Boys Basketball – All-Shore Madness Final Vote Winners
The All-Shore Madness Final Vote Tournament began on Tuesday with 68 nominees and wrapped up in Sunday at 4 p.m. with
two three new members of the 2020 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Boys Basketball Team.
Let's meet the winners - one of whom was among the 12 players to draw a double-bye in the proceedings, another who survived all four rounds to claim one of the two spots and one more who turned out to be an international man of mystery (as well as one of the best scorers in the conference).
Luke Albrecht, Jr., Guard, Middletown South
2019-20 Stats: 10.7 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.1 steals
Albrecht battled through a minor hip injury through the early part of his junior season, according to head coach Jim Anderson, but once the calendar turned to February, Albecht found his A-game. In Middletown South’s 13 games from Feb. 1 through the end of the season, Albrecht averaged 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists and registered all three of his games of 20 points or more. The junior guard came up just shy of a triple-double (11 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists) in Middletown South’s 100-84, Class-A-North-clinching win over Marlboro and averaged 21 points and three assists in the Eagles’ two NJSIAA Tournament wins.
Jalen Folsom, Sr., Guard, Toms River South
2019-20 Stats: 14.9 points per game
It has been five years since a Toms River South boys basketball player has either scored 1,000 points or joined the All-Shore picture and Folsom ended the wait on both counts. He reached the 1,000-point plateau in a February game vs. Hooper-Ave. rival Donovan Catholic and was selected as one of the two All-Shore Final Vote winners. Not since Tymere Berry – a Monmouth University football standout and NFL hopeful – graduated in 2015 has a Toms River South basketball player made that much noise. Like Berry, Folsom is a multi-sport standout, having made the All-Shore First Team as a goalkeeper on Toms River South’s boys soccer team.
D.J. Thomson, So., Guard, Keyport
2019-20 Stats: 21.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists
On a per-game basis, only two players in the Shore Conference – Alex Ratner of Marlboro and Ryan Knorr of Manalapan – scored more points than Thomson. In the first seven games of the season, the 6-3 sophomore hit the 30-point plateau four times and added a career-high 36 later in the season in a win over Somerset Tech. Thomson turned in a dominant all-around performance in a win over rival Keansburg (27 points and 16 rebounds), and produced in three postseason games as well (18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists in three games). In just two high school seasons, Thomson has already racked up 836 points and if he continues to improve along with the sophomore-heavy Red Raiders, 2,000 points is not out of the question.
All-Shore Final Vote Final Round Results*
Luke Albrecht, Middletown South - 1,565 (33.77%)
Jalen Folsom, Toms River South - 1,182 (25.51%)
D.J. Thomson, Keyport - 1,169 (25.23%)
Ryan Goodall, Toms River East - 718 (15.49%)
*Because of some voting irregularities, many votes had to be discounted to protect the one-person-one-vote-per-hour aspect of the poll. International votes were discounted and after initially discounting votes from several states, a number of votes were restored after sufficient proof of their authenticity was presented.
Because we don't have the resources to scrutinize each vote, because the contestants themselves should not be held accountable for potential IP address manipulation, and because the difference between second and third was so close absent the international vote, a third player was awarded a spot as a winner.
Prior Round-by-Round Results
Elite 8 Results
Sweet 16 Results