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Monday mark the first day of the NJSIAA basketball calendar, with teams in N.J. now officially permitted to start practicing in preparation for the 2021 season, which is scheduled to tip off on Jan. 26.

The Shore Conference graduated some quality talent from 2019-20, with five of the six Shore Sports Network Boys Basketball All-Shore First-Team members and moving on after graduation and 13 of the 18.

There remains, however, a group of returning players - particularly from the Class of 2022, that is primed to pick up the mantle. Of the seven returning players that earned an All-Shore honor only three of them are seniors and of the 46 returning SSN All-Division selections, just 21 are entering their final high-school season.

Whatever happens during what promises to be an unpredictable eight weeks, the Shore Conference boys basketball scene is in good hands going forward.

Returning 2019-20 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Boys Basketball Players

First Team

Ben Roy, Jr., 6-0, Manasquan

Not only did Roy crack the All-Shore First Team as a sophomore; he topped everyone in the running by earning Shore Sports Network Player of the Year honors in leading Manasquan to a No. 1 ranking at the Shore. Roy averaged 18.1 points and 2.5 assists for the season and highlighted his sophomore campaign by dropping 31 points in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game against Toms River North. Roy is up to nine Division I scholarship offers, a list that includes Nebraska, Penn and Monmouth.

Manasquan junior Ben Roy followed by Holmdel senior Alex Baker. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Second Team

Alex Baker, Sr., 6-4, Holmdel – While playing on a senior-heavy Holmdel team that finished No. 2 at the Shore, Baker was the standout, scoring 12.9 points per game while grabbing 10.8 boards. Baker is one of two returning Shore Conference players to have averaged a double-double last season.

Ranney junior Elijah Perkins (2) goes up against Roselle Catholic's Cliff Omoruyi, now a freshman at Rutgers. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Elijah Perkins, Jr., 6-3, Ranney – Along with Roy, Perkins is the other Shore Conference guard drawing considerable Division I interest, with Georgetown and Nebraska among the notables on his list. Perkins put up 15.3 points and 3.5 assists during his sophomore campaign at Ranney.

 

Third Team

Marlboro junior Jack Seidler. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Jack Seidler, Jr., 6-5, Marlboro – Seidler just picked up his first Division I offer, which came from Drake University. The 6-5 wing nearly put up a double-double average as a sophomore, posting 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Pat Lacey, Sr., 6-3, Wall – Lacey was a postseason star for a Wall team that won its second straight Central Jersey Group III championship, with the 6-3 guard averaging 19 points in five NJSIAA Tournament games and 13.1 per game for the season.

Wall senior Pat Lacey, tracked by St. John Vianney sophomore Nate Williams. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

 

Final Vote Winners

Luke Albrecht, Sr., 6-0, Middletown South – The lone returning starter from a 26-win Middletown South team, Albrecht put up 10.7 points and 5.3 assists for the high-powered Eagles last year.

D.J. Thomson, Jr., 6-4, Keyport – Still just a junior, Thomson finished third in the Shore Conference with 21.6 points per game and enters his third high school season just 164 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

 

SSN 2019-20 All-Division Players (with Division)

First Team

Alex Baker, Sr., Holmdel (A Central)

Jaxon Baker, Sr., Barnegat (B South)

Sam Fagan, Sr., Neptune (B North)

Pat Lacey, Sr., Wall (B North)

Elijah Perkins, Jr., Ranney (B Central)

Ben Roy, Jr., Manasquan (A Central)

Geoff Schroeder, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven (A Central)

Jack Seidler, Jr., Marlboro (A North)

Jay Silva, Sr., Southern (A South)

D.J. Thomson, Jr., Keyport (B Central)

Ryan Zan, Jr., Ranney (B Central)

 

Second Team

Colin Ackerman, Jr., Wall (B North)

Luke Albrecht, Sr., Middletown South (A North)

Charles Anyichie, Jr., Ranney (B Central)

Jiasion Carpenter, Sr., Freehold Boro (A North)

Brian Day, Jr., Ranney (B Central)

Colin Farrell, Sr., CBA (A North)

Aleksy Friedman, Sr., Marlboro (A North)

Carson Howard, So., Lacey (B South)

Davon Jackson, Sr., Keansburg (B Central)

I-Meer Johnson, Sr., Central (A South)

Savon Myers, Jr., Manchester (B South)

Amari Petty, Jr., Donovan Catholic (B South)

Respect Tyleek, So., Lakewood (B South)

Chris Venturoso, So., Point Beach (B Central; transferred to Lacey)

Mike White, Sr., CBA (A North)

Nate Williams, Jr., St. John Vianney (B North)

Andreas Von Fricke, Jr., Mater Dei Prep (B Central)

 

Third Team

Alex Bauman, Jr., Red Bank Catholic (A Central)

Jack Collins, Sr., Manasquan (A Central)

Nick Ferrogine, Sr., Red Bank (B North)

Wyatt Haselbauer, Jr., Manchester (B South)

Luke Infurna, Sr., Southern (A South)

Matt Kenny, Jr., Middletown North (B North)

Brandon Klatsky, Jr., Ranney (B Central)

Joe Lardaro, Sr., Freehold Twp. (A North)

Matt Lee, Jr., Point Boro (B South)

Anthony Longo, Jr., Keyport (B Central)

Dane Moran, Sr., CBA (A North)

Zach Orrico, Sr., Freehold Twp. (A North)

Samir Padilla, So., Lakewood (B South)

Jayce Schapiro, Sr., Freehold Twp. (A North)

Justin Soranno, Sr., Central (A South)

Jon Spatola, Jr., Marlboro (A North)

Anthony Tancredi, Jr., Mater Dei Prep (B Central)

Nick Troccoli, Sr., Ranney (B Central)