After much thought I present you with the 2014 All-Comcast-Center-All-Tournament-Team.
Stats play a huge role in deciding the teams, but watching the flow of the game and seeing how each player left their mark on the games this weekend were also huge. All tournament team is solely decided on how players played in their game(s) at Comcast Center, not just the championship game but their overall performance in both games (or the rare scenario that they made this list and only played 1 game). Regular season play and regional playoff play had no bearing. Winning was the most important factor. You wont find many players who didn’t win a state championship on the first team. Where you are going to college or what AAU team you play for has no bearing whatsoever on our votes.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Quadree Smith, sr. Potomac
Offense wins games, defense wins championships. Smith was a man amongst boys in this tournament, and the stats only start to show how he helped Potomac Capture the 2A championship. Smith anchored the paint for Potomac defensively, and offensive players often thought twice about bringing the ball into the paint. Smith had 37 rebounds in the 50 minutes he played in two games. The next highest rebounder collected 26. Smith, clearly the third option within the Wolverines offense averaged 17 PPG in his two games at Comcast. In the entire tournament there were only three players who had more points then Smith had rebounds. In addition to his 17 PPG and 18.5 RPG he averaged 2.5 assists per game, a block per game, shot 57.9% from the field, 70.6% from the line and only committed four turnovers in the two contests. “Big Q” was also an extension of the coach on the floor. He was often seen huddling his teammates together, talking to referees, and doing whatever it took to bring home the hardware. Not bad for a guy who transferred to Potomac mid-way through the season.
Omari George, sr. City
George was another beast on the Comcast floor for the Black Knights. George was one of only three players to collect double-doubles in both of his games at Comcast. In his first game he went for 23, 12 and 3 steals while shooting 64.3% from the field. In the championship game he went for 15 and 15. Overall he was the second leading rebounder in the tournament. In addition to averaging 19 PPG and 13.5 RPG George shot 54.2% for the tournament, collected four steals, blocked three shots, and only committed three turnovers.
Micah Till, sr. Wise
Till didn’t have his greatest scoring game in the championship but with his team ahead by 30 it was hard for any of the Pumas to get their normal minutes, and put up their normal numbers. However, Till was a stat-stuffer throughout the entire tournament. In Wises semi-final game he was clearly the best player on the court that night. In that game versus a tough Springbrook team Till went for 18 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals. He followed that up by going for 9 points, 3 rebounds 4 assists, and 3 steals, and 2 blocks in the final. Till only averaged 22.5 minutes per game, by far the least minutes per game of the players on the first team. You would expect bigger numbers if his team played in closer games. Till ended up averaging 13.5 PPG, 8 RPG, 5 APG, 3.5 steals per game, and 1.5 blocks per game. Till had the second most assists of all players who played in the tournament.
Walter Broddie, soph. Potomac
Walter Broddie was an assassin in this tournament. Broddie shot an astounding 72.8% from three point range in his two games as he went 8-11 from deep. He also set the tone early in both of Potomac’s wins, racing out to double digit scoring tally’s in each of the games first quarters. At times he seemed unstoppable on the offensive end, and at times he played the role of a true point, trying to force feed Quadree Smith in the paint when his mismatch became to salivating to avoid. Broddie was the only 2-game player to average over 20 PPG and he averaged 24. In addition to his 72.8 3 point field goal percentage, he shot 53.6% from the field, 83.3% from the line, and gave Potomac a bucket when ever they needed one. He’s also the only underclassman on this list.
Joshua Garret, sr. Edmondson
Garret, who was the fourth leading scorer for the Red Storm during the regular season showed up in the championship game and had a game he’ll remember for a long time. The 6’8″ senior had a game high 15 points in the 1A state championship and had to help out in the interior because Edmondson’s other standout big, 6’7″ Kani Coles was plagued with foul trouble and only played 18 minutes. Garret also collected eight boards and had two steals in the championship while shooting 60% from the field. Overall, in his two game set at Comcast Garret averaged 9.5 and 7.5 while shooting 53.3% in leading Edmondson to its second straight state championship.
Lavonte Sanders, sr. Wise
Sanders was Wise’s second leading scorer at Comcast and created mismatch problems all weekend long. Sanders didn’t do a lot of damage from the perimeter but he slashed, got out on the break, found holes in the defense and did a lot of different things to put the ball in he bucket. Sanders averaged 12.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG and shot 53.3% from the field in leading wise to a 4A state championship.
Tim Bond, sr. City
Bond admittedly had one of his worst games of his season in the semi-finals but boy did he bounce back in the finals. In the championship game Bond drained four triples on four attempts, finishing with 16 points and three assists. Bond used his inside outside play to create mismatch problems throughout the whole weekend. He was able to showcase his ball handling ability when City went to its four corners offense, and was a key piece to City’s 27-0 season. Bond averaged 10 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, and one steal per game, while playing only 23 minutes per game at Comcast.
Kani Coles, jr. Edmondson
Coles is no stranger to Comcast as he was an impact player in Edmondson’s state championship on the 2A level last year. This year Coles came out and made a statement in the 1A semi-finals. In that game versus Central Coles went for a double-double going for 11 and 15. He also blocked three shots, had two assists, and a steal. In the championship game he logged only 18 minutes, was in a bit of foul trouble but still left his mark. Coles finished that one with 9 points on 4-6 shooing, four boards, two assists, and two blocks.
