G – Tyler Nelson, Sr., Central Catholic
Earlier this week, Nelson was honored as ESPNBoston.com’s Mr. Basketball, to go along with Gatorade Player of the Year honors and a McDonald’s All-American nomination, as the Raiders reached the MIAA Division 1 state final. He averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals; he also shot 51 percent from the floor, including a 44 percent clip from three-point range, and was 91 percent from the free throw line. Nelson leaves Central with 1,531 career points and three consecutive All-State nods, the first-ever player to achieve that feat in our site’s history.
G – Dizel Wright, Sr., Putnam
Regarded as one of the state’s best on-ball defenders, the 5-foot-10 Wright routinely harassed an opponent’s most dangerous scoring threat, as the Beavers captured their second straight Division 1 State Championship. On the season, Wright averaged 13.7 points per game for a Putnam team that went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in ESPNBoston.com’s statewide poll in 2013-14.
F – David Murrell, Sr., Putnam
One of four returning All-State selections, the 6-foot-3 Murrell picked up right where he left off at the end of last season, anchoring frontcourt of the state’s most intimidating defense as the Beavers picked up their second straight Division 1 state title. Murrell averaged 15.7 points and 10 rebounds per game for a Putnam squad that allowed 50.8 points per game.
F – Tyree Robinson, Jr., Durfee
In his first season with the Hilltoppers after transferring from Notre Dame Prep, Robinson was nothing less than electrifying, captivating the region with nightly highlight-reel plays. The 6-foot-3 wing excelled at both ends of the floor as Durfee captured its first Big 3 Conference title since 1992, averaging 22.2 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals.
C – Anthony Green, Sr., North Quincy
The 6-foot-9 Green has blossomed into one of New England’s hottest rising late-bloomers after leading the Red Raiders to a 41-8 record and back-to-back MIAA Division 1 South Final appearances over the last two seasons. He averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks this season as the Raiders went 23-2 with an outright Patriot League title. He finishes his career at North Quincy with a school-record 177 blocks. Green plans on doing a post-graduate season at Tilton (N.H.) School next year.
G – Makai Ashton-Langford, Soph., St. Peter-Marian
Considered one of New England’s top point guards for the Class of 2016, the 6-foot Ashton-Langford navigated the Guardians through one of the state’s toughest schedules en route to the Division 1 Central semifinals. For the season he averaged 16.4 points, four assists and four rebounds. Ashton-Langford currently holds offers from Rhode Island and Providence, but figures to have more by this time next year.
G – Guilien Smith, Jr., Catholic Memorial
The 6-foot-1 Smith was one of the most dynamic threats on a Knights squad that averaged a state-best 86 points per game and won their first South sectional title since moving up to Division 1 in 2009. On the season, Smith averaged a team-high 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals per game for the Catholic Conference champions.
G – Aamahne Santos, Jr., Catholic Memorial
One of the state’s speediest end-to-end rushers, Santos quarterbacked a prolific run-and-gun offense that averaged upwards of 86 points per game and reached the Eastern Mass. Final for the first time since 2008, when they were still in Division 2. On the season, Santos averaged 15 points, eight assists and four steals per game.
F – Nick Cambio, Sr., Central Catholic
The 6-foot-5 Cambio saved his best performance for the most pivotal moments of the season, as the Raiders reached their first Division 1 State Final since 2010. He averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks for the back-to-back D1 North champs. He was also 53 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the free throw line. Cambio is undecided on college plans.
F – Asante Sandiford, Sr., New Mission
It's been a whirlwind year for the 6-foot-4 Sandiford since transferring in from City on a Hill, earning MVP honors in the Boston City League and leading the Titans to the Division 2 state championship, the program’s third state title in five seasons. For the season, the quick-twitched pivot averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Sandiford will continue his career next season at Franklin Pierce University.
G – Tommy Mobley, Jr., Newton North
Regarded as one of the state’s premier long-distance shooters, the 6-foot-2 Mobley was named MVP of the Bay State Conference for the second straight season as the Tigers reached the Division 1 South semifinals for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Mobley averaged 22.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, shot 42 percent from three-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line.
G – Rocky DeAndrade, Sr., Mansfield
The 5-foot-10 DeAndrade was named MVP of the Hockomock League, the second straight Hornet to do so, after leading them to the Division 1 South semifinals, where they lost an epic three-overtime thriller to Catholic Memorial. Playing 30 minutes a night, DeAndrade averaged 17.8 points, 6.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and shot 43 percent on three’s and 76 percent on free throws.
G – Ryan Roach, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
Steady as they come, the 5-foot-10 Roach led the inspired Cardinals through an emotional run to their first Division 3 state championship since 1984. Twice in three games, the Cards had to rally from down double-digits with five minutes to go to prevail on OT. He averaged 14 points, 7.5 assists and five rebounds, and leaves Spellman with 537 career assists. Roach will continue his career next season at Stonehill College.
F – Jake Ross, Jr., Northampton
One of the most complete scorers in the Western part of the state, the 6-foot-5 Ross was a double-double machine as the Blue Devils reached the Division 1 West semifinals. Ross averaged 21.3 points per game -- including a season-high 40 against West Springfield -- to go along with 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, two blocks, 48 percent on field goals and 78 percent on free throws.
F – Gary Clark, Jr., Everett
The 6-foot-3 Clark was a force around the basket for the Crimson Tide, leading one of the state’s toughest defenses as they captured the Greater Boston League title and the No. 2 overall seed in Division 1 North. For the season, Clark averaged 15 points and eight rebounds.
