Boys Basketball – 2015 All-Shore Teams
All-Shore teams are selected by staff writer Matt Manley with input from Shore Sports Network staff and Shore Conference coaches.
All-Shore First Team
Brendan Barry, Jr., Guard, Rumson-Fair Haven
Key Stats: 29 games, 22.2 points per game, 4.1 assists, 4.2 steals, 82.9 FT percentage, 103 3-pointers.
Signature Game: Scored 27 points – including 25 in the second half – in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game against CBA at Monmouth University Multipurpose Activities Center.
Season in Review
The record will show that Brendan Barry led Rumson-Fair Haven to its first Shore Conference Tournament championship during the 2014-15 season, but for the first five-and-a-half games of said tournament, Barry did so by playing the role of distributor by serving as a magnet for defenders. He entered the tournament averaging better than 23 points per game, but failed to reach 20 in the Bulldogs’ first four tournament games – scoring 19 in one and 12 in each of the other three. Up to that point, Barry’s deference to his teammates was enough for Rumson to roll into the championship game and his two first-half points were enough to get Rumson to the halftime locker room tied at 19 with Christian Brothers Academy in the final.
For Rumson to bring home its first SCT championship, however, the Bulldogs needed one 16-minute scoring outburst from the Shore Sports Network Player of the Year. Barry missed just one of his eight second-half shot attempts and scored 25 points after halftime to help Rumson outscore the eventual NJSIAA Non-Public A runners-up 31-5 during the final 16 minutes of the SCT final.
Prior to the SCT, Barry scored at least 30 points in seven games – tied for the most 30-point games of any player in the conference. That collection of 30-point outbursts included 34 points against Point Pleasant Beach at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase, which set a showcase single-game record, as well as a career-high 37 points in a win over St. John Vianney that gave Barry 1,000 career points. In the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Tournament, he scored 29 points in each of Rumson’s first two games before the Bulldogs fell in the sectional semifinals to Bordentown. Barry has garnered interest from Ivy League schools, including Princeton, and is one of two first-team selections who will return for his senior season in 2015-16.
Tymere Berry, Sr., Guard, Toms River South
Key Stats: 26 games, 25.0 points per game, 10.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.4 steals, 51 3-pointers
Signature Game: Scored a career-high 42 points to go with 16 rebounds and six assists in a 68-65 win at Brick Memorial on Jan. 16.
Season in Review
Berry started his senior season on the hardwood with one eye toward the gridiron as his football recruitment reached its climax in December and January before an early-February commitment to Monmouth University. While many football players take some time to transition from football shape to basketball shape, Berry was on his game from day one and often looked like he should be taking a few college visits to play his second sport. Berry began his season with a bang, dropping 24 and 25 points in the first two games of the WOBM Christmas Classic – the latter of which was a 62-60 win over eventual Central Jersey Group II champion Manasquan. The fast start to the year ignited the best statistical season in the conference, which included a Shore Conference-leading 25 points per game for Berry.
In retrospect, that Manasquan win could have been the Indians’ most impressive of the season, but it was not the end of Berry’s big year by any stretch of the imagination. His 42-point performance against Brick Memorial in mid-February was arguably the best individual performance of any Shore Conference player this season: he shot 14-for-23 from the field, 5-for-7 from behind the three-point arc and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line while also hauling in 16 rebounds and handing out six assists. He later pumped in 38 points in a home win over Southern, scored 35 in a win over Toms River East and posted a triple-double in a win over Lacey – a game in which he also recorded his 1,000th career point.
While Berry was not done reaching the 30-point plateau by the end of the regular season as he continued to churn out big performances in the postseason. He made a game-winning reverse lay-up in a Shore Conference Tournament opening-round win over Central, followed by 23 points in a narrow 62-59 road loss to Freehold Township in the next round. In the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III Tournament, Berry put up 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assist and five steals in an opening-round win over Seneca, then poured in 31 points in a 68-61 sectional quarterfinal win over Ocean City. He finished his career with a 22-point effort in a loss at eventual sectional champion Winslow that also included 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Berry will carry the Toms River South flag as a football player at Monmouth University, but he leaves behind a legacy as one of the school’s best ever basketball players. Berry is also currently pursuing a tryout for the Monmouth basketball team.
Jack Laffey, Sr., Guard/Forward, Christian Brothers Academy
Key Stats: 30 games, 18.4 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 82.9 FT percentage, 47 3-pointers
Signature Game: Scored a career-high 38 points on 13-for-17 shooting from the field in an 83-77 win over top-seeded St. Augustine in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A championship game.
