Boys Basketball – VOTE: Seaview Orthopaedic Week 2 Player of the Week
Each week during the 2021, Shore Sports Network will nominate eight standout players for the Seaview Orthopaedic Boys Basketball Player of the Week Award. This week's nominees consist of players who had big games, eye-popping stats and clutch moments in helping their respective teams.
Read about the eight nominees and some of the honorable mention performers before voting for you Player of the Week pick at the bottom of the page. Vote every hour until the poll closes Wednesday at 10 p.m. The winner will receive a gift card to Jersey Mike's and shirt courtesy of Seaview Orthopaedic.
Players listed alphabetically
Alex Baker, Holmdel
After playing his way to a Second Team All-Shore spot and helping lead a senior-heavy Holmdel team to a 23-5 season, Baker is back at it as a senior so far in 2021. This past week, he turned in two more 20-plus point efforts vs. Middletown North, making it three out of four games for the 6-foot-5 senior with at least 20. Baker poured in 23 in the first win over the Lions, then went for 20 more on Friday to set his average through four games at 20.5.
Jaxon Baker, Barnegat
After a relatively quiet first week in two games vs. Pinelands, Barnegat’s 2019-20 leading scorer broke out this past week in two wins over teams from the always-tough Class A North division. Baker pumped in 24 points Friday in a rout of Middletown South – a team that won 26 games a year ago – and the next morning, the 6-1 senior went off for 27 in an overtime win over a Freehold Township squad that entered the game ranked No. 10 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
Oneil Campbell, Neptune
It took a lot of contributors for Neptune to sweep last week’s two-game series against Wall: Sam Fagan scored in double-figures in each game; Malik Fields delivered interior offense in both games; Bryson Byrd and Andre Harris each had a double-figure scoring night as well. Campbell, though, had the best performance of the bunch when he scored 19 points in Wednesday’s road win over the Crimson Knights. His 12 second-quarter points swung the momentum back in Neptune’s favor after Wall had taken a 26-16 lead in the first quarter, with the 6-4 junior’s three-point play capping the half and sending the teams to the locker room tied at 35.
Jiasion Carpenter, Freehold Boro
Last week, Carpenter’s junior teammate, Tyler Ochojski put up big numbers to earn a shot at the Player of the Week. This time, it is Freehold Boro’s 6-6 senior who will take his shot at the weekly honor after averaging 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games last week – two of which came against fourth-ranked Christian Brothers Academy. Carpenter capped the week with 25 points, 16 rebounds and three steals to get Freehold Boro back in the win column with a win at Point Boro.
Zach Emery, Howell
Howell started the 2021 season 3-0 but got its first real test on Saturday when the Rebels hosted No. 3 Marlboro. Despite ultimately losing the game, 71-62, Howell showed it could compete with one of the Shore’s top teams and Emery’s hot shooting was a major reason the Rebels were in the game. The junior guard buried seven three-pointers on the way to a career-high 27 points, which followed a 17-point performance in a win over Brick earlier in the week.
Davon Jackson, Keansburg
Jackson has started his senior year on a scoring tear, putting up an average of 30.5 points per game to lead the Shore Conference through two weeks of the 2021 season. Last week, Jackson went off for 64 points in two tight games against Point Beach, with his career-high 38 points proving the difference in Keansburg’s 62-60 overtime win over the Garnet Gulls to open the week. The 5-10 senior guard closed out with the week with 28 points as Point Beach salvaged a series split against Jackson’s Titans, 64-61.
Gavin Migliori, Toms River South
Migliori opened the week by scoring 20 of his team’s 40 points in a loss to Toms River North and two nights later, he made sure his efforts netted Toms River South a win. In a wild overtime win over Brick, Migliori scored 27 points and came up with clutch basket after clutch basket down the stretch of the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Indians fend off a furious comeback effort from the Green Dragons in Brick. Migliori hit a clutch three to stall a Brick run late in the fourth, hit two game-tying free throws with four seconds left, then scored five points in overtime to help close it out.
Justin Soranno, Central
Central often goes as Soranno goes and the 6-foot-6 Golden Eagles junior went hard throughout the past week. Soranno dropped 18 points to give Central a home win over Jackson Memorial, then dominated Central’s Coaches-vs.-Cancer win over Donovan Catholic on Friday night with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in a 52-34 Golden Eagles win. Central slipped up on Saturday at Jackson Memorial, with Soranno scoring a team-high 13 points.
Week 2 Honorable Mention
Caden Brooks, Jackson Memorial (18 points in win vs. Central)
Colin Farrell, CBA (21 points in each CBA win over Freehold Boro; 16 in loss to No. 2 Ranney)
Sha’Born Goodman, Asbury Park (17 points, 5 assists, 9 steals vs. Henry Hudson; 10 points, 4 assists at Southern)
Pat Lacey, Wall (18 pts vs. Neptune; 9 pts vs Neptune; 18 pts, 8 rbs vs SHP)
Joe Lardaro, Freehold Twp. (24 points and 12 rebounds in overtime loss at Barnegat)
Stephen Mellett, Point Boro (23 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals in season-opener vs. Freehold)
Savon Myers, Manchester (21 pts vs Pinelands; 13 pts, 11 rebs vs TR North; 10 pts vs Pinelands)
Logan Peters, Wall (16.3 points, eight rebounds in three games vs. Neptune (twice) and Seton Hall Prep)
Dylan Seay, St. John Vianney (17 points, 11 rebounds in win at Colts Neck; 12 points, 9 rebounds in win vs. Middletown South)
Jack Seidler, Marlboro (20 points vs. St. Peter’s Prep; 21 in win over Howell)
Andre Wells, Matawan (39 points in two games vs. Raritan)
Ryan Zan, Ranney (14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in win at CBA)
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