Ryan Boulter, Jr. G, Mansfield
Most high school players go an entire career without as many big-time shots as Boulter, one of the region’s most clutch marksmen. On the season he averaged 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and was 84 percent from the free throw line. He also made 73 three-pointers, for a clip of 41 percent.
Darrick Boyd, Jr. G, Springfield Cathedral
The Panthers struggled through a loaded schedule, but the 5-foot-9 Boyd held his own as one of Western Mass.’s most bullish lead guards going to the hole. On the season, Boyd averaged 20.1 points, including a career-high 40 against West Springfield.
Khaneil Bruce, Sr. F, St. Clement
The 6-foot-4 Bruce earns the rare distinction of making ESPN Boston All-State in two different sports, also making the site’s football team as a wide receiver last fall. On the hardwood, Bruce was the Anchormen’s most reliable defensive player as they won the Division 4 state title, their first such in school history. On the season, Bruce averaged 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and four assists.
Max Burt, Sr. F, St. John’s Prep
The 6-foot-2 off-guard earned a Catholic Conference All-Star nod as the Eagles earned the top overall seed in Division 1 North for the third time in four seasons. On the season, he averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals. Burt plans on pursuing a post-graduate season next year in baseball.
Tyler Desrosiers, Sr. G, Agawam
One of the state’s best pure shooters, Desrosiers led Western Mass in scoring average (27.4 points per game) for the second straight season, after averaging 26.9 a year ago. In the last two seasons he has gone over 30 points 15 times, including a career-best 44 this past January against Sabis. He leaves Agawam with 1,539 career points.
Jonathan Garcia, Sr. G, Putnam
The Beavers haven’t lost a game in over a calendar year, going back 34 games and picking up two state titles along the way, and the 6-foot-2 Garcia’s quick-twitched defense is one of the main reasons why. Garcia averaged 9.7 points per game on the season, and was routinely tasked with manning one of the opponent’s top scorers.
David Giribaldi, Jr. G, Andover
The Merrimack Valley Conference’s Co-MVP played his best under the bright lights, as the Golden Warriors reached the Division 1 North final. On the season, the frenetic 5-foot-10 guard averaged 20.1 points, four rebounds and three steals. He was also named MVP of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic.
Devan Harris, Jr. F, Danvers
In his first season with the Falcons’ varsity, the wide-bodied 6-foot-4 power forward made his impact felt immediately, earning MVP of the Northeastern Conference. He averaged 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds on the season, including averages of 23.7 and 14.5 in the playoffs as the Falcons reached the D2 North Final.
Isaiah McLeod, Jr. G, Cambridge
The 6-foot-1 guard earned MVP honors in the Greater Boston League as the Falcons reached the Division 1 North quarterfinals. On the season McLeod averaged 15.6 points per game -- including a season-high 43 in February against Everett -- to go along with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and an 83 percent clip from the free throw line.
Shaquan Murray, Sr. G, New Mission
The most reliable of the Titans’ shooters, the 5-foot-11 Murray shot over 60 percent from the field as Mission captured the Division 2 state championship for its third title in the last five years. On the season, Murray averaged 18.3 points per game and four steals per game.
Chris Rodgers, Sr. G, Franklin
Rodgers broke Franklin’s single-season scoring record (483 points) as the Panthers reached their first sectional final in eight seasons, in their first year of Division 1 Central membership. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 19.3 points per game –- including a season-high 36 –- to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.4 assists. He also shot 84 percent on free throws and 45 percent from the field, including a clip of 41 from three-point range. Rodgers will continue his career next season at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Elijah Rogers, Sr. G, Brookline
A repeat All-State selection, the 6-foot Rogers picked up Bay State Conference all-star honors again as the Warriors reached the Division 1 South quarterfinals. For the season he averaged 17 points, 4.1 assists and four rebounds, and finished his career at Brookline with 1,296 points.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Cory McCarthy, New Mission
One of the MIAA’s most outspoken and colorful personalities happens to be a pretty good strategist too, and this year’s campaign was Exhibit A. The Titans were a contender from the get-go, yes, but they also didn’t boast a player over 6-foot-4. There was talent on his roster for sure, with two All-State nods here, but of McCarthy’s three state title winners this may have been his most challenging. The Titans bulldozed through the Boston City League this season, with an average margin of victory of 26 points, to win their first City Championship in school history. The Titans also reeled off 21 straight wins to end the season, their lone losses coming to D1 state champ Putnam and New Jersey state champion St. Joseph.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dizel Wright, Sr. G, Putnam
Arguably one of the best on-ball defenders the MIAA has seen the last few seasons, Wright embraced the task of marking an opponent’s best scorer and usually came out on top. The master stroke might have been his brilliant performance in the Division 1 State Final in which he dogged the state’s Mr. Basketball into a 7-for-19 clip from the field.
G – Dizel Wright, Sr., Springfield Putnam
G – Davon Jones, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
G – Jonathan Garcia, Sr., Springfield Putnam
C – Anthony Green, Sr., North Quincy
C – Obi Obiora, Sr., Brookline
Tyler Nelson, Sr., G, Central Catholic
Tommy Mobley, Sr. G, Newton North
Tyler Desrosiers, Sr. G, Agawam
Chris Rodgers, Sr. G, Franklin
Ben Judson, Jr. F, St. John’s Prep