2016 ALL-XFINITY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS ANNOUNCED
After much thought I present you with the CAPITOL HOOPS 2016 All-Xfinity-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 Xfinity 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 won’t 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
*Naji Marshall – Eleanor Roosevelt – Senior
The 6’6″ guard/wing was the catalyst for the 4A state champion Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders. Marshall was the 2nd leading scorer in the tournament, despite playing in the biggest blowout in the 12 game set. Marshall didn’t play his regular minutes in that game but still managed to stuff the stat sheet. Marshall was the only player in the tournament (out of 16 teams) to average 20+ PPG, 5+ RPG, shoot 50% from the field, and 80% from the line. And he was able to do this on a stacked team, the only team who has 3 players on the all-tournament teams.
*Tyler Nixon — Pocomoke — Senior
Nixon, who stands 5’5″ was the tournaments leading scorer as he scored 54 points in his two games in leading his Pocomoke Warriors to the 1A state championship over Lake Clifton. Nixon shot an incredible 43 free throws in his 2 games, converting on 36 for an 83.7% average. Additionally he averaged 5 rebounds a game, 3 assists a game, a whopping 5.5 steals per game, and only 1.5 turnovers per game.
*Corey Bays — C.M. Wright — Senior
Bays was the tournaments 4th leading scorer despite sitting out 15 of the 16 minutes in the first half of the 3A state championship with foul problems. Bays averaged 20.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, and one steal per game. He also shot 14-15 from the free throw line.
*Jaden Faulkner — Eleanor Roosevelt — Sophomore
Faulkner is the only non-senior on the first team. The multi-dimensional Faulkner averaged 13.5 PPG, 7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 steals per game and was 2nd in the entire tournament in FG%, behind teammate Trent Bishop . Faulkner shot 73.3% from the field.
#*Devin Smith — New Town — Senior
Smith is the only player who was named to the 1st team both last year and this year. Smith averaged 15.5 PPG, a bit down from last year’s 18PPG. In the 2A state championship Smith dominated while fellow New Town guards Matthew Smith and Deonte Hicks sat with foul trouble. Smith was another stat sheet stuffer. He shot 52.6% from the field, 81.8% from the free throw line and averaged, 15.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4 APG, and 2 steals per game.
Torrey Brittingham — Stephen Decatur — Senior
Brittingham is the only player not to win a state chip but appear on the first team in years. Birmingham’s numbers were amazing but his play on the court was even better. He had one of the best individual Xfinity/Comcast performances in recent years in the 3A semifinals versus Seneca Valley when he went for 33 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals while shooting 11-17 from the field, and a perfect 8-8 from the line. He also notched his 1,000th career point in that game. For the tournament he averaged 22PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 steals per game, shot over 50% from the field and led the tournament in free throw shooting going 9-9.
*Chris Lorenzo — C.M. Wright — Senior
Lorenzo had the play of the tournament, and won C.M Wright their 2016 state championship. With Decatur holding for the last shot in overtime Lorenzo managed to get a steal, and go coast to coast for the winning bucket. Lorenzo averaged 9 points and 3 steals per game, but his state championship winning play will go down in history.
*Trent Bishop — Eleanor Roosevelt — Senior
Bishop was a key contributor in Roosevelt’s big weekend. The 6’6″ forward averaged 12.5 PPG and 4 RPG. He was also registered the 3rd most assist of any player in the tournament with 9, despite playing on the block. Bishop led the tournament in FG% (minimum 10 FGs attempted) at 75%.
*Tyrone Matthews — Pocomoke — Junior
Matthews was a major reason why the Warriors captured the 1A state chip. Matthews made and attempted the 2nd most free throws in the tournament, going 15-18 from the stripe. He averaged 18 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.5 steals per game.
Kai Thompson — Lake Clifton — Senior
Thompson played a tremendous tournament, as Lake Clifton’s go to guy. Thompson averaged 17 PPG, 6 RPG, and 2.5 APG. He shot 52.1% from the field.
Clay Smith — Middletown — Senior
Smith is the heart and soul of a Middletown team who came oh so close to upsetting perennial power New Town. Smith was the tournament’s leading assist man at 6 per game. He also averaged 14.5 PPG, and 4.5 RPG. He showed a lot of toughness after getting popped in the eye in the closing minutes of the 2A state chip. He was bleeding profusely, got bandaged up, and came back in for the last couple minutes.
*Matthew Johnson — New Town — Senior
When Devin Smith wasn’t running the show for New Town, it was Matthew Johnson, a 6’3″ point guard who did a bit of everything. His long defense on the perimeter drove opponents crazy all weekend. Johnson averaged 10 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.5 APG, despite missing the majority of the 1st half of the 2A championship game in foul trouble.
Matt Considine — Middletown — Senior
Perhaps the best perimeter shooter in this years tournament, Considine led the field with 6 deep balls, and shot 40% from deep. He was the tournament’s 5th leading scorer at 19PPG, and also grabbed 5 RPG.
Rasheed Brown — Lake Clifton — Sophomore
Brown had 2 phenomenal games for Lake Clifton, and the future is very bright for this 6’0″ sophomore. In Lake Clifton’s semifinal win Brown went for 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists. The next day Brown went for 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 assists. His tournament averages were 13.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 5 steals per game, and 2.5 APG.
Spencer Schultz — Clear Spring — Senior
Schultz had the best statistical line for any one individual game in the entire tournament. Despite that one amazing game, his team got slaughtered in the 1A state semifinal. in 31 minutes Schultz scored 34 points on 7-18 FG, and 19-23 FTs. He grabbed 17 boards (7 offensive), blocked 3 shots, and had 1 assist. A monster game for the Army commit.
#Tristan Easton — Meade — Senior
Easton didn’t have his best games in this year’s state tournament but in fairness he played in 2 blowouts; a 61-35 victory over Whitman, and a 72-39 loss to 4A champs Roosevelt. He played in 45 of his team’s 64 minutes between the 2 games. He was clearly a super-star out there but his stats weren’t that great. He averaged 9.5 PPG, 2 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.5 steals per game.
* Denotes 2016 state champion
# Denotes player was on last year’s all-Xfinity team