NEW CASTLE —
New Castle High boys basketball standout Shawn Anderson took his game up a notch yesterday.
And Anderson didn’t even have to step onto the court to do it.
Anderson was named to the Associated Press Third-Team All-State team, as voted on by media across the state. He was one of several local players nominated for all-state honors by the New Castle News.
“Going into the year, based on his work and growth, we had really strong feelings that he’d have a phenomenal year and he did,” second-year Red Hurricane coach Ralph Blundo said. “His year was a byproduct of tons of hard work that he put in.
“It’s a perfect example of if you do things right, good things will happen for you. This honor is well-deserved for Shawn.”
A 6-foot-3, junior guard who also played forward and center, Anderson netted a team-best 18.8 points a game, to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.
“I’m very happy with the award,” Anderson said. “First and foremost, I’d like to thank God. Without Him, I wouldn’t be able to do this.
“I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches. They’re all a big part of this.”
Blundo said Anderson constantly is working to improve his game. Anderson opened the year shooting just over 7 percent from 3-point range. But he finished the year at just over 30 percent from beyond the arc.
“He’s a gym rat, year-round,” Blundo said. “He’s the type of guy that early in the year he’s not shooting well from 3. But he continued working on it and got much better at it.”
Anderson concluded the campaign at 71 percent from inside the arc and 65 percent overall. He also made 76.1 percent of his foul shots.
“You just want to polish every part of your game. Nobody is perfect with anything,” Anderson said. “I’m going to work on my three-point shooting and my ballhandling ability in the offseason.”
New Castle, which finished 27-1 this year, will climb to Class AAAA next season and compete in Section 3 in the WPIAL. Blundo said Anderson will be a vital senior leader for next year’s group.
“Shawn has very natural leadership skills,” Blundo said. “He knows that being a leader is an art.
“He knows what to say and when to say it to kids. That’s not something you can teach to kids. He’s focused on that.”
Cornell, Brown, Lafayette and the Naval Academy all are pursuing Anderson for his academic and basketball talents.
“That’s unbelievably gratifying; that’s some serious recruiting,” Blundo said.
Said Anderson, “I’m not really thinking about it. I want to be patient and take my time with it. There’s no real timetable. The schools are just showing interest right now. I do believe God has a plan.”
John Davis (Neumann-Goretti), Donovon Jack (Berks Catholic), Brendan Kilpatrick (Malvern Prep), Micah Mason (Highlands), Ja'Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti) and Maurice Watson (Boys Latin Charter) earned first-team status on the Class AAA team.
Montour’s Devin Wilson was a member of the seven-player second team, and Spartans coach Adam Kaufman was the Class AAA coach of the year.
Montour ousted New Castle in the second round of the state playoffs, 50-43 in overtime. The win ended the ’Canes’ 27-game winning streak.
Anderson scored 12 points in the playoff loss to the Spartans.
Watson, who will play collegiately at Boston University, was the triple-A player of the year. He capped his career with 2,356 points, the second-highest total in Philadelphia’s storied basketball history.
The 5-10 Watson averaged 21.8 points a game for Boys Latin Charter (25-7), which lost to eventual PIAA champion Neumann-Goretti in the state semifinals. He surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to finish third on Philadelphia’s all-time scoring list.
Mason, a Drake recruit, is the lone repeat selection on the Class AAA first team.
As selected by
the state’s sportswriters
Rondae Jefferson, Chester, 6-7, jr, 12.1 ppg
B.J. Johnson, Lower Merion, 6-5, jr, 15.8 ppg
Haiishen McIntyre, Harrisburg, 6-2, sr, 24.2 ppg
Devin Thomas, Central Dauphin, 6-9, sr, 23.8 ppg
Geno Thorpe, Shaler, 6-3, jr, 21.4 ppg
Steve Vasturia, St. Joseph's Prep, jr, 21.8 ppg
Nolan Cressler, Plum, 6-3, sr, 25.7 ppg
Shep Garner, Roman Catholic, 6-2, so, 15.9 ppg
Miles Overton, St. Joseph's Prep, 6-4, jr, 15.0 ppg
