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Each week during the 2021-22 season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top performers in Shore Conference boys basketball and give the SSN readers a chance to pick the top one.

With seven Shore Conference divisions this year instead of six, there will be a Player of the Week in each division, plus three wild cards, giving you a pool of 10 players from which to choose every week.

Read about this week's nominees and vote for the one that strikes you as the best pick for overall Player of the Week. The top vote-getter will receive a $25 gift card to the Turning Point and a long sleeve t-shirt courtesy of Seaview Orthopaedic.

Vote in the poll at the end of the post once per hour until the poll closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday.


Class A North Player of the Week

Jayden Holmes-Cotter, Freehold Twp.

Holmes-Cotter continues to plug away at what is becoming an All-Shore caliber season and last week might have been his best of the season. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds in a rout of Cinnaminson on Wednesday, then delivered a monster performance in a 62-59 win over Middletown South in which Holmes-Cotter put up 29 points and 17 rebounds. Holmes-Cotter capped his week with 11 points and seven rebounds in a loss at No. 5 St. John Vianney.

Class A North Honorable Mention: Peter Noble, CBA; Jack Seidler, Marlboro; Joe Dupuis, Howell; Zach Molod, Marlboro; Mike Cerreto, Manalapan; Tom Schorck, Middletown South; Dylan Csik, Middletown South; Zach Emery, Howell; Sean Keegan, Freehold Twp.


Class A Central Player of the Week

Cal Famula, Rumson-Fair Haven

Rumson finally got back on the court last week after more than two weeks away from game action and with star senior guard Geoff Schroeder still out, the Bulldogs needed players to continue to fill that void. Famula was that guy last week, leading Rumson in scoring in each of its two games. He poured in a career-high 20 points with six three-pointers in a win over Matawan, then scored 14 in a loss at No. 1 Red Bank Catholic on Thursday night.

Class A Central Honorable Mention: Zach Meeks, Red Bank Catholic; Evan Romano, Holmdel; Jack O’Leary, Raritan; Alex George, Shore; Brett Sweeney, Shore


Class A South Player of the Week

Justin Soranno, Central

Central stormed back into the Class A South division race this week with three important wins, two of which came over teams that figure to be its top competition for the division championship. Soranno was a beast in all three, posting 20-point double-doubles in all three wins, which came vs. Jackson Memorial, Toms River East and Brick Memorial. The senior put up 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Jackson Memorial, went for 24, 12 and four assists vs. Toms River East, and capped the week with 20 and 10 in the win over Brick Memorial.

Class A South Honorable Mention: Gavin Migliori, Toms River South; Jaden Anthony, Southern; Luke Braaten, Brick Memorial; Samir Padilla, Jackson Memorial; Jason Ellerbrock, Brick Memorial; Nolan Schubiger, Southern; Lamir Mitchell, Toms River North; A.J. Emnace, Toms River North


Class B North Player of the Week

Tommy Giannone, Middletown North

Last week was a solid one for Middletown North and it was almost a huge one. Giannone had a strong showing in both of his team’s games, putting up 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as the Lions rode a big second half to beat Neptune. On Friday, Giannone poured in a team-high 15 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Middletown North to the brink of a road upset, but No. 5 St. John Vianney pulled out the 47-45 win.

Class B North Honorable Mention: Will Surdez, Colts Neck; Nate Williams, St. John Vianney; Omar Calderon, St. John Vianney; Nick Valentino, Red Bank; Davionne Pearson, Neptune; Colin Haluska, Matawan


Class B Central Player of the Week

Isaac Hester, Ranney

Before this week, Ranney’s last game was an overtime loss to CBA in which Hester scored 12 points and missed a potentially game-clinching layup. The junior guard and his team finally got a chance to put that loss behind them after a COVID-related shutdown and Hester came out on fire in Ranney’s return week. He scored 29 points in a gut-check road win over Keyport, came back with 28 in a win over Mater Dei and poured in 17 in a win over Rancho Solano out of Arizona.

Class B Central Honorable Mention: Charles Anyichie, Ranney; T.J. Braswell-Brown; Zack Davis, Ranney; D.J. Thomson, Keyport; George Mitchell, Keyport; Anthony Tancredi, Mater Dei Prep; Derek Ragona, Mater Dei Prep; Jayden Cabrera, Mater Dei Prep; Stephen Seaman, Point Beach; Kevin Burns, Point Beach


Class B South Player of the Week

Vin Coburn, Donovan Catholic

The Griffins needed to clean up this week and did just that, handing Pinelands its first division loss, rallying to beat Lacey on the road in the final seconds and getting past Barnegat. Coburn led the scoring effort in two of the games, leading a balanced attack with seven points in a low-scoring win over Pinelands and 19 in the win over Barnegat. Coburn also scored eight in the come-from-behind win over Lacey.

Class B South Honorable Mention: Savon Myers, Manchester; Darren Barraeu, Pinelands; Shikeith Gordon, Barnegat; Jordan Dupont, Manchester; Chris Venturoso, Lacey; Peter Farlekas, Donovan Catholic; Alex Jenkoski, Brick; Rob Giovine, Brick


Class C North Player of the Week

Aiden Denton, Monmouth

Monmouth continued its winning streak last week, although it ended in surprising fashion with a loss at previously-winless Matawan. On the bright side, the Falcons were 2-0 in their division games and Denton was on top of his game throughout the week. The senior sharp-shooter went off for a career-high 26 points in a big 53-51 win over St. Rose, then poured in 17 points with five three-pointers in a win over Wall. Denton capped his week with 14 points in the loss at Matawan.

Class C North Honorable Mention: Stephen Mellet, Point Boro; Channing Williams, Jackson Liberty; Matt Lee, Point Boro; Luke Farrell, St. Rose


Wild Cards

Zach Meeks, Red Bank Catholic

As has been the case with the Shore’s new No. 1 team, no one player put up major scoring numbers, but got a lot of varied contributions from all over the roster. In the Caseys’ three wins over Holmdel, Rumson and CBA, Meeks was a major factor in all three. He scored 10 points in double-digit wins over Holmdel and Rumson-Fair Haven (six rebounds, three assists and five blocks as well) and capped the week with 12 points and eight rebounds in the big win over CBA.

Peter Noble, CBA

With each week, Noble has become more dangerous as a scorer and had his best three-game stretch this past week. It started with 13 points in a hard-fought win over Middletown South, followed by a career-high 20 points in a narrow win over Howell on Friday. Noble capped his week with a team-high 15 points in CBA’s loss vs. Red Bank Catholic, with Noble also turning in a strong defensive performance (two steals, three blocks) in defeat.

Savon Myers, Manchester

Myers kept up his dominant season last week, racking up 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, five steals and four blocks against Brick and 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in a win over Barnegat. Myers then capped the week with one of the most robust statistical games of his career, going off for 30 points, 21 rebounds and six blocks in a round of Lakewood.

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