Season in Review
Laffey began his career as a role player who specialized as a defender and a rebounder and took his game to another level in his senior season. After committing to Adelphi University in the fall, the Colts senior looked to feature his perimeter skills more prominently while playing more on the wing. As a result, Laffey developed into one of the Shore Conference’s most accurate shooters, shooting close to 50 percent from behind the three-point line and better than 80 percent from the free-throw line. He also continued to lead the CBA defense by guarding four positions and continued to be a standout on the glass.
During his senior season, Laffey scored at least 30 points in four different games, including his outburst in the South Jersey Non-Public A championship game against St. Augustine. The Hermits had not lost to a New Jersey team prior running into CBA and had no answer for the hot shooting of Laffey and teammate Pat Andree. Laffey began the game by making his first seven shots and scored 24 points in the first half while shooting 9-for-11 and 4-for-5 from behind the arc. St. Augustine took away the three-point line in the second half, but Laffey still put up 14 more points to get him to a career-high 38 and, more importantly help CBA survive a St. Augustine comeback to capture the first sectional title for the Colts since 2009.
In addition to burning the Hermits, Laffey also scored more than 30 points in both Class A North meetings with Marlboro, which took CBA to the wire in the first meeting and went to halftime tied with the Colts in the second meeting. The senior also scored 25 points in the Non-Public A opening round against Paul VI, and scored 19 points in each of CBA’s Shore Conference Tournament wins at Brookdale Community College. Laffey also won the prestigious Kerwin Award recognizing the Shore Conference’s best player, giving him some individual hardware to go with the team trophy he helped CBA capture for the first time in his four standout years at the Academy.
Pat Andree, Jr., Forward, Christian Brothers Academy
Key Stats: 30 games, 19.6 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 64 3-pointers
Signature Game: Scored 28 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 shooting from the three-point line in the South Jersey Non-Public A championship win over St. Augustine. Andree also had nine rebounds and four blocks in the game.
Season in Review
A rare two-time All-Shore first-teamer, Andree will have a chance to join some even more exclusive company next year, when he will be a strong favorite to become a three-time first-team All-Shore player. Andree is no stranger to such rarefied air, as he is believed to be the first freshman to start on opening night for the Colts and will have a chance to break the school’s all-time scoring record next season after scoring his 1,000th point in late January. After reaching the milestone, Andree picked up his scoring even more by averaging 20.2 points per game over the final 16 games of the season, a pace that would put him in range to break the school’s all-time scoring record next year if he can maintain the pace.
Like his teammate Laffey, Andree had his signature game in the most important game of the Colts’ season. While Laffey led the team in scoring with 38 points in that sectional final win over St. Augustine, Andree turned in one of the most efficient offensive performances imaginable. He scored 28 points despite taking only nine shots and attempting eight free throws, including a 7-for-7 performance from behind the three-point line. He also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots in the game, including two crucial blocks late in the fourth quarter to help the Colts preserve the lead.
Andree’s best regular-season game featured a nearly-identical stat line and, strangely enough, came in CBA’s only regular-season loss against a Shore Conference team. He scored 30 points to go with nine rebounds and five blocks in a 71-68 loss at Freehold Township, a game CBA nearly rallied to win thanks to Andree after falling behind 19-5. As Andree has said himself many times, a CBA player's career is judged within the context of team success above all else, and while Andree is still searching for his first Shore Conference Tournament title, he will enter next year with a chance to put his name in the record books of one of the Shore’s most storied programs.
Dan Largey, Sr., Forward, Shore
Key Stats: 27 games, 22.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, 88.3 FT percentage, 45 3-pointers
Signature Game: Scored a career-high 41 points in a 73-47 win over Marlboro in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament. He shot 5-for-5 from three-point range in an 18-point first quarter and went 16-for-17 from the free-throw line in the game.
Season in Review
It seems that almost every year, there is a player who nails down an All-Shore spot with his postseason performance and Largey did just that in his senior season. Then again, he was pretty spectacular during the regular-season as well, but in a conference that featured so many quality individual performances this season, it took an effort like the one Largey turned in down the stretch to separate from the rest of the pack. In seven postseason games between the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Group I Tournaments, Largey averaged 28.3 points – including three games with 30 points or more. In Shore’s first postseason game, Largey erupted for a career-high 41 points in a rout of Marlboro, helping Shore avenge a first-round SCT home loss to the Mustangs last season. In that game, Largey hit his first five three-point attempts, hit seven threes in the game and went 16-for-17 from the free-throw line.
Speaking of the free-throw line, Largey was almost automatic from the charity stripe during the Shore’s run to its first sectional title in nearly fifty years. In five NJSIAA Tournament games, Largey shot 52-for-54 from the line, including 35 straight makes. He finished the season second in the Shore Conference with an 88.3 percent mark from the line, trailing only Red Bank Catholic senior Liam Byrne (90.2 percent), who attempted 165 fewer free throws than Largey. For a player who did not start playing organized basketball until the sixth grade and began his career as a tall, long forward who blocked shots, Largey became a knock-down shooter from both the foul line and behind the three-point arc.