Dion Wiley, sr. Potomac
Wiley played his last high school game on the court where he will be playing his college ball. And he went out with a 2A state championship. If there’s one word that would sum up Wiley’s play at Comcast this weekend it would be consistency. In both games he scored 13 points. In both games he made four field goals. In both games he made four free throws. In both games he made one 3-ball. In both games he grabbed two boards. You get the picture. Wiley’s experience can’t be quantified. And the way he’s passing the reigns to Walter Broddie is very mature on his part. It doesn’t bother him that Broddie is taking more shots than him, he had one goal, and after Potomac got dismantled at Comcast last year he knew sacrifice wouldn’t be a problem if a state chip would be the reward. On the weekend Wiley averaged 13PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG, and one block per game. An incredible career capped off by a state chip for Dion Wiley.
Clay Conner, sr. Oakdale
Conner certainly isn’t Oakdale’s prized possession, but with defenses keyed in elsewhere, Conner took over and had himself one terrific tournament. Conner led his team in scoring and was the fourth leading scorer in the tournament. In addition to that he had the third most assists of all players in the tournament. Conner led all players in scoring on championship Saturday with 20 points. For the weekend Conner averaged 17 PPG, 4 APG and 2 RPG while shooting 47.8% from the field and 80% from the line.
Kamau Stokes, sr. City
The Black Knights point guard had a terrific season and capped it off with a terrific tournament at the Comcast Center. Stokes ran the show for a 27-0 3A champion City squad who features three players on the first and second team. Stokes scored in double figures in each of his games, and grabbed three rebounds in each. Stokes shot 83.3% from the line. Stokes did a lot of things that go beyond statistics. The floor general was the catalyst for the team, and was key in their execution in the final four minutes of the championship game, a game they were trailing in, in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Brown, jr. Wise
Brown came off the bench and had one of the best bench performances in recent memory at Comcast. In the two games Brown missed a total of one shot. That was a free throw. He shot 100% from the field, going 9-9. In the semi-finals he went 3-3 from the field and 2-2 from the line. In the final he went 6-6 from the field and 3-4 from the line. In total Brown scored 23 points in 30 minutes of action between the two games. In addition Brown averaged four boards per game. Just a junior, expect big things from Brown next year.
Trenton Eirich, sr. Allegany
Eirich was a scoring machine at Comcast. He was the second leading scorer in the tournament as he scored 39 points, good for a 19.5 PPG average. In the semi-final game Eirich went for 25 points on 10-19 shooting. For the tournament Eirich shot 55.6% from the field and 60% on 6-10 shooting from three point range. He also averaged 3 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.5 steals per game. Eirich tied Walter Broddie for the most field goals made in the tournament (15).
Zach Thomas, sr. Oakdale
Perhaps the most decorated player in the tournament, Thomas really struggled in his trip to Comcast. But when you struggle and still average 17 PPG, 13 RPG, 2.5 APG, 3 steals per game, and 2 blocks per game you’ve got to be really, really good. The problem was Thomas went 9-23 in his first game and 3-21 in his second game. He combined to go 0-13 from three point range in the two games. Now this is a major credit to the defenses that played him. Potomac coach Renard Johnson discussed his plan to throw three or four defenders on him, and he’s got some big defenders (which you’ll read about shortly). It’s no secret Thomas is unofficially the second leading scorer in MPSSAA history. He did take a lot of ill advised shots, but those are shots his team is probably used to him taking, and everyone from Oakdale is used to seeing more then 27.3% of them falling.
Dominic Espeleta, jr. Westlake
Espeleta had a semi-final game for the ages. Matched up against Justin Jenifer, a bona-fide top D-1 prospect for defending state champs Milford Mill, Espeleta got the better of him and more importantly Westlake got the win. In that game Espeleta had the second highest scoring game of the tournament, 27 points on 8-11 shooting, 8-10 from the line, and 3-5 from deep. He also had five rebounds and three assists. For the tournament Espeleta would average 17 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 3 APG, while shooting 52.6% from the field, 73.3% from the line and 42.9% from beyond the arc.
Kyle Depollar, soph. Whitman
Just a sophomore, Depollar showed poise beyond his years. In Whitman’s semi-final win he was magnificent. Depollar scored 20 points including a 9-9 night from the free throw line. He grabbed five rebounds, had two assists, and had two steals, and had only one turnover in 28 minutes of play. For the tournament Depollar would average 11 PPG, 3 RPG, 1 APG, 1.5 steals per game, and only commit a total of three turnovers. Depollar led all free throw shooters at Comcast by going 11-11.
Defensive Player of the Tournament
Anthony Smith, jr. Potomac
The unsung hero of the 2A state champion Potomac Wolverines. Anthony Smith was the anchor in the front court before Quadree Smith transferred. Since Q arrived it’s been an adjustment period for A. Smith. But his biggest supporter has been Q. Smith. You see them talking on the court constantly, the elder Smith giving him instruction on positioning, or whom to force to their off-hand. On Saturday night a handful of Wolverines were involved in stopping Oakdale’s Zach Thomas but it was Anthony Smith who started on him, and Anthony Smith who finished on him. There may have been a few players playing spot duty on him but don’t be fooled. It was Anthony Smith who had the task of defending him for much of the night — and how did he fare? Thomas went 3-21 from the field. He didn’t score until the 3:35 mark in the second quarter and didn’t make his first field goal until 9:48 remained in the game. Thomas was 0-7 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile Anthony Smith grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked two shots to go along with his 10 points. In the first semi-final game Smith blocked five shots. Anthony Smith was the leading shot blocker for the tournament, but his defense on Thomas was what won him the award.