Boys Basketball – VOTE: Week 7 Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Players of the Week
Each week, Shore Sports Network senior basketball editor Matt Manley picks the top boys basketball players in each of the six Shore Conference divisions and you, the reader, have a chance to vote for the top performer as the Seaview Orthopaedic Institute Shore Sports Network Player of the Week. In addition to the six divisional players of the week, there are also two “wild card” candidates, who can come from any of the six divisions.
This week’s candidates are nominated based on their play from Monday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 4.
Read about this week's candidates and vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will close on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Vote early, vote often and check back Friday morning to find out the Shore Sports Network Player of the Week from week six of the 2017-18 season.
Class A North Player of the Week
Jared Kimbrough, Neptune
Kimbrough has been among the steadiest producers in the conference this year and was on his game again this week. The 6-8 senior averaged 17.3 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in Neptune’s three wins over Howell, Manalapan and Bayonne. On Saturday against Bayonne, Kimbrough scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots in a dominant Neptune performance.
A North Honorable Mention: Brian Levine, Marlboro; Brandon Wilson, Howell; Josh Cohen, CBA; Ben Bosland, Colts Neck; Greg Billups, Freehold Twp.; Dan Gaines; Stephen Braunstein, CBA
Class A Central Player of the Week
Jack Velcamp, Rumson-Fair Haven
Almost every Rumson player had a big moment last week, but no Bulldogs player – and perhaps no player in the state – had a moment like Velcamp did during Senior Night on Thursday. For eight years, Velcamp has served as Rumson’s team manager, and on Thursday night, for the first time, he got to suit up and start for the Bulldogs. He made the most of the chance, scoring on a layup midway through the first quarter of a 63-50 win over Holmdel.
A Central Honorable Mention: Devin Cooper, Rumson; Mike Dunne, Matawan; Jackson McCarthy, Rumson-Fair Haven; Phillip Wheeler, Rumson-Fair Haven; Ethan Okello, Matawan; Zach Moran, St. John Vianney; Brian Forsman, Red Bank; Zach Mojica, Raritan; Tim Zhou, Holmdel
Class A South Player of the Week
Travis Holland, Toms River North
Toms River North wrapped up is fourth straight A South division title last week and Holland starred in two of the three Mariners wins – both against Jackson Memorial. He scored 17 points in a win over the Jaguars on Tuesday and came back two days later with a career-high 27 to help the Mariners clinch a share of the division title. Holland averaged 17.7 points and seven rebounds for the week.
A South Honorable Mention: Nick Manso, Brick Memorial; Darius Martorano, Central; Tom Ruscitti, Central; Nick Altieri, Central; Dan Meyers, Brick; Jake DuBois, Southern; Nick Shortino, Toms River East
Class B North Player of the Week
Tyree Morris, Long Branch
Long Branch faced long odds to make the Shore Conference Tournament heading into last week but is halfway to the finish line after winning all three of its games – including two over Middletown North. Morris was a central figure in all of them, averaging 19.3 points in the three wins. The senior guard scored a team-high 15 in an overtime win over Middletown North, put up 22 in a win over Monmouth Regional and scored a team-high 21 in the second win of the week vs. Middletown North on Saturday.
B North Honorable Mention: Sky Cherry, Middletown North; Rob Higgins, Middletown North; Brad McCabe, Manasquan; Charlie Gordinier, Red Bank Catholic; Andrew Seager, Ocean; Xander Korolik, Manasquan; Marc Dennis, Long Branch
Class B Central Player of the Week
Ahmadu Sarnor, Ranney
Sarnor has taken a supporting role on Ranney’s star-studded team, but last week he needed to step into a more prominent role and delivered on his end of the deal. Sarnor was Ranney’s standout player in a loss to Roselle Catholic – the No. 1 team in the state – when he scored 18 points and earned team MVP honors at the Jersey Shore Challenge on Wednesday. Sarnor followed that up with a near triple-double, including eight points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, in a win over Asbury Park.
B Central Honorable Mention: Danny Vital, Keansburg; Mohamed Traore, Point Beach; Trevor Covey, Point Beach; Kyle Cardaci, Mater Dei; Kenny Jones, Mater Dei; Alexander Rice, Mater Dei
Class B South Player of the Week
Ryan Savoy, Lakewood
Lakewood’s 6-3 sophomore continues to get better and better and just put up his biggest statistical week of the season. Savoy started the week with 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in a win over Manchester and closed it out with a triple double – 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks – in a win over Freehold Township on Saturday. In four games last week, Savoy averaged 13.75 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.25 blocks.
B South Honorable Mention: Connor Strickland, Point Boro; Alex Grogan, Barnegat; Anthony Diaz, Pinelands; Carl Swensen, Lacey; Anthony Silvestrone, Donovan Catholic; Phil Mylod, Donovan Catholic
Andrew Seager, Ocean
Eager turned in yet another big week for Ocean, helping the Spartans go 3-0 against Wall, No. 10 Red Bank Catholic and Henry Hudson. He put up one of his best all-around lines of the season against Wall – 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists – then poured in 26 to help Ocean beat RBC for the second time in two meetings this year. Seager capped the week with 16 points while playing just the first half in a one-sided win over Henry Hudson.
Josh Cohen, CBA
Cohen kept his big season going by averaging 20.3 points in CBA’s three games last week, including a career-high 27 points in a win over Freehold Boro, followed by 16 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in a 20-point win over Colts Neck on Thursday. Cohen finished the week with 18 points in a loss to Cherokee, the first loss for CBA in 10 games.