In that NJSIAA Tournament run, Largey scored 34 points in an opening-round win over Metuchen, put up 21 in a win over Florence, then scored 19 in a win at top-seeded Perth Amboy Tech – including the 1,000th of his career. Largey played sparingly as a sophomore, so a vast majority of his 1,000 points came in just the last two seasons. After reaching the 1,000-point plateau, Largey poured in 28 points to help the Blue Devils take down two-time defending sectional champion Point Beach in the Central Jersey I final and in a losing effort to Paulsboro, Largey pumped in 31 points as Shore dropped a 51-50 heartbreaker. Although he began the season by scoring at least 20 points in nine of Shore’s first 11 games, Largey’s senior season will be remembered for the way he finished it, not only the 28 points a night, but for leading Shore to its first sectional championship since 1967.
Brendan Barcas, Sr., Guard, Wall
No player makes an All-Shore team off one game and Barcas is no exception, but his performance on Feb. 12 against Colts Neck did more for any player’s All-Shore case than any other single performance during the season. Barcas scored 37 points, including the game-winning lay-up in the final seconds, in a triple-overtime classic that clinched Wall its first outright division title since 1974. In total, Barcas averaged 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists per game and scored his 1,000th career point in a come-from-behind win over John F. Kennedy-Iselin in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs.
Jason Dunne, Sr., Guard, Matawan
A first-team All-Shore player last year during Matawan’s historic season, Dunne returned with another impact season as a senior for a Huskies team that finished strong despite losing three starters from a year ago. The University of Hartford recruit averaged an even 15 points per game to go with 3.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Matawan, which got back to the Central Jersey Group II semifinals before relinquishing its CJ II title to eventual champion Manasquan.
Ryan Lawrence, Sr., Guard, Lakewood
After an injury-plagued junior season that followed a transfer from the Patrick School, Lawrence finished his career strong at Lakewood for one of the Shore’s top programs and Class B South champions. While Lakewood got contributions from many different sources over the course of the season, Lawrence was their rock. He averaged 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and two assists while also burying 52 three-pointers thanks to one of the smoothest strokes in the conference.
Peyton Wejnert, Jr., Forward, Southern
A transfer from Point Pleasant Boro, Wejnert was a scoring machine for the Rams this season, averaging 24.6 points per game this year to finish second in the Shore behind Tymere Berry. He also matched Brendan Barry with seven games of 30 points or more, including a 33-point game in a win over Toms River North that also included his 1,000th career point. Wejnert also averaged 9.8 rebounds per game and is set to return as one of three Shore Conference juniors (Barry, Pat Andree) who have already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark.
Jesse Hill, Sr., Forward, Point Pleasant Beach
It took a while for everything to come together for the Garnet Gulls, but by the end of the season, Point Beach was once again a formidable team and Hill – who began his season at Donovan Catholic and played at Jackson Memorial last year – was its most productive player. The Florida Atlantic recruit averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game and pulled out some of his biggest performances when the Gulls most needed them. He scored 27 points in a Shore Conference Tournament win over Lakewood that also featured his 1,000th career point and later threw up 29 in a Central Jersey Group I semifinal win over South Hunterdon.
Jimmy Panzini, Jr., Guard, Point Pleasant Beach
Despite battling an ankle injury that cost him eight games, the St. Anthony transfer established himself as one of the Shore’s best juniors by averaging 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals.
Chris O’Reilly, Sr., Guard, Colts Neck
The Cougars hung in the Class B North race until the end and reached the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals in a bounceback season for the program, which O’Reilly helped spearhead. He averaged 17.3 points, including a 43-point performance in a classic triple-overtime loss to Wall.
Tyree Wilson, Sr., Guard/Forward, Freehold Township
Wilson transferred to Freehold Township from Freehold Boro last year and after fitting in as a junior, he shined as a senior for a 21-win Patriots team that won the Class A North Public title, reached the SCT quarterfinals, and played in the Central Jersey Group IV final. Wilson averaged 14 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals.
Ryan Jensen, Jr., Forward, Manasquan
An impact player on a perennial contender since his freshman year, Jensen continued to establish himself within the Shore Conference this season by averaging 12.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.5 points for a Manasquan team that won the Central Jersey Group II championship for the second time in seven seasons.
Sadiq Palmer, Jr., Forward, Red Bank
The postseason was unkind to the Bucs, but Red Bank was one of the toughest teams in the Shore all season and played with an air of relentlessness personified by Palmer, who averaged 12.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists during his junior season.