Brooklyn boasted some of the best boys hoops in the city this season.
Lincoln returned to the top of the basketball mountain, taking down Thomas Jefferson in the Public Schools city final and cruising to a pair of lopsided victories in the New York State Federation Tournament.
Brooklyn Law and Tech posted one of the most dominant regular seasons in the city and notched a city championship appearance as well.
Bishop Loughlin led the way in the Catholic High School Athletic Association, appearing in the Brooklyn-Queens championship game and advancing to the intersectional semifinals.
Of course, none of that success would have been possible without the players. Read on to see which athletes packed their stat sheets and dominated on the court this winter.
Player of the Year: Keith Williams, Senior, Bishop Loughlin
Coach of the Year: Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, Lincoln
The Railsplitters were coming for a title this season and Morton made sure they got it. Lincoln avenged its disappointing showing in last year’s city final with a lopsided win over Thomas Jefferson and then cruised to victories over Cardinal Hayes and Albany Academy in the Federation Tournament. The squad wrapped up the year perfect in New York State and silenced any doubters, led by Morton’s fierce leadership on the sidelines and a lock-down defense that was among the best at any level.
Markquis Nowell, Junior, Bishop Loughlin
Nowell was a passionate player on both sides of the ball and his determination often sparked the Lions against a tough league schedule. The high-scoring guard, who was potent from just about anywhere on the court, averaged 20 points per game this season.
Donald Cannon-Flores, Senior, Lincoln
The Railsplitters’ point guard was tasked with leading his squad on both sides of the ball this year and Cannon-Flores didn’t just answer, he dominated. The senior averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and four assists during the regular season and racked up 21 points in the Federation championship game.
Larry Moreno, Junior, Brooklyn Law & Tech
The guard was the only 20-point scorer in Brooklyn A NE this season and Moreno’s shooting touch was the spark that made the Jets go. He packed his stat line as the squad notched a perfect regular-season record against city competition, averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
Klay Brown, Senior, Lincoln
The senior – who transferred to Lincoln two seasons before – didn’t always pack his stat line, averaging 11.7 points per game, but Brown was the unquestioned emotional spark for his team. The senior guard pushed tempo on both sides of the ball and refused to let the Railsplitters waver from their goal, wrapping up the season undefeated in New York state.
Malachi Faison, Senior, Jefferson
A physical presence on the block, Faison was a major part of the Orange Wave’s late-season turnaround. The senior forward averaged 17.2 points and a whopping 16.8 rebounds during the regular season and chipped in 15.8 points during the playoffs, leading Jefferson back to the city championship.
Zach Bruno, Senior, Xaverian
Bruno never considered taking his talents elsewhere this season despite a young Clippers roster. Instead, he settled into a leadership role with the team and put the ball in the hoop. The senior combo guard averaged 21 points per game, including a 32-point performance.
Mikko Johnson, Senior, Brooklyn Law & Tech
The St. Peter’s-bound guard was the other half of the Jets one-two backcourt punch this winter. Johnson averaged 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds during the regular season, but it was his set-up ability that helped separate his game. Johnson averaged 11 assists in 16 games and added seven more assists per game during the playoffs.
Jordan Armstrong, Senior, Thomas Jefferson
The senior guard actually got better as the year went on. Armstrong averaged 16.5 points in six postseason games – up from 15.9 during the regular season – and shot just over 80 percent from the line during the playoffs.
Mike Reid, Senior, Lincoln
The Railsplitters’ shooting guard lived up to his position throughout the season, averaging double-digits and proving to be a scoring threat from nearly anywhere on the court. Reid, who also played in the Mayor’s Cup, notched 14.4 points during 13 regular-season games and 13.6 points in the playoffs, helping Lincoln return to the top of the city.
Michael Richards, Senior, Midwood
The senior did his best to jumpstart the Hornets throughout the season and his ability to put the ball in the hoop was impressive. Richards averaged 29.1 points in 16 regular-season games – nearly doubling his total from last year – and also chipped in 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Victor Ogbo, Junior, Brooklyn Law & Tech
The Jets’ physical force down low, Ogbo often took on several opposing players to pick up points and rebounds in the paint. It didn’t often slow him down. Ogbo averaged a double-double during the regular season, posting 14.2 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. His scoring took a hit during the playoffs, but he still crashed the boards, averaging 12.3 rebounds in the postseason.
Aquarn Butler, Junior, Paul Robeson
The multi-year standout led Robeson this year with a team-high 15 points, four rebounds and six assists during the regular season. The team’s playoff hopes came up a bit short, but Butler didn’t slow down. He chipped in 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and nine assists in a pair of postseason matchups.
Abdullah Yusuf, Senior, Bedford Academy
Although his team didn’t notch the most dominant season, Yusuf was a scoring machine this winter. The senior packed his stat sheet, averaging 21.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, wrapping up the regular season as the leading scorer in the division.
Tyrese Gaffney, Senior, Bishop Loughlin
Gaffney didn’t always get the spotlight he deserved, but the guard still managed to rack up the numbers for the Lions. He averaged 14.3 points per game and notched five different 20-point performances, including a 28-point game during his final season at Loughlin
Musa Pough, Senior, Banneker
The two-year varsity standout was dominant on the hardwood this year. He led the division with 19.39 points per game and padded his stat line with 15.22 rebounds as well.
Kyle Harding, Senior, Thomas Jefferson
Jordan Williams, Senior, St. Edmund
Glen Anderson, Sophomore, Brooklyn Collegiate
Jalen Balize, Senior, South Shore
Antonio Smallshanell, Senior, William E. Grady
Marlon Sewell, Junior, Bishop Loughlin
Tyrese Desinor, Senior, Canarsie
Walter Pitt, Senior, Brooklyn Law & Tech
Amani Cummings, Junior, Transit Tech
Adriece Payne, Eagle Academy II
Blake Martin, Packer School