It is time for the first-ever City of Basketball Love high school awards.
This season, CoBL’s dedicated staff of hoops writers have seen dozens upon dozens of local high school games throughout the season, covering the top teams and players in the area.
As teams ready themselves for their respective state tournaments, we wanted to recognize those players that flourished in the 2012-13 season by naming an MVP, First and Second All-City teams as well as an All-Underclassman team. With respect to those great players in the suburbs–Chester’s Rondae Jefferson, Lower Merion’s B.J. Johnson and others had noteworthy seasons–this list consists of players from the Catholic, Inter-Academic and Public Leagues only.
MVP: Rysheed Jordan, Roberts Vaux–Sr. G
CoBL’s MVP for the 2012-13 season was an easy choice. His 25.9 ppg average, big-play ability, natural athleticism and enough memorable performances to last Public League fans a lifetime made Jordans’ selection a no-brainer.
The 6-foot-4 point guard can take over a game like no other player in the city, and he’s only getting more dangerous on the offensive end of the court. Already an athletic slasher with a deadly crossover who can get to the rim seemingly at will, Jordan has improved his 3-point shot to the point where he has no qualms about pulling up from NBA range and hitting the big shot when he needs to.
His talent, coupled with the intrigue of when and where he will make his college choice, has kept Jordan’s name has been on the tongue of basketball fans all over the city all year. He sealed this award with his legendary 45-point, six-rebound performance in the Public League championship game.
Here are the rest of the 2012-13 City of Basketball Love All-City selections:
(Players selected from Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public Leagues only. )
Brandon Austin, Imhotep Charter–Sr. G
– The MVP of the Public League championship game, Austin will head to Providence next year.
Shawn Alston, Haverford School–So. G
– Co-MVP of the Inter-Ac, the 6-3 Alston led the league in scoring at 17.3 points per game in league play
Hakeem Baxter, Philadelphia Electric & Technical Charter–Sr. G
– The 6-1 senior personifies the term “Philly guard.” Second in the Public League during league play at 22.6 ppg.
Shep Garner, Roman Catholic–Jr. G
– The 6-2 junior averaged 16.6 points per game; SJU, Penn State and Rutgers are among his major D-I offers.
Rysheed Jordan, Roberts Vaux–Sr. G (MVP)
–A 6-4 point guard, Jordan is deciding between Temple, St. John’s and UCLA.
Julian Moore, Germantown Academy–Sr. F/C
– Penn State-bound , 6-9 big man led G.A. to undefeated league record in the Inter-Ac.
Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti–Jr. G
– Leading scorer for the powerhouse Saints at 18.0 ppg, the 6-3 guard has plenty of high-major offers.
Amar Stukes, La Salle College HS–Sr. G
– Stukes led the Catholic League in scoring at 20.3 ppg in league play and will play under Dr. John Giannini at La Salle next year.
Stephen Vasturia, Saint Joseph’s Prep–Sr. G
– Vasturia will head to Notre Dame next year after winning the past two Catholic League MVP awards.
Jeremiah Worthem, Math Civics & Sciences–Sr. F
– “Lump” led MC&S to the best record in Public League’s “A” Division and averaged 15.8 ppg. The 6-7 forward is headed to Robert Morris.
Raquan Brown-Johnson, Martin Luther King–Sr. G/F
– A 6-5 athletic swingman, Brown-Johnson led King to the Public League semifinals out of the C Division.
John Davis, Neumann-Goretti–Sr. F
– The hardworking Davis has brought his lunch pail his whole career to the tune of four Catholic League titles and will now get play for a fourth-straight state title.
Greg Dotson, Germantown Academy–Sr. G/F
– Dotson led GA in scoring at 16.6 ppg, while also serving as of the best perimeter defenders in the area.
Jahyde Gardiner, Freire Charter–Sr. G/F
–The tough, 6-5 wing was named the MVP of the “B” Division after averaging 18.2 ppg
David Johnson, Communications Tech–Sr. G
– Johnson was Communications Tech’s leading scorer at 16.3 ppg.
Nick Lindner, Germantown Academy–Sr. G
– GA’s rock solid floor leader, Lindner is headed to Lafayette next year and should start at PG for the Leopards.
Rashann London, Roman Catholic–Jr. G
– London broke out this season to average 16.0 ppg; mid-major offers are pouring in for the 6-2 combo.
Tyrell Long, Bishop McDevitt–Jr. F
–The 6-5 junior was third in the Catholic League at 19.1 ppg; underrated wing can really score the ball.
Miles Overton, Saint Joseph’s Prep–Sr. G
– The Wake Forest bound Overton, a two-time first team all Catholic selection, averaged 17.4 points a game this year.
Yosef Yacob, Archbishop Carroll–Sr. G
– A Binghamton-bound point guard, Yacob averaged 13.6 ppg for Carroll.
Shawn Alston, Haverford School–So. G
– The only sophomore member of CoBL’s All-City first team
Samir Doughty, Communications Tech–So. G
– Averaged 16.3 points a game in the Public League as a sophomore; Doughty could lead the league in scoring next year.
Sam Foreman, Roberts Vaux–So. G
– The biggest free agent in the city due to Vaux’s closing at year’s end, Foreman is a great passer and also averaged 10.6 ppg.
Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution–So. F
– Athletic and lanky, Gilbert averaged 13.2 ppg on a young Constitution squad that will compete for a Public League title next year.
Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll–So. F
– Jones will only continue to get better as he gets stronger and improves his ball handling and jump shot.
Lamarr Kimble, Neumann-Goretti–So. G
– “Fresh,” as he is known, can really shoot the rock. Kimble averaged 10.4 on loaded Neumann-Goretti squad.