Jordan Reed, Wissahickon, 6-3, sr, 23.7 ppg
Darryl Reynolds, Lower Merion, 6-7, sr, 10.6 ppg
Darius Robinson, Chester, 6-1, jr, 11.8 ppg
Erikk Wright, Chester, 6-4, sr, 11.4 ppg
Greg Bobal, Emmaus, 6-3, sr, 11.5 ppg
Quindell Brice, Pocono Mountain West, 6-4, sr, 16.2 ppg
Malik Draper, Scranton, 6-4, sr, 15.3 ppg
Nate Snodgrass, Butler, 6-0, sr, 21.3 ppg
Jahad Thomas, Williamsport, 6-2, jr, 14.5 ppg
Sheldon Zablotny, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-11, jr, 17.4 ppg
Mike Zangari, Red Land, 6-10, sr, 21.4 ppg
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rondae Jefferson, Chester
COACH OF THE YEAR: Larry Yarbray, Chester
John Davis, Neumann-Goretti, 6-4, jr, 12.9 ppg
Donovon Jack, Berks Catholic, 6-9, sr, 17.0 ppg
Brendan Kilpatrick, Malvern Prep, 6-5, sr, 15.8 ppg
Micah Mason, Highlands, 6-2, sr, 28.7 ppg
Ja'Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, so, 15.8 ppg
Maurice Watson, Boys Latin Charter, 5-10, sr, 21.8 ppg
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-4, so, 17.7 ppg
Andrew Andreychik, Danville, 6-0, sr, 23.0 ppg
Jaymon Mason, General McLane, 6-2, jr, 18.4 ppg
Jamal Nwaniemeka, Conwell-Egan, 6-2, sr, 21.8 ppg
Derrick Stewart, Neumann-Goretti, 6-5, sr, 8.7 ppg
Devin Wilson, Montour, 6-4, jr, 10.0 ppg
Yosef Yacob, Archbishop Carroll, 6-0, jr, 14.6 ppg
SHAWN ANDERSON, NEW CASTLE, 6-3, jr, 18.8 ppg
Dwight Andrews, Johnstown, 6-5, sr, 18.7 ppg
Charles Cooper, Octorara, 6-1, sr, 17.3 ppg
Ted Hinnenkamp, York Suburban, 6-6, sr, 21.0 ppg
Marquis Marshall, Berks Catholic, 6-4, sr, 15.4 ppg
J.C. Show, Abington Heights, 6-2, so, 17.1 ppg
Cornell Yarde, Schuylkill Valley, 6-2, sr, 21.2 ppg
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maurice Watson, Boys Latin Charter
COACH OF THE YEAR: Adam Kaufman, Montour
Brandon Austin, Imhotep Charter, 6-6, jr, 11.4 ppg
Amile Jefferson, Friends Central, 6-8, sr, 19.9 ppg
Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls, 6-8, sr, 22.5 ppg
Rysheed Jordan, Roberts Vaux, 6-4, jr, 17.3 ppg
Josh Kosin, Holy Cross, 6-7, jr, 17.9 ppg
Daniel Ochefu, Westtown, 6-10, sr, 14.0 ppg
Quentin Brandon, Westmont Hilltop, 6-2, sr, 22.8 ppg
Conrad Chambers, Friends Central, 6-3, so, 11.2 ppg
Jerry Kincel, Riverside, 6-2, sr, 21.5 ppg
Eugene Lewis, Elmer L. Meyers, 6-3, sr, 17.5 ppg
P.J. McLaughlin, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-7, sr, 18.1 ppg
Brett Smith, Delone Catholic, 5-9, jr, 15.4 ppg
Khyree Wooten, Imhotep Charter, 6-2, sr, 15.7 ppg
Kyler Burke, Pine Grove, 6-3, sr, 17.2 ppg
Noah Davis, Bellwood-Antis, 6-6, jr, 18.9 ppg
Josh Dombrosky, Shenandoah Valley, 6-7, sr, 17.8 ppg
Zane Hackett, Brookville, 6-6, sr, 20.6 ppg
Lloyd Irons, Salisbury, 6-2, sr, 16.8 ppg
A.J. Leahey, Penn Cambria, 6-7, jr, 20.7 ppg
Larry Zimmerman, Pine Grove, 5-10, sr, 17.0 ppg
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amile Jefferson, Friends Central
COACH OF THE YEAR: Al Callejas, Holy Cross
Matthew Dogan, West Middlesex, 6-6, jr, 22.4 ppg
Marcus Gilbert, Academy of the New Church, 6-6, sr, 17.0 ppg
Savon Goodman, Constitution, 6-6, sr, 25.8 ppg
Daiquan Walker, Constitution, 6-2, sr, 18.1 ppg
Dinjiyl Walker, Academy of the New Church, 6-3, sr, 21.2 ppg
Devontae Watson, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-10, sr, 15.1 ppg
Darrian Brown, Vision Quest, 6-2, sr, 21.5 ppg
Trey Hosack, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-0, sr, 17.9 ppg
Chris Koryak, Vincentian Academy, 6-2, sr, 22.4 ppg
Eric Matheson, Ridgway, 5-9, sr, 18.4 ppg
Howard Sellars, Church Farm, 6-1, sr, 17.0 ppg
Sharif Welton, Sullivan County, 6-5, sr, 16.1 ppg
Jeremiah Worthem, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-6, jr, 15.4 ppg
Stewart Borst, Juniata Valley, 6-0, sr, 24.0 ppg
Brandon Camic, Serra Catholic, 6-5, sr, 22.5 ppg
Ryan Fyock, Shade, 6-1, jr, 21.8 ppg
Rasaun Mosley, New Hope Academy, 6-5, sr, 16.0 ppg
Cole Peterson, Johnsonburg, 5-10, so, 12.7 ppg
Danny Savulchak, North Catholic, 6-4, jr, 19.2 ppg
Mike Wenner, St. John Neumann, 6-4, sr, 20.0 ppg
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Savon Goodman, Constitution
COACH OF THE YEAR: Rob Moore, Constitution
NEW CASTLE —
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