Boys Basketball – SSN Player of the Week Vote, NJSIAA Tournament Edition
This year’s Shore Sports Network Player of the Week series, sponsored by Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey, concludes with the top performers from the NJSIAA Tournament. Below are the 10 nominees from the last week-and-a-half of state playoff action and the top vote-getter winning the final Player of the Week honor of the season. Vote early, vote often and vote until the deadline Sunday at midnight.
Bryan Antoine, Ranney
Antoine capped a monster sophomore season with three stellar state tournament performances. His 23.3 points per game was the most of any Shore Conference player who played at least three state tournament games and he put up at least 21 in all three games. Antoine scored 25 to help lead the Panthers past Rutgers Prep in the quarterfinals and poured in 21 in the loss to the Patrick School.
Terence Calandrillo, Red Bank Catholic
Calandrillo capped an excellent senior season by leading the Caseys to a first-round win over Paul VI in the South Jersey Non-Public A playoffs. He scored a career-high 34 points in a 64-53 win to earn RBC a shot at a powerhouse St. Augustine team that eventually ended the Caseys’ season.
Devin Jensen, Manasquan
Thanks to a breakout senior season as a scorer, Jensen shot his way to the 1,000-point milestone for his career and achieved the feat in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group II playoffs with a 29-point outburst in a Warriors win over Robbinsville. He followed that game up with 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a quarterfinal win over North Plainfield and scored 13 points on the road during the first half of the sectional semifinal loss to Rumson before the Bulldogs held him to one point in the second half and overtime.
Jared Kimbrough, Neptune
Kimbrough’s stay in the Central Jersey Group III playoffs was short, but it was indeed spectacular. In two games, the 6-6 junior averaged and even 26 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks for the Scarlet Fliers, who dropped a home game to overtime to Lawrence in the sectional quarterfinals. In that game, Kimbrough came up just shy of a triple-double with 25 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocks, which followed up 27 points and 16 boards in the previous round against Red Bank.
Mike Revello, Barnegat
Revello kicked off Barnegat’s best state tournament run ever with a bang, pouring in a program-record 38 points in the Bengals’ opening-round win over Cape May Tech. He followed it up with team-highs of 16 and 14 points, respectively, in a win over Lower Cape May and a loss at Camden, giving the junior an average of 22.7 points per game during the three-game run.
Jaden Rhoden, Toms River North
Few players in the Shore have been more consistent than Rhoden from the start of the season all the way to the end and the Mariners junior played to that standard during Toms River North’s first ever run to the South Jersey Group IV sectional final. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.75 rebounds per game in the four playoff games and scored at least 21 in the final three. His 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists led the Mariners past Cherokee in the sectional semifinals.
Ahmadu Sarnor, Ranney
Sarnor was a big factor in Ranney’s two NJSIAA Tournament wins but had his best game against the best competition in the state. The sophomore scored a season-high 28 points against the Patrick School – the No. 1 team in the state – as the Panthers pushed the Celtics to the final four minutes with a chance to win the game. Sarnor averaged 22.7 points in Ranney’s three tournament games.
Jack Solano, Rumson-Fair Haven
The Bulldogs won the program’s first sectional championship in more than 40 years behind a total team effort that saw three different players lead the team in scoring over the five-game run. Solano was foremost among the group with an even 17 points per game during the state tournament, highlighted by a career-high 34 points in an overtime win over Manasquan in the Central Jersey Group II semifinals. He also scored a team-high 20 points in a first-round win over Spotswood and team-high 17 in the loss to Camden.
Steve Staklinski, Freehold Twp.
Staklinski averaged 18.7 points and 7.5 rebounds during Freehold Township’s four-game run in the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs. He played his best game in a sectional semifinal win over a dynamic Sayreville squad, putting up 23 points and 10 boards to lead the Patriots the sectional final for the third consecutive year. In the sectional final loss, Staklinski carried the Freehold Township offense by scoring 20 of the team’s 39 points to go with nine rebounds.
Ryan Zyskowski, Freehold Twp.
Zyskowski joined Staklinski to form a formidable front-court duo all year and the two seniors were on top of their respective games during the state tournament. Zyskowski averaged 15.2 points and 9.25 rebounds in the four Central Jersey Group IV playoff games, highlighted by 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over Sayreville. His highest scoring game was a 22-point effort against Middletown South in round one and he added 13 points to Staklinski’s 20 in the sectional final, giving the duo 33 of Freehold Township’s 39 points.