Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MIAA Basketball: 2017-2018 Midseason All-State Team

Newton North's Ethan Wright (left) and Needham's Thomas Shaughnessy have been among the best players in Massachusetts the past few seasons..
By SuiteSports Staff

In the blink of an eye, the MIAA basketball season has reached its halfway point.

Some teams are at the point where they can jockey for tournament seeding, hoping to receive a pair of home games to start their quest a state championship. Others, meanwhile, are hoping to win just the amount of games necessary down the stretch to qualify in order to put them in the mix.

All the while, star players across Massachusetts are making their mark on high school hoops this season.

Below is SuiteSports’ midseason MIAA Basketball All-state Team and Award Winners. If your favorite player didn't make the cut, fear not. There is a LOT of basketball left to be played.

First Team

PG – Thomas Shaughnessy, Sr., Needham

For the second straight season, Shaughnessy is one of the premiere players in the Bay State. His competitiveness and toughness on the court add to an already strong skillset that includes an ability to get to the bucket and create opportunities for his teammates. Shaughnessy enters Tuesday night averaging 19 points and five assists per game.

SG – Maurice Works, Sr., Tech Boston

Works is the highlight of a Tech Boston team that has taken the entire state by storm with its pressure defense and athleticism. A star on all fronts, Works can make it rain from three from all over the floor while also blowing by opposing guards and slamming it home with his quickness. So far this year Works has starred in a number of contests including 26 points versus BC High and 29 more versus Windsor (CT).

SG – Alex Rivera, Sr., Lowell

There may be no better pure scorer in Massachusetts than Rivera who, by his presence alone, makes Lowell one of the top 10 teams in the state. Committed to UMass-Lowell, Rivera can beat teams with his spot up shooting as well as off the dribble. Rivera enters the week averaging 23 points a night to go with six rebounds and four assists.

SG – Ethan Wright, Sr., Newton North

Wright continues to live up to the hype that has surrounded him since his freshman season. When not connecting on a step back three-pointer, Wright is often finishing a put back or slamming home a game-clinching dunk. On the year, Wright is averaging 26 points and almost eight rebounds per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor.

C – Hason Ward, Jr., Springfield Central

The Golden Eagles look to be one the premiere teams in all of Massachusetts, and a lot of the credit for that goes to Ward. The six-foot-eight big has been a dominating presence on both ends of the floor, averaging 11 points per game, including 18 in a statement win over Newton North at the Hoophall Classic.

Second Team

PG – Travis Evee, Sr., BC High

SG – Ghared Boyce, Sr., Everett

SF – Luis Reynoso, Jr., Lawrence

PF – Tommy O’Neil, Sr., St. John’s Prep

C – Chris Doherty, Sr., Marlboro

Third Team

PG – LeVar Williams, Jr., Burke

PG/SG – Marty Silvera, Jr., Doherty

SG – Walter Dew-Hollis, Sr., Tech Boston

PF – Sean Burke, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

C – Khai Smith, So., Cambridge Rindge & Latin

If the season ended today...

Midseason Player of the Year: Ethan Wright, Sr., Newton North

Midseason Defensive Player of the Year:
Sam Hyland, Sr., Mansfield

Midseason Offensive Player of the Year:
Alex Rivera, Sr., Lowell

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