The Basketball Player of the Week has been a staple of Shore Sports Network's coverage over the years and we have always left it up to the fans to decide the winner -- and still do. Now, SSN is recognizing its own choices for Player of the Week, not just in the Shore Conference, but in Monmouth and Ocean Counties individually.

You can still pick the Player of the Week in the Thrive Fan Vote and in the meantime, check out SSN's picks for Week 2 (Dec. 26 through Jan. 2).

Week 2 Shore Sports Network Player of the Week Honors

Shore Conference Player of the Week Presented by Surf Taco

Micah Ford, Toms River North

Toms River North has a lot of weapons with which to dissect opponents and when the lights shine at their brightest, there is no greater weapon in the Shore Conference across multiple sports than Ford. During the WOBM Christmas Classic, the two-sport star showed out against three quality teams (Colts Neck, Central and Manasquan), and doing it on both ends of the floor. Ford closed out the WOBM Ruhnke Bracket by putting up 21 points and seven rebounds in the championship game to claim tournament MVP and help the Mariners upend Manasquan for their first title in nine years.

Monmouth County Player of the Week Presented by Savvy Fit Soaps

James Vallillo, Holmdel

Last year, Vallillo’s teammates had to pick up the slack while he was sidelined by a foot injury. During the December portion of the season -- and particularly in the Husky Holiday Tournament -- Villillo raised his game while fellow senior Nick Seeloch was out. Vallillo averaged 19.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in three Holmdel wins over Perth Amboy, Woodbridge and Sayreville, capping his tournament with 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals vs. Sayreville in the championship.

Ocean County Player of the Week Presented by AOSMI (formerly Ocean County Sports Medicine)

Rob Peirson, Toms River South

Toms River South’s guard play has been dynamic during it's eye-opening start to the season, but Peirson’s performance on the interior has been the stabilizing force that helped the Indians go 6-1 between opening night and the New Year. In Toms River South’s first WOBM title in 32 years, Peirson averaged 20.3 points and 10 rebounds while stepping up to hit several huge shots in the fourth quarter of wins over Freehold Township, Toms River East and Donovan Catholic. He scored at least 20 points in each of the three games and capped the tournament with 20 points and eight rebounds in the final vs. Donovan Catholic.


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