LEROY (TRUCK) FLUDD
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Boys & Girls, Sr. Forward
Kangaroos coach Ruth Lovelace made the proclamation that Fludd was the best player in the city when Boys defeated Christ the King early in the season. What followed, she said, was test after test against the area’s other elite players – all of whom fell to Fludd and the Kangaroos. The powerfully-built 6-foot-5 swingman improved exponentially throughout the season, averaging 21 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, guiding Boys to a third straight PSAL Class AA title and first-ever NYS Federation crown, earning MVP honors in Albany. The unsigned senior from Coney Island has drawn interest from a host of Division I schools, including St. John’s, Rutgers, Providence, Arizona, Alabama and Kent State.
Mount St. Michael, Sr. Guard
Arguably the best pure point guard in New York City, the diminutive Gill was the quarterback and undisputed leader of a Mount St. Michael team that shocked the city with a run to the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semifinals one year after winning the Class A crown. Gill averaged 13.6 points per game, but his greatest performance was a 30-point outburst in the intersectional quarterfinals against Christ the King. Other suitors came calling, but Gill rewarded Dartmouth for its loyalty and signed with the Ivy League school earlier this month.
Thomas Jefferson, Sr. Guard
The explosive shooting guard started the season sidelined with academic woes and back problems. The senior ended it at Madison Square Garden, where he helped lead the Orange Wave to their first PSAL Class AA title game appearance since 1954. The 6-foot-5 senior guard averaged 17.2 points per game during the regular season, but that increased to 25.3 in the playoffs. How much did Hall, who has offers from St. John’s, Hofstra, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Fordham and Texas Tech, mean to the Orange Wave? They won 15 of 17 games since returning from a back injury in early January.
Christ the King, Sr. Guard
No one scored more points in Christ the King history than Omar Calhoun, who eclipsed assistant coach Khalid Reeves on Senior Night on the school’s all-time scoring list and finished his illustrious high school career with 1,770 points. The New York State Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 25.7 points, eight rebounds, three assists and 1.8 steals per game for Christ the King, which was upset by Mount St. Michael in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional quarterfinals. The CHSAA Player of the Year, the 6-foot-5 guard will play at the University of Connecticut next season.
St. Raymond, Sr. Forward
Dingle has played under a microscope since his sophomore year, but he flourished this year despite constantly being the focal point of opposition defensive schemes. The 6-foot-7 Temple-bound hybrid forward averaged 18.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and two blocks per game for the Ravens, leading them to their first CHSAA Class AA intersectional title since 2004. Dingle, who chose Temple over Seton Hall, Auburn, and Miami, has a tremendous work ethic and dominated inside and out with a combination of skill, size and quickness, but he was arguably the best passing big man in the city.
Jaquan Lynch, G, Thomas Jefferson, Junior
Justin Jenkins, G, Wings Academy, Senior
Isaiah Whitehead, G, Lincoln, Sophomore
Jalen Jenkins, F, Cardinal Hayes, Senior
Kerwin Okoro, F, St. Raymond, Senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
Boys & Girls
It’s like the Beatles said – All you need is Love.
All Ruth Lovelace did this year was guide a Boys & Girls team with three transfers in the mix to a third consecutive PSAL Class AA title and then went to Albany and won the first New York State Federation crown in school history. Lovelace seemed to push all the right buttons down the stretch – including inserting seldom-used Courtney Solomon into the game in the second half of a Federation semifinal win against St. Raymond. Lovelace has built more than a championship team, she has one of the city’s most successful programs.