Times Union All-Stars: Small-School Boys’ Basketball

The final meeting after the 2020-21 season between Cohoes coach Jeff Huneau and star guard Royal Brown first focused on the positive and then turned to what Huneau hoped to see from his second student as he returned to his third college season.

“We talked last year about him wanting to improve his defense. We certainly saw that this year. He would definitely guard the other team’s best player,” Huneau said. also vocals in helping his teammates. It was very noticeable this year. “

The Cohoes navigated the difficult Colonial Council and managed to produce the league’s top record in helping the Tigers earn the No. 2 seed for the Section II Class B tournament. Getting an overall defensive commitment from a player who led Section II in scoring for the second season in a row helped the team put together an impressive overall record of 20-2.

Brown’s improvements were not limited to being a better defender. He wanted to become a more consistent perimeter shooter and performed that task along with also lifting his teammates with his leadership, both during training and games.

“One hundred percent of what has changed in the Royal game, which in my opinion has made him the best player in Division II, is his leadership,” said Cohoes striker Bryce Hancock. “His leadership has grown so much. He knows where everyone should be out there and he’s become more verbal. He’s always had that basketball mentality. I’ve been playing with him since we were 5 in CYO. He always knows, where he needs to be on the pitch, but this season he’s letting everyone else know where they need to be and what they need to do.I think that’s why we’ve had so much success this season. Royal really guides us. He plays at the next level. “

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard is potent to get to the edge and finish, but he also topped Section II with 87 3-pointers. He twice scored 43 points in victories against Catholic Central and La Salle, plus established a school record of 47 points in an 84-71 victory over final Class B state champion Ichabod Crane.

Brown, who has attracted Division I interest from schools like Texas A&M, Miami, Seton Hall, Creighton and DePaul, is entering his senior season with 1,516 career points.

“Royal has matured as much as a player,” Huneau said. “The leadership part he came up with was so important to us. He wanted to encourage his teammates and tell them they could make that shot. Sometimes it came a little after them in practice. He’s just a more complete player now and will only get better. ”

First team

Royal Brown, Jr., G, Cohoes: In three college seasons, Brown has been named Times Union’s first team three times and has won his second Athlete of the Year award in a row after averaging 34.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The Colonial Council’s most valuable player led the Cohoes (20-2) to two wins against Class B state champion Ichabod Crane, including the season’s best 47 points as the Tigers won 84-71 to end the regular season.

Robert Jordan, Sr., C, Fort Plain: Ended his college basketball career recording 24 points and 16 rebounds in a 64-60 loss to Maple Hill in the Section II Class C final. This is the kind of production that every game Hilltoppers counted on from the 6-8 post player, and he averaged 19.3 points, 18.0 rebounds and 6.1 blocks per game. The senior must continue his basketball at RPI.

Darien Moore, 8., F / G, Catholic Central: The lead component for a young team advancing to the Section II Class B final, Moore’s unique all-around play helped him average 22.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals pr. He shot 50 percent from the field, scoring double digits in all 24 games and producing 35 points and 17 rebounds in an 87-78 victory over La Salle.

Zach Rice, Sr., G, Tamarac: Selected by the Wasaren League coaches as the league’s most valuable player, Rice helped the Bengals achieve the state’s No. 1 spot for seven weeks in a row, conquer the league’s regular season and tournament titles and win the top seed for the Section II Class B tournament he held in average 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per. match. The senior shooting guard twice scored 30 points in victories against Utica Academy of Science (84-77) and Bethlehem (72-62).

Brett Richards, Sr., F, Ichabod Crane: Richards, as a model of skill in the paint for the Riders, ended his school career by producing 23 consecutive double-doubles that ended with 19 points and 17 rebounds on a seriously injured ankle in a Class B final victory of 63-62 over Friends Academy. Also, a Times Union first-team pick in 2021, Richards, who averaged 25.1 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game and shot 64.7 percent from the field, currently plays for the Riders’ tennis team.

Coach of the year

Will Ferguson, Ichabod Crane: In easily one of the most dramatic twists of this century in Section II basketball, Ferguson led the riders back from a 3-5 start to win the No. 6 seed in a stacked Class B section tournament. Ichabod Crane surpassed Catholic Central 51-50 in the final and went on to win four state tournament victories to secure the programme’s first state championship.

Second team

Jesse Kuzmich, Sr., G, Greenwich

CJ McNeil, Sr., G, Stillwater

Jaxon Mueller, So., C, Stillwater

Joey Poulin, Jr., G, Tamarac

Alex Schmidt, Jr., G, Ichabod Crane

Third team

Shamier Fairley, Jr., G, Cohoes

Colin Richardson, So., G, Mechanicville

Sei’Mir Roberson, 8th, G, Catholic Central

Matt Thorsen, Jr., G, Chatham

Owen Sherman, Sr., G, Schuylerville

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