

Tyler Hammett
School: Lansingburgh. Height: 6-10. Class: Senior. Position: Center.
2009-10 Accomplishments: Hammett did not play basketball his sophomore year of high school and as a junior, played limited minutes on the Knights’ Colonial Council-champion team. As a senior, Hammett shone. Lansingburgh’s starting center averaged 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game, registering a pair of triple-doubles. He was a first team Colonial Council All-Star and named to the Section II Class A All-Tournament team. Hammett plans to attend prep school for one year before leaping into college basketball. He plans to study sports medicine in the future.
Favorite moment of the season: "The final game against Burnt Hills. It was something our school hadn't done in a while. Being able to be successful the whole season and get that far was something I was proud of."

First Team
Player Yr. School Pos. Ppg.
Devonte Gleason Jr. Watervliet PG 14.7
Nick Durocher Sr. Watervliet SG 10.6
Sajae Pryor Jr. Lansingburgh G/F 13.4
Mike Murray Sr. La Salle F 17.2
Javion Ogunyemmi Fr. Troy C 11.5
Tyler Hammett Sr. Lansingburgh C 11.6

Second Team
Player Yr. School Pos. Ppg.
Jordan Gleason Fr. Watervliet G 9.7
Youngster earned All-Tourney honors for ‘Vliet’s run to Section II Class B champ game
Raheem Felder So. Troy G 8.1
A fiery competitor, Felder was Troy’s leading scoring option out of the backcourt
Salaam Knight Jr. Lansingburgh G/F 11.6
First team Colonial Council selection provided a scoring spark for ‘Burgh
Kevin Wilkes Sr. CCHS F 13.0
Crusaders’ steadiest scorer, both inside and out
Matt Berthiaume Jr. Waterford F 17.0
6-foot-4 big man was a double-double threat every night in the CHVL
Kevin Pontore Sr. Watervliet C 6.0
Averaged 10 rebounds and four steals per game as ‘Vliet’s No. 1 defensive player

Third Team
Player Yr. School Pos. Ppg.
Elijah Jenkins Jr. Troy PG 5.4
His veteran presence in the backcourt sparked a second-half surge for the Horses
Marquis Campbell Sr. La Salle SG 14.3
Averaged 14.4 points per game in a high-octane offense
Alex Heffern Jr. Heatly SG 14.3
Sharpshooter had another strong season for the Hornets
Peter Heffern Sr. Heatly G 12.4
Senior shooter added 40 treys alongside cousin Alex Heffern
Josh LeMay Sr. Cohoes F 13.7
Gritty forward and team leader also had a nice shooting touch on the perimeter
Griffin Kelly So. Watervliet C 10.4
Sophomore sensation averaged nine rebounds per game as a force in the paint

Honorable Mention
Sam Clement, Miles Perras and Shiva Senthil, Catholic Central; Malcolm Shivers and Anthony Fogarty, Cohoes; Anthony Bryant, Heatly; Alex Drake and Marcus Little, Lansingburgh; Josh Terry and Rich Smith, La Salle Institute; Bryan Gorman, Ralph Erickson and Shawn Eddy, Tamarac; Kareem Brown, Kevin Phillips, John Pompey and Greg Williams, Troy High; Derrick Marchione and Tom Brazill, Waterford-Halfmoon.

Schools considered for The Record’s All-City teams include: Troy, Lansingburgh, Catholic Central, La Salle, Emma Willard, Waterford-Halfmoon, Cohoes, Heatly, Watervliet and Tamarac.

The Record's 2009-10 All-City boys basketball team poses for a team picture Monday afternoon. (Click on the picture for a full-size image).
Front row, left to right: Tyler Hammett, Javion Ogunyemmi and Mike Murray.

Back row, left to right: Devonte Gleason, Nick Durocher and Sajae Pryor.
(All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice bunch! i hope they take their game very seriously and come out with flying colors. this will do a lot of good to the game and the betting scenario as well. you will find more about the betting history here

April 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM 

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