Boys Basketball – Players of the Week, Jan. 11 through Jan. 17
Shore Sports Network Player of the Week
Peyton Wejnert, Southern
To this point in the still-young season, Wejnert is living in rarified air when it comes to scoring. He is currently second in the state in points per game (31.7) and is also averaging 11.2 rebounds to boot. After a rocky start, the Rams have climbed above the .500 mark and stabilized their season with a three-game winning streak over the past week.
Wejnert drove that three-game streak with the banner week of his banner season. He opened the week by scoring a career-high 49 points in a 71-70 win over Toms River East, which was the most points in a Shore Conference game since Nolan Hall scored 52 for Southern in 2002. Wejnert also scored 31 points in a win over Jackson Memorial and 34 in a win over Millville on Saturday, finishing the week averaging 38 points and 14.7 rebounds in the three Southern wins.
Divisional Players of the Week
Class A North
Jack McGuire, CBA
While Pat Andree chases down the school scoring record, McGuire has delivered as CBA’s other half of a potent scoring duo. This past week, McGuire averaged a shade over 20 points and capped his week by winning MVP honors at the Dan Finn Classic, where CBA beat Bergen Catholic, 68-43. McGuire scored 25 points and added five rebounds and nine assists in the win.
Class A Central
Kyle Cardaci, Holmdel
The Hornets sophomore has enjoyed a breakout stretch over the past several weeks and over this past week, he averaged just under 24 pints per game in Holmdel’s three games and has scored more than 20 points in four straight Hornets games. Cardaci scored a career-high 25 points in a 70-50 win over Manalapan on Tuesday.
Class B North
Devin Cooper, Red Bank
The Bucs endured a rough patch to begin 2016, but began to look like a division contender this past week in losing a narrow decision to Long Branch and beating Colts Neck on the road. Cooper enjoyed a career game in the win at Colts Neck, in which the sophomore scored 20 points to help lead Red Bank to a 48-45 win over the Cougars.
Class B Central
Elijah Barnes, Mater Dei
The Seraphs continued to steamroll the Shore this past week and along with last week’s B Central Player of the Week, Kyle Elliot, Barnes helped power Mater Dei this past week. The 6-foot-7 junior put up 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in limited minutes due to foul trouble in a win over Ranney, scored a team-high 13 points in a rout of St. Rose, and posted 14 points, six rebounds and five blocks to win the MVP in a win over St. Peter’s Prep at the Dan Finn Classic.
Class B South
Jordan Torney, Lakewood
After becoming the first Shore Conference player to reach the career 1,000-point mark this season with a dunk in a win over Jackson Liberty on Friday, Torney went off for 29 points, 17 rebounds and eight steals in a Saturday win over Clayton. He averaged 18.7 points in three Hawks games this past week, including 14 on his big night on